It’s Canadian ADHD Week: Learn. Understand. Inspire.

CADDAC’s 2012 ADHD Week banner

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.

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3 responses to “It’s Canadian ADHD Week: Learn. Understand. Inspire.

  1. I’m a grandmother raising mentally disabled grandchildren, all with ADHD, plus other diagnosis. One of my concerns over these past sixteen years has been how the experts can make the caregiver feel that if all strategies are followed and checked off, then everything in the child’s life will be fine, and they will be able to cope with problems just like any other child. What the experts don’t always confess to is that strategies don’t always work, and if they do, it can take years of persistence and determination by the caregiver before becoming effective. Plus, after those years, any kind of stressful situation which comes the child’s way, can undo all the caregiver’s hard work and put the child back to square one. Please see my blog at http://www.challengedhope.wordpress.com

  2. I find everything Nadeau writes helpful. These highlights are spot-on. I have ADHD and am a mother to preschoolers. My favorite — Perfection is not required. I consciously remind myself of this daily. Thanks. I’m reposting.

  3. Thanks, Whereasi and Grief Happens, for your comments. I don’t think Nadeau is suggesting there are any easy answers; she’s using her years of counselling and training (and her personal experience as someone with ADHD) to provide suggestions and tips to others.

    Yes, Grief, perfection is the enemy – or so says my son’s teacher.

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