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Ep #25 Treatment options for ADHD

Ep #25 Treatment options for ADHD

September 9, 2019

There are multiple ADHD treatment options. Understanding what they are and why they are being recommended is helpful as treatment courses are set.

When ADHD treatment options are present, it can be easy to dismiss individual options. We strongly advocate that you keep an open mind to any recommended treatment options. Treatment for ADHD could include medication, therapy, and ADHD behavior intervention, such as learning behavior or social skills. 

Because every child is unique and responds to medication differently, we are not here to give medical advice. We are here to walk you through therapy and ADHD behavior interventions that help kids with ADHD. 

Helping kids with ADHD may involve therapy. For many parents, therapy may seem scary or unfamiliar, or a label they don’t want for their child as therapy has gotten an undeserved bad rap. Treating ADHD should be a whole-body process, including taking care of our mental health. Therapy allows a child to discuss how ADHD affects them, what their environment is like, and thoughts and feelings. They learn how they respond to certain stimuli and what they can do to work through things healthily. 

Social or behavioral skills is another route that a doctor may recommend. Behavioral or social skills are skills that are implemented in the home and is a team effort between parents, caretakers, and the child. The skills we teach on Smarter Parenting are social and behavioral skills and are most effective when everybody is on the same page in their use.

If you are using behavior skills and aren’t seeing the change you expect, it’s probably because a component needs to be modified. An ADHD Parenting Coach can help you find clarity in what needs to be modified. An ADHD Parenting Coach can take a look at the big picture and help you see areas that need improvement while giving you confidence in your abilities. 

ADHD Parenting Coaching can be transforming and help you create the family you want. Sign-up for an individualized ADHD Parenting Coaching session today and take advantage of our free 15-minute mini-sessions.

When deciding treatment for your ADHD child, it’s vital to keep an open mind when it comes to all ADHD treatment options. The goal of your doctors is to help your child be healthy and happy.

Ep #24 Chasing “normal” with ADHD kid

Ep #24 Chasing “normal” with ADHD kid

September 3, 2019

Wanting what is best for our child is normal. Chasing “normal” with ADHD child can often be a frustrating endeavor as our “normal expectations” may not be realistic or helpful for our child. When children don’t hit the “milestones” we expect, it can be frustrating and can damage our relationship. 

We can do a disservice to our child when we compare them to other children, even to other kids with ADHD. When we compare our child with ADHD we can fail to see the milestone they do accomplishment. 

Using the ADHD behavior skill of Effective Praise will help recognize what they are doing well and to tell them.  When you recognize what they’re doing well, it gives them confidence in their abilities. 

Chasing normal with our ADHD child means setting new and realistic goals based on their strengths and not on some predetermined path. Our goal as parents is to help them on their path and to give them the skills they need to be successful long-term. 

To help parents, Smarter Parenting has launched ADHD Parenting Coaching. ADHD Parenting Coaching is one-on-one video coaching done from the comfort of your home, no need to go anywhere. An ADHD Parenting Coach can help you with challenging behavior, point out strengths so you don’t feel like a failure, and help you set realistic expectations for your ADHD child. 

For a limited time, Smarter Parenting is offering free 15-minute mini-sessions. Even in 15-minutes you can get incredible insight and help. Sign-up

Ep #23 Setting daily intentions

Ep #23 Setting daily intentions

August 27, 2019

At the Qualtrics conference in March 2019, Oprah stated that the secret to her success was setting realistic intentions. The thought behind setting intentions for the day is that before you do anything else, you decided the intention, or goal, that you want for the day. By setting intentions for the day it allows you to have a mind-shift, and the energy to focus as everything you do is now seen through that intention.

The power of intention is that it gives you control over the day. Instead of waking up and picking up your phone and instantly feeling like a failure because your life doesn’t look like another’s, you’re able to tell the world what you expect from it rather than the other way around. It’s a simple thing, but it allows you to set boundaries and practice self-care, which leads to confident living. 

As an ADHD parent, it can feel overwhelming to think about setting realistic intentions for the day as it’s one more thing we have to do. This simple exercise can help you deal with all the pressures you face. It gives you a “game plan” of sorts and helps you mentally prepare for everything that is on your plate. When you feel rejuvenated, you’re able to handle the day more effectively. It’s when we’re tired and overwhelmed that everything seems so much worse as we don’t have the energy to handle it. Taking time for yourself is essential and does not make you a bad parent (even if you feel like it does).

Successful parents are those who have found a way to balance their self-care with what their child needs.

Setting intentions is a lot like the behavior skill of Preventive Teaching. Preventive Teaching is all about preparing your child for what they may encounter by setting realistic expectations for their behavior.  

We want you to try setting daily intentions for one week. These intentions don’t have to be large or take up a ton of time. It can be as simple as, “How do I want to feel at the end of the day? What do I need to do to feel that way?” So, if at the end of the day you want to feel calm, then you’ll need to add small activities (away from your phone) to your day that allows you to feel that way. It may be taking a bath, eating a favorite treat, going for a walk, having lunch with a friend, or taking a small nap.

We can’t stress it enough. There is power in setting daily intentions. Trust us when we say that doing this small thing can have a significant impact on the relationships you have.

Ep #22 Mastering ADHD behavior skills

Ep #22 Mastering ADHD behavior skills

August 20, 2019

Mastering ADHD behavior skills gives parents the tools they need to handle any behavior situation. Behavior intervention strategies are essential components of ADHD management and make your life easier. They will allow you to feel like you have control, no matter what comes your way.

When you have mastered the basics, you’re able to improvise and create solutions even if you’ve never been in that situation before.

In 1975, pianist Keith Jarrett arrived for a concert in Koln Germany. Instead of finding a concert piano for him to play, he found a practice piano that wasn’t working correctly and was out of tune. Jarrett stated he wouldn’t play on that instrument because of his limitations. After a lot of pleadings by the stage manager, he agreed to do the concert. Jarrett recorded the concert. At the end of the concert, he received a standing ovation. The album of the concert became one of the best-selling albums of that year.

He was successful because he not only knew the basics, but because he had mastered the basics. He knew the limitations of the piano and what he would need to do to overcome those limitations to create something incredible.

Having the basics down gives you power as it allows you to remain in control and not get flustered when things don’t like we expected or imagined. 

Behavior skills are an essential part of your child’s ADHD treatment plan. Behavioral therapy for ADHD kids helps them learn to recognize and overcome their shortcomings in a way that allows them to create something incredible and successful. Much like Keith Jarrett was able to do in Koln. teaches behavior intervention strategies called behavior skills. Each skill taught in video lesson form. Watching the video isn’t enough to master the skill; the skill must be practiced and practiced often. 

As busy parents, it can be hard to find time to learn new behavior. Even small investments will eventually have long-term payoffs when it comes to mastering ADHD behavior skills. There are multiple ways to integrate ADHD behavior skills in everyday life. You can practice in the car, or while you're getting ready, or around the dinner table.

The goal with behavioral therapy for ADHD is to give you the tools so that you feel confident in handling anything that comes your way. Are they throwing a tantrum? Are they defiant? Those behaviors don’t scare you as you’ve got a toolbox full of tools that you feel confident in using.

Ep #21 ADHD and caretake fatigue

Ep #21 ADHD and caretake fatigue

August 13, 2019

In episode 21, ADHD Parenting coach, Siope Kinikini, talks about ADHD and caretaker fatigue. 

Caretaker fatigue is real, especially when parenting an ADHD child as they have so much energy. Having to be constantly “on” to deal with all that energy can be draining-emotionally, physically, mentally. Being “on” will eventually take its toll so it’s important for parents to avoid the ADHD burn-out by practicing self-care.

Many parents feel guilty for practicing self-care, but practicing self-care is not selfish.

If you don’t feel like you have time to practice self-care that is exactly when you need to. We know finding the time to practice self-care between school, work, family, and extracurricular activities are hard and adding one more thing to the plate may seem overwhelming. But when you are operating at half-capacity, it becomes harder to deal with their behaviors. 

By taking care of yourself first, you have the ability to provide the best care for your child which we know is what you want to do.

Our first recommendation for self-care is to find someone you can talk to and who will listen. Whether that is a support group for parents of ADHD child, a family member, or a friend. Whomever you choose, make sure they will listen without giving a lot of opinions, and only when you ask for it. 

Our second recommendation for self-care is to take a break and find something that rejuvenates you. It doesn’t need to be time-intensive or requires a lot of stuff. It could be making yourself a cup of tea, a bubble bath, reading a book, take a short break, or take a nap. 

Taking a break doesn’t have to happen just once a day. You can set up small breaks throughout the day.

Our third recommendation is to get enough sleep. Without sleep, your ability to help your child is greatly diminished as you have nothing to give them.

Our fourth recommendation is to have regular check-ups with your doctor. Being an ADHD mom is hard and regularly checking in with your doctor allows you to evaluate your mood and what is going on. This is one area where we tend to be terrible at. We take our kids to the doctors, but often we put off going ourselves. 

We encourage you this week to find a few ways that you can add self-care and avoid ADHD and caretaker fatigue and ADHD burnout.

If you have any great self-care ideas that you’d like to share with other ADHD parents, please send us a message.

Ep #20 ADHD and cultural considerations with Niki Olsen

Ep #20 ADHD and cultural considerations with Niki Olsen

August 6, 2019

Niki Olsen is an LMHC who currently works on the Navajo population giving them the support needed to address behavioral and mental health issues. Working with this population means being sensitive to their cultural influences and their cultural needs, such as involving tribal elders and breaking down the stigma of mental health issues, especially in regards to suicide and suicide prevention. 

In many cultures, talking about suicide is taboo as they believe that talking about it increases the risk of suicide. It does not. Talking about it can reduce the risk of suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please, please reach out to those who can help. 

We all have cultural influences and cultural factors that play a part in how comfortable we are in talking about behavior or mental health issues or our belief in what is best when it comes to treatment and should remember that what works for you may not work for someone else because of cultural factors.

Based on our belief system it influences our ideas on how to treat ADHD and whether or not it involves medication or behavior interventions. It can also influence if someone believes ADHD isn’t real and is just bad parenting. 

ADHD affects the executive functioning part of the brain. Which is the part of the brain that controls organization, problem-solving, time management, communication, and empathy.

Behavioral skills are so important in the treatment of ADHD because they allow a child to deal with their ADHD healthily. Behavior skills allow a child to better understand when their brain is working as it should and what they can do to retrain it.

Part of ADHD management is not only taking time for self-care but also teaching others how to handle your child in the way that you want their behaviors handled. It may require some training and teaching, but the pay-off is big. By being the only person that knows how to handle your child, you’re teaching them to depend on you and to not reach their full potential.

Cultural and environmental influences factor into how we react to situations and what types of consequences we believe are appropriate which is one of the reasons it important to train and teach others who have care of your child so that you are all on the same page.


Ep #19 The power of a parenting coaching session

Ep #19 The power of a parenting coaching session

July 30, 2019

Parenting is hard and all of us could use a little parental guidance which is why we are so excited to announce that we’re doing online parenting coaching!

The power of a parenting coaching session lies in having a behavior specialist listening and giving you specific positive parenting solutions for your child and family. 

These online coaching sessions are done in the privacy of your own home and at a time that works for you. 

We know that many worldwide are searching for parenting skills and by offering online coaching we can reach struggling families no matter where they are.

Not only is there power in a parenting coaching session, but there’s also a lot that people can learn from watching other parents being coached. Being able to watch parenting coaching sessions will be part of the ADHD Parenting Club that Smarter Parenting will be launching in the fall of 2019.

The first 15-minute online coaching session is free. If you want to continue getting parental guidance through online coaching, there will be a charge. 

Sign-up today and begin utilizing the power of a parenting coaching session!

Ep #18 FDA okays eTNS device to treat ADHD

Ep #18 FDA okays eTNS device to treat ADHD

July 23, 2019

In episode 18, ADHD parenting coach discusses the FDA’s approval of eTNS device to treat ADHD. It has been approved to treat children from 7 to 12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are not currently on ADHD medication.

Carlos Peña, Ph.D., director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said of the device in the press release. “This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric patients through the use of mild nerve stimulation, a first of its kind. Today’s action reflects our deep commitment to working with device manufacturers to advance the development of pediatric medical devices so that children have access to innovative, safe and effective medical devices that meet their unique needs.”  (

The eTNS (external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation) system is a nerve stimulation treatment that delivers low-level stimulation to branches of the trigeminal nerve. The pulse is delivered via a patch on the child’s forehead.

The belief is that by stimulating the Trigeminal nerve, signals are sent to the brain controlling the areas that control function, which is one of the areas in which ADHD children struggle.

According to the manufacturer, the device is as big as a cell phone and the treatment is administered overnight. It is not currently covered by insurance and costs about $1,000.

When new ADHD treatment options become available, it’s easy to get really excited about what the new treatment means. One of the concerns with the approval of the eTNS is that we don’t know the long-term effects of the device. 

The trial period of this device was only 4 week and involved roughly 60 kids. They did see a reduction in treating ADHD with minimal side effects. With that length and sample size, we don’t know what long-term effects of sending electrical pulses to the brain will be.

This new device is just one of the non-medication treatment options available to ADHD children. Other options include the behavior skills available on Smarter Parenting. 

Ep #17 Confirmation bias and ADHD diagnosis

Ep #17 Confirmation bias and ADHD diagnosis

July 16, 2019

Confirmation bias is our tendency to cherry-pick information that confirms our existing beliefs or ideas. Everyone has confirmation bias as everyone has different life experiences that shape how they view the world. This is why two different people can look at the same situation and draw two different conclusions.

It is easy to experience confirmation bias with an ADHD diagnosis. What we mean is that we will highlight any behavior that we believe confirms ADHD symptoms, while ignoring those things that don’t fit into our belief. It’s human nature to seek out those things that confirm our beliefs.

Because of this, we recommend starting with a pediatrician instead of going straight to a specialist as a specialist may see an ADHD diagnosis because they are looking for an ADHD diagnosis. A pediatrician sees a lot of different children behavior and is able to rule out behaviors and diagnosis instead of ruling in a diagnosis.

Confirmation bias can be dangerous once you have an ADHD diagnosis as it’s easy to view the world through the diagnosis. Especially if you believe the diagnosis means your child won’t be able to be successful.

When parenting kids with ADHD, it’s important to step back and look at what you believe so you can challenge it. Challenging beliefs allows you to look at situations from a mind-frame of how can I help or how can I be resourceful in helping my child. One of the reasons people go to therapy is that one of the purposes of therapy is to help us challenge our thinking and our confirmation bias.

Challenging our confirmation bias is something that we need to do continually as our kids grow and change--and so do we. When we challenge our confirmation bias we can change. Helping our children grow and change is one of our duties as parents.

Parenting a child with ADHD successfully is possible when we challenge our confirmation bias of what an ADHD diagnosis means.

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Ep #16: ADHD or dental issues with John Petterson DDS

Ep #16: ADHD or dental issues with John Petterson DDS

July 9, 2019

Do you think your child has ADHD but Is it ADHD or dental issues? In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. John Peterson about dental issues mimicking ADHD and options parents have for improving their child’s overall well-being using The Healthy Start system.

Many children suffer from sleep apnea and other sleeping issues. These sleeping issues can mimic the symptoms of ADHD. Sleep apnea in children can manifest as poor school performance, lack of focus, anxiety, headaches, allergies, and behavioral issues. A good night's sleep is so important, but especially for children as lack of sleep can make other issues worse, such as their ability to make good decisions or to control their emotions. 

Does ADHD cause sleep problems? Because ADHD and sleep issues often go hand-in-hand, many blame their child’s ADHD for their difficulty falling or staying asleep.  From the data collected by the Healthy Start system, it’s difficult to tell the difference between children with ADHD and children with sleep apnea.

When the cause of the poor night’s sleep is addressed, many children see a reduction in ADHD symptoms and behaviors by treating the underlying cause of these issues.

Often, things like grinding our teeth, inattentiveness, or anger are the manifestation of underlying issues. 

The Healthy Start system believes that it’s better to guide teeth into place while they’re growing than to fix the teeth after they’re already established. While the general age is between 6-12, children as young as 2 or 3 can benefit from the Healthy Start system.  

The Healthy Start system has also helped children who wet the bed because the part of the brain that controls our bladder also controls our sleep. So if our body is having issues sleeping, our brain will be focusing on that and will not be controlling our bladder.

For many children getting a sleep study done when they start to exhibit ADHD symptoms can help a doctor determine if they really have ADHD or are suffering from sleeping issues.

For more information on the Healthy Start System visit:

The Healthy Start

Wasatch Sleep Dental

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