What is the relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)? Parents often reach out to me for support when their otherwise bright, wonderful children behave in ways they find challenging, disrespectful, and unproductive. Understandably, they want more calm and compliance – not to mention less arguing and stress!  After all … Read more

What is Executive Dysfunction?

Executive Dysfunction

Have you ever heard the term Executive Dysfunction? Executive Function is the set of mental skills or processes that allow us to use our intelligence and problem-solving abilities to help us work toward achieving our goals.  They affect a person’s ability to plan, organize, initiate, and complete tasks. It is a common problem for people … 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