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Are You Treating Your ADHD Child As Competent and "Anti-Fragile"?


I've had the privilege of working with kids with ADHD and their families for over 20 years now as a clinician in private practice, former school social worker, and through parenting my son diagnosed with ADHD.   There are two crucial factors that I've noticed in families where children with ADHD thrive. In this blog post, I'll delve into these essential elements that contribute to the success of children with ADHD.

Seeing Your Child as Capable and "Anti-Fragile"
One of the cornerstone observations in my experience is that children who excel in life are those whose parents view them as fragile but as "anti-fragile." This shift in perspective can profoundly impact a child's self-esteem and overall well-being.

The Role of Medication
While I am not advocating for or against medication, I have consistently seen a positive correlation between children on a successful path and those who have been medicated. Following the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, a holistic approach that combines parent training and medication management can be beneficial. ADHD Dude follows the AAP evidence-based ADHD treatment recommendations, which include Parent Training (provided through the ADHD Dude Membership Site) in conjunction with medication management. 

Empowering Self-Concept
Treating children as competent individuals is crucial in shaping their self-concept. It involves not rescuing them when faced with challenges, avoiding reinforcement of learned helplessness, and instilling a sense of belief and support in their abilities. This approach can be transformative in fostering resilience and confidence in children with ADHD.

Empowering children with ADHD involves a multi-faceted approach that includes seeing them as capable and "anti-fragile," considering the role of medication as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, and nurturing a positive self-concept. By providing the proper support and encouragement, we can help children with ADHD realize their full potential and thrive. I know this from experience with my son and the hundreds of families I've worked with who have adhered to this advice. 

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