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Parenting Tips for ADHD: How to Unleash Your Child’s Superpowers
May 7, 2021


The Great Lakes MHTTC School-Based Mental Health supplement offers this training for parents, school-based mental health professionals, and other behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.


“My child has ADHD. Now what?”  Many parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have asked themselves that question. ADHD is one of the most common neurological disorders in childhood. Children with ADHD often have difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, and can be overly active. For parents of children with ADHD, it can become frustrating to cope with some of the behaviors associated with their child’s ADHD, but there are ways to make life (and parenting) easier.  Along with behaviors such as hyperactivity and procrastination, there are positive aspects that often accompany ADHD including creativity, empathy, and passion. Learn the common dos and don’ts of parenting a child with ADHD and practical strategies to help your child tap into their “superpowers.”  


Learning Objectives

  • Identify common behavior challenges associated with ADHD
  • Learn strategies to support positive behavior and build on your child’s strengths



Tandra RutledgeTandra Rutledge is the Director of Business Development at Riveredge Hospital, a free-standing psychiatric facility in Illinois. Tandra is a mental health advocate and suicide prevention educator. She promotes wellness and resilience through a social justice and racial equity lens.

Tandra serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a member of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Alliance. She is an AMSR trainer (Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk), a certified suicide prevention educator for the QPR Institute, an adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, and a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) instructor with the Chicago Police Department.