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Parent Workshop: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Presented by the ADHD Foundation.
Your unconditional love, compassionate understanding and unwavering support is everything to your child with ADHD.
Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging, but it can also be a rich and rewarding experience, especially if we learn to proactively parent our children with a strong understanding of their ADHD reality.
Parenting in this manner requires an in-depth understanding of ADHD. It enables us to accurately identify the underlying reasons behind our children’s struggles, as well as the parenting approach and personalised support they require to navigate life successfully, develop in a healthy manner and thrive.
Unfortunately, without an accurate understanding of what is really going on for our children with ADHD we can fall into the trap of misinterpreting their behaviour. For example, when they are struggling we may jump to the conclusion they are being naughty, manipulative or lazy. This predisposes us to using punitive measures in an attempt to control their behaviour. However, punishing our children for behaviour that is symptomatic of their developmental delay and lagging self-regulation skills will do nothing but crush their self-esteem and self-worth, foster shame and exacerbate their challenges. It can also contribute to them becoming oppositional and defiant.
Presentation & workshop goals
This session is designed to help you really understand ADHD and the many ways it manifests in your child’s life, both in their unique gifts and in their individual challenges. It will also teach you to:
- protect your child’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth as well as their ability to be successful by ensuring the expectations you place upon them are appropriate for their abilities and executive function age
- apply scaffolding which supports your child’s delayed skills and helps to bridge the gap between their executive function age and their chronological age
- use a strength-based approach, harnessing your child’s interests and providing in-the-moment positive reinforcement
- advocate successfully for your child at school
- build a solid foundation and cultivate open communication between you and your child using The Five Cs Parenting Framework. This framework will help you to open up ‘teachable moments’ in which you can gently foster self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion in your child. It will also show you how to collaborate with your child to help them slowly develop the skills they will require to one day manage their ADHD independently.
Research shows that although parenting style does not cause ADHD, it can work to either exacerbate or diminish our children’s ADHD symptoms. It can affect our children’s long-term outcomes. It also has a huge influence on the quality of child-parent and sibling relationships, and on the level of personal satisfaction one experiences from being a parent.
Lou Brown is an ADHD Coach, Consultant and Advocate. She is also the author of ADHD in Primary School: a comprehensive guide to understanding and supporting students with ADHD in the classroom. Prior to becoming a coach, Lou worked as a Registered Nurse for over 17 years and held several senior nursing positions. She left nursing when she and her son were diagnosed with ADHD and set about on a new career path determined to make a difference in the lives of those with ADHD. Lou works one-onone with parents of children who have ADHD, as well as with adults who are affected by the disorder. With a unique insight into both the symptoms of ADHD and what it feels like to experience them, Lou also provides ADHD education and workshops for parents, adults and teacher. As a tireless ADHD advocate, she frequently collaborates with ADHD Australia, Parents for ADHD Advocacy Australia, and the ADHD Foundation Australia and has appeared in multiple television interviews and online and print publications, sharing her lived experience with the aim of fostering understanding and awareness around ADHD
The ADHD Foundation is a not for profit organisation whose mission is to improve the outcomes of individuals with ADHD through collaboration, advocacy and policy reform, so that all children and adults with ADHD: receive the evidence based treatment and support they require to develop in a healthy manner and reach their full potential; experience optimal health and wellbeing; live a full and rewarding life; and feel good about themselves and about their future. Find out more by going here.