Advancements in ADHD Understanding & Treatment

Advancement in ADHD

After the recent National CHADD Conference, I met with my Coaches Cohort – a special group of ADHD specialists, advocates, and passionate professionals like myself – whom I have known and worked with for over ten years.   Each year after the Conference, we meet to discuss new takeaways and insights to further our knowledge and … Read more

ADHD is Not a Problem of KNOWING What To Do – It’s a Problem of DOING What You Know

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Ok, school started. Back to the grind.   For some parents, it’s a relief to have the kids back to a routine. But for others, it’s a daily nightmare of prodding them along to reach the potential you know they have. I wish I had the magic bullet for you to convince your child that if they … Read more

College Search Considerations for Students Needing Accommodations by Sara Zessar

ADHD and College: Making it work

If you are concerned about your child’s college search, ADHD, and accommodations, you are not alone. I recently spoke with independent college consultant Sara Zessar about college search considerations for students needing accommodations.  Please see her poignant advice below. If you have concerns about how you can best support your child as they consider the role … Read more

ADHD: Managing Your Emotions and Everyone Else’s… UGH!   

An Interview with Jeff Copper of Attention Talk Radio

If you realize the challenge that emotions play in your or your child’s life, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

In this interview, Jeff Copper and I discuss the importance of practicing calm and its benefits for you and your child.

Calm really works. It is powerful. When we can first calm down, we can engage differently.

If you find yourself feeling agitated or repeatedly frustrated with the same issues, it may be that an appropriate boundary has not been set.

Learn how practicing calm helps you to set and stick to boundaries that you are comfortable with and feel good about.

Calm is your Power.

 


Feel free to reach out with any questions: [email protected]

Calm & Connected: Parenting Children & Teens with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges© Learn More & Register

APCA: ADHD Parent Coach Academy professional training Learn More & Register

What is Calm & Connected© and APCA©? An interview with Cindy Goldrich and Dulce Torres.

In this interview, Cindy Goldrich discusses with Dulce Torres how Parent Coaching helps the child. You will learn: How Parent Coaching puts the parent at the center of support for the child. What Cindy’s Calm and Connected© parent workshop is and how it began. What Cindy’s Professional Training, APCA: ADHD Parent Coach Training© is and … Read more

Guiding Bright Minds: Top Ten Strategies to Parenting Children & Teens with ADHD/EF Challenges

Living with ADHD is not easy. Not for parents, not for siblings, and most of all, not for the child with ADHD. We have learned so much in the past ten years to help ease the path for these children both in school and at home. This presentation from Cindy Goldrich, certified ADHD coach, covers … Read more

Adult ADHD and Motherhood: 6 Expert Tips for a Calmer Home

Adult ADHD and Motherhood

Adult ADHD and Motherhood can be stressful. Below are 6 tips from Dr. Scott Shapiro, Psychiatrist and Therapist, that will help bring more calm, organization, and enjoyment to your daily life. I first became acquainted with Psychiatrist Scott Shapiro when we were colleagues years ago working for Dr. Edward Hallowell at the Hallowell Center in … Read more

How ADHD Parent Coaching Can Boost Child Therapy Success

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When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, Parent Coaching can make all the difference in improving the quality of your and your child’s lives.

Parents usually receive standard recommendations for raising kids with ADHD, such as accommodations and modifications for school, perhaps therapeutic interventions for the child, and sometimes medication.  Many times, parents are unaware of the social and emotional impact that ADHD has on learning, motivation, behavior, and the whole family system.

That’s where Parent Coaching helps.

By relying on love, intuition, and logic, parents may unintentionally exacerbate the very challenges they are trying to remediate without the proper knowledge, tools, and insights.  Parent Coaching with professionals who are specifically trained in ADHD and Executive Function can help parents see how their assumptions, expectations, and communication style may hinder rather than enhance their support for their children.

Outside therapies and interventions that are child-centered may not have a robust and consistent impact on children when parents do not have the skills and insights to adjust the family dynamics. Complicating matters, even the most loving couples don’t always see parenting through the same lens when raising kids with ADHD or any learning or behavioral challenges. The stress this often creates between parents can place a strain on their marriage and the family system, often risking detrimental lifelong consequences for all involved.

Parent Coaching, with a trained Parent Coach, can help parents explore their different concerns and perspectives. Often this collaboration reduces marital stress and, perhaps more importantly, provides the child with healthier guidance and support.

In my work, I have found that parents often benefit from having their own time and privacy to examine their interactions with their children. With my clients, I begin by helping them understand their child through the lens of how ADHD impacts every aspect of their child’s communication, action, and emotional reaction.  

During Parent Coaching sessions, we explore issues such as:

  • parental enabling vs. supporting
  • improving communication so that children feel heard as well as understand their parent’s perspective
  • establishing boundaries that are productive and not triggering
  • establishing consequences that build skills rather than just be punitive
  • understanding what triggers challenging behavior rather than focusing on the action itself (whining, yelling, avoiding, etc.)


When parents begin with Parent Coaching, I often encourage them to take my Calm and Connected: Parenting Children with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges© seven-session workshop series.  

Session 1 can be taken alone, providing parents with a full psychoeducational understanding of ADHD and Executive Function.  Neuropsychologists, Pediatricians, and Psychiatrists often recommend it to parents upon completing the child’s evaluation.  By listening to other parents going through a similar journey, regardless of their child’s age, parents usually benefit from the shared experience. It’s wonderful to see the bonding and support between parents of high school children and elementary school children.  I also collaborate with the children’s therapists to create a full circle of support.

ADHD is not a disorder, as I like to look at it. I see it as a difference with challenges. If you can understand your challenges and figure out the tools and strategies to deal with those challenges, you can succeed at whatever you want!

When parents can parent without shame, blame, or criticism, and instead apply tolerance, empathy, and support, they can more closely connect and guide their children towards success. Parent Coaching helps you achieve this.

You are not alone on this journey!


If you are interested in Becoming a Professional ADHD Parent Coach, Click here to learn more.

You may also want to listen to the Podcast below to hear a discussion with Cathy Liska about the benefits and process of becoming an ADHD Parent Coach.
About Becoming an ADHD Parent Coach
with Cindy Goldrich, M.Ed., ADHD-CCSP and Cathy Liska, Center for Coaching Certification

 

Sky’s The Limit – ADHD Is Your Kid’s Superpower! Career Development for Teens & Adults with ADHD

ADHD Career

Parents ask me all the time, “How can I help my child choose the best career for them? What are the best jobs for people with ADHD? Will my child succeed in the future? Will they be able to support themselves when they are adults? Will they get a college degree? Will they get a … Read more

ADHD Diagnosis, Therapy, & Treatment Guide

ADHD Diagnosis, Therapy, & Treatment Guide

Science has come a long way in the last decade. Mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organizations have concluded that ADHD is a real, brain-based medical disorder. Getting a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve the lives of those who struggle. This guide will help clarify what is involved in getting a proper diagnosis … Read more