My Brother’s Journey

My childhood memories from my brother has always been bitter since all I remember was him being punished because he was perceived by the majority of the people around him to be annoying and ill mannered. I clearly remember when we were growing up how people around us were treating him because he was very…

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When Everybody’s on the Same Page

Both early intervention and a multi-disciplinary approach in the family and school environments can be critical in shaping the path of a person with ADHD. “JJ” is a 10 year old who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and depression. He has been raised in a very successful family who has a very hard time…

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My Child is a Perfectionist! What to Do?

Many times parents tell me that their child takes forever to do homework. This is extremely common for students with ADHD. Sometimes the reason is a slow processing speed. Sometimes, distractibility and lack of focus when the subject is not an interesting topic is the cause.   Commonly, homework takes longer because these children erase…

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Mornings are Hell! What to do?

Many families having children with ADHD struggle every morning just to get out of the door. Mornings are not a good time for the majority of individuals with ADHD since it takes them a while to feel really awake. Kids with ADHD have a hard time getting ready for school, let alone doing chores. Morning…

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Eighteen and Off to College

Many parents look for their young adults with ADHD to be independent and gain life skills while navigating the college experience. However, what parents should take into consideration is that the majority of students with ADHD have executive function disorders which translates into lack of organizational skills, time management, planning ability and the like. When…

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The Power of ADHD Group Coaching

A mother with an adopted child was referred to me for a parent coaching group. Overwhelmed by her daughter’s unruly behavior, this mother was left feeling as though returning her child to the country of origin was her only option. Thanks to the supportive group environment of sharing emotions, thoughts, and experiences, this mother garnered…

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Social Thinking and ADHD

Some individuals diagnosed with ADHD and executive functioning challenges may also have social cognitive deficits. These deficits can include a difficult time “reading” non-verbal cues, interpreting body language, or making an inference. In many cases these deficits are subtle and remain undetected in young children. As children with social cognitive issues get older, the social…

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What About Morning Chores?!

Many families with ADHD children struggle every morning just to get out of the door. Some kids with ADHD take medication in the morning, and it often takes a while for the medication to be effective. At the same time, parents may expect them to do various morning chores. As a result, children and parents…

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When Parent and Child Have ADHD

When a parent shares a similar experience with their child, it is natural to identify and empathize with their child’s challenges. Although empathy is important, balance and boundaries are key. Try these: Don’t let your similarities cloud your responsibility or the need to set limits and boundaries for your child. Without boundaries or limits, the…

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Take a Walk in Your Child’s Shoes

Have you ever thought what it would be like to go to work every day having to listen to criticism from your boss and your colleagues? Hearing that you are not working hard enough? Upon arrival at home, looking forward to some peace and quiet, you are faced with more demands and criticism. You have…

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