ADHD and Parenting

Parent child interactionParenting a child with ADHD can be very challenging. The more you know about ADHD and the more you understand your child's specific challenges the better you will feel about being able to support him or her.

In this section, we have pulled together resources to provide parents with information about parenting, behaviour management strategies and cultivating a positive relationship with your child.

Download the ADHD and Parenting Tip Sheet here.

Recommended Books

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. by Russell A. Barkley - This book provides guidance and tips about ADHD and treatment.

The Family ADHD Solution: A Scientific Approach to Maximizing your Child's Attention and Minimizing Parental Stress. By Mark Bertin. - Techniques are taught to both parents and children to manage ADHD's impact.

Can I Tell You about ADHD? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. by Susan Yarney - Ben, a young boy with ADHD explains how he was diagnosed, coping strategies, and what it feels like to have ADHD.

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential. By Peg Dawson and Richard Guare. - Easy to use steps help you to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques, and problem-solve daily routines.

ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know by American Academy of Pediatrics. By Michael I. Reiff. - A guide to help parents and children alike meet the challenges of ADHD.

Recommended Websites and Other Resources

  • CADDAC. CADDAC or the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada is a national, non-profit, umbrella organization providing leadership in education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada. Their website is full of information about ADHD for children, teenagers, and adults which CADDAC hopes will support those affected by ADHD.
  • CADDRA. The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance or CADDRA is non-profit multi-disciplinary alliance of healthcare professionals working to support individuals with ADHD and their families. Their vision states that they aim, ‘to improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering of patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families while maximizing their potential across the lifespan.’ Visit their website for current information targeted at educators, adults, parents, children, and adolescents.
  • MyHealthAlberta. MyHealthAlberta has detailed peer reviewed information that you can access by searching ADHD.
  • Attention Deficit-Info. Created and developed by Annick Vincent, physician-psychiatrist, Attention Deficit- Info is dedicated to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 

    Site créé et élaboré sous la coordination de Dr Annick Vincent, médecin-psychiatre. Dédié au trouble du déficit de l'attention avec ou sans hyperactivité (TDAH).

  • PANDA du Québec. "Le Regroupement des associations de parents PANDA du Québec est la référence en matière d'aide aux associations PANDA et aux parents ayant un enfant atteint du trouble déficitaire de l'attention avec ou sans hyperactivité (TDAH)." - depuis leur site.
  • CHADD. CHADD or Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder was formed in 1987 in the USA by professionals who were keen to work with children with ADHD. This organization seeks to advocate, support, and provide information for those with ADHD.
  • ImpactADHD. ImpactADHD is designed for parents of children with ADHD. They have some great resources available to read on their website as well as parenting programs.