ADHD / ADD

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a disorder often characterized by short attention span and poor concentration. Symptoms can be mild or severe and may affect executive functioning skills such as organization, time management, and impulse control. Hyperactivity may also be a component. While an ADD/ADHD diagnosis is never an excuse for acting out behavior, it is something that needs to be taken into consideration when determining what approach to take.

Should You Tell Your Child about Their Disability or Diagnosis?

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Recently I met a frazzled mom at a conference about special education. “I’m so worried about my 16-year old daughter,” she confided. “She is defiant, hates school and won’t let the teachers help her. She is really struggling.” As she went on literally wringing her hands, I finally had to ask her, “Does your daughter... Read more »

8 Secret Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

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For the parents of a child with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—everyday tasks turn into battles—from getting the child out the door in the morning to getting him to bed at night. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, so I remember what it was like to have a daily tug of... Read more »

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ADHD in Girls: Why It’s Going Undiagnosed and Untreated

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If your daughter is struggling academically, socially and behaviorally, you are undoubtedly worried, frustrated and wondering why all of this is happening. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder could be the root of the problem. Studies indicate that as many as 75% of girls with ADHD are not diagnosed. Having your daughter assessed for ADHD now—even if... Read more »

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Why School is Hard for Kids with ADHD—and How You Can Help

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“Can we talk about Daniel,” you say to your child’s teacher, a knot of fear in your belly. “He’s starting to say that he hates school and it’s stupid.” “I wanted to talk to you, too,” the teacher says. “Daniel's behavior in class and on the playground is very concerning.” Now that knot is in your throat... Read more »

Effective Consequences for ADHD Kids

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Imagine this scene: Your 7–year–old won’t stop teasing his little sister. You give him a 10 minute time out, but he refuses to comply and has a total meltdown. Or suppose you tell your 13–year–old to do her homework and stop texting her friend or else she will lose TV privileges... Read more »

5 Focus Exercises for ADHD Kids

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ADHD is a "brain difference." Kids with ADHD have some significant differences in their cognitive ability, emotional sensitivity and activity level when compared to other children. What this means is that their “skill set” is different from 95% of the children in their class. Their working memory is often not as well-developed as it might... Read more »

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