“Having the Talk: How to Best Explain ADHD to Your Child, Family, and Friends” [Video Replay & Podcast #265]
Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#265), and download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on October 10, 2019.
Part 2 of ADDitude’s 3-part ADHD Awareness Month Webinar Series
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 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.
- 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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Read More on How to Explain ADHD to Kids and Teens
- Bring This Article to Your Next Family Gathering: How to Respond to Unsolicited ADHD Advice by Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
- Good Comebacks (and Even Better ADHD Explanations) for Teens with ADHD by Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
- Your Brain Is a Ferrari by Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Meet the Expert Speaker
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified School Social Worker and the creator of the ADHD Dude YouTube channel and Facebook group. Ryan specializes in working with boys diagnosed with ADHD and their families. He provides coaching through ADHD Dude Coaching and is the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling and Summer Trip Camp in Margate, New Jersey. Ryan also creates content for ADDitude Magazine’s ADHD in Boys section. Ryan’s videos for kids can be found under the Dudes Learn Social playlist of the ADHD Dude YouTube channel. | See expert’s full bio »
- “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.”