The Parenting Bicycle: How bumpy is your ride?

As a parent, there are many different roles you play in your children’s lives.  And if you are parenting a child who as attentional, behavioral, or learning challenges you need to know more, do more, and worry more.  Paying attention to all the different aspects of treatment and having the proper knowledge and support is vital in helping you and your child succeed and thrive! The Parenting Wheel of Life is a straightforward and easy to use tool to help … Read more

Righting the Off-Track School Year

The first quarter of the school year is coming to a close, and your child’s grades are taking a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where this school year is headed if no changes are made. The status quo had you both feeling frustrated and anxious about the remaining months of the year. This isn’t the first time you’ve seen the grades tank. You’ve tried bribes, maybe even used some well thought out consequences, but nothing … Read more

Calm and Connected Webinar with ADDitude Magazine: Great Insights Through Conversation

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to host a webinar for my friends at ADDitude Magazine. As a coach, counselor, and educator through EF, ODD, and ADHD workshops for parents, teachers, and families, I was thrilled to spend some time talking about the benefits of parents and teachers working together to maintain the Calm and Connected pathways to success. I am thankful for the opportunities I have to connect with parents and teachers in the ADHD/EF/ODD community. … Read more

12 Things Kids with ADHD Would Like Their Teachers to Know

Here is an excellent resource that Eileen Bailey wrote several years ago called “12 Things Kids with ADHD Would Like Their Teachers to Know”. Feel free to print it and share it.  I have included a PDF for your convenience. 12 Things Kids with ADHD Would like Their Teachers to Know 12 Things Kids with ADHD would like their Teachers to Know By Eileen Bailey 1. I forget things, even important things. There is a myth that states, “If it is … Read more

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want…

Now that summer is finally upon us it’s a good time to take a break from the treadmill and breathe. While for many of us, although our work day is no different, there is undoubtedly a shift in the daily routine now that the school bus no longer beckons and homework is not an ever-present stressor. By allowing for some distance from our daily stressors, we can begin to view the challenges we face with our children through a more patient, … Read more

Does ADHD have to lead to 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 than the general population. Anyone familiar with ADHD knows that its core components are Inattentiveness, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. Yet, very often I receive calls from parents … Read more