A mom and son discuss his adhd struggles

By Peter Braaten, Ellen Braaten and Gene Beresin – Peter Braaten, now 20, still retains an indelible third-grade memory of being unable — simply unable — to stay seated in a reading circle. “And I just started walking around, because that’s what made me feel okay at the time. And the teacher said, ‘No, sit […]

Classroom accommodations for students with ADHD

by Liz Matheis – Whether your child has a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), make certain that its outlined accommodations reflect his unique learning style and needs. Let me start by explaining the basic difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP. The 504 Plan is guided by the American with Disabilities […]

ADHD and sleep apnea present with similar symptoms

by Dr. Robert Rosenberg – Dear Dr. Rosenberg: My 9-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin. He snores and is a restless sleeper. Friends are telling me that I should get his snoring checked out. They say they have heard sleep apnea in children can be misdiagnosed as ADHD. Is this true? […]

Breakthrough in diagnosis of ADHD

by Judy Siegeo-Itzkovich – Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — one of the most misdiagnosed conditions that leads to many children taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) even though they don’t need it — can now be identified objectively and in a foolproof way. Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and colleagues at Sheba Medical Center […]

ADHD treatment choices should be explored before opting for medication

by Randy Hansbrough – While it is true that the label of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming increasingly more common among adults, such as TV personality Lisa Ling, the often prescribed ADHD drugs are definitely not the best treatment option. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that ADHD medicines are highly addictive, and […]

Diet tips for athletes with ADHD

by Nancy Clark – Many teens and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are good soccer players. In elementary school, they may not have been good at sitting quietly, but they certainly could excel at sports. Many found exercise had a calming, centering effect. With maturation, exercise still helps them get through their school/workday. […]

ADHD is nobody’s fault, but a disorder of the brain

By Pooja Kaushal – It is a behavioral issue; it is a result of bad parenting; it only affects children and goes away with age. These are just a few misconceptions surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or what is better known as ADHD. Before we go into exploring some of the ‘facts’ about ADHD let […]

Some recommended strategies to help kids with ADHD

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by Heather Gilmore – The upcoming school year is getting closer and closer. All kids who are headed back to school will have to manage some level of transition. For basically all kids, this requires them to become more focused, more disciplined, and more organized. Kids with ADHD may have an even more difficult time […]

ADHD rising prevalence is related to stress

by Nichola Petts ADHD seems to be the buzzword of the decade when it comes to children who can’t sit still, have a hard time concentrating on one task at a time, or act impulsively. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is certainly no laughing matter — it can be a stressful situation for kids with the diagnosis, […]

How to get accommodations for learning disabilities in college

by Susan Yellin – The car is packed, you’ve synced your phone and downloaded new music for the drive ahead. You’ve even logged in to the online bookstore to order the semester’s required textbooks. But if you are a freshman or a returning student, and you have ADHD, LD, or any other disability, you need […]