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7 Crucial Tips for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD

I want to share with you a free resource which I think you will find very helpful.

Bryan Hutchinson has authored 3 books on ADHD, and several free ebooks. I’m writing to share with you about one of the free ebooks which I think you’ll find very helpful.

In this ebook, Bryan shares 7 crucial tips for parents and teachers of children with ADHD. These tips are very good. Bryan writes with great understanding of what kids and teens with ADD/ADHD need, because of the fact that he grew up with undiagnosed ADHD. He was diagnosed as an adult, and has looked back on the challenges of his childhood. Fortunately for us – Bryan has chosen to share his experiences and insights to help us to understand better what goes on for kids and teens with ADD/ADHD (whether they are undiagnosed, or diagnosed).

This free ebook is: an easy read, useful, and practical. There is wisdom in these (virtual) pages. I encourage you to claim your copy of this ebook right now.

You can get your free copy here: 7 Crucial Tips for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD

If you find the information helpful, why not learn more from Bryan?

You can get copies of his other ADHD books here. (I particularly recommend ‘One Boy’s Struggle’)

And, of course, because this ebook is free – you are allowed to pass it along to other people who you think may benefit from it.


Dr. Kenny

p.s. here’s the link again to the free ebook:

7 Crucial Tips for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD

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ADHD: Teacher Horror Stories

We just posted an article to this blog about good communication strategies for parents to use with their child’s teacher.

We’d love to hear from you, as well as other readers from our online community.

While there are many great teachers out there, who make a dramatic difference in kids’ lives, there are also teachers who just don’t mesh well with kids with ADHD. I’d love to hear from you – have you had a real problem with a teacher for your child with ADD or ADHD?

Sometimes there are problems with teachers not helping, and other times there are teachers that seem to make things worse. I think the latter falls into the category of ‘horror stories’.

I open up this discussion, because I think it can be helpful for all of us to learn about the challenges that many people have gone through. That said – I want to be clear here about the ‘ground rules’ for comments below:

  1. All comments are moderated – so your comment won’t appear right away, and if it is deemed inappropriate in any way, it won’t be posted to this blog
  2. It is not OK to identify teachers by name and school – i.e. I don’t want this to turn into a place to specifically ‘get back’ at a teacher you were upset with. Please don’t use names or school names, and we can just learn about your challenges (and hopefully solutions you eventually found)
  3. It is not OK to include hateful, racial or threatening comments (it is completely up to us to determine the definition of those terms)

So — after reading those ‘ground rules’, you may wonder what I’m expecting… I’ve been blogging in the ADHD space for a few years now, and I know that when people are typing comments in (often late at night), they can include more than they intend to. If you stick to the ground rules, we’d love to hear your comments about struggles with teachers.

As I’ve posted before, teachers are wonderful and can be tremendously helpful. I hope that the comments below will help teachers and other educators to know what NOT to do, and it can also help parents to understand other people’s struggles and hopefully the solutions they found.

All the best,

Dr. Kenny

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Great Teachers for ADD?

We just posted an article to this blog about good communication strategies for parents to use with their child’s teacher.

We’d love to hear from you, as well as other readers from our online community.

Has your son or daughter had a teacher who has made a tremendous difference in your child’s life?

Please take a moment and share some comments below – we’d love to hear about it.

… and it could help to inspire other teachers, and let some parents know what is possible.

Personally, I remember many of my teachers over the years who had a dramatic impact on me. I remember them well, and I have stories about how they went ‘above and beyond’.

Please share your comments and experiences below.


Dr. Kenny

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7 Steps To Succeed With ADHD – Seminar

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking live in Toronto on May 28th, 2009, for Leading Edge Seminars.

This seminar is aimed to teach educators, therapists and other health care professionals about ADD and ADHD. While the level of content will be aimed to professionals, I know that many parents could benefit from this as well (and I’m pleased to say that I know of at least one mother from my medical practice who will be attending!).

If you register early (before April 8th) there is a discount for ‘early birds’.

You can learn more and register here.
Even if you don’t live in or near Toronto, many people will be traveling in for this event – consider it!

The details of the event, as described on the Leading Edge Seminars Website are:

By discussing “differences” rather than deficits, a strength-based approach will be emphasized. Participants will cover the seven steps to successful treatment of ADHD: 1) education about ADHD, 2) proper assessment, 3) school and academic strategies, 4) parenting strategies, 5) medication, 6) alternative treatment approaches, and 7) treatment integration. Dr. Handelman’s succinct yet comprehensive teachings speak to the breadth of his knowledge on all aspects of the disorder, from organicity to diagnosis, treatment, and co-morbidities.

You will learn —

* The advantages of a strength-based approach to ADHD
* About the newest brain research in ADHD
* How co-morbid conditions can complicate and interact with assessment and treatment of ADHD
* The two main approaches for parenting kids with ADHD — and how these approaches are mutually exclusive
* Evidence-based alternative treatments for ADHD (66 percent are using them, though often not talking to their doctor about them)
* About updates in medication for ADHD and current treatments available, as well as new ones coming to Canada soon

If you are a blog reader or subscriber of mine, and you do come to the event, please let me know. I love getting to meet you in person.

I hope to see you soon!


Dr. Kenny

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