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Where do you connect, face to face, with ADHD parents?

My grandson (step grandson) is a teen diagnosed with ADHD.  He steals, lies, and acts out.  His step father is abusive, and after getting into trouble, the grandson will be “transitioning” into our home from the group home he has spent the last year at. I am committed to him, but have no tools, and the county case workers are just following protocols and are over booked.  Am frustrated at not being able to find a support group in the community.  I pledge he will have refuge in my home.

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This is wonderful work you are doing. Your spirit is more than half the battle to help this young person get on track.

You can contact CHAAD <http://www.chadd.org> to see what support might be close by? You can also start your own group simply by advertising in the church bulletin or on a coffee shop bulletin board. You can be confident that there are others.

Also the book Delivered From Distraction will be a great help for you.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Mar 16, 2014 at 2:48am

Thanks.  Looked at the CHAAD site and went through the search.  I’m disappointed and quite amazed that there aren’t more resources in northeastern Wisconsin.  Perhaps ADHD is not as wide spread as I had been led to believe.  I should have done some research before being asked to step in.  My fault.  For now I guess we’ll keep calm and carry on.  CHAAD looks helpful.  I will also look into Delivered From Distraction.  Saw it at Barnes and Noble yesterday but picked The Gift of ADHD instead. Again, thank you.

Posted by Brampi on Mar 16, 2014 at 10:46pm

You’re welcome.

Another good site is the Canadian group CADDAC.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Mar 16, 2014 at 11:16pm

No support for us parents. Just terrible. I have read all the books but would love to be in a support group with others.

Posted by Pink ginger on Mar 17, 2014 at 5:50pm

The best book you can read for a kid with ADHD who has been defiant and in trouble is The Explosive Child, by Dr. Ross Greene. This is a parenting manual for defiant children and you will learn a great deal from it. He also has a website about his methods at http://livesinthebalance.org.

You are doing a wonderful thing for your grandson, but you must learn all you can about ADHD to be successful—there’s an enormous learning curve to parenting a child with ADHD.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 17, 2014 at 5:53pm

You can also check out this group that is set up for Wisconsin. There may be someone there that can point you to something close to your area.

http://connect.additudemag.com/groups/group/ADHD_in_Wisconsin/

Posted by chrisd on Apr 05, 2014 at 10:51am

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