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: It is a recognized fact that some people’s brains do not produce enough dopamine to keep them alert during normal day-to-day activities.  This is the … Read more

Adult ADHD

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

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 impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity.   As adults, we often stumble upon our own or our partner’s Adult ADHD diagnosis after one or more of our … Read more

The Fine (or not so fine) Art of Effective Note Taking

A key skill for school success involves the ability to take effective class notes.  Teachers expect that their words will be recorded and that students will use these notes for test preparation, homework completion, essays and other assignments.  In reality, note taking is quite difficult for many students who face challenges caused by inattention, learning disabilities, fine motor disabilities, writing skill deficits and/or distractibility.  The following are some quick tips for adding value to the note taking process by making … Read more

What is so Difficult about Doing Homework?

Okay, you have resolved some of the more obvious issues.   You have systems in place to help ensure that the proper information and materials arrive home with our child.  Your child has been given a second set of books to keep at home.  Yet, somehow, getting the homework completed at a quality level and returned to school in a timely manner is still a concern.  What is your role, what are your resources, and what are your options?  The first … 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 with your teenager about post-secondary plans take place no later than the first half of their junior year of high school. This conversation will ideally … Read more

ADHD and Back to School Anxiety

Here it is, the new school year.  For many, it’s the time when our children’s carefree smiles disappear and their walk loses some of its lightness.  Stress, overwhelm, and anxiety, creep back into our children’s lives as they approach the beginning of school.  What’s a parent to do? For starters, do whatever you can to find a quiet place for yourself for a few minutes.  It’s time for some quality self-talk.  And some slow, deep breaths. First, as parents who work … Read more