Navigating ADHD
with Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC

For Parents and Caregivers

Improve Communication with Your Child Using a “Coach Approach”

As parents, when we see our child struggling, we feel compelled to just jump right in and fix what we think the problem is. Forgetting your homework assignments? Use a planner! Having a hard time getting started on that project? Just buckle down and get it out of the way! Always running late? Leave earlier! Done, problem solved. Right? RIGHT?! No? Okay, let’s try nagging and pestering and reminding and cajoling and bribing and demanding and yelling. Exhausting, isn’t it? Luckily, there’s a better way.

For Parents and Caregivers

Should I Talk to my Child About ADHD?

“I’m afraid of the stigma that might come from labeling my child.”

First let me start by saying that I would never expect a parent to substitute my judgment for their own when it comes to matters such as these. As a parent myself, I know there is always someone who will be quick to offer their opinion and advice, whether you want to hear it or not, but ultimately, I believe that every family must do what feels right for them. That being said, what I will offer is simply some food for thought based on my own personal and professional experience.

For ADHD Adults

To the Person With ADHD: You are More Than Your Diagnosis

To the person with ADHD,

I’m sure it often feels as though ADHD has become your whole life. It affects just about everything you do. It’s exhausting. People stand in judgment or just don’t understand. I’d be willing to bet there are days when you lose patience with yourself. You’re frustrated and fed up. During those times when you feel as though all you are is your ADHD, remember this: You are so much more than your diagnosis.

For ADHD Adults

Got ADHD? There’s a Coach for That.

I recently got a call from a mother who was looking to hire an ADHD coach for her teen daughter. She told me that a friend of hers suggested she find an ADHD coach to which she responded, “An ADHD coach? What the heck is that? Is there such a thing? What do they do? And where would I find one?” If you’ve never heard of ADHD coaching or have considered hiring a coach but aren’t sure where to start, here’s what you should know.

For ADHD Adults

What a Difference a Pause Makes

When you have ADHD, you may feel you are at the mercy of your attention span. You may find yourself haphazardly jumping from one thought, idea, task, activity, project, or plan to another. And at other times getting caught up in a seemingly endless cycle of hyperfocus, rumination, overwhelming emotions, and impulsivity. Enter the powerful pause.