This is a perfect conversation for Back-to-School season as we navigate supporting our children with their unique needs and learning preferences.
My guest, Dr. Mary Wilde, is an integrative pediatrician and owner of Imagine Pediatrics Behavioral Health and Wellness in St. George, Utah. She uses a strength-based, whole-child approach to address emotional and behavioral issues in kids. Her main focus areas are anxiety, ADHD, and parenting.
Dr. Wilde has created several online resources, including an online course for kids and teens with anxiety and a membership community called Compassion Parenting. She is an author, podcaster, and frequent contributor to various online platforms. Her book, Faithful Nurturing: Mothering from the Heart to the Heart, is a guidebook and memoir that explores the core work of motherhood. Her podcast, Compassion Parenting, explores the nuances of parenting with love and wisdom. Dr. Wilde and her husband Jason are the parents to 8 sons. Visit drmarywilde.com to learn more.
– 3 Takeaways to Empower Kids with ADHD –
- Help your child with ADHD see their strengths. Children with ADHD are probably used to getting a lot of negative feedback about their behaviors, but it’s important to help them understand that many of their greatest gifts come from the unique way that their brain works.
- Help your child with ADHD find a matched environment to set them up for success. This may play into the decisions you make for their schooling, as well as the communication you have with their teachers about their needs. It’s important to recognize when they’ve been in a mismatched environment for a long time, so you can help them recalibrate and lean back into their strengths.
- Help your child with ADHD have vision for the future by sharing success stories. Is there a famous person in their field of interest that has ADHD? Do some Googling and find out. It’s important that they (and we are their parents) recognize that this diagnosis does not have to limit their potential throughout their life but can actually be a springboard for harnessing their unique gifts.
>>>Are these tips about empowering kids with ADHD helpful? What would you add to her takeaways? Tell us in the comments below.
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- The Gift of ADHD (book)
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