FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does your group do?
Parents of Children with ADHD meets every other month from September-May at Trinity Church in Greensboro. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; the schedule is altered in November to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. Meetings generally follow the schedule below:
6:30-7:00: Refreshments served, time for socializing
8:00-8:30: Question & answer time
We meet to hear a professional who specializes in AD/HD (usually a psychiatrist, psychologist, or educator) speak about a topic of interest. Before the one-hour lecture, we have 30 minutes of social time, and afterwards we have 30 minutes of Q&A with the speaker.
Here is a link to our upcoming schedule [link].
How can I get notices for your meetings?
Click here to sign up to receive meeting announcements. We also have a Facebook page.
Is your group just for parents of children with AD/HD?
While most of our attendees are parents of children with AD/HD, grandparents, tutors, teachers, and medical professionals also attend our meetings.
What kinds of topics do you cover in your meetings?
Planning Your Summer, ADHD and Families, and ADHD Medications are examples of topics we have covered in past meetings. Each year we try to revisit the topics parents are most interested in, such as the medical management of AD/HD or how to help your child with academic success. We choose topics and speakers oriented around well-researched and objective scientific studies. It’s important to us that people who attend our meetings can trust that the information they receive is grounded in the best research in the field. We also look for speakers who can present information on AD/HD in an accessible and helpful way to parents who don’t have backgrounds in education, science, or psychology as well as educators, medical professionals, and parents who do.”
Who plans the meetings?
We have a parent planning committee, which includes three parents of children with AD/HD, an educator from a local school that specializes in children with learning disabilities, an adviser from the Moses Cones Behavioral Health Clinic, a representative from the Family Support Network of Central North Carolina, and the head of the AD/HD Clinic at UNC-G, Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos. He is the clinical adviser to our support group. We meet regularly to plan topics we hope will be of interest to the support group. We read through written comments from our support group meetings to get ideas for future meetings.
I’m not sure if my child has AD/HD. Can I find out by coming to your meeting?
No. Some parents come to support group meetings while they are still in the process of receiving a diagnosis for their child, but you will need to make an appointment with a clinical psychiatrist or psychologist who specializes in AD/HD for a diagnosis.
I don’t live in Greensboro, and I’m interested in starting an AD/HD support group in my community. How should I get started?
About.com published a “how-to” article on this topic after interviewing members of the current parent planning committee and the two parents who started our support group. Check out the article here.
Do you recommend that both parents come to the support group meetings?
Yes. That would be ideal. Since childcare can be an issue (we’re not able to provide childcare), some parents take turns attending and then share information and handouts with the spouse who couldn’t come to the meeting.
Anything else I should know?
We hope you find some helpful information on our website and at our meetings. We also hope you connect with other parents who understand what you are experiencing, so you don’t feel alone as you parent a child with AD/HD.