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Join ADHD Parenting coach, Siope Kinikini, as he helps ADHD parents and kids improve behavior.




Ep #21: ADHD and caretake fatigue

In episode 21, ADHD Parenting coach, Siope Kinikini, talks about ADHD and caretaker fatigue. Caretaker fatigue is real, especially when parenting an ADHD child as they have so much energy. Having to be constantly “on” to deal with all that energy can be draining-emotionally, physically, mentally. Being “on” will eventually take its toll so it’s important for parents to avoid the ADHD burn-out by practicing self-care. Many parents feel guilty for practicing self-care, but practicing...


Ep #20: ADHD and cultural considerations with Niki Olsen

Niki Olsen is an LMHC who currently works on the Navajo population giving them the support needed to address behavioral and mental health issues. Working with this population means being sensitive to their cultural influences and their cultural needs, such as involving tribal elders and breaking down the stigma of mental health issues, especially in regards to suicide and suicide prevention. In many cultures, talking about suicide is taboo as they believe that talking about it increases the...


Ep #19: The power of a parenting coaching session

Parenting is hard and all of us could use a little parental guidance which is why we are so excited to announce that we’re doing online parenting coaching! The power of a parenting coaching session lies in having a behavior specialist listening and giving you specific positive parenting solutions for your child and family. These online coaching sessions are done in the privacy of your own home and at a time that works for you. We know that many worldwide are searching for parenting skills...


Ep #18: FDA okays eTNS device to treat ADHD

In episode 18, ADHD parenting coach discusses the FDA’s approval of eTNS device to treat ADHD. It has been approved to treat children from 7 to 12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are not currently on ADHD medication. Carlos Peña, Ph.D., director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said of the device in the press release. “This new device offers a safe, non-drug option for treatment of ADHD in pediatric...


Ep #17: Confirmation bias and ADHD diagnosis

Confirmation bias is our tendency to cherry-pick information that confirms our existing beliefs or ideas. Everyone has confirmation bias as everyone has different life experiences that shape how they view the world. This is why two different people can look at the same situation and draw two different conclusions. It is easy to experience confirmation bias with an ADHD diagnosis. What we mean is that we will highlight any behavior that we believe confirms ADHD symptoms, while ignoring...


Ep #16 ADHD or dental issues with John Petterson DDS

Do you think your child has ADHD but Is it ADHD or dental issues? In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. John Peterson about dental issues mimicking ADHD and options parents have for improving their child’s overall well-being using The Healthy Start system. Many children suffer from sleep apnea and other sleeping issues. These sleeping issues can mimic the symptoms of ADHD. Sleep apnea in children can manifest as poor school performance, lack of focus, anxiety, headaches, allergies, and...


Ep #15: 5 ways to help ADHD kids refocus

One of the biggest questions we get is how to help ADHD kids focus. As a parent, it can be incredibly frustrating to have to give the same instruction over and over again. Or to watch them not be able to accomplish simple tasks because they’re constantly being distracted. In episode 15, ADHD coach Siope Kinikini shares 5 different refocus activities for children with ADHD. These activities are things that require limited prep and are things that a child can do on their own to focus. How to...


Ep #14 Compound effect of behavior skills

The compound effect of behavior skills does exist. Thousands of families have seen how using one behavior skill then another behavior skill has a compound effect in helping them reduce behavior problems and increase feelings of trust and love. When implementing new behavior skills for kids you will not see the compound effect of changing behavior overnight, but you will see them. Some families see small changes in a few weeks, where other families have to work on it for months before they...


Ep #13: Why practice leads to success

As every actor, musician, or athlete knows practice leads to success. In today’s podcast, ADHD parenting coach, Siope Kinikini discusses the fifth element of the Teaching-Family Model, Role-playing. Role-playing is one of the most important, but often overlooked, tool in raising successful kids. Role-playing allows a child to practice new behavior over and over again until they feel confident in handling whatever situation they are placed in. When children have confidence in their ability...


Ep #12: How to teach behavior skills

In today’s episode, ADHD Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini talks about how quality components are the strength of the Teaching-Family Model and how to teach behavior skills. We firmly believe that how to teach behavior skills is an individualized process. We want parents and families to find and use what works for them. What works for you to teach your child may not work for someone else. It’s okay to be flexible and to remember that you have the ability to make changes. There are steps that...


Ep #11: What is the Teaching-Family Model?

What is the Teaching-Family Model is a common question that we get asked frequently? The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence-based behavioral approach that’s been used by professionals and families for over fifty years to help thousands of children and to empower families by teaching them how to be successful. The elements of the Teaching-Family Model that ADHD parenting coach Siope Kinikini teaches in the ADHD Smarter Parenting Podcasts, have been proven to give parents and tools they...


Ep #10: Teaching-Family Model and therapy with Jesse Heaton

The Teaching-Family Model and therapy go hand-in-hand in helping families regain control. In Episode 10, ADHD parenting coach Siope Kinikini, talks with therapist Jesse Heaton and how he uses Smarter Parenting to help support his ADHD clients. The most effective behavior management plans involve both therapy and behavior skills at home. A therapist will only work with your child for a few hours during a therapy session, and why valuable, they can’t address everything. Using behavior...


Ep #9: ADHD or bad parenting

As an ADHD parent, one of the most hurtful statements someone can say to you is, “Is it ADHD or bad parenting?” In that statement, whether, it’s a family member, a friend, or a stranger, they minimize the diagnosis of your child and the struggles of parents dealing with ADHD and make it feel like you can’t do anything right and you’re all alone in parenting an ADHD child. As someone who has ADHD, I find it mind-blowing when someone feels the need to tell me that ADHD doesn’t exist. ADHD is...


Ep #8: What ADHD parents don't need to hear

In podcast #8, ADHD Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini, discusses 5 things that ADHD parents don’t need to hear. We know receiving unsolicited advice is a problem for many ADHD parents. It seems as soon as someone knows your child has ADHD the comments start. “Don’t worry, they’ll outgrow ADHD.” “They don’t have ADHD, they’re a troublemaker.” “Your child gets unfair advantage because of ‘ADHD.’” Or “I’m sure it’s not as bad as you say it is.” In many cases, the person making the comment...


Ep #7: ADHD and anger issues in kids

ADHD and anger issues often go hand in hand and dealing with it is a major stress for most parents. In today’s podcast, ADHD Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini, helps parents understand the real reason behind their child’s anger and gives ADHD strategies for better dealing with it. How to deal with a child with anger issues is a question that Siope is asked frequently. Parents want to know how to deal with the situation without it blowing up even more. But more than that, they want to know how...


Ep #6: Your expectations for ADHD child

I hear from parents how difficult parenting ADHD child is. They tell me that they just want their child to be normal and successful. Instead, they feel judged, isolated, frustrated, overwhelmed, and often, like they’ve failed their child. Parents, I can not say this loudly enough, you are not failing your child. Your stress, worry, and frustration is evidence that you are doing your best to help them. Raising a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD requires a mind shift. If you have the...


Ep #5: ADHD strategies for kids with Tanya Stevenson

Today you’re in for a treat as professional parent Tanya Stevenson shares the ADHD strategies she has used in working with very difficult children. As a professionally trained parent in a group home setting, Tanya and her husband have parented countless kids with severe ADHD behavior. She’s dealt with hours long tantrums and knows the frustration of kids not wanting to do their chores or get up in the morning so she 100% supports your caffeine addiction and believe it’s important to have...


Ep #4: My ADHD journey

There is hope at the end of the tunnel for kids with ADHD. ADHD Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini, shares his personal journey with ADHD. When you’re dealing with difficult ADHD behavior, it can be hard to believe your child can be like others as an ADHD diagnosis seems isolating and stressful. Siope was diagnosed as a child in elementary school. Siope knew something was different when he couldn’t function like other in elementary school. Parent-teacher conferences were difficult for his...


Ep #3: Finding ADHD resources

Getting an ADHD diagnosis for your child is devastating. Knowing what ADHD resources are available is one the ways to cope with ADHD behavior as it gives us a feeling of control in a situations we feel is out of our control. Finding ADHD resources online can be overwhelming as there is a lot of out there and it’s hard to know who are the ADHD specialists. Will their suggestion work for my child? As an ADHD parent you deal with different challenges and will know better than anyone where you...


Ep #2: Which is best? Behavior interventions or medication

Behavior interventions or medication is a polarizing topic. Many believe that ADHD drugs are the cure all for negative ADHD behaviors and that by giving their child ADHD medication their child will be “normal.” There may be times when medication has its place in ADHD treatment, but it is not the cure all. In fact, parents need to be aware of the downsides of medications and have an honest conversation with their doctor as they determine what ADHD treatment is best for their child. No matter...