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261 What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew – Saline
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261 What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew – Saline

Parent Alert! ADHD Parenting Evolves

Dr. Sharon Saline, Northampton, MA, Sharon Saline, a clinical psychologist and author What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, specializes in working with kids, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities and other mental health issues. The upshot of her work is the instructive guide for ADHD Parenting.

Her unique perspective - as a sibling in an ADHD home, combined with decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant - assists her in guiding families and adults towards effective communication and closer connections. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, different kinds of learners and the teen brain.

How: Dr. Saline's Helpful Advice To Reconsider ADHD Parenting - The 5 C's

Based on dozens of interviews from kids and families as well as clinical examples, this book shares the voices of kids with ADHD themselves and provides a parenting model that emphasizes practical approaches to everyday challenges and helps parents of all kids, not just those with ADHD.

My approach for ADHD Parenting progress is called The 5C's of ADHD Parenting - it relies on:

  • Self-Control,
  • Compassion,
  • Collaboration,
  • Consistency, and
  • Celebration


These daily practices reduce the frustration that most families living with the ADHD parenting experience. Kids with ADHD want to be included in discussions of plans aimed at helping them.

When they don't feel heard or considered, they lack buy-in and cooperation. They need direct instruction to improve executive functioning challenges and usually can identify areas where they need help.

Kids with ADHD want to be noticed for their efforts, not just their failures. They hear so much criticism that they don't believe feedback can be positive. It's often hard for them to get motivated or like themselves in light of the amount of negativity they receive.

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Thanks, Sharon for joining us here at CBJ to review your observations and research about the values more informed, more intentional parenting for ADHD children.


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