ADHD reWired

This Week’s Episode:

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, we do a live Q&A.  This episode is a recording of the June Live Q&A.  If you are listening to this episode the day it’s released, tune into August’s Live Q&A at 12:30pm at

On this episode, I’m joined by Brendan Mahan. This is Brendan’s third appearance on the podcast.  Brendan is an ADHD coach and speaker.  He is currently a special education teacher.  He understands ADHD from as an insider, as well as from the perspective of an educator.

In this conversation, you will hear Brendan, and I answer listener questions, primarily on parenting.  We cover a variety of topics on children and adolescents with ADHD.  We talk about diagnosis, medication, and everything that goes along with parenting with ADHD and parenting a child with ADHD.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [06:20] - Brendan talks about “the wall of awful.”
  • [08:45] - We talk about the danger in asking our children, “Why did you do that?”
  • [10:39] - Brendan shares his thoughts on lying.
  • [14:39] - VJ asks about the appropriate age for diagnosing ADHD and the role of parents in this process, specifically parents with ADHD.
  • [19:40] - We talk about how ADHD affects us as parents.
  • [22:40] - Marisol asks about consistency in the house and chores.
  • [38:29] - Brene Brown wrote about “the wholehearted parenting manifesto,” and I read a passage.
  • [42:39] - I share one of my most non-proud Daddy moments.
  • [44:36] - A few people asked questions about summer scheduling and structure. Brendan and I both have experience as a camp counselor, and we share some thoughts on theming and structure.
  • [49:44] - VJ asks about the appropriate time for speaking with a pediatrician about an ADHD diagnosis.
  • [52:27] - Steven reports he is seeing signs of ADHD in his daughter and has questions about diagnosis.
  • [59:20] - We talk about fidget spinners and alternatives.
  • [1:02:57] - Marisol asks for strategies for her daughter, who has impulse control issues during angry outbursts.
  • [1:11:43] - Brendan and I share our opinions on video games causing ADHD.
  • [1:13:50] - We talk about the importance of information and education for people recently diagnosed with ADHD.
  • [1:15:28] - We answer a question about getting a teenager to understand the importance of taking medication.
  • [1:18:39] - Brendan talks about medication diversion.
  • [1:23:08] - Brendan and I have an idea, and we share some information and ask for your feedback.  
  • [1:33:56] - Brendan explains why he feels that parents yell “too quick” and he shares how to start at a lower tier.

Your Resources:

The Tangle
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD - John F. Taylor

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