Teaching in a Pandemic: Upheavals, Adjustments, and Moving Forward

When COVID-19 first closed our schools in March, many teachers asked, “Now what?!” Teaching special education is immensely rewarding, but oftentimes challenging even under normal circumstances. It takes a deep understanding of how the mind works along with patience and perseverance to adapt lessons, content, and tasks for multiple individuals daily. Then, we were forced…

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Resilience in the Midst of Difficult Times

Providing Mental Health Support to Students with Attention Problems Schooling at Home Suddenly, we were serving our students and families from home. Regardless of all the news we had been watching about COVID-19 around the world, when it hit hard in Georgia, it felt sudden and drastic. Not only was finding toilet paper a major feat,…

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Balancing Virtual and Classroom Learning

How to Keep Kids with ADHD On Track There’s no doubt that the fall of 2020 will be like no other. As parents, we hoped our kids would be sitting at their desks on that first day of school, but the reality is very different. If you’re sad, anxious, disappointed, angry, or feeling any other…

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Limiting Screen Time During a Pandemic: A Guide for Parents

The COVID-19 lockdown has taken our usually functional (and sometime dysfunctional) dependence on technology as a society to a new level. For example, as a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in internet and video game addiction, I have converted my practice to video conferencing. Naturally, with the lack of in-person school, camps, and outdoor activities,…

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Should My Child Be Evaluated for ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Many parents may be wondering whether or not their child can be evaluated for ADHD right now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, many clinicians are currently performing ADHD evaluations, both in person and remotely through videoconferencing. Before deciding whether your child should be evaluated now, and whether an in-person or a remote telehealth evaluation…

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How Do You Work from Home and Help Kids Navigate Remote Learning?

Many peoplE FOUND THEMSELVES WORKING FROM HOME unexpectedly as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Those with school-aged children also found themselves having to help their kids with remote learning. For many individuals, adjusting to remote work and having their children attend school from home is a big adjustment in and of itself. For adults with ADHD, however,…

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After It’s Over: The Pandemic’s Secondary Effects on Mental Health

During this pandemic, I have listened to parents and children share many common concerns: What about the health and safety of my family, my friends, and myself? How do I balance working and schooling from home? Will my business and family take too big a financial hit? How do I keep up with schoolwork? I…

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Exercise for Adults with ADHD in Quarantine

For an extroverted physical therapist with ADHD, this quarantine is hard! You may be in the same boat, whether you’re working from home, supervising a child or teen while they attend school from home, dealing with a college student sent home, living alone, or coping with social distancing in any of a dozen other scenarios. Ironically,…

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A Week in the Pandemic Life of Complex Families

Have you discovered that even in a pandemic, there’s still something different about raising kids with complex needs? In a rare moment of calm these days you may find yourself scrolling on social media, seeking connection to humans other than those you’ve been “imprisoned” with recently. You observe people talking about their slower pace, their…

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Keep Up Academic Skills During This Challenging Time

Zach sat at his desk with a math worksheet in front of him. He put his head down on the desk. He drew a rocket. Then he got up to get a snack. His mother, Jane, muted herself from her Zoom meeting. “Zach, that is the third time you got up in the last ten…

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ADHD, Productivity, and Working from Home

Productivity is about efficiency. It’s about using the right tools for the job and focusing on the most effective processes. When I’m coaching anyone around productivity, I find it useful to step into the right mindset. From there, we can objectively look at when and why we are most productive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve…

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