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.

Here are some helpful ADD/ADHD parenting articles to get you started:

We Got a Diagnosis for Our Child - Now What? ADHD, ODD, LDs and More - What a Diagnosis Means for Your Child

Effective Consequences for ADHD Kids

ADHD and Young Children: Unlocking the Secrets to Good Behavior

5 Focus Exercises for ADHD Kids

By Dr. Robert Myers, PhD

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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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Out of Control Behavior: Should I Medicate My Child?

By James Lehman, MSW

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The recent death of a four-year-old Massachusetts girl from an overdose of medications for ADHD and bipolar disorder has brought the issue of medicating children for behavior problems to the forefront of public consciousness. While this sad case shows the extreme end of the issue, it reminds us of the fork in the road many... Read more »

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8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids

By Janet Lehman, MSW

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Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we’ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling when they lose a... Read more »

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