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

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

For Teens: What Do You Mean I Have ADHD?!

You’ve just been told that you have ADHD – but what does THAT mean??  And how are they so sure? And now what? First off, relax – you are no different today than you were in the past.  You are not sick, you have no disease, and you are NOT contagious.  It simply means that there is a common term that describes how you function in the world and it might help explain to you and others some of the … Read more

Time Management – It’s a Family Affair!

Effective time management skills are essential to all adults and children. From scheduling and managing after-school activities, to homework, to chores… oh, and your life, too!!  Day-to-day demands can become overwhelming and create an atmosphere of constant stress.  Who doesn’t want a calmer more efficient morning, a less hectic afternoon, and a more peaceful bedtime?  By managing your own time wisely and modeling that for your children, you and your family can experience a more orderly, less stressful day.  By … 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 get the school year started is to imagine it is over.  Help your child visualize what it would look like if they had a great … 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 may make a tremendous difference in how comfortable you are in school, your grades, and what you really get out of your education. You’ve been … Read more