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Parenting Our Future

Dec 21, 2021

As a mom of a child with multiple diagnoses I can attest to the struggles we’ve had raising our son over the last 16 years.  I’ve dealt with a wide range of emotions including, shame, rage, disappointment, guilt and regret.  Every parent and family are different but we can all say that after a diagnosis we’ve felt scared.  Scared at what the future looks like for our family and most importantly, for our child. 

I’m so honoured to be talking with Dr. Norrine Russel, who has been working with students and weary parents in Canada and the US to help them navigate the complexities of having an ADHD or Autism Diagnosis.  


In part one of our discussion, we are talking about:

What it means to be “neurotypical”

How often one diagnosis comes with more others

How to talk with others who don’t understand your child or your struggle as a parent

How exhaustion is real and how parents are often called to be superhuman

The 3 core ADHD symptoms and the 2 core impairments of Autism

For a copy of Dr. Norrine Russell’s tip sheet, Connecting with Your Non-Neurotypical Child join the Parent Toolbox at 


About Norrine Russell

Dr. Norrine Russell began Russell Coaching for Students in 2009, now a premier national coaching practice for middle school through college students with students across the US and Canada. Her passion for providing support to frustrated students and weary parents is fuelled by her own experience of raising two complex children who are both neurologically atypical (her children’s diagnoses include autism, mood disorders, ADHD, giftedness, and learning differences). Dr. Russell knows first-hand the exhaustion parents face as they day in and day out seek solutions for their out-of-the-box children. The entire team at Russell Coaching is committed to supporting the psychological wellbeing, education, and family life of their clients.


Contact information:


Telephone: (813) 508-2367

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