Parenting a Child with ADHD

by | Aug 30, 2022 | Parenting

Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging, but I have some great news! 

We have partnered with Ashley Gobeil, an ADHD-Specific Child and Family Therapist, to help US help YOU. 

Ashley provides our families with therapeutic parenting support by facilitating weekly parent coaching calls, where she helps parents learn how to best respond to their child’s needs, emotions, and behaviors.  

What we LOVE about Ashley is that she understands that “typical” parenting strategies don’t always work for children with ADHD. 

So instead of offering advice that DOESN’T WORK, she offers different perspectives and strategies to the ones we normally hear. 

She offers a parenting approach that actually works ? 

A highly experienced Child and Family Therapist with over 15 years experience, Ashley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Health & Counseling and a Masters of Social Work Qualifying. 

She has extensive certifications in attachment focused therapies, developmental trauma, family therapy, and neurobiology & ADHD, and more. 

Ashley explains exactly what ADHD-specific parenting looks like…

What is ADHD-Specific Parenting? 

ADHD-specific parenting is backed up by research, theoretical frameworks and evidence informed, and many, many parents have witnessed the shifts for their children once they started to truly embed new parenting practices. 

So, what is ADHD Specific Parenting? 

✍️ It empowers parents to look below the surface of their child’s behaviors, discovering the sources of the child’s difficulties.  

✍️ It holds knowledge on how nutrition, parenting, family stressors, the environment, and certain school settings can actually exacerbate ADHD symptoms. 

✍️ It deepens your understanding of how your child’s nervous system contributes to their behaviors, emotions, and difficulties. 

✍️ It focuses on expanding your awareness of your child’s emotional, physical and relational needs and how to respond to these vs. focusing on ‘managing’ their behaviors. 

✍️ It supports your children to develop their self-regulation through your relational connection and co-soothing.

✍️ It is about growing & learning new ways of being and connecting with your child. 

Sound complicated? 

It’s not necessarily complicated, but it’s also not easy or simple. 

It takes time, commitment, and effort, lots of practice, and sometimes lots of support! 

It also might mean ‘retraining’ your current or ‘traditional’ parenting brain. 

BUT…

The good news is that when parents put in the work, they begin to see BIG changes. 

While children who have the diagnosis of ADHD have much more sensitive nervous systems (and therefore often struggle with emotional dysregulation, hyper-arousal, and/or fight/flight modes), it doesn’t mean that their nervous system has to be forever ‘stuck’! 

Children can be supported to develop emotional regulation, harness their ADHD based superpowers, learn, and have a more integrated sensory experience.

A crucial first step, of course, is getting children’s inflammation levels more under control. (We do this in large part through changing the diet!)

Then emotional regulation development can start to occur. 

And it starts with us, the caregivers! 

We must change the way we parent. 

When we attune to our children’s nervous system and respond to their (often very disguised in tricky behaviors) needs and emotions- they feel seen and soothed- and this helps their brain rewire! Of course this takes practice, practice, and more practice! 

Remember….

Relationships are the fastest way to soothe a dysregulated nervous system!

Want to learn more from Ashley about how to parent a child with ADHD using strategies that actually work?

Check out our Jumpstart 4 Parenting Program, where Ashley shares EVEN MORE about ADHD-specific parenting: https://adhdthrivemethod.com/adhd-thrive-jump-start-parenting-4-adhd

 


 

Want to know more about how we can help YOU get to a place of peace and calm with your child using natural strategies?

Let’s talk! 

Book your free call with one of my expert team members to help you take your next step toward a healthier, happier home. There is absolutely NO RISK. It’s free, and there are no obligations. All we will do is chat about how we can help you get to where you want to go!

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Alternatively, for more details about how you can help reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms, sign up for my free online webinar today here.

And as always, I am not a medical doctor and the above post is based on my experience. No information on this site should be relied upon to make a medical diagnosis, treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition. 

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About the Author'

Hi, I’m Dana Kay, and I am a Board Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner. My goal is to assist families who have children with ADHD, through nutrition and functional lab testing and to discover HIDDEN stresses and dysfunctions, as well as implementing a holistic and all-natural family approach to health and wellness.

Book your free call with one of my expert team members to help you take your next step toward a healthier, happier home. There is absolutely NO RISK. It’s free, and there are no obligations. All we will do is chat about how we can help you get to where you want to go!