Hiya! Welcome to The ADHD Coterie! This is the place where you will get support for all things ADHD!
But first...you may be wondering...what makes me able to help you...well, read below for more info.
First--I have ADHD myself, didn't get diagnosed until adulthood--but thats not uncommon for us ladies because back in the 80's and 90's, girls just didn't have ADHD (HAHA!).
Second--I am raising a child (probably two) with ADHD and I've been through it all! I know what kind of village it takes to do it. I've had success--through lots of tears, I won't lie, but lots of success!
Third--I went to school for this stuff! I have a Masters Degree in Social Work; I am licensed as a clinical social worker (that means I can practice on my own because I know my stuff!), AND I run a successful therapy practice.
Don't you just love this photo? Ok, ok...I do, and maybe I'm a little bias--BUT--This is me and my son Ryan in 2011. You can't tell from this photo, but at the time, I was a single mom to two children at her wits end, trying to keep everything together with a son who could not regulate his emotions for anything. Everything was EXTRA...and when I say extra I mean GIANT...from laughing, to crying, to downright out of control screaming, physical, tantrums. I was losing my mind. But, oh, he was just such a cute little cherub--it was amazing the demons that could come from him! But needless to say, he stole my heart completely and I just love him so.
In 2009, I was blessed with my precious baby boy--entering this world at a whopping 9lbs 14 oz... was a chunky bundle of love. Everything started out fine until I realized he didn't start smiling "on time.' He was a happy and content baby, slept well, barely fussed, content just about anywhere--just took his time doing EVERYTHING. Of course I panicked--and when he was two years old and still not talking like he should set up an evaluation. Having the education I did, a Master's Degree in Social Work, I suspected he may be on the spectrum--but, what I found out was that the symptoms were actually that of ADHD.
We got a formal ADHD diagnosis at the age of three and a whirlwind of services began--I know you know what I'm talking about--and HOLY OVERWHELMING!
I felt like I had no one who understood me, I felt like I was the worst mother in the world when my son would have raging tantrums in public--glaring stares, judging eyes--none of them knew what I knew, that my poor precious boy was struggling. He couldn't help what he was doing, but yet, I was still exhausted, worn out, ready to give up.
But, as things progressed, his team grew, the supports were stronger, I learned more and more each day, each year. And he too was growing, changing, learning.
There's so much more to this story as you can imagine--but my point is, I get you. He is now 12 years old--and I'm not going to say everything is all rainbows and unicorns, but the strides we have made from his starting kindergarten in a self-contained behavior classroom, to being completely mainstreamed for Middle School was no small feat. He still has his struggles, but we have worked hard, tirelessly, to get him here. He has friends, he participates in sports, he is well liked by his teachers. But, he's still not everyone's cup of tea. He has his moments, and his struggles but I know with continued support and love he will thrive.
My goal is to provide that for you. To provide the resources, education, support, and community that is so desperately needed for a family of a child with ADHD. Thanks for reading.