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




Ep #34: ADHD and other issues

Children having ADHD and other issues together occurs frequently. Having multiple problems is called comorbidity. ADHD and comorbidity are frequently manifested in behavioral issues, issues with peers, learning disorders, increased risk of injury, anxiety, depression, or conduct disorders such as ODD. Understanding ADHD diagnosis and additional issues are crucial for parents. It helps them have realistic views of treatments and what their child is going through. It also helps them better...


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

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 many, which is why we wanted to review it. We wanted to understand why he was drawing that conclusion and what we could learn from him. In the last 20 years, there has been a considerable increase in children and adults diagnosed with ADHD and being prescribed medication. Behavioral neurologist Richard Saul wanted...


Ep #32: ADHD and different learning styles

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 successful. It’s important to encourage your child to develop learning strategies that work for them. While there is some variation in learning styles, we are focusing on the VARK categorization. V stands for visual. A for aural or auditory, R is for a read or write. K is for kinesthetic. Children can have more than one...


Ep #31: How to teach an inattentive child

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. Sign-up for a free 15-minute mini-session. The elements taught on Smarter Parenting helps parents how to teach an inattentive child how to be successful. While many parents focus on the hyperactivity part of ADHD, it can be easy for the inattentive symptoms to be...


Ep #30: Difference between consequences and punishments

Many parents view consequences and punishments as the same thing. They aren’t. Punishments are meant to cause harm and to scare your child into doing what you want them to do. A consequence, on the other hand, is intended to teach your child. While punishments work short term, they damage the relationship long-term. Your child will come to fear you as punishments are generally personal and are often meant to humiliate. Consequences build the relationship with your child as your child...


Ep #29: Traits of successful parents

Successful parents all do the same things. In today’s episode, ADHD Parenting Coach, Siope Kinikini shares the practical parenting skills that successful parents have mastered. Raising successful kids is a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned. The behavior skills taught on Smarter Parenting are the building blocks parents need to master if they want to build a strong relationship with their child. Parents who raise healthy and successful children recognize that their job is to help...


Ep #28: ADHD and depression

Many children with ADHD also have other issues. This is called comorbidity. It may mean that they suffer from ADHD and depression, or ADHD and anxiety. Understanding that your child may be suffering from more than one issue is helpful as your doctor or therapist may recommend treatment for those issues. You may feel that taking time to treat another issue means your child may not be getting the ADHD help they need. When a doctor or therapist sees a client, they look at all the issues and...


Ep #27: The ADHD brain

The ADHD Smarter Parenting Podcasts will be released twice a week on Monday and Wednesday until the end of 2019. In 2017, a study was published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal about differences in the ADHD brain. By studying those with ADHD and those without ADHD, researchers found small differences in brain mass between adults and kids with ADHD and those without ADHD. The difference was most noticeable in kids and less noticeable in adults. Knowing this information is a significant first...


Ep #26: Confidence to follow through

Beginning September 23, we will release two podcasts a week on Monday and Wednesday through the end of 2019. We look forward to bringing you more ADHD content! Confidence to follow through. What does that mean? Parenting is challenging, and it can be difficult to have confidence in our abilities. If you’ve ever asked yourself: Am I doing the right thing? Why isn’t this working? I feel so overwhelmed I don’t what to do? First of all, you’re not alone. Second, our goal at Smarter Parenting...


Ep #25: Treatment options for ADHD

There are multiple ADHD treatment options. Understanding what they are and why they are being recommended is helpful as treatment courses are set. When ADHD treatment options are present, it can be easy to dismiss individual options. We strongly advocate that you keep an open mind to any recommended treatment options. Treatment for ADHD could include medication, therapy, and ADHD behavior intervention, such as learning behavior or social skills. Because every child is unique and responds...


Ep #24: Chasing "normal" with ADHD kid

Wanting what is best for our child is normal. Chasing “normal” with ADHD child can often be a frustrating endeavor as our “normal expectations” may not be realistic or helpful for our child. When children don’t hit the “milestones” we expect, it can be frustrating and can damage our relationship. We can do a disservice to our child when we compare them to other children, even to other kids with ADHD. When we compare our child with ADHD, we can fail to see the milestone they do...


Ep #23: Setting daily intentions

At the Qualtrics conference in March 2019, Oprah stated that the secret to her success was setting realistic intentions. The thought behind setting intentions for the day is that before you do anything else, you decided the intention or goal, that you want for the day. By setting intentions for the day it allows you to have a mind-shift, and the energy to focus as everything you do is now seen through that intention. The power of intention is that it gives you control over the day. Instead...


Ep #22: Mastering ADHD behavior skills

Mastering ADHD behavior skills gives parents the tools they need to handle any behavior situation. Behavior intervention strategies are essential components of ADHD management and make your life easier. They will allow you to feel like you have control, no matter what comes your way. When you have mastered the basics, you’re able to improvise and create solutions even if you’ve never been in that situation before. In 1975, pianist Keith Jarrett arrived for a concert in Koln Germany....


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 always “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 self-care...


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! 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. 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, and by offering...


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. It 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 those...


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 problems 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 five 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...