May We Introduce You To: Penny Williams, Parenting ADHD & Autism
by Lee Gehrls R&D Coordinator (Volunteer)
Penny is the mother of a son who has ADHD and autism. Like all of us, she threw herself into learning all she could – researching, reading books, hours on the Internet, going to many different appointments, and talking to specialists to figure out how to fix ADHD and yet she still was not able to successfully help her child and her family.
In the “About” section on the website Home page she tells you about the tough times her family went through with experiences of chaos, struggle, and times of feeling alone and lost. She goes on to explain it was after she read the book The Explosive Child by Ross Greene that she realized she was not tackling her parenting correctly. She realized she had to change her mindset. To quote from her website, “I realized it was crucial to change my mindset about ADHD – accept its presence and create strategies and coping mechanisms for my son to thrive in spite of it.”
On the Home page click on “Work With Me” where you can read more about her journey and how she realized mindset is such a crucial component in learning to successfully parent your child with ADHD and/or autism so you can decrease the frustration, failure, and stress which allows the whole family to thrive.
Parenting ADHD & Autism
Penny took her knowledge, parent experience, degree in sociology, and work experience and began writing.
She is the author of three award winning books Boy Without Instructions (April 4, 2014), What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD (July 17, 2015), The Insider’s Guide to ADHD, (November 12, 2015), and her most recent book The Hidden Layers of ADHD (March 1, 2018).
From there she moved on to developing online courses and programs, parent coaching, and mom retreats. She has also been featured in numerous national publications.
Her website is a mix of services and resources you can purchase as well as free articles, blog posts, educational videos, downloads, and printable material.
Here’s a brief overview of the information you will find on the website:
- Parenting ADHD Podcast – 120 podcasts, over 1 million downloads. Weekly podcasts give insights, strategies, and resources to ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities (LD). The website lists Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio.
- Parent Coaching
- Happy Mama Retreat which is an annual event
- Purposeful Parent Bootcamp
- Courses based on brain science & research, study at your own pace, includes videos, downloadable worksheets, additional resources, and coaching time on some courses
- Videos – you can subscribe to Penny’s YouTube Channel and check out past YouTube presentations
- Tried & True Resources which include products, websites, services, and Penny’s Favs
- Facebook Support Group which you must join in order to participate, this is a closed group. There is more information on the website.
This is a website that offers information and resources for families who are new to ADHD and/or autism as well as families who may have a few years of trying to get successful parenting skills in place. You can watch Penny’s videos on the website as she explains her approach to helping parents learn the skills that stop the chaos and promote calm for success of the child and the family. She offers you testimonials from parents who have participated in the different courses and programs.
If you would like to read more of her articles in ADDitude Magazine you can find them at this link – https://www.additudemag.com/author/penny-williams/.
You can also find her on these social media platforms:
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