Hope for Raising a Child with ADHD


This episode of our Parenting Pathway Podcast discusses children with ADHD. Family Ministry Pastor Dave Carl has a conversation with Shannon Thornton, M.A. LPC with Chrysalis Behavioral Therapy and Counseling who specializes in working with parents and children struggling with ADHD and Executive Functioning.

What is Executive Function?

Executive Function is a brain function that acts like the executive secretary of your brain. It is the part of the brain you use to organize, plan, and execute action. It also includes your level of attentiveness and ability to modulate, or control, your emotions.

Parenting a child with ADHD and other associated disorders can be an isolating and frustrating experience.  Shannon shares that there is hope when using a combination of therapies, processes for developing coping skills, and sometimes medication. As she talks about her own personal experience of raising two very different children, you will begin to understand that you are not alone. There are many options available to parents today that were not available 15 years ago. The first step is recognizing your child’s behavior and getting a clear understanding of the challenges your child is facing.

I believe that all children were not created equally, but they were all created intentionally.

Some kids have challenges in learning and socializing that others do not. But God knew what He was doing, and He still shed light on some great parenting tidbits Shannon picked up along the journey and wants to share with you.

Your can read more from Shannon on our blog post Parenting A Child (with ADHD). 

2 thoughts on “Hope for Raising a Child with ADHD

  1. I read through your blog post here. I wanted to ask you something though… What are some common signs of ADHD in adults? My brother was recently diagnosed and I’m trying to help him out. A really appreciate any advice you can give.

    1. Chung – thank you for your question. Many times the signs of an Adult with ADHD my be disguised behind coping skills they may be developed over time. But some common signs to look for may include: impulsiveness, disorganization, problems with time management, planning and problems prioritizing tasks. We also see that many adults have trouble staying with one job for a long period of time, either because they can’t focus or have a very low tolerance for frustration. You might also look for disorganization in their environment and how they approach tasks.

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