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 ADHD Parent Coach, Learning Support Specialist, and Educational Consultant to share some important information that will help you and your teen be prepared for the … 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 the mix, and it can be extremely difficult to introduce healthier foods into a child’s diet. But there is hope! I recently connected with Dana … Read more

Advancement in ADHD

Advancements in ADHD Understanding & Treatment

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 understanding to support the ADHD community. We decided to do a ten-year “lookback” to share what we felt has changed most over this time. Without … Read more

ADHD Therapists Wanted

In Search Of – Mental Health Professionals Who Understand ADHD

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 can manage.  They have seen a few therapists, but in each case, they found a lack of proper understanding and knowledge of their child’s struggles.  … Read more

Adult ADHD and Motherhood

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

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 New York City. Dr. Shapiro is a highly regarded Psychiatrist and Therapist whom I have continued to consult with on behalf of my clients. Very … Read more

parent coaching

How ADHD Parent Coaching Can Boost Child Therapy Success

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 the social and emotional impact that ADHD has on learning, motivation, behavior, and the whole family system. That’s where Parent Coaching helps. By relying on … Read more

ADHD Medication

What Every High School and College Kid Needs to Know About Their 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 to them or prescribed inappropriately, in an effort to deal with academic pressures. Some also use stimulants as part of a weight-loss strategy or to … 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 and the various treatment options that have been recognized as effective. Diagnosing and Treating ADHD What is involved in a proper diagnosis? A proper diagnosis … Read more

Interesting New Treatment Idea for Treating ADHD

Here is something interesting, and a possible opportunity for you and your family.Last year I had the opportunity to consult with the Akili Interactive team as they prepared to introduce their new program, Endeavor™- A Digital Attention Treatment. It is designed to help parents support their kids with ADHD. During my three days with them, I had the opportunity to learn about the research and science behind their program.  I walked away intrigued and optimistic that what the Akili Interactive … Read more