ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

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.

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.”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on August 6, 2019. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on April 14, 2020

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