What is Involved in Getting an Evaluation for ADHD and Learning Disabilities?

Now that the school year is in full swing, I am often asked by parents if they should seek an evaluation for their child to address concerns that either they have or that someone at their child’s school has raised. I have asked a licensed psychologist, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, if she could answer a few questions to help parents determine when, where, and how to go about having their child evaluated. If a parent tells you that his or her … Read more

Typing, Handwriting, and ADHD

I first learned to enjoy expressive and research writing while I was in graduate school.  This was also when I was introduced to computers (yes, I owned an original Macintosh back in the 1980s).  I found that not only was it easier to type on, than on typewriters, but I discovered that I could move my ideas around the screen as my concepts grew more crystalized without having to use bottles of White-out or start over on a new sheet … Read more

ADHD Treatment Options

ADHD Is Absolutely Treatable

Russell Barkley, recognized authority on ADHD, gave a powerful keynote presentation at the November 2018 International Conference on ADHD titled Advances in Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD.  He outlined the numerous and potential serious impairments that ADHD can have on major life activities. When not properly treated and managed, people with ADHD do not learn to regulate their moods, impulses, and actions.  This makes them more susceptible to health issues (not properly managing weight, exercise, alcohol, drugs), anxiety, depression, risky behaviors, … Read more

What Makes Waking Up So Difficult for People with ADHD

In a previous article, What makes sleep so difficult for kids with ADHD, We explored the difficulties that children and adolescents may have with falling asleep.  As we have mentioned in many sessions with parents and professionals, research shows that between 25 and 50% of people with ADHD have clinically reported sleep difficulties. These can be attributed to biology, stimulant medication side effects, lack of consistent bedtime routine, and characteristics related to the ADHD itself. For many parents, getting their children … Read more