The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada has launched ADHD Week. Celebrated October 14-21 2012, this week is meant to inspire, educate and inform.
In light of the launch, last Thursday and Friday I attended CADDAC’s annual ADHD Conference which was held in Markham, Ontario. The four day conference included distinct presentations for educators, parents, adults and girls.
Thursday night’s presentation was aimed at parents of children with ADHD. About 200 parents of children ranging from toddlers to those heading off to university took in a presentation from Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, a woman who has ADHD and an American licensed psychologist.
Here are highlights from Dr. Nadeau’s talk on ADHD-Friendly Parent Coaching:
- Medication is NOT a magic bullet that solves all problems
- Develop a CLOSE* relationship with your child
- Don’t hold a grudge: you can be loving and still set limits and consequences
- Get enough sleep. Work on your own bedtime as well as your child’s sleep habits
- Perfection is not required! (Be a GEM = Good Enough Mom/Man)
- Engage in “social engineering” to help your child make and keep friends
- Proper nutrition, sleep and exercise is key
- Anticipate and avoid the “upset zone” i.e. late afternoons
- Understand the difference between a “punishment” and a “consequence” i.e. a consequence does not come from anger
- Learn the art of habit-building to set the path for success later on in life
Do these tips and suggestions resonate with you? Do you know someone with ADHD to whom this could be helpful? Feel free to share this post and/or the ADHD Week Facebook page or share your comments on this blog. We all have a lot to learn.
*The CLOSE model involves: choices, consequences, collaboration, calm and consistent parenting, loving, looking out for good behaviour, special time every day, and empathy for your child.