- Written by Dave Pughe-Parry Dave Pughe-Parry
- Parent Category: All About ADHD All About ADHD
- Published: 07 August 2018 07 August 2018
“Like most children she probably got it from one of her parents,” I said, deciding to grasp the nettle and put the truth on the table early, without pussy-footing around.
Immediately she brightened, her tears dried, and her lips widened into a glistening smile.
“She got it from her father then, no doubt about that,” she said, the wobbly jaw now thrust out determinedly.
Over the next 2 hours her mood wobbled some, but when we left, she had a good understanding of what the condition is, and most importantly, what the options were.
These are facts that I shared with my client that evening.
Firstly, you are born with ADHD, all the types. ADHD is not contagious, but it is hereditary.
ADHD is has the second highest heritability factor after height. What that means is that 4 out 5 children with ADHD have at least one parent with the condition.
This has significant impact on the road ahead for families. Firstly, it means that the parents need to get their ADHD sorted, otherwise the children are going to really struggle.
I usually coach the parents primarily, also giving them tasks to uplift the children. I might have a couple of sessions with the children as well. Having a couple of structured family sessions also work incredibly well.
What can you do about ADHD as there is no cure available? The best we can do is manage the condition and educate ourselves continuously.
Managing ADHD using the 8 components of the Living ADDventure® Basic Treatment Wheel provides good results. This should become an integral part of your daily routine.
Once you have options, life becomes considerably brighter.
A few days later my client learnt during the coaching that she was the parent that passed on the ADHD genes to her daughter, her husband was the solid rock on which the whole family leaned.