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It’s going to be OK! Now the worst is over…

The worst is not knowing what is going on, having nowhere to turn for help, feeling you or your child are constantly being misunderstood and even attacked, and feeling helpless in the face of ongoing problems and conflicts. The worst is feeling alone. The worst is knowing that your child is not getting what he or she needs and not knowing what to do about it. The worst is watching your child suffer and not being able to provide the right kind of help. The worst is the feeling of powerlessness in the face of unjust and unwarranted pain in the life of your child.

In that sense, the worst is over. We can help and guide you, and even more important, join you so that you no longer feel alone. Now, you join the team of people all over the country and the world who are working to transform life with ADHD from a struggle to a triumph.

But, the transformation will not be easy. While the worst is over, a lot of work is yet to be done. As the parent of a child with ADHD, you will have to work harder than most parents, just as your child will have to work harder than most children, to reach the goals you desire. You can do it, and the information and camaraderie you find here will help you do it, but there will be times of stagnation, pain, and even regression. Take heart, though. This is normal. The progress in life with ADHD never does run smooth.

A word of advice: never worry alone. Turn to us, turn to friends, turn to doctors and other experts, turn to teachers, turn to whomever you trust the most. The most important element in the long term treatment of ADHD is love sustained over time. In order to love fully, you need to stoke yourself up. Turn to others, turn to us. We are all in this together.

10 Steps for Parent Success

by Dr. Edward Hallowell

How easily the gifts of this condition are lost on a child amid negative comments from doctors, teachers, and even loving but frustrated parents. I believe that ADD is too often misunderstood and mistreated because it is mislabeled as only a “disability.” In truth, practical strength-based techniques can put the talents, charms, and positive essence of children with ADD/ADHD ahead of any presumed shortcomings.

My best advice for parents is to take action now. Don’t fight it. Persist in finding new and different ways to support your child. If you address the following 10 topics, and get the guidance you need, you’ll teach your child to manage his/her ADD/ADHD effectively.

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What should I do next?

The fact that you are here shows that you are already taking some of the important next steps. There are many misconceptions about what ADHD is, and what it means for your child. Start by learning about what ADHD really is: we’ve created a overview right here, and have many other resources on this site.

If you believe that your child may have ADHD, but have not yet been diagnosed by a doctor or qualified mental health professional, we recommend making an appointment with one for a proper evaluation. If you are near Boston, San Francisco, Seattle or New York City, the Hallowell Centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. If not, there are many resources to find qualified doctors available here. You might also start by asking your family doctor or a school psychologist, if they are not personally qualified they can assist you in finding someone who is.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, it will be of great benefit to both your child and you to seek out treatment and counseling. There are many very positive, wonderful things about ADHD that go along with its difficult qualities. Proper treatment will allow your child to harness the positive qualities and learn how to cope with and control the difficult traits as well. We call this the positive, strengths based approach to ADHD, and you can learn more about it here. We also discuss both medical treatments for ADHD and non-medicinal treatments.

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Dr. Hallowell’s Video Training for Parents of Children with ADHD – 30+ years of ADHD expertise distilled into this video training series with workbook. Dr. Hallowell talks about the 4 key issues he believes parents need to understand to unlock the challenges of managing ADHD for your kids – so you can help your kids keep their sense of self intact! Simple coaching strategies are included to help you take what Dr. Hallowell suggests, and make it work in YOUR family life. AND THEN… there’s a workbook to help you capture your learning, and turn it into action!                   

“It has completely changed the  game for us! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom  and knowledge! I am so very grateful!” – Kathy

Understood.org – an amazing resource for parents of kids with learning and attention issues! Created by 15 nonprofits, Understood is a free comprehensive resource that offers personalized resources, interactive tools, daily access to experts, a supportive community of parents and more. Check out tools like Parenting coach, “Through your child’s eyes” and more!

Available in English, Spanish and read-aloud mode, Understood offers personalized resources, interactive tools, daily access to experts, a supportive community of parents and more.

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