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 tried bribes, maybe even used some well thought out consequences, but nothing until now has made a significant, lasting difference. Something is just not going … 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 to just try to sleep. After nights of yelling, punishing, bribing and begging you realize in your frustration that he is not trying to defy you, he’s not just trying to make you crazy, HE JUST CAN’T FALL ASLEEP! What’s up with that? Well, for kids … 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 useful to review, update and enhance some of our basic strategies to establish a positive outlook for the months ahead.  As always, if you have … Read more

The Pomodoro Technique

Make the most use of the time you spend on working Think of a Pomodoro as a Unit of Time.  By setting your focus on working uninterrupted on a specific task for 25 minutes most people report that they can concentrate deeper and work more productively.  Below is a general guideline for how the Pomodoro Technique works. 1.  On your Pomodoro Planner (or in your agenda book) write down exactly what you need to do for the day.  Include homework, … 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 often full of stress and chaos. So, how can you, as the parent, stay grounded, alert, and ready to deal with each day’s new challenges? … 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 or Inattentiveness, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity.  Each of these conditions can make life for a child and those around them challenging, to say the least.  Along … Read more