Blog Posts

Ten Steps to Support Children with ADHD

Ten steps to support children with ADHD blog 2.1.23

Here are 10 essential steps to improve the care, support, and outcomes for children with ADHD. 1. Understand the Social/Emotional impact of ADHD on learning, motivation, behavior, and the family system. 2. Create a uniform, comprehensive diagnostic procedure for assessing ADHD, including full family history, medical assessment for allergies and sensitivities, cognitive assessment, and observation … Read more

Phonics or Balanced Literacy: How Does Your School Teach Reading?

Sold a Story: How does our district teach reading?

I was an active member of my school’s PTA over 20 years ago. I became aware that my district was using a highly regarded balanced literacy/whole language reading program to teach children how to read. This same program was being used in most schools nationwide.  As parents, we were concerned that our children were not … Read more

ADHD and Dyslexia – They Often Walk Together

Meg and Greg Book duck

As many of you know, it is not unusual for people with ADHD to struggle with reading skill development. In fact, of people who are diagnosed with ADHD, 30-40% will struggle with dyslexia.  While many children seem to pick up reading with little effort, most of these children need more guidance and practice to become … Read more

Partnering with Your Child’s Doctor: ADHD & Behavioral Concerns

Partner with Your Child's Doctor: ADHD & Behavior

I recently connected with Dr. Nerissa Bauer, a wonderful behavioral pediatrician. While pediatricians offer general primary care services to children, behavioral pediatricians assist in specific difficulties, struggles, or deficiencies in the growth and development of a child. I asked her to share how you can work with a behavioral pediatrician when you have concerns about your … Read more

Understanding & Utilizing Your Child’s Evaluations

Have you wondered how you can best use the evaluations provided by the school and professionals? Understanding your child’s learning and behavioral profile is essential in helping you and those who work with your child best meet your child’s developmental and academic needs. As I always say, you must “Parent the Child You Have.” With … Read more

Does My Child Need Diagnostics?

Supporting Children and Teens with ADHD, Coexisting Conditions, and ADHD-like Conditions When your child is struggling in school or at home, it’s often hard to determine what are “typical” behaviors or learning struggles and what is beyond what might be considered within the normal range.  I asked licensed clinical psychologist and author Dr. Gene Carroccia … Read more

Paving the Road to Self-Advocacy for the High School to College Transition

If you have a teen who is getting ready to go to college in the fall, you may be wondering, or dare I say, concerned, about what services they will qualify for.  Or perhaps equally concerned about what role you, and your teen will play in advocating for those services. I asked Lorri Comeau, an … Read more

The Impact of ADHD and Sensory Processing Challenges on Sports Skills

Sports often play a large role in children’s lives, for better and for worse.  If you have a child who enjoys engaging in athletic activities, whether on their own or in organized activities, their attentional and sensory processing challenges may make it difficult for them to fully enjoy their pursuits.  And for children who may … Read more

Picky Eating and ADHD

Picky Eating and ADHD

Picky eating and ADHD often go hand-in-hand. In fact, researchers at Duke University found a high correlation between selective eating problems and ADHD. Additionally, many children with ADHD are more predisposed to crave sugar due to the surge of dopamine that sugar delivers to the brain. Add emotional dysregulation, inflexibility, and sensory processing issues to … Read more

Advancements in ADHD Understanding & Treatment

Advancement in ADHD

After the recent National CHADD Conference, I met with my Coaches Cohort – a special group of ADHD specialists, advocates, and passionate professionals like myself – whom I have known and worked with for over ten years.   Each year after the Conference, we meet to discuss new takeaways and insights to further our knowledge and … Read more

In Search Of – Mental Health Professionals Who Understand ADHD

ADHD Therapists Wanted

I received a phone call the other day from a client who has a child struggling with anxiety and depression.  While the support I have provided the family through our parenting work has done a great deal to improve their relationship with their child, their son is dealing with mental health issues beyond what they … Read more

Make Your Bed with Skipper the Seal – Lessons from a Navy Seal

Make Your Bed Skipper Seal for Blog

Many of you may already be familiar with the book Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven, his inspiring graduation speech at the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement Day.  Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal … Read more

Launching Into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or Not!

Launching Into Young Adulthood...Ready or Not! by Chris Dendy

It is an honor to have Chris Dendy and Ruth Hughes share about their new book to my PTS Coaching community. I have known both Chris and Ruth for many years through my involvement with National CHADD.  They are each compassionate advocates and outstanding practitioners.  Their new book, Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or … Read more

ADHD is Not a Problem of KNOWING What To Do – It’s a Problem of DOING What You Know

ADHD is not a problem URL FB Image 8.28.21

Ok, school started. Back to the grind.   For some parents, it’s a relief to have the kids back to a routine. But for others, it’s a daily nightmare of prodding them along to reach the potential you know they have. I wish I had the magic bullet for you to convince your child that if they … Read more

College Search Considerations for Students Needing Accommodations by Sara Zessar

ADHD and College: Making it work

If you are concerned about your child’s college search, ADHD, and accommodations, you are not alone. I recently spoke with independent college consultant Sara Zessar about college search considerations for students needing accommodations.  Please see her poignant advice below. If you have concerns about how you can best support your child as they consider the role … Read more

ADHD: Managing Your Emotions and Everyone Else’s… UGH!   

An Interview with Jeff Copper of Attention Talk Radio

If you realize the challenge that emotions play in your or your child’s life, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

In this interview, Jeff Copper and I discuss the importance of practicing calm, and it’s benefits for you, and your child.

Calm really works. It is powerful. When we can first calm down, we can engage differently.

If you find yourself feeling agitated, or repeatedly frustrated with the same issues, it may be that an appropriate boundary is not set.

Learn how practicing calm helps you to set, and stick to boundaries that you are comfortable with, and feel good about.

Calm is your Power.

 


Feel free to reach out with any questions: [email protected]

Calm & Connected: Parenting Children & Teens with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges© Learn More & Register

APCA: ADHD Parent Coach Academy professional training Learn More & Register

What is Calm & Connected© and APCA©? An interview with Cindy Goldrich and Dulce Torres.

In this interview, Cindy Goldrich discusses with Dulce Torres how Parent Coaching helps the child. You will learn: How Parent Coaching puts the parent at the center of support for the child. What Cindy’s Calm and Connected© parent workshop is and how it began. What Cindy’s Professional Training, APCA: ADHD Parent Coach Training© is and … Read more

Adult ADHD and Motherhood: 6 Expert Tips for a Calmer Home

Adult ADHD and Motherhood

Adult ADHD and Motherhood can be stressful. Below are 6 tips from Dr. Scott Shapiro, Psychiatrist and Therapist, that will help bring more calm, organization, and enjoyment to your daily life. I first became acquainted with Psychiatrist Scott Shapiro when we were colleagues years ago working for Dr. Edward Hallowell at the Hallowell Center in … Read more

Breaking Through the Fatigue Wall – Stress & Executive Function: On the Right Road with Paula Phillips

Stress and Executive Function

I recently had such a meaningful discussion with Paula Phillips from On the Right Road regarding stress and executive function and its effect on learning, and motivation. After a year of pandemic living and online learning, a whole lot of kids (and adults) have been hitting a “fatigue wall”. There are many related reasons, but … Read more

3 Tips for Effective Study Breaks

3 Tips for Effective Study Breaks

If it sometimes seems that your child is not working or studying at their best, it may be that they need a study break. The concern that many parents have about taking study breaks is – how am I going to make sure he gets back to work? Experience and science have shown that our … Read more

How ADHD Parent Coaching Can Boost Child Therapy Success

parent coaching

When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, Parent Coaching can make all the difference in improving the quality of your and your child’s lives. Parents usually receive standard recommendations for raising kids with ADHD, such as accommodations and modifications for school, perhaps therapeutic interventions for the child, and sometimes medication.  Many times, parents are unaware of … Read more

Distance Learning: A 504 Plan for ADHD That Works

504 plan for adhd

If your child has an IEP or a 504 Plan for ADHD or other learning challenges, you may need some new tools and ideas to help your child adjust to working remotely. My daughter, Carly Goldrich-Wolf, MS. Ed. offers some solid guidelines on how to smooth out the challenges your child may face with distance … Read more

The Student Wheel of Life: How Satisfied Are You Now?

Student Wheel of Life-PTS COACHING

Taking time to reflect and evaluate how satisfied we are with our lives may seem like something only adults do. I have found that helping children (of all ages) examine key areas of their lives in an intentional exercise can be very beneficial.   Positive change is most likely to occur when we first assess … Read more

“Why Don’t You Listen?” How to Stop Nagging and Start Communicating

ADHD ODD

I recently wrote this article for ADDitude Magazine online. I hope you find it helpful. Your child or teen may be ignoring your requests for very good reasons. Instead of insisting on compliance and obedience, we can find out the source of their resistance by engaging in teachable moments. “My son just doesn’t listen to … Read more

Improving your Child’s ADHD, Emotional, and Mental Wellness – Meet Esteem

ADHD App

I’m excited to share that PTS coaching and Esteem Therapeutics are working together to bring my parent education and coaching services to their ADHD parenting app. I was attracted to collaborate with the founders of Esteem because, like me, they recognize that parents need education and support to help their children thrive, not just treatment … Read more

Is Clutter Controlling Your Child’s ADHD Life – or Yours?

clutter and ADHD

Two years ago, when I first moved to Colorado from New York, I met Beth Blacker, Founder and Chief Clutter Controller of It’s Just Stuff. I love her enthusiasm and passion for helping anyone struggling to create and maintain organizing systems for daily life. As a specialist in ADHD, I certainly know how complex and deeply … Read more

What Every High School and College Kid Needs to Know About Their ADHD Medication

ADHD Medication

As High School and College students embark on their journey into a new school year, whether in-person/on-campus, virtually, or a combination of both, I’d like to offer this very important reminder regarding ADHD stimulant medication, and its use, misuse, overuse, and safekeeping. We know that a significant number of kids take stimulants, either not prescribed … Read more

ADHD Diagnosis, Therapy, & Treatment Guide

ADHD Diagnosis, Therapy, & Treatment Guide

Science has come a long way in the last decade. Mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organizations have concluded that ADHD is a real, brain-based medical disorder. Getting a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve the lives of those who struggle. This guide will help clarify what is involved in getting a proper diagnosis … Read more

Addressing the Link Between Learning Differences and Anxiety & Depression

depression and ADHD

Last month I took part in a panel discussion at the Innovative Learning Conference in San Mateo, California. This conference brought together top people in the fields of learning, neuroscience, and clinical practice, including Ned Hallowell, Thomas Brown, Akihiko Takahashi, and Adam Gazzaley. Following our panel discussion, we collaborated to answer some of the questions … Read more

What is Involved in Getting an Evaluation for ADHD and Learning Disabilities?

ADHD Evaluation

Now that the school year is in full swing, I am often asked by parents if they should seek an evaluation for their child to address concerns that either they have or that someone at their child’s school has raised. I have asked a licensed psychologist, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, if she could answer a few … Read more

Parenting Your Child for Career Success

Whether your child is five, fifteen, or twenty-five, the issue of career development is an essential and valuable discussion. I believe this to be true for “typical” children, along with every other person. Why – because how we view ourselves, how we picture our future, and what we are exposed to as we learn and … Read more

What exactly IS a Parent Coach? 

ADHD Parent Coach Cindy Goldrich

For over ten years, I have been working with parents of children who have ADHD, executive function challenges, learning challenges, and behavioral challenges. When parents initially contact me, they are often seeking support to help their children directly.  Our skilled Coaches do provide direct support to teens and college students. But, parents sometimes become disappointed … Read more

ADHD Is Absolutely Treatable

ADHD Treatment Options

Russell Barkley, recognized authority on ADHD, gave a powerful keynote presentation at the November 2018 International Conference on ADHD titled Advances in Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD.  He outlined the numerous and potential serious impairments that ADHD can have on major life activities. When not properly treated and managed, people with ADHD do not learn to … Read more

What Makes Waking Up So Difficult for People with ADHD

waking up ADHD

In a previous article, What makes sleep so difficult for kids with ADHD, We explored the difficulties that children and adolescents may have with falling asleep.  As we have mentioned in many sessions with parents and professionals, research shows that between 25 and 50% of people with ADHD have clinically reported sleep difficulties. These can be … Read more

What I Learned About Time Management from Running and a Tomato

Life lessons often come from places you least expect.  Now before you become concerned that I am going to preach the virtues of running or changing your diet, no worries – that’s not my agenda.  I would like to share, however, what I have learned this past year, NOT about Time Management, but TRUE PRODUCTIVITY.  After … Read more