Kids with ADHD benefit from psychotherapy but they are not getting it

by Anthony Rivas – Kids who are taught about emotional intelligence learn how to recognize their emotions when they appear, and how to regulate them in a responsible, psychologically safe way. All kids should learn about it, but perhaps more in need of learning it are kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although it’s […]

Neighbors complain about yelling to parents of girl with ADHD

The parents of three children say they are “really troubled” by an anonymous letter left in their mailbox last Friday that says neighbors “are exasperated by the screams of your children.” Sarah Cloutier says her kids aren’t perfect and scream from time to time outside, but they mostly play like normal kids. Cloutier’s daughter Laurence, […]

ADHD can be misinterpreted as laziness

by Dan Florell, Ph.D. and Praveena Salins, M.D. – As his third grade teacher stood in the front of the class giving directions to the next assignment, the boy sat staring out the window. He often stared out the window or would spend time playing with paper or his erasers. The boy’s grades were beginning […]

To treat ADHD, a multi-modal approach is best

by Scott Smith – Jimmy started to get the feeling that he was a little different from other kids around the third grade. He realized that he talked more than the other kids and that it seemed like he was always getting in trouble. Sometimes he thought the teacher was picking on him. He had […]

Top 10 tips for helping students with adhd succeed in school

by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. – For teachers, there is no easy solution for the management of ADHD in the classroom. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for ADHD at school depends upon the knowledge and the persistence of the school and the individual teacher. It’s often helpful for parents […]

I’ve learned so much from my daughter with ADHD

by Lisa Aro – Of my six children, Mary, my youngest daughter, has taught me the most. She taught me that dull preschool scissors could indeed cut a perfect square out of metal mini-blinds and fingernail polish remover can get royal blue fabric paint out of cream colored carpet. She taught me that brilliance, creativity, […]

Physical activity in school improves academic performance for students with ADHD

by Michigan State University – A new study shows that offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in the classroom and at home. Signs can include inattentiveness, moodiness, and difficulty getting along with others. “Early studies suggest that physical activity can have a positive effect on […]

Mind with ADHD may be “immature” in terms of brain wiring

by Lindsey Bever – Many children and teenagers with ADHD may find it difficult to turn in homework — they get too distracted to complete it, they lose the pens and pencils needed to do it. Their daydreams constantly interrupt their thoughts. They re-read the same sentences several times because they can’t seem to stay […]

Medications alone is not a successful ADHD treatment

by Maureen Salamon – Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study suggests. “Augmented” therapy that consists of stimulant and antipsychotic drugs, along with parent training in behavioral management techniques, was rated more effective by […]

Things to consider in seeking special education supports

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by Jade Benny – If one has the ability to choose the circumstances for their kids, no doubt parents would tell you how much they would love their children to grow up doing great in school, having the best time of their life with their teachers and classmates, and be healthy at all times. But […]