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Help For Kids Starts With Parents

If a child has a problem or medical condition, why would it make sense to focus on the parents? Isn't it more important to treat the child?

Since parents are a child's medical manager, parent education and training is actually the first step of any treatment when children have chronic medical conditions.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association (and others), parent training in behavior management (a.k.a. "behavior therapy") is recommended for parents of children with ADHD and related conditions, so that parents can learn to manage typical (and difficult) situations more effectively. Read more about Recommended Treatment.

Research has shown that kids improve when parents:
ImpactADHD: Help For Kids Stats With Parents / Blackboard Wordcloud

  • are better informed and learn to communicate more effectively with kids of all ages
  • learn strategies for management specific to their child's needs
  • implement those strategies at the 'point of performance' where the problems occur
  • have a chance to practice and get feedback on what they're doing
  • are connected to a community of other parents who share their struggles.

Children need adults in their lives to understand them, guide them, and teach them how to manage their daily challenges of life and learning.

The bottom line is this: If you are struggling (in any way) to help a child (of any age) who has challenges that interfere with any aspect of life or learning, then it is recommended that you get help for your child by getting help for yourself.

Early on, we tried to playfully capture the essence of this recommendation in a "Power to the Parent Proclamation"...

Power to the Parent Proclamation: ImpactADHD©

So no matter how many therapies, or social skills classes, or IEP meetings, or brain training sessions, or any other efforts you are putting into helping your kids learn to cope, there's no substitute for starting with you.

Focusing on yourself and your approach to parenting is at the core of setting your child up for long term independence and success.

We invite you to learn more about the transformational impact of the coach-approach to parenting, and let us help you help your kid!

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