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#36: Relationships––the why of the Teaching-Family Model

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch Smarter Parenting uses the Teaching-Family Model to help parents in strengthening relationships. It’s the “why” of what we do. We want all families to be happy, healthy, and...

#35: Dealing with daily ADHD behavior problems at school

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch Getting daily reports about your child with ADHD's constant behavioral problems at school can be frustrating for many parents. These persistent reports of ADHD behavior problems...

#34: ADHD and other issues

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch Children having ADHD and other issues together occurs frequently. Having multiple problems is called comorbidity. ADHD and comorbidity are frequently manifested in behavioral...

#33: Book review | ADHD Does Not Exist by Richard Saul

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch In today’s episode, ADHD Parenting Coach Siope Kinikini discusses the book, ADHD Does Not Exist by Richard Saul. The idea that ADHD does not exist is a polarizing statement for...

#32: ADHD and different learning styles

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch Understanding different learning styles allows you to teach your child in a way that makes the most sense to them. Different types of learners need different things to be...

#31: How to teach an inattentive child

Listen Subscribe:       iTunes        Stitcher        Spotify        Google Play   Watch We are introducing ADHD Smarter Parenting Coaching, where our parenting coach works one-on-one addressing the behavioral issues that are the most challenging for your family....

Recent Articles

Behavior management strategies for children with ODD

Behavior management strategies for children with ODD

Behavior management strategies for children with ODD
Children who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) exhibit both emotional and behavioral symptoms. ODD children are prone to losing their temper and become angry and irritable easily. They continually challenge authority figures through arguing, refusing to comply with requests and openly defying rules. Children with ODD also blame others for their misbehavior and can be vindictive. ODD is usually diagnosed by age 8, but children can exhibit symptoms as early as preschool. […]

What are good parenting skills? Why parent need behavior skills

What are good parenting skills? Why parent need behavior skills

What are good parenting skills? Why parent need behavior skills
What are good parenting skills, and what is so exceptional about behavior skills specifically? These are questions that every parent asks. Even the “experts” in childhood development continually come back to these questions to find the best solution for children. For parents, these questions usually arise when a child is behaving negatively and a parent is seeking help to improve their child’s behavior or to avoid the thought that, “I feel like a failure”. […]

Using Role-playing to help your Autistic child’s development

Using Role-playing to help your Autistic child’s development

Using Role-playing to help your Autistic child’s development
Working with children with Autism presents unique challenges. Many parents feel frustrated as they don’t know how to improve their child’s behavior. Using Role-plays is a helpful Autism strategies for parents helps a child with Autism improve their behavior and better function in society.
What is a role-play?
Many people dread role-playing because it can be uncomfortable, but you would never mock a concert pianist or professional basketball player for practicing before attending their performance or game. […]

Using words to describe behavior to help autistic child

Using words to describe behavior to help autistic child

Using words to describe behavior to help autistic child
The skill of Observe and Describe is a simple, clear way to describe behavior your child is doing, whether positive or negative. The skill helps to avoid escalation, labeling your child (lousy, good), or asking aimless questions (what were you thinking?) that do not help your child learn what they are doing right or wrong. Autistic children especially have a difficult time understanding what is not explicitly stated and interpreting phrases that have ambiguous meanings such as, idioms or metaphors. […]

Oppositional defiant disorder parenting and preventing behavior problems

Oppositional defiant disorder parenting and preventing behavior problems

Oppositional defiant disorder parenting and preventing behavior problems
Oppositional Defiant Disorder parenting is not vastly different than parenting a child without this disorder, however, there are specific differences to be aware of because of the large behavioral problems that ODD children struggle with. Children diagnosed with ODD are regularly angry with large temper tantrums, display argumentative and defiant behavior, and are often spiteful and vindictive. […]

Using Effective Communication methods to parent your RAD child

Using Effective Communication methods to parent your RAD child

Using Effective Communication methods to parent your RAD child
Children diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) are often resistant to expressing their emotions and strive to be independent of others, which is why communication can be especially difficult with a RAD child. Due to their attachment difficulties, establishing effective communication methods with your child becomes even more important because it gives specific guidelines and boundaries to follow so they know what to expect. Predictable communication patterns and expectations of how to communicate appropriately will set your RAD child up for success when they do express themselves. […]

Does my child have Autism? Signs of Autism in Children

Does my child have Autism? Signs of Autism in Children

Does my child have Autism? Signs of Autism in Children
Does my child have Autism is a common question many parents ask. According to the National Autism Association, Autism can range from very mild to very severe and occurs in all ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups. Men are four times more likely to have Autism than females. […]

Dealing with ODD | How to correct children’s bad behavior with Correcting Behaviors

Dealing with ODD | How to correct children’s bad behavior with Correcting Behaviors

Dealing with ODD | How to correct children’s bad behavior with Correcting Behaviors
How to deal with challenging behavior in children is a question parents dealing with ODD ask. Children who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) exhibit both emotional and behavioral symptoms. They are prone to losing their temper and become angry and irritable easily. They continually challenge authority figures through arguing, refusing to comply with requests and openly defying rules. Children with ODD also blame others for their misbehavior and can be vindictive. […]

How to make family meetings successful: 6 family meeting rules

How to make family meetings successful: 6 family meeting rules

How to make family meetings successful: 6 family meeting rules
When was the last time you held a family meeting? Probably a long time ago. We get it. If we’re honest, don’t we all groan when we see a meeting pop up on our calendar? That notification reminds us of all the not-productive-in-any-way or boring meetings we’ve all sat through. […]

Preventing post trick-or-treating meltdowns

Preventing post trick-or-treating meltdowns

Preventing post trick-or-treating meltdowns
As a parent you’re probably both looking forward to and dreading Halloween. You can’t wait to see your child all dressed up and the excitement on their face as they get their Halloween candy haul. But, there is something about the day that turns your normally well behaved child turn into a little hellion—and that you’re not looking forward too!
For many children they’ve been anticipating Halloween for weeks or even months. […]

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