Supporting Teachers

This year I have had the opportunity to provide professional development in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. I have worked with teachers, guidance counselors, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and principals. What I have experienced this year has convinced me wholeheartedly that the opportunity to make a positive change in our schools and for our kids is ripe, and that educators are hungry, in fact, desperate, … Read more

What Every High School and College Kid Needs to Know About Their ADHD Medication

There are many issues I can discuss here under the broad topic of ADHD medication, so to set your expectations for this article I will tell you that this is NOT about the pros and cons of taking medication.  This article is going to assume that your teenager or your college-age child is taking medication to manage their ADHD symptoms.  There are important things kids need to know about their meds, and know how to manage taking responsibility for possessing … Read more

ADHD Inattentive Type

In the world of ADHD where it is not unusual to deal with challenging behaviors, often times it is the overt “active” behavior that gets all of the attention: the impulsive acts, the hyperactive movements, the loud defiance.  It’s important as practitioners and educators that we also recognize that supportive techniques are needed to help the quiet children, the ones diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive type. As with each type of ADHD, it is important to begin with a proper diagnosis … Read more

Faster Than Normal: Pills Don’t Teach Skills with Peter Shankman

I am proud of my new interview with Peter Shankman on his Faster Than Normal podcast, Pills Don’t Teach Skills. We had a great conversation about a range of topics related to Kids, Parents, and Teachers in working with the challenges of ADHD and Executive Function deficits.  It starts off with the debate about using the label “deficit”!. I would love to hear your thoughts about the podcast.  The direct link to the podcast show is here:

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What is the true value of Testing Accommodations – we may not really know YET!

I recently attended the annual conference in Wash., DC for The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders.  This was a wonderful opportunity to be amongst the top Researchers and Physicians in the world who work with the science of ADHD. As I listened to the presentations and explored the Poster Sessions highlighting the latest research, I was reminded how much we truly are still learning about the diagnosis, impact and treatment of this brain type. One of the … Read more

“Happy Birthday, Dear! You Have ADHD!” (Published in ADDitude Magazine Fall 2015)

I recently heard from an ADDitude Magazine reader looking for help: “My daughter just turned 15 and, as a not so happy birthday present, she was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. She did well in elementary school, but is struggling in high school. She seems depressed and has grown quiet. She now takes ADHD medication, but what else can we do to help her succeed in school and feel better about herself? How can we help her at home? Should we … Read more