ADHD Resources for Parents

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

As parents, all we want is to be able to help our kids. This lesson will give you the resources to help your child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and start creating the relationship needed to help them succeed.

ADHD

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a challenge for approximately 5-15% of kids. Kids that have ADHD exhibit symptoms like:

  • Cannot sit still
  • Does not appear to be listening
  • Fidgets
  • Struggles with accomplishing complex tasks
  • Forgetfulness

Recently, it has been discovered that ADHD is likely caused by kids' brains being 3-4% smaller. Though it does not affect intelligence, this smaller size can affect memory, emotions, and the ability to following directions. This means that sitting still in a classroom and listening to a lesson maybe the hardest thing for a child to do. Because of this it is important to have tools and resources to help your kids not only manage but excel in school.

Events and Groups

To start with, it is always helpful to have a support structure as a parent and as a child. Having other parents that are learning and growing like you is going to be a great foundation for you, especially since they may have resources that you can use for your own child. The following are some groups and events that can help you get started building that support group.

  • CHADD - The National Resource on ADHD. They have events and links to local support groups.
  • EdgeFoundation.org - This is a group that has coaches for student, teacher, and parents.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America - They deal with ADHD and much more and also have groups in most areas.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association - This group also has links to local groups.

Ultimately, with a little internet surfing you will find local groups that you and your child can attend to create a good support structure.

Helpful Sites

On top of finding a good group for support, finding helpful websites that provide tips and ideas can also be essential to working with your child. The following are some sites that might be able to give you new and exciting ways to work with your children.

  • Empoweringparents.com - This site is focused on parents and written by parents of children with ADHD. This site can give you ideas to create your own support group, or ideas from other parents how to work with your child effectively.
  • Additudemag.com - This site has a variety of tips and ideas as well as skills on how to work with your kids. There are dozens of presentations that talk about what should never be said and what should be said, to make sure your children know you understand.
  • AACAP.Org - This site talks about ADHD, why it happens, and ways to help. Although it is a psychiatry based site, it is not solely focused on medication.
  • ADDvance.com - This is mostly a question/answer site. If you have a question, they may just have the answer. It comes from many different angles, so that each new parent can see things from their viewpoint.
  • ADHDkidsrock.com - This site is incredibly unique because it is created by a child with ADHD. He has created resources and ideas for parents and kids to handle this disorder.

No matter what resource you need, it's available, and it does not usually mean you need to purchase some plan or program. Just a little bit of research and you may find everything at the tips of your fingers.

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