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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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7.9 What Parents of Children with ADHD Need

  • Parenting a child with ADHD is more challenging and far more stressful than parenting a child without the disorder. Many people, not understanding the struggles of children with ADHD and their families, can be very judgmental. They may unfairly assume the child's lack of self-control and problem behaviors are because of poor parenting and lack of discipline.
  • Parents of children with ADHD need to cope with not only the many challenges that other parents do not face but also the admonishments and unsolicited advice of relatives and others who simply do not understand the disorder.
  • As a parent of child with ADHD (particularly if your son or daughter has severe ADHD symptoms), you may feel overwhelmed, exhausted, isolated, or shunned by other parents and at a loss of what to do to best help your child. Try not to get discouraged and know that you are not alone. There are many other parents who do understand and are happy to help and offer support. There is much that can be done to help your child be happy and successful and to get support for yourself, as well.

Become Educated about ADHD

  • Fortunately, there is a wealth of resources available about ADHD, with reliable information and expert advice. The more you know and understand about the disorder, school laws, educational rights, research-validated treatments, and practical strategies for success, the better. This knowledge will give you confidence, hope, and skills to make life easier for ...

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