Eps 439: Parenting ADHD and ODD with Dr. Tasha Brown

Episode 439

My guest this week is Dr. Tasha Brown, and it is a good one for anyone loving and supporting dysregulated teens! 

Dr. Brown starts off today explaining how she found her way to working with children with significant behavioral problems, and I ask about accommodations and if people ever view accommodations as enabling. We get into how to handle low distress tolerance, high reactivity, big emotions, and oppositional defiant disorder in adolescents.  I bring up why some kids are more emotional than others, and Dr. Brown explains how we can dig deeper into what’s going on. We talk about global trauma & creating safety in our relationship. Dr. Brown reminds us how hard it is to be a teenager and why we need to come in with patience & empathy. She also shares her advice on starting conversations in neutral, collaborating with your teen, discussing coping strategies, and paying attention to positive behaviors. We end with a broad strokes chat on understanding neurodiversity in your teen, especially ADHD, and if we should share our children’s diagnoses with them.  

Guest Description

Dr. Brown is the Director and Founder of TMB Psychological Services. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Brown specializes in providing clinical care to children, adolescents, parents, and young adults. She provides a wide variety of evidence-based clinical services and is passionate about helping the individuals she works with function adequately at home, school, and in their communities. 

She provides clinical care for individuals who have concerns related to behavioral challenges, inattention, hyperactivity,  mood, anxiety, school-related concerns, trauma, and life transitions. She gets excited when her clients incorporate skills learned in treatment into their daily lives. 

Dr. Brown prides herself in being able to provide client-centered care with a strength-based approach. Additionally, she specializes in working with parents as they navigate the complexities of parenting.

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Takeaways from the show

  • What are accommodations? Are accommodations just enabling? 
  • Teaching teens to advocate for themselves
  • Distress tolerance and reactivity
  • Typical child development challenges versus oppositional defiant disorder
  • Patience & empathy for our teens!
  • Modeling regulation 
  • Prioritizing special time & connection 
  • Starting conversations neutrally & staying collaborative 
  • Discussing coping strategies with teens
  • The more attention given to a behavior, the more the behavior will increase 
  • Understanding neurodiversity, especially ADHD in your teen 
  • Should we tell children about their diagnoses?

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