If you have ADHD or think you might:
The A.D.D. Resource Center can help!

Parenting Skills

A Special Challenge:

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD or ADD) and related conditions can change even the most lovable child into an impossible one: frustrated, impulsive, over-reactive and oppositional, with low frustration tolerance and poor self-esteem.

Life with these children can be an endless series of painful scenes: tantrums, power struggles, abuse of siblings and parents, and serious issues around school and homework to name just a few.

As the parent, guardian, or caregiver of such a child, you, may feel isolated, helpless, guilty and angry. You may already have tried several different therapists and approaches, but with little success.


We are New York’s longest running and ever-evolving ADD/ADHD parenting skills program.

Our Unique Response:

Our four-week Parenting Skills program is specifically designed to provide practical tools for dealing with the behavior and emotional reactions of these children.

Not just a lecture series, this program offers a personalized, small-group workshop setting where parents and caregivers can learn effective management tools in a positive, supportive, yet challenging atmosphere. These techniques help reduce tension and conflict, while also teaching children to self-regulate their own behavior.

Dr. Doft’s unique, results-focused approach makes use of the latest findings in the behavioral sciences, neurobiology and other disciplines. This gives you a powerfully effective way to stay in charge, while helping your children learn to be more in control of themselves.

Who Should Attend?

Parents and caregivers of children aged 3 to 11 with:

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Difficult temperament and other disorders characterized by self-regulatory difficulties.

Note: This program is currently offered in person, on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm, in Manhattan, New York City. Depending upon interest, virtual classes may be offered.

What Will You Learn?

You will gain insight into the special wiring of children with neurobiological disorders and learn specific, hands-on skills for dealing with the difficult traits associated with these conditions, including:

Inflexibility • Oppositionalism • Anxieties • Impulsivity
Social skills deficits • Low self-esteem • Emotional over-reactivity
Problems with low motivation sustained effort and task completion

How Will You Benefit?

Our training programs are designed to produce specific, practical results. When parents understand and apply the insights and problem-solving techniques taught in these workshops, they are able to:

  • Regain control of their time and energy
  • Reduce feelings of tension and guilt
  • Help their children succeed at school
  • Gain self-confidence in family relationships and management
  • Minimize or eliminate power struggles over homework, bedtime and the activities of daily living

About Norma Doft, Ph.D.

Child psychologist, author, teacher and columnist Norma Doft, Ph.D., is The A.D.D. Resource Center’s Director of Parent Training. A highly respected specialist in AD/HD and related disorders. author of When Your Child Needs Help, and previously on the teaching faculty of NYU Medical Center, Dr. Doft currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board of CHADD of New York City and is a frequent speaker for that organization.

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