To Test or Not to Test

To Test or Not to Test

To test or not to test. That is the question… of this article and of college-hopeful high school students across the United States. Students today find themselves burdened with one of humankind’s great stress inducers: choice. And much like Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet soliloquizing about whether “to be” (endure the pain and agony of life) or…

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Will ADHD Symptoms Improve with Marijuana Use?

Marijuana

People reporT THAt MARIJUANA USE helps to improve their ADHD symptoms. But does it really help, or does it mask a person’s ability to care about their problems rather than work to solve them? What are the benefits and downsides to using marijuana if you have ADHD? L. Eugene Arnold, MD, and Margaret Sibley, PhD,…

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College Planning for Students with ADHD

College Planning for Students with ADHD

Zach, a junior in high school, is beginning to think about college and all the fun he’s going to have once he gets there—the football games, the frat parties, finally being on his own. Zach’s parents, however, cannot picture Zach living outside their home. He still can’t get out of bed for school. He only…

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Ace the Break

How to Prevent Kids with ADHD from Falling Down the “COVID Slide” This Summer   Each day, I see the lingering impacts of the pandemic play out as parents contact our practice, wondering if our tutors or executive function coaches can help. The most common concerns are among parents of students with ADHD and weak…

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When Your Teen Lacks Self-Confidence

You overhear YOUR TEEN’S FRIEND TREAT HER BADLY, yet when you inquire about the friendship, she retaliates against you. You are her cheerleader, advocate, and role model, yet she rarely listens to you, even after she admits her dismay. Often, as parents, we witness our teenager being treated badly, choosing the wrong friends, or trying so…

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Teens, ADHD, and Driving

Teens, ADHD, and Driving

Teens with ADHD are more likely to have traffic stops with police than their neurotypical friends, and sometimes those stops escalate and result in detention at the police station. The best time to prepare yourself and your teen for this is before it happens. Begin by understanding that your teen’s behavior can be “caused by…

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Young Adulthood and ADHD

Young Adulthood and ADHD

A Message of Hope When Chris’s gifted son with ADHD was struggling in high school, she and her husband worried a lot: Would he ever graduate, ever get a job, or ever live independently? Many of you may be wondering the same thing about your high school student, but we have good news for you.…

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Compensatory and Recovery Services for Students with ADHD

Compensatory and Recovery Services for Students with ADHD

Closed schools. Endless virtual meetings. A classroom at your kitchen table. Sound familiar? It is difficult to think of a single facet of school that the COVID-19 pandemic did not change for students, families, and school staff. As schools have transitioned back to in-person instruction, parents (and legal guardians) and school staff are noticing the…

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Screen Time and Sleep During the Pandemic

Attention Magazine April 2022

  What kinds of difficulties did children and adolescents with ADHD experience with screen use and sleep during the pandemic? This research update reviews two recent studies. The first study found that compared to those who had less problematic digital media use, youth with ADHD who had more problematic use showed worse attention levels, more…

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Guiding Complex Teens and Young Adults to Launch

A Paradigm Shift Are your complex teens and young adults less independent than you’d like? Are they resistant to your advice or guidance? Whether they’re living at home or independently, are you supporting them more than you think you should? Worried it’s too late to make a difference for their future? You’re not alone! Now…

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Finding Focus: Attention Training for High Schools

Attention Training for High Schools

THANKS TO A TEAM OF RESEARCH SCIENTISTS at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas, Austin, high school students now have access to a mindfulness-based attention training course designed to increase focus, reduce stress, and help to regulate emotions. The course, Finding Focus, is freely accessible both online and through an…

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