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Penny Williams

His behavior isn’t age appropriate sometimes because ADHD is a developmental disorder. He’s behind in some areas, and frustration tolerance and emotional regulation and communication are very likely. Outbursts signal that your child is HAVING a hard time, not GIVING you a hard time.

Your Child Is Not Giving You a Hard Time. Your Child Is Having a Hard Time.

Your Child’s ADHD Is an Iceberg

Medication isn’t a “fix” — it’s one tool in a large toolbox. Medication may help with this and a whole like more, but remember that you have to work on your parenting approach and your child’s lagging skills as well to see real improvement.

We had a great experience with medication for my son for about 8 years. After puberty, medication became too focusing for him and he couldn’t tolerate it well anymore. It was a complete game-changer for him when it worked though.

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