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Navigating ADHD
with Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC

For Parents and Caregivers

Language, Self-Awareness, and Coping Skills: The Building Blocks of Emotional Regulation

Many children and teens with ADHD struggle with emotional regulation, or the ability to recognize and control emotions and associated behaviors. When emotions run high, it tends to have a “flooding” effect on the brain, crowding out all other information, and resulting in angry outbursts, meltdowns, or withdrawal. The ability to regulate our emotions isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do but rather a set of skills that must be learned. Here are some tips on how to help your child develop the necessary skills to manage big emotions.



For ADHD Adults

How to Overcome Your Need for Perfection

ADHD and perfectionism tend to go hand in hand. But why? Often the need to be perfect is driven by a deeper desire to avoid judgment and criticism. Additionally, many people with ADHD convince themselves that they must be in just the right mood to begin a task or that if it can’t be done perfectly, there’s no point in even trying.



For ADHD Adults

Dear Coach: Should I Tell My Coworkers I Have ADHD?

Dear Coach,

I work in a very supportive office environment and have a great relationship with my boss and co-workers. However, my ADHD does make work difficult and I often miss deadlines or drop the ball on important projects which makes me feel like I’m letting the people I work with down. Should I tell them I have ADHD?

The decision to disclose your ADHD diagnosis at work is a personal one but should not be entered into lightly. While it might be tempting to spill the fact that you have ADHD to your coworkers, thus providing a reason for your missteps, doing so may also have unintended consequences.



For Parents and Caregivers

Dear Coach: Nothing Seems to Motivate Our Teen ADHD Son

Dear Coach,

I’m the mom of a teenage son with ADHD. Homework and chores are a daily struggle and we’ve tried EVERYTHING to try to motivate him but nothing seems to work. Help!

The relationship between ADHD and motivation is a complex one. While we neurotypicals can often just will ourselves into action, for those with ADHD it’s just not that simple. Before you declare your son to be an immovable force, here are some important points to consider...



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Back to School: 5 Tips for Adult ADHD Students

Whether you are a first-time college student or returning to school after years in the workforce, going back to school as an adult can be an exciting, but daunting, prospect. Many ADHDers have anything but fond memories of the classroom but there's no need for the college experience to be a negative one. Here are 5 tips to help put you on the road to success...



For ADHD Adults

Self-Regulation: The Skill to Master if You Have ADHD

You’ve read all the books on ADHD and loaded up your toolbox with the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and strategies. Yet despite your best efforts, you find yourself missing the mark somehow and repeating the same behaviors over and over again. Why? Like so many individuals with ADHD, you probably need to strengthen your self-regulation skills. It’s not just about having the tools, but knowing when to use them.



For ADHD Adults

Want Less Stress and Overwhelm in Your Life? Write it Down.

In this age of technological advances designed to make our lives easier, sometimes the simplest solutions allude us. I’m often surprised to discover how many of my clients feel that they shouldn’t have to write something down because they believe they should be able to mentally manage all that day-to-day life throws at them. The reality is, attempting to rely on your memory alone is sure to drain your mental energy and cause unnecessary stress. The simple act of writing can not only preserve your precious mental energy but also help you focus, problem-solve, and manage distractions.



For Parents and Caregivers

Teaching Your Child the Building Blocks of Better Time Management

Time is a tricky thing for kids (and adults) with ADHD. They often perceive the passage of time differently and may have trouble self-regulating which can make adhering to a schedule, being on time, and meeting deadlines difficult. Enter endless battles over getting to school (or anywhere for that matter) on time and staying up into the wee hours to help your child finish a project that’s due tomorrow but was assigned weeks earlier. The good news is that time management, like any other skill, can be leaned and improved. Here are some tips for how to help your child develop better time management habits.