The Conscious Parent's Guide To ADHD: A Mindful Approach for Helping Your Child Gain Focus and Self-Control

The Conscious Parent's Guide To ADHD: A Mindful Approach for Helping Your Child Gain Focus and Self-Control

by Rebecca Branstetter


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An integrative method for helping children focus and learn!

If your child has been given a diagnosis of ADHD, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. With The Conscious Parent's Guide to ADHD, you will learn how to take a relationship-centered approach to parenting that engages your child and ensures that he succeeds behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. Conscious parenting is about being present with your child and taking the time to understand how to help him flourish. By practicing this mindful method, you can support your child emotionally and help nurture his development.

With this all-in-one guide, you can create a plan that not only addresses the challenges a child with ADHD faces, but also creates a mindful, less stressful atmosphere for the whole family.

You'll be able to:
  • Honor your child's unique learning style
  • Adapt a conscious parenting philosophy that works for everyone
  • Understand treatment options and weigh the pros and cons of medication
  • Lower stress levels for the entire family, including other siblings
  • Learn how a mindful approach can be combined with other treatments
  • Help your child focus at home and school
  • Focus on your child's strengths as well as weaknesses
  • Encourage your child to achieve his goals
When both you and your child are more mindful and relaxed, your child can learn to focus, gain independence, and thrive both in school and out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440593116
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 12/04/2015
Series: The Conscious Parent's Guides
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 623,590
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Branstetter, PhD, is a child and adolescent psychologist and school psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Branstetter assesses and counsels children and adolescents with learning and emotional challenges in public schools and in private practice. She is the author of the popular blog Notes from the School Psychologist ( as well as The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Conscious Parenting 10

The Benefits of Conscious Parenting 11

Giving Your Child Full Attention 13

Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD 14

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation 16

Predominantly Hyperactive Presentation 18

Primary and Secondary Symptoms 21

Important Points to Consider 22

Chapter 2 Getting a Diagnosis 24

Where Should You Start? 25

Common Diagnostic Challenges of Childhood ADHD 25

How to Find a Specialist 27

Importance of Medical Examination 31

Help Your Doctor Develop a History of Behavior 32

Tests Your Doctor May Use 33

Educational Testing 34

Is This Specialist Right for Your Child? 35

Important Points to Consider 37

Chapter 3 Understanding the Controversy Surrounding Preschool Children and ADHD 38

Can You Really Diagnose ADHD in Toddlers? 39

Does My Toddler Have ADHD? 40

Does My Preschooler Have ADHD? 41

The Dangers of Early Diagnosis 42

Pros and Cons of a "Wait and See" Approach 43

The Preschool ADHD Treatment Study (PATS) 44

The Controversy Regarding TV and ADHD 45

Survival Tips for Parents 46

Important Points to Consider 49

Chapter 4 ADHD In Grade School Children 50

The Best Types of Classrooms for Children with ADHD 51

Performance Problems Associated with ADHD 52

Understanding Behavior Associated with ADHD 53

Help Build Structure and Organization 56

Develop Routines 58

Helping Your Child Overcome Frustrations, Setbacks, and Competition 61

Important Points to Consider 63

Chapter 5 ADHD in Middle School Adolescents 64

A Difficult Transition 65

Dealing with ADHD-Related Academic Challenges 66

Helping Your Tween Get and Stay Organized 69

Teaching Your Child Time-Management Skills 70

Importance and Challenges of Peer Approval 72

Parental Involvement in Extracurricular Activities 73

Can Your Adolescent "Grow Out" of ADHD? 73

Tweens with ADHD and Learning Disabilities 74

Important Points to Consider 77

Chapter 6 ADHD in Teenagers 78

Dealing with Academic/Classroom Challenges 79

Does Medication Give Your Teen an Academic Edge? 80

Helping Your Teen Get and Stay Organized 81

Helping Your Child Deal with Anger and Criticism 81

Dating, Networking, and Other Social Challenges 83

ADHD and Addictions 85

Is Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel? 86

Teenage ADHD Rebellion 87

Helping Your Teen Get Into College or Find a Career Path 87

Mindfulness Activities for Teenagers 89

Important Points to Consider 91

Chapter 7 Creating Harmony at Home 92

Helping Family Members Manage ADHD 93

Handling Disruptive Behavior 97

Effective Intervention Strategies 98

Work with a Therapist to Improve Communication 99

Important Points to Consider 100

Chapter 8 The Promise of Mindfulness 102

What Is Mindfulness? 103

Why Mindfulness Is Important for Children with ADHD 106

Does Mindfulness Work? 108

Mindfulness and Executive Functioning 109

Making Time for Mindfulness 110

Mindful Parenting: Mindfulness Benefits for the Whole Family 111

Important Points to Consider 118

Chapter 9 Helping Your Child Succeed at School 120

Public or Private School? 121

How to Help Your Child Get the Support She Needs at School 122

Turning Teachers and Administrators Into Allies 122

When Your Child with ADHD Has Special Needs 125

Taking Advantage of Special Services 126

Mentoring Children with ADHD 128

Should Your Child Tell His Friends He Has ADHD? 128

Should I Get Involved at My Child's School? 129

Important Points to Consider 129

Chapter 10 Coping with Social Challenges 131

Why Making Friends Is More Difficult for Children with ADHD 132

ADHD Symptoms that Flare in Social Settings 133

Helping Your Child Deal with Anger and Criticism 134

Dealing with Impatience 135

Teaching Your Child How to Share and Compromise 136

Helping Your Child Make Friends 137

Helping Your Child Tune in to Nonverbal Cues 138

Benefits of Role-Playing 139

Correcting Inappropriate Social Behavior 141

Importance of ADHD Buddies and Support Groups 142

Helping Your Child Tap Into Social Oudets 143

If Your Child Is a Loner 145

Important Points to Consider 145

Chapter 11 Parenting Challenges for Parents of Children With ADHD 147

Behavior Strategies for Parents 148

Improving Communication 150

Establishing Structure and Setting Rules 151

Improving Organization and Time Management 152

Using Rewards and Consequences 155

Financial Interventions 155

Support Groups for Parents of Children with ADHD 157

Strategies for Parents 157

Important Points to Consider 160

Chapter 12 Choosing the Right Treatment 161

Evidence-Based Treatment Programs 162

What to Try First 162

Types of Psychological Treatments 165

Neurofeedback Therapies 168

Balancing and Holistic Therapies 169

Diet and Exercise 171

Benefits of a Multitreatment Approach 173

Tools for Charting Your Child's Progress 173

Important Points to Consider 175

Chapter 13 Treating with Medication 176

Results of NIH Landmark Study on Results of Medication and Therapy 177

Pros and Cons of Medication in Young Children 178

Most Commonly Prescribed Drugs for Childhood ADHD 180

The Right Drug at the Right Dose 181

Stimulant Medications 183

Nonstimulant Medications 186

Antidepressants 187

Mood Stabilizers and Antihypertensives 189

Other Medications for Childhood ADHD 190

Short- and Long-Term Benefits 191

Managing Side Effects 192

Tracking Progress 195

When Your Child's Medication Doesn't Work or Stops Working 196

Important Points to Consider 197

Chapter 14 The Role of Behavior Modification Therapy 198

Origin of Behavior Modification 199

What Is Behavior Modification? 199

Types of Behavior Modification 200

How Behavior Modification Works 201

Helping Your Therapist Develop a Customized Program for Your Child 202

Importance of Rewarding Good Behavior 203

Increasing the Chances of Success 207

Overcoming Challenges in Behavior Modification 210

Role of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 211

Combining Medication with Behavior Modification 212

Important Points to Consider 213

Chapter 15 The Benefits of Talk Therapy 214

Anatomy of Talk Therapy 215

Why and When Talk Therapy Works 215

Which Talk Therapy Is Right for Your Child? 216

Insight Therapy 218

Support Therapy 219

Relationship Therapy 221

Group Counseling 222

Family Therapy 223

How to Find a Therapist 224

The Importance of ADHD Support Groups 224

Important Points to Consider 226

Chapter 16 Finding the Silver Lining 227

Counting Your Blessings 228

The Hidden Gifts of ADHD 228

Tapping Into Special Talents 230

Harnessing the Power of Friendship 233

The Latest and Greatest ADHD Research 234

Important Points to Consider 235

Index 236

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