If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with ADHD, it can often feel frustrating, confusing, and lonely. Many parents report feeling misunderstood by other parents who may not be experiencing the same challenges parents of ADHD face each day. This is especially true during these challenging times with COVID and school being done over the internet.
Support groups, whether online or in-person, can be a great place to see what has helped others and network with other parents on this issue. Many groups that once met face-to-face prior to COVID restrictions are now meeting online.
This can still be a great way to connect with others in the community. Whether your interest to connect is for comfort, suggested solutions to challenges, or education on diagnosis and treatments, getting in touch with other parents who share the challenges you face can be very beneficial. The following is a list of support groups and free resources to support you and your family.
Support Groups for Parents with Students with ADHD
OC CHADD – Orange County Children and Adults with ADHD offers a multitude of support for parents, professionals, and teachers. OC CHADD offers free support groups with valuable information on ADHD as well as connections to the expert professionals in the community that treat ADHD.
ADDitude – ADHD Parent Support Group on Facebook offers a private group with over 56, 000 members. The group offers a positive connection and support – without judgment or criticism. A great place to share and learn from one another in a closed private group on social media.
Meet up Group – Wellness for Women in Midlife has over 1,700 members in Orange County and offers a group of women dedicated to Health and Wellness through natural treatments. They host Free Dinner Workshops on Balancing Hormones Naturally, Weight Loss and Nutrition, handling Digestive Disorders, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and ADD/ADHD.
Attention Learning Center – 2 Support Groups for Parents and Adults with ADHD offered online. Dr. Michael Linden has 35 years of experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD. Learn about advances in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, successful treatments, and assistance available in the schools. These 2 groups each meet monthly and provide plenty of time for interaction with questions and support.
Free Online Resources for Parents with Students with ADHD
American Academy of Pediatrics for Healthy Children provides a resource for parents with children with ADHD, symptoms to look for, questions to ask your pediatrician, as well as other resources that can be helpful.
Child Mind Institute offers a lot of information including a guide for parents of children with ADHD, symptom checklist, treatment options, as well as information for educators.
Help Guide is a non-profit organization that offers support and guidance for parents, adults, professionals, and teachers on the topic of ADHD. They offer educational resources and empower parents to make informed decisions about their care.
Support groups and private online groups can offer a safe place to ask questions and learn more about the treatments that have been successful for others. This can also be a great place to meet new friends and building lasting connections for your child especially if the support groups are in your area!