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Listen to “Having the Talk: How to Explain ADHD to Your Child, Family, and Friends” with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

Tune in to listen as Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, provides empathetic, practical ways to talk about ADHD with your child and loved ones.

Daughter sitting on washing machine by the window using smart phone and talking with mother
Daughter sitting on washing machine by the window using smart phone and talking with mother

Listen to “Having the Talk: How to Explain ADHD to Your Child, Family, and Friends” with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

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When a child receives an ADHD diagnosis, they often take home a prescription for medication, maybe a handout titled “What Is ADHD?” — and that’s it. Rarely do they get a clear, fact-based explanation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As a result, many kids (and parents) feel unnecessarily ashamed of the diagnosis.

ADHD Awareness Month (October) is a perfect time to address this prevalent and persistent problem. The gains to a child’s self-esteem and self-understanding are huge when a caregiver works to gain deep knowledge and insight about attention deficit disorder (ADHD) — and the words to explain it effectively to a child, family members, and friends. Helping your child explain his own ADHD to peers and teachers is empowering and the most effective form of self-advocacy.

In this episode, learn:

  • How to help kids at various ages explain their ADHD diagnoses to peers
  • How parents can explain the condition to extended family members and friends who may see ADHD as a “character flaw”
  • How to explain ADHD specifically to fathers who may not believe in the diagnosis or think that their child’s ADHD behaviors are intentional
  • The downside of “sugarcoating” ADHD by calling it a “superpower” or “gift”

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Listener testimonials:

  • “Such great practical info on how to explain ADHD to kids and also other adults…brilliant pointers!”
  • “Thank you for having Ryan speak. He is wonderful and spot on. His perspective with boys and ADHD has been very valuable.”
  • “I really appreciate having multiple ways to envision and explain ADHD with different ages and social relationships in mind.”

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 23, 2019

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