In this bumper two-part episode, expert guest, Dr Claire Conlon, discusses the overlap between ADHD and anxiety.
In part 1, Claire unpicks what the acronym ADHD means and explains the importance of ensuring your child feels safe. She suggests strategies that you can put in place to reduce stress and anxiety. Claire also discusses being able to manage your own emotions and how powerful it is to share and reflect on your experiences.
Claire is a Doctor in Clinical Psychology. She completed her training and has worked in both the UK and Ireland for over a decade, providing support to parents around managing many areas, including working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions and anxiety. She founded The Caterpillar Clinic in 2021 and has a range of online programmes in these areas available on her website. She also provides parental consultation, therapy, and assessment.
Claire recommends the book The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
She also shares three tips during the episode:
- Ask yourself exactly what your child is struggling with and in what environments to help you to understand how you can make them feel safe and regulated.
- Find their ‘toolbox’ of strategies to support them, such as sensory toys or activities.
- Talk to them about their diagnosis so that they understand what’s happening when they feel anxious.
The My Family Coach podcasts covers every aspect of children’s behaviour, all in handy 15 minute (ish) bite-sized chunks. Each episode features a new guest chatting about a different aspect of behaviour and leaves you with three handy tips to use at home.