What does it take to Treat ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most widely discussed, misunderstood, and controversial diagnoses today.   With all of the advances science has to offer in terms of recognizing the chemistry and structure of the brain of a person with ADHD, we are still a long way from undoing the damage done by the … Read more

Is ADHD Coaching Right for You or Your Child?

We hear a lot about coaching these days.  While this term was reserved in the past for sports, we now have coaches for just about every profession and activity in life.  So what exactly is a coach, and how does it differ from a teacher or a therapist? Having ADHD is a complex, multifaceted condition … Read more

So This is What it Feels Like… Being the Kid Who Can’t keep Up…

I had an interesting “Aha” moment this past month.  As an avid road biker, I often ride with a group on Sunday mornings.   Our riding is for exercise and friendship, not competition.  On any given week, I may ride near the front, middle or back of the group, depending on my energy level and mood.   … Read more

Can You Just Sit Still and Pay Attention? The Art of Fidgeting

This is certainly a comment many children hear all day long.  Regrettably, it is often said as a statement or command, rather than a question.  For children who have a difficult time managing themselves during class time, or homework time, how we adults intervene can significantly impact the child’s success and self-image. Brain Differences FACT: … Read more

Raise Awareness…  Establish World ADHD Awareness Day

Please read this compelling letter to the World Health Organization by world-renowned Researcher and expert in the field of ADHD, Dr. Russell Barkley. In this letter, he makes the case for establishing a Worldwide ADHD Awareness Day.  He clearly explains the history, the condition, and the challenges of living with and treating ADHD, a disorder … Read more

Let’s address the REAL lesson of the Suicide of Richard Fee

I would like to take a moment to address an article that appeared February 2, 2013 in the NY Times titled Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions.  There has been a terrible tragedy exposed in the practice of treating ADHD with the death of Richard Fee.  From all accounts, this case was mismanaged.  Unfortunately, most … Read more

No Hits, No Runs, Many Errors…The Adult ADHD Slump

Adult ADHD

ADHD is often thought of as a childhood diagnosis that magically disappears in late adolescence. Up until the last couple of decades the Adult ADHD diagnosis simply did not exist. ADHD affects upwards of 10% of the population, which often persists into adulthood and typically causes individuals to continue to struggle with core symptoms of … Read more

Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Managing the College Application Process for Students with ADHD

Making the College Application Process Easier for Students with ADHD Teenagers with ADHD often feel anxious about what the future will hold.  They are not alone in their worry, as parents are often equally or more concerned about the best path for their child. It is therefore recommended that a frank and open family discussion … Read more

The ADHD Awareness Book Project: 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD

The ADHD Awareness Book Project: 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD is a collaborative book, aimed at providing a unique one-of-a-kind resource for people with ADHD and increasing the awareness of ADHD worldwide. More than 80 co-authors and ADHD experts such as Cindy Goldrich have come together to share their best tips and strategies to … Read more

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

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

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