UNDERSTANDING THE ADHD DIAGNOSIS
Gain insight into the reality of living with ADHD as you hear it described as a neuro-developmental disorder (not a behavioral disorder). Understand how ADHD affects a person’s executive functions and impacts the ability to convert intention to action. Review the best practices for managing ADHD using a multi-modal approach and the risks of poor management. This first lesson starts changing your perspective about ADHD and your child’s behavior.
THE PARENT ROLE IN MANAGING ADHD
See the critical role parents play in helping their child successfully manage ADHD challenges. Understand the importance of developing and working from a “coaching-parent mindset” as you grow your child to confident independence. This lesson helps you focus on becoming a partner/teacher in helping your child improve.
THE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS
Increase your understanding of the Executive Functions as you review their definitions and the ages at which the brain is mature enough to use them. Learn to identify the “Thinking” skills vs the “Doing” skills and the basic type of interventions needed to improve each. This lesson encourages parents to begin looking for the root causes of their child’s challenges.
CORRECTING BEHAVIOR – PART 1
Understand how the ADHD brain reacts to reward and punishment. Review the differences between discipline, punishment, and natural consequences. Learn how the parent’s behavior during the discipline process affects the current and future behavior of your child. This lesson helps parents see why current discipline methods may not work to change your child’s behavior.
ADHD & EMOTIONS
Review a practical definition of emotional control to evaluate current expectations for your child. Learn how ADHD impacts a child’s ability to control emotions and the importance of parent modeling as you teach your child to manage their emotions. Learn a proven strategy to help your child recover from a loss of emotional control. This lesson helps parents better understand the intensity of their child’s emotions.
CORRECTING BEHAVIOR – PART 2
Understand the need for positive parent modeling during the discipline process and prepare yourself for how your child might react to less negative reinforcement. Learn to rely less on punishment and more on behavior modification strategies that provide opportunity for your child to practice more positive behaviors. Discover how recognition of corrected behavior can help your child perform to expectations.
Learn the signs that indicate your child is struggling to managing their transitions and why transitions can be so difficult for a person with ADHD. Using the concept of Task Initiation Energy, develop strategies to help your child transition better throughout their day.
PLANNING & PRIORITIZATION
Planning and prioritization are foundational to smooth transitions and time management. Understand the vital need for children to know the difference between responsibility and privilege and how to make decisions based on those priorities. Use a simple exercise to create a visual map of your child’s priorities. Then, use this map to create a daily/weekly routines for your child.
Understand how children learn new skills. Take a look at the progressive role of parents during each stage of a child’s development of confident independence. Perform a baseline assessment of your child’s current level of independence for a set of basic life skills.
CHAOS FREE IMPROVEMENT METHOD – PART 1
Discover the Chaos Free Improvement Method – a simple, stepwise way to determine and implement strategies to overcome your child’s challenges. Understand the importance of the parent/child relationship in finding the right strategy for your child. Practice this method using one of your child’s current challenges. Determine the success criteria for that process, collect data related to that criteria, then use that data to create awareness and motivation to improve in your child.
CHAOS FREE IMPROVEMENT METHOD – PART 2
Using your baseline data collected from Part 1, learn to analyze the target process from all sides and generate solutions. Once the right strategy is determined, learn how to convert that strategy into a life habit.