For over 18 years I have run this course as a Small Group (8-12 people) course in people's houses. The course has never been completed within 12 weeks. This is simply because life happens. Children get sick, they go away on tours, parents have work issues, school holidays; life happens to all of us. The longest it took was just over 8 months!
One of the most beneficial parts of the course is the first 30 minutes to 60 minutes. This is where each delegate spends time relating what has happened to them during the last week.
It was only after about 5 courses did it become apparent the enormous value of the feedback sessions for everyone. The biggest benefit is that everyone soon realised that they and their child suffered from pretty much the same ADHD problems, just in a different way. This took away the terror of feeling alone and isolated, and that lifts a massive amount of stress and burns away the fog of dealing with a bewildering condition!
Today, the modules are online, so an absentee can catch up on the theory online, but they are missing the feedback sessions.
So what I have done is set assignments to take the place of those feedback sessions. This assignment is vitally important as it provides essential perspective and context for the rest of the course.
Bear in mind that as your knowledge increases, so the answers in this assignment would change from what you write now. It is this change that is so valuable. It is one of the few times when looking back is helpful because it helps you to set appropriate goals and keeps you in the right direction.
This Familiarization Module does not get marked or graded, it is purely here for you to try out and see how the format works and how much you can learn in just one module. Bear in mind there are twelve modules in the course.
Parenting children who have ADHD is without doubt the hardest job in the world. This is simply because an untrained parent of an ADHD child will be loving, but unsuspecting - even blind-sided by what may happen in the next hour, never mind the next day or week.
Non-ADHD people and undiagnosed adult ADDers experience the behaviour of children with ADHD as bewilderingly incomprehensible. This can lead to all sorts of unpleasant and long-lasting effects on the children and the whole family. ADHD is a family condition!
These 12 modules provide a solid and effective body of knowledge for you - the beleaguered parent. Understanding why a behaviour is happening and how to prevent it, and deal with it (mostly) makes for a loving and contented family life. The ADHD child prospects in life will be greatly enhanced.
This course can be done in your own time and at your own pace, provided you complete it within 90 - 100 days from your start date
- To get the maximum benefit out of the course for your family, a module ideally should take a week. The implementation of what you learn in each module is the most important part
- You are able to complete 2 modules per week only if absolutely necessary
- Extra time will be available if required due to unavoidable circumstances.