Support for Parents of ADHD Children

image Support for parents of ADHD children is often overlooked and hard to come by.

When a child has an ADHD diagnosis, the focus tends to be on the child. This is perfectly understandable and appropriate. That being said, we can’t ignore the fact that parents are huge supporting players in managing the impact of their child’s signs and symptoms.

Not only that, parents of children who don’t have ADHD or learning difficulties sometimes just don’t get it. This is a lonely place to be as a parent.

In anticipation of our upcoming Springboard Parent Group – a group designed for parents of children of all ages who struggle with attention difficulties – we thought it would be important to offer up a few more ideas for sources of support. This list is by no means comprehensive, but the hope is to give you a sense of what’s out there:

  • Online resources:
    • The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC): This amazing resource for all things ADHD offers up some great parenting tips, resources, and ideas for support. Not only that, it’s clear that they truly recognize and appreciate what’s involved with being a parent of an ADHD child. They truly get it.

    • A Mom’s (and Dad’s) View of ADHD – everyday life with our ADHD Kids: This blog is a great example of a publication that focuses on the unique perspective of raising an ADHD child. The website offers personalized stories, tips and ideas, sources of information, and a general sense of community amongst other parents.

    • Facebook groups: Several online Facebook groups have been popping up, including this forum for parents of children with ADHD

  • Support groups:
    • Springboard Parent Group: Running Wednesday evenings in May, this group will be an opportunity for you to collaborate with other parents to design personalized strategies and offer one another support.(Ed. note: although this particular group has long since finished, Springboard continues to run regular parent groups. Check out our website here to see when the next one will be held!)

    • Other groups: CADDAC offers an up-to-date list of ADHD support groups here.
  • Parent coaching:

Have any other great resources you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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