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 and at school.  I am excited to share what I have learned this year in my new Teacher Trainings and Parent Workshops. While it is … 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 people only got to hear the headlines and a few “talking points” that highlight the dangers of Adderall when misused.  This has done a tremendous … 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, you should know that you are the worst teacher I have ever had, a title you win by a landslide. You instilled in me that … 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

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 this speech in her mind many times, mostly when she is about to fall asleep or when she has just awoken – when her resistance … Read more