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What to Say to your Child or Teen about Diagnosis for ADHD

A member of our ADHD Parenting Community on Facebook (this is a private group open to the public) posted this question: "What is the best way to “teach” a preteen or teen about their ADHD when they don’t really want to talk about it, or even hear the word(s) ADHD? What do I say to them about their diagnosis?"

While answering the post, I realized that this question -- how to explain ADHD to kids, as well as other diagnoses -- comes up a lot in our tribe. So I decided it would be really helpful to create a tip for everyone in our tribe to point you to the tips, videos and articles we have on the topic.

There are truly amazing resources here on ImpactADHD.com, so if you are ready to bring your child to the next step of self-understanding, the links below are a great place to start.

  1. Read articles/tips:
  2. Watch these short Tea & Tips videos with Elaine & Diane:
  3. Watch and read Syd TK’s manifesto and 5 min video:
  4. Use the Executive Function exercise:
    • Available in module 2 of Sanity School®and/or watch the Executive Function webinar in the Webinar Library (members access only).
  5. Two key articles about treatment:

Talking to your kid about how their brain is wired is essential to help them understand themselves, and ultimately learn to manage themselves over time. It starts with understanding the condition, and what it means for them. As you explain ADHD (or anxiety, LD, depression, etc.) to your kids, there are things you’ll want to include, and things you might not want to say. So take a look or listen to these tips, and get a sense of what to say when you start some new conversations with your kids about ADHD (or whatever else is making it difficult for them in life and school).

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