If your child has just been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be experiencing a mixture of emotions. Your child is likely experiencing similar ambivalent feelings. Often there is a sense of relief in finally understanding what has been causing the problems and a comfort in knowing that the difficulties are caused by a real condition, not because the child is "unmotivated or lazy," not because he or she is a "bad kid" or "has an attitude problem," and not because the child is "stupid." ADHD is a real neurologically based condition and it is one that can be successfully managed with the right supports in place. This is good news!
Yet a child (and a parent, as well) may also experience conflicted feelings around the ADHD. "Am I damaged or defective in some way because I have ADHD?" The name itself -- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- indicates a disorder. As a parent you have a tremendous impact on how your child feels about himself or herself. The way you frame ADHD is powerful. When you remain positive and solution-focused, your child is more likely to follow suit - and in the process develop a healthy self-perception, a better awareness and understanding of his or her ADHD, and greater optimism in being able to effectively handle the challenges ADHD can bring about.
Navigating ADHD: Your Guide to the Flip Side of ADHD
Navigating ADHD: Your Guide to the Flip Side of ADHD is a wonderful book by Tracey Bromley Goodwin, M.ED., and Holly Oberacker, ATR, LMHC, for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD. Goodwin and Oberacker initially set out to write a book that provides practical, workable strategies for day-to-day use in raising a child with ADHD, but as they got further and further into the project they realized an even more important mission of the book - to change the way in which ADHD is perceived. This mission has been accomplished!
Navigating ADHD helps parents truly understand their child's unique needs and individual strengths. Goodwin and Oberacker know that ADHD and its related impairments can result in repeated frustrations and failures for children at home, at school, and in relationships. Unfortunately, kids with ADHD often experience a lot of negative feedback when inattention, impulsivity or hyperactivity becomes disruptive to those around them. This negative pattern can take a toll on a child's self-esteem and further decrease feelings of control and confidence in the ability to find solutions.
Navigating ADHD encourages parents to look at the "flip side of ADHD" - beyond the impairments - to find their children's strengths. Once those strengths are identified it becomes much easier to implement workable strategies to manage challenges successfully. It also helps correct negative self-perceptions your child may have.
Each chapter of Navigating ADHD presents real-life scenarios to which parents can closely relate, along with strategies for managing each challenge. The solutions are introduced in an easy to follow, step-by-step approach that empower parents and their children. In the midst of learning and implementing these strategies parents also boost communication skills, increasing their child's cooperative behavior and ultimately strengthening the parent-child bond.
After reading this book you may find that you look at ADHD and your child in a whole new way with a deeper, more accurate understanding. Even more importantly, as you implement these approaches you may find that your child's perception and hope for the future is positively changed as well!
Book Chapters in Navigating ADHD
- Chapter 1: The Real ADHD: Navigating the ADHD Difference
Covers the definition of ADHD, symptoms and characteristics, causes, treatment, and the "flip side" of ADHD
- Chapter 2: Communicating with the Brain in Mind: Navigating Effective Communication
Introduces a new approach to communicating with your child, the power of three, react vs respond, reflect and clarify, active listening, verbal communication, visual communication, and body language
- Chapter 3: Beyond the Sticker Chart: Navigating Your Child's Anger
Helps parents identify the source of child's anger, teaches strategies for self-control, dealing with tantrums, implementing rewards for success, and consequences
- Chapter 4: From Awkward to Amazing: Navigating Social Skills
Strategies to use when your child has challenges with the following - difficulty paying attention, hyperfocus, taking turns in conversations, excessive talking or impulsive interrupting, easily distracted by sounds or noises, low frustration threshold, being loud, shutting down, generosity without boundaries, and lack of awareness of extreme behavior
- Chapter 5: From Messy to Manageable: Navigating Organizational Skills
Tips for developing a base camp, decluttering, utilizing activity bags, organizing school papers, agendas and planners, homework, the kitchen, the bedroom, calendars, and you!
- Chapter 6: Ready, Set, Done!: Navigating Routines
Understanding your child's brain, individualizing strategies, strategies for homework success, morning routines, evening routines, chores
- Chapter 7: The Magic Key: Navigating Self-Awareness
The importance of self-awareness, timing the conversation, the first conversation, how much to tell depending on age, active listening, capitalizing on self-awareness
- Chapter 8: Every Parent's Dilemma: Navigating Medication
Get informed, monitoring medication effectiveness, side effects, support
To learn more about Navigating ADHD visit website NavigatingADHD.com
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