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Listen to “The Gift of Grit: Helping Children with ADHD Overcome Failure, Fear, & Disappointment” with Brendan Mahan

Tune in to learn about Brendan Mahan’s “Wall of Awful” tool that helps parents and children visualize and talk about the effects of repeated failure and disappointment — and overcome the fear, shame, and anxiety that are often associated with ADHD.

Editable vector illustration of children silhouettes on a climbing wall
Editable vector illustration of children silhouettes on a climbing wall

Listen to “The Gift of Grit: Helping Children with ADHD Overcome Failure, Fear, & Disappointment” with Brendan Mahan

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Children with ADHD struggle and fail more often than their peers. They have trouble starting and finishing tasks, homework is often a battle, and sometimes it seems their chores will never get done. These repeated challenges lead to guilt, shame, and anxiety.

As parents, we often struggle to understand and talk about this part of attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). That’s where The Wall of Awful comes in. It is a tool that helps us visualize and understand the effect that repeated failure has on our kids and ourselves. Once we understand it, we can more easily talk about — and overcome the shame, disappointments, and anxiety that children with ADHD often feel.

In this episode, learn:

  • The Wall of Awful — what it is and how it keeps our kids from initiating tasks and taking risks
  • How to better understand the emotional impact of repeated failure and how it affects both kids and adults
  • How to talk with your kids and loved ones about the emotional impact of repeated failure
  • Five ways people try to get past the emotional barrier created by failure—and which ones work best
  • How to help your child change his emotional state so he can get started more easily
  • How to limit the role of guilt and shame in ADHD
  • How to help your child develop the resiliency, strategies, and grit necessary to find success

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Listener testimonials:

  • “This was a great webinar. Full of useful tips and strategies, and a good reminder to be patient with myself and my daughter.  Thank you!”
  • “I was impressed with how many options were suggested for a variety of difficulties.  Also, looking at why a behavior may occur to match an appropriate response.  Thank you!”
  • “So helpful.  I am a parent of, a teacher of, and a spouse of a person with ADHD.  This webinar was helpful for all roles.”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on October 24, 2019

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