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Transforming the Intense, Difficult and ADHD Child - The Nurtured Heart Approach

Lead by Howard Glasser

A child’s intensity is a gift that needs to be nurtured. Unfortunately, many parents, mental health professionals, and educators find themselves struggling with the intensity of a challenging child. Faced with uncontrolled anger, aggression, defiance, and disrespect from an intense child, most adults react by increasing the severity of normal methods and ways of interacting. 


Despite the best of intentions, the more adults attempt common theories and practices with a challenging child, the worse the situation becomes. Faced with escalating acting out, the intense child is often diagnosed as ADHD or more at a first evaluation and prescribed medications that risk serious lifelong physical, psychological and social side effects - simply because there has not been an approach that consistently helps them to use their intensity successfully. Until now.


The culprits are the methods most people have at their disposal…not the parents, therapists, teachers, or the child. Approaches designed for the average child are not powerful or encompassing enough to have a transformative effect on children with behaviors involving opposition, defiance, or inability to manage strong impulses or emotions.


The Nurtured Heart Approach has been proven to create the transformational impact and change people have been searching - quickly and in inspiring and enduring ways. All involved gain a sense of positive influence and confidence by way of the success that flows, and they come to experience that the very same intensity that seemed so distressing and problematic is actually the fuel for a child’s greatness.

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Howard Glasser

Howard Glasser is the creator and developer of the Nurtured Heart Approach®. His background is in family treatment, clinical studies, and educational leadership. He is a sought-after Keynote speaker in areas of treatment, education, and inspiring greatness. Howard has written 15 books, including his bestseller, Transforming the Difficult Child. His formal studies and direct experience with the most intense and challenging children form the basis of the approach. His work seeks to reduce children’s reliance on psychiatric medications, inspires many educational and treatment initiatives worldwide, and has been featured on CNN, Esquire, and more.


Nurtured Heart is currently being researched by Rutgers University, the University of Arizona & Zuckerman School of Public Health, and the New Mexico State University. Howard currently teaches Nurtured Heart Approach Certification Training Intensives at the Nurtured Heart Institute as well as teaching at the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Program and the School of Public Health’s new Transformational Wellness program. His upcoming book due out in 2022 is an unfolding of the Nurtured Heart Approach from the ‘Inside Out.'

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