Helpful Resources for Childhood ADHD

Helpful Resources for Childhood ADHD

Discover the best help and support resources for helping your child live life to the fullest with ADHD.

Getting Support
Having trouble managing your child's ADHD on your own? Successfully parenting a child with ADHD doesn't have to be a solo journey. In fact, getting additional support may be just the thing that helps you, your child, and your entire family fully overcome the challenges that ADHD presents.

Different Ways to Get Connected
Wanting support and knowing how to get it are two different things. So where do you start? Your pediatrician or child ADHD specialist may be your best resource. As you start your search, think about the type of support that would be most helpful for you. A parenting support group to help you cope? Individual counseling or ADHD coaching for your child? Or counseling for the entire family? There are a lot of ways to take some of the stress out of dealing with child ADHD alone. But the form of support that works best for you is really a matter of personal preference.

Group Support for Parents
Support groups and group therapy meetings allow parents of children with ADHD to learn from the successes and struggles of others. Support groups provide an opportunity to meet other parents dealing with the same types of problems and challenges, share experiences, discuss treatment options, and share tips and advice on managing your child's day-to-day life. Group therapy sessions provide a similar opportunity, but under the guidance of a counselor or therapist. To find support groups or group therapy programs in your area, ask your pediatrician, an ADHD specialist, or your local hospital's community-outreach program for recommendations.

One-on-One Help for Your Child
If your child needs extra help with emotions or behavioral skills, individual counseling, therapy, or ADHD coaching may be an option. Therapy or coaching can be focused on specific challenges, such as staying organized or managing time more effectively. Therapy can also be focused on helping the entire family deal with the challenging dynamics of ADHD and life in general. Ask your child's doctor to recommend a therapist, family therapist, or ADHD coach who might work for you and your child.

In addition to professional counseling, finding a trusted friend or family member just to talk with whenever you feel overwhelmed can help get you through rough patches. Don't be afraid to ask for help -- or to accept help when a friend or family member offers.

Taking Control
Seeking appropriate treatment for ADHD is essential to managing it. Often, getting emotional support is a key part of effective treatment. Don't be shy about reaching out and experimenting until you find the types of support or therapy that works best for you, your child, and your entire family.

For more information on support resources, visit the following organizations online:

  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • National Resource Center on AD/HD
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Medically reviewed in January 2018.

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