ADHD teens often need more parenting. It is important that you find the right balance in parenting your ADHD teen. Here are some quick tips to get you started:

In discipline, there is a balance between being too strict and too soft. Try using problem-solving and negotiation when teaching your ADHD teen to give input and take responsibility for actions. Stand by any consequences that you set.

Don’t talk if you are upset. Calm down before talking with you teen and always listen more than you speak!

Don’t take the arguments personally – remember, as a parent there are parts of the job that aren’t fun. Don’t back away from the important issues.

Stay as realistic as possible – remember, we all slip up. Look at the implications of the situation and if there are none, ask yourself if it is worth getting upset about.

And above all, show them how much you love them. Kind words and a warm smile all help.


ADHD Families has pulled together a number of resources that we think will help with your questions about ADHD. This section will continue to build on the recommended resources and provide you with the support that you need.

Many of these resources are available through the CanLearn library or through the Family and Community Resource Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.


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Recommended Articles

Brain Games are Bogus – The New Yorker. (PDF)

Many parents are looking for ways to help improve their child’s memory and attention. Recently, brain games and other computer-based training programs have become quite popular. This article explains some of the limitations that research has found about these games. It is important for parents to consider the research as well as the claims that these companies make. ADHD treatment should include multiple approaches, with the understanding that there is no real “cure”.


Dispelling Myths About ADHD. (PDF)

ADHD is a disorder that is frequently talked about in every day culture and as a result, there are a lot of myths about ADHD that families should be aware about. This article provides information about some common ADHD myths.

Démystifier le TDA/H. (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on ADHD myths.


Reframing ADHD. (PDF)

The resource talks about how to think about ADHD differently and how ADHD affects students in various ways. If parents and teachers can make a shift in their perspective, they can begin to see youth with ADHD in a more positive light and provide them with the supports they need. This resource may also be helpful for teachers.

Recadrer Notre Perception du Trouble du Déficit de L’attention Avec Hyperactivité (TDA/H). (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on Reframing ADHD.


Working Memory. (PDF)

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind while working with it or using it while completing a task. Often, individuals with ADHD have difficulties with working memory. This resource provides information about working memory and some strategies that may be helpful to accommodate for working memory deficits. This resource may also be helpful for teachers.

Soutenir les Élèves Ayant des Problèmes de Mémoire de Travail. (PDF)

This is the French version of the above article on Working Memory.


Fidget Toys Fact Sheet. (PDF)

This resource provides general information about fidget toys and how they can be used to support and increase attention and concentration. Web links for related resources are also provided.


Info Rx – ADHD for Kids & Teens. (PDF) and Info RX – ADHD for Parents. (PDF)

These resource lists were compile by CanLearn Society and the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources. These resources can also be borrowed from the Family & Community Resource Centre or CanLearn Society.


The Use of Alternative Therapies in Treating Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Canadian Paediatric Society. (PDF)

The brief article summarizes information about several alternative treatments for ADHD and what we know so far about their effectiveness for treating ADHD.


Transitioning to Post-Secondary. (PDF)

Do you have a child who is approaching their transition into post-secondary? This resource provides information on all the things you should consider when making the transition to post-secondary. Web links for funding resources are also provided.


Road Safety: Overcoming Driving Distractions. (Website)

In this article, Dr. Patricia Quinn provides some quick tips for individuals with ADHD who have driving difficulties.


Recommended Books for Parents

Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder. H. Moghadam.

A concise book to address the concerns of parents and teachers of children with ADHD.

Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School. Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran.

A toolkit for parents and educators which offers success strategies.

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents. Russell A. Barkley.

This book provides guidance and tips about ADHD and treatment.

The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders. Sandra F. Rief.

A comprehensive, reliable source of answers, practical strategies, and tools written in a convenient list format.

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!: The Classic Self-Help Book for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo.

A support book for adults that explains ADHD.


Recommended Books for Teens

Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens with ADHD. Ruth Podak and Kenneth Stefano.

Written to enable teens to take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life.

Help4ADD@High School. Kathleen G. Nadeau.

A guidebook with tips to help teens successfully navigate their teen years with ADHD.

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential. Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare.

This book promotes teens’ independence by building their brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions.


Recommended Websites

CanLearn Society. CanLearn provides assessment services, resources, programs, and ADHD Coaching for families.

ADDvance. The ADDvance website was founded by Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., both internationally recognized authorities on ADHD. This website provides great information and resources for families on ADHD.

CADDRA. The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance website provides information for children, adolescents, parents, and educators. Look for the “Public Info” tab.

CADDAC. Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada. CADDAC is a national, not-for-profit, organization providing leadership and support in awareness, education and advocacy for ADHD organizations and individuals across Canada.

Community Education Service. The Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, evidence-informed education sessions and resource materials to address child, youth, and family health and mental health needs. The Community Education Service (CES) falls under Alberta Health Services’ Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health Programs (CAAMHP).

LD Online. Resources for educators, parents, and children on ADHD and learning disabilities. This is an American site.

Understood: For Learning and Attention Issues. This is a great site with information on ADHD and learning disabilities for families and educators. This is an American site.