Blog Posts

Righting the Off-Track School Year

[Written for Long Island Parent Feb/March 2011] The second quarter marking period is over and your child’s grades have taken a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where the school year is headed if no changes are made. You are both feeling frustrated and anxious about the months to come. You’ve … Read more

What Makes Sleep So Difficult for People with ADHD

It’s 11 pm and you’ve gone into your child’s room for the 5th time. You stay calm, you rub his back AGAIN, tell him to look at the stars painted on the ceiling, and just try to sleep. After nights of yelling, punishing, bribing, and begging you realize in your frustration that he is not … Read more

School Survival for You and Your Child

Come on, we can do it.  We can make this year just a little less stressful and a little more enjoyable.  Hopefully the burnout and exhaustion of the previous school year has dissipated and you are ready for a new beginning.  For this first newsletter of the new school year I thought it might be … Read more

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique (“Pomodoro” is Italian for “Tomato”).  Make the most use of the time you spend on working and deepen your concentration and productivity using this effective technique! Essentially; it is a way of breaking your work time into “Pomodoros” (“units of time” such as 25 minutes).   When you set out to do your … Read more

Defeat Battle Fatigue

Originally appeared in NY Parenting Magazine, January 2011 Do you feel as if your day never ends and you are constantly on alert? Living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not easy for the child with ADHD, the siblings, or the parents. The environment that surrounds the family of a child with ADHD is … Read more

For Parents: ADHD – Now What??

So your child has just been diagnosed with ADHD.  What does that mean??  Let’s just cover a few of the basic facts and try to help you put things in perspective. ADHD affects approximately 9.5% of the school age population (CDC).  You are probably aware by now that the hallmark traits of ADHD are Distractibility … Read more

Just What Are Executive Functions?

This article originally appeared as Get it Together!  Tips to conquer your child’s organizational problems in LONG ISLAND SPECIAL CHILD, Fall/Winter 2010/11 Have you ever noticed that staying organized — or getting started on a project and seeing it through to completion — are all in a day’s work for some people, but for others, … Read more

Five Strategies for Smooth Operating for the New School Year

Regardless of how last year went the new school year starts off full of promise and potential.  Let’s take a moment and look at some strategies that can improve the probability of a successful school year for both you and your child. 1. Goals – Yours and Theirs One of the most effective ways to … Read more

Talking to Your Teacher so your Teacher Understands You

Do you ever wish that your time at school could benefit you more?  Do you wish that your teachers understood you better and knew how to help you achieve more?  Well, it’s within your reach.  It may take some courage, some new skills on your part, maybe some insight into your self, but the results … 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