If a person is raising or has raised a child, or works with young people, it’s likely they’ve heard of ADHD, one of the conditions and diagnoses of childhood. ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is characterized by excessive distractability, hyperactivity and impulsive mannerisms.
Generally, ADHD is addressed by reminders and immediate redirection, tasks adjusted for attention span, use of contingencies (rewards or punishment) and very close monitoring and supervision. And then, of course, there’s the issue of medication.
But is it possible that these interventions could actually work against the best long-term interests of the child? Our guest on this program, psychologist Dr. Craig Wiener, suggests this is a strong possibility? Dr. Wiener will share with us how successful management of ADHD involves empowering the child out of the condition by teaching them to implement the skills an ADHD youngster needs to be successful, confident, self-reliant and cooperative. It’s a bonus, of course, when this can be accomplished without the need for medication.
Dr. Wiener has spent over 30 years helping individuals diagnosed with ADHD. In addition to his private practice, he is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he’s the clinical director of outpatient mental health services at the Family Health Center of Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Wiener has written three books on this important topic, the latest being Parenting Your Child with ADHD: a No-Nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-reliance and Cooperation. (27:30)
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