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you have the ADHD diagnosis…now what?

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other than meds? How do we treat/manage the condition?

How do we help our children be successful?

Especially those with Positive Illusory Bias

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Onthemove1971

Welcome! What is Positive Illusory Bias?

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ELucas13

I do not know how old your child is, but medication tends to be the most effective way to manage ADHD. This can be a bit of trial and error. If your child is young, this is especially true as they are not quite able to work through the ADHD with other means just yet--such as coaching, CBT, etc.

I encourage you to do as much research as possible, ADDitutde magazine is a great resource, and talk to your doctor and get on a waitlist with a psychiatrist who deals with children and/or ADHD.

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anirush

Medication, counseling/ coaching, 504 or IEP in school , lots of patience. Good luck.

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eva2022

I’m so glad that you found this group! It’s been so helpful to me.

For us, having a structure that my son knows for the day is helpful. Every day at breakfast, I draw out how his day is going to go.

We have a discipline system where he moves between red and green based on following our house rules. If he ends on green, he gets a pre-determined reward. Red, a pre-determined consequence.

The school is supporting our son 100%. I think this has been the biggest help. He sees the counselor every day to work on peer interaction (he is also on the spectrum), his teacher checks in with him after every subject to review his behavior, and the teachers watch him closely to facilitate positive behaviors.

This is very basic, but I’ve also just really let go of expectations for our home. I try to keep the main living area tidied up, but other than that my son does pretty much take over the house with his ADHD. His autism expresses itself by an obsession with connecting different electronics to each other, and they will be all over other parts of the house. I just let it go.

The other thing that has worked really well for my son is praising the positive opposite…you can find more by a doctor named Kazden. It has been a very good approach to changing behaviors for us.

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PriyankaJain

If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, it is essential to understand that this does not mean that you are incapable of managing your own life or will never be successful. On the contrary, there are many things that an ADHD person can do to manage their symptoms and achieve success.

One of the most important things is learning how to self-manage your condition. This means setting realistic goals and consistently working towards them, even when difficulties arise. It also involves being committed to seeking professional help when needed so that you can remain on track and improve your overall well-being.

ADHD people often struggle with executive function skills the ability to plan, organize, and focus on tasks), making it challenging to stick to timelines or deadlines.

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NYCmom2

I recommend the inspiring and informative podcast, Beautifully Complex: Navigating Neurodiverse Parenting

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