Parents can face more than a few challenges when raising a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
They can range from failing grades; unsafe, disruptive behaviors; or difficulty in relationships with parents, teachers, and peers — all a result of poor self-control related to the disorder. There are books galore that try to guide you, but nothing compares to direct support from empathetic experts and solace from like-minded parents.
Lisa Spector, MD, Division Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida, was initially surprised to find there was no existing local program for parents in need of that kind of support. So, she partnered with the Nemours Manager of Community Health, Kelly Rogers, MPH, and the Pediatric Residency Program Director, Corinne Bria, MD, MEd, and they secured grant funds to start one.
In the past year, they have provided four eight-week courses on down-to-earth strategies for parenting children with ADHD. As an extra investment in the future, the program provides rare guidance for pediatricians-in-training, who are coached to teach the parents.
“One of my goals in life is for pediatricians to have the skills they need to address mental, emotional and behavior disorders in their practice,” Spector says. “This is something we don’t learn in medical school.”