Does ADHD have to lead to Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by excessive anger, frustration, arguing, stubbornness and defiance. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD and people with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD … Read more

Screens – We MUST Help Our Kids Learn to Manage

I recently showed the documentary Screenagers and hosted a panel discussion following the film. I have to tell you that the experience, the conversations, and the whole issue of how our kids today are being impacted by their use of phones and social media has shaken me to my core. Truly, I believe this is … Read more

The Morning Routine for Kids with ADHD

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By now, preparations are well underway for this new school year.  In some parts of the country, classes have begun, whereas for some school begins after Labor Day has ended.  For me, my mind drifts back to last April.  Why?  Because I know that in many ways the best way to have a good school year … Read more

Share a great book with your kids: Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens

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I remember while my children were young, that my time spent reading with them was not only joyful, but also an opportunity to share about inspirational people, topics, and concepts.  I was looking at my bookshelf yesterday and one of my books caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you.  Who Moved … Read more

How Do I help the other teachers “get it”?

Over the past several weeks I have provided professional development across the country for teachers and related service professionals who work in public schools, private schools, residential treatment programs, and private practices. During the course of the full day training these professionals gain insights, tools and confidence to work with their students in ways that … Read more

Pay back or Push back? Addressing Oppositional Behavior

I recently participated in a discussion about behavior regarding school engagement on a list serve for professionals who teach and support children with ADHD. The educational specialist had written that she was working with a first grader whose school wants her to work with someone on “her organizational skills.” Someone who can help “reduce problem … Read more

What does it take to Treat ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most widely discussed, misunderstood, and controversial diagnoses today.   With all of the advances science has to offer in terms of recognizing the chemistry and structure of the brain of a person with ADHD, we are still a long way from undoing the damage done by the … Read more

Learning and the Brain: What Parents and Educators Must Know

I recently went to an amazing conference in Virginia attended by the top Neuropsychologist and Educators in the country.  Three days of intense learning about HOW kids really learn best, what makes learning and performing more challenging for some kids, and what we can all do to improve our education system – both at home … Read more

Let’s address the REAL lesson of the Suicide of Richard Fee

I would like to take a moment to address an article that appeared February 2, 2013 in the NY Times titled Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions.  There has been a terrible tragedy exposed in the practice of treating ADHD with the death of Richard Fee.  From all accounts, this case was mismanaged.  Unfortunately, most … Read more

Dear Ms. D.: I letter to my fifth grade teacher

I am Samantha. You may not remember me, you were my fifth-grade teacher in 1998. While I am sure whatever memory you have of me has long faded after years of teaching, you have made an indelible mark on education, my self-esteem and me. Before you assume I am extolling your virtues and teaching abilities, … 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 … Read more

Help a Teacher to Understand a Child

It’s 8 am.  The kids are pulling in to school after a long break.   Mrs. S. enters the main office to ask, calmly but assertively, to speak to the Principal.  He greets her with confusion and concern.  Mrs. S. reports that she needs to talk with her son’s Social Studies teacher, NOW! She has prepared … Read more