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Does My Child Need Diagnostics?

Supporting Children and Teens with ADHD, Coexisting Conditions, and ADHD-like Conditions When your child is struggling in school or at home, it’s often hard to determine what are “typical” behaviors or learning struggles and what is beyond what might be considered within the normal range.  I asked licensed clinical psychologist and author Dr. Gene Carroccia to share his expertise to help parents determine when and how to seek support. Question: What are diagnostics?  When should a parent consider getting diagnostic … Read more

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

Initiation & Activation

Initiation & Activation: 2 Exercises to Help Kids Focus

In this article that I have written for the PESI Blog, I highlight two skills that we discuss in ADHD, Executive Function & Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom (co-authored with my daughter, Carly Wolf, M.Ed.). One of the most common struggles for students with ADHD or executive function challenges is staying focused on a specific accomplishment during a given time period. These students may have an especially hard time getting started or simply staying on task while other thoughts or external factors … Read more

Launching Into Young Adulthood...Ready or Not! by Chris Dendy

Launching Into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or Not!

It is an honor to have Chris Dendy and Ruth Hughes share about their new book to my PTS Coaching community. I have known both Chris and Ruth for many years through my involvement with National CHADD.  They are each compassionate advocates and outstanding practitioners.  Their new book, Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or Not! is full of guidance and strategies to help your preteens and teens develop the key life skills necessary for the adult world and identify … Read more

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ADHD is Not a Problem of KNOWING What To Do – It’s a Problem of DOING What You Know

Ok, school started. Back to the grind.   For some parents, it’s a relief to have the kids back to a routine. But for others, it’s a daily nightmare of prodding them along to reach the potential you know they have. I wish I had the magic bullet for you to convince your child that if they JUST create and stick to a realistic routine, stay off their devices, get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise, the year would go so smoothly! … Read more

Ready set now how do i get Started

Ready, Set…Now How Do I Get Started?

Below is a presentation that I did when I was a Speaker for the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference in 2020. Getting started is a skill. Help your child or teen get started with these tips, tools, and strategies. I hope you find it helpful! You may also want to view the 2016 ADDitude podcast, Ready, Set, Work: Help Students Fight Procrastination and Get to Work You are not alone on this journey! Cindy

ADHD and College: Making it work

College Search Considerations for Students Needing Accommodations by Sara Zessar

If you are concerned about your child’s college search, ADHD, and accommodations, you are not alone. I recently spoke with independent college consultant Sara Zessar about college search considerations for students needing accommodations.  Please see her poignant advice below. If you have concerns about how you can best support your child as they consider the role that accommodations will play for them in college, please read my article ADHD and College: Making it Work on Sara’s blog.  And as always, please … Read more