Our Approach to Parent Training


What is it with families? Why do things change so drastically in the home after a family receives an ADHD diagnosis about their child or teenager?

I know it’s difficult for parents to accept a diagnosis of any kind about their kids.  But, after the storm calms down, and parents have a clear understanding of the diagnosis, treatment options and where to start – things end up returning to normal.  Everyone in the home goes back to their day to day – school, work, family outings.

HOWEVER, the same family issues resurface. They don’t go away – they’re simply put on the back burner.

For me, after many conversations with parents, I’ve realized the biggest challenge in this relationship is we don’t know how to talk with each other.

There is no communication and parents are at each other’s throat, siblings are arguing, grandparents or other family members give an unsolicited opinion.

What do they all need?

An understanding of how to relate to each other.  How will they make the changes and create the environment they want for their family?


Avant-Garde Counseling & Coaching Center works differently with families, parents, and caregivers.

We believe in creating communication patterns in which the family understands their system – meaning their beliefs, how they are structured, their problem-solving abilities, and how effective these patterns of behaviors are.

Parents learn how a response creates a thought or feeling which creates a reaction or behavior.

After years of researching parent training programs searching for the best one to provide knowledge, and skills for parents of children or teens with ADHD, learning difference, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, and executive function deficits, we believe we’ve found a fit which complements our professional expertise, and experience when working with families.

Calm & Connected: Parenting Kids with ADHD / Executive Function Challenges©

Cindy Goldrich, Founder of PTS Coaching created the bicycle wheel below to demonstrate what we’ll cover at the Calm & Connected: Parenting Kids with ADHD / Executive Function Challenges© program.

take aways

  • Gain valuable insights, tips, tools, and strategies
  • Reduce arguing, defiance, and daily battles
  • Develop strategies and the confidence to support your child without enabling
  • Motivate without relying on rewards and punishments
  • Bring an end to the conflict and chaos in your home
  • Set boundaries and develop your child’s full potential
  • Help your child build resiliency, flexibility, grit, and perseverance

In addition, we’ll teach you how to create a personal balance by understanding how to spend your energy in a more intentional way.

Calm & Connected: Parenting kids with Adhd/executive function challenges©

Created by Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP  ADHD Parent Coach and Teacher Trainer

Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC and Trainer

Ellen Ortega, LPC and Trainer

This is a 7 week in-person or online workshop series presented in English or Spanish.


Learning, Motivation, and Behavior: Impact on Kids with ADHD and Executive Function Challenges©


Remaining Calm & Connected



Improving Communication



Encouraging Collaboration



Achieving Clarity & Consistency



Effective Consequences



Making Better Choices


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Why Is Parent Coaching Training Important?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Guidelines say that to treat ADHD in children there must be a combination of medical and behavioral approaches. Some of these approaches are treatments such as behavior therapy, behavior management or interventions.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Center for Disease Control & Prevention conducted a study of different parent training.  It was their conclusion that programs consistently have better outcomes when they teach skills using homework, modeling, role-playing, and parents practicing with their own children at home.

The Calm and Connected Weekend with Dulce has been powerful. I feel like I’m walking away with an arsenal of tools to help my child be successful.

Wow, what a weekend! Attending Calm and Connected was an awesome experience – well worth the time. The information and interaction from the attendees was right on point, covering all of the objectives and expectations. Dulce was very knowledgeable, experienced and committed to sharing and teaching attendees, which included parents and educators, how to create a “calm and connected” environment for children. Thank you for sharing your time with us.
Pat and Lu

Great informational training Dulce. We learned a lot and enjoyed your calm way of coahing us to be calm and become more connected with our child.