Parents of Very Complex Kids

Parents of Very Complex Kids

Underestimated, Undervalued, and Underutilized Complex kids are children, teens, or young adults who struggle with some aspects of life, learning, or both. They may not have a diagnosis at all; they may have a single diagnosis, such as dyslexia or ADHD; or they may present with more than one coexisting condition, even three or more.…

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TEACH Me ADHD

TEACH Me ADHD

The brainchild of behavioral pediatrician Nerissa Bauer, TEACH Me ADHD is a fun and interactive eight-week virtual course. Dr. Bauer designed the course for children with ADHD aged eight through twelve and their parents. During the virtual course, the children become “junior detectives” while the parents become “senior detectives.” Both children and parents learn about…

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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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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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Remote Learning for Children with ADHD

Remote Learning for Children with ADHD

How are children with ADHD faring with the shift to remote learning during the pandemic? What are parental factors that enhance child learning and well-being? This update on recent research reviews two studies. The first study found no negative short-term impact on academic outcomes for children with ADHD with the shift to remote learning, although…

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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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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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Inattentive ADHD in Boys

Inattentive ADHD in Boys

What comes to mind when you think of a boy with ADHD? One who is impulsive, blurts out answers in school, fidgets, and seems to be in constant motion? This was my viewpoint, until my son was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. Parenting a child with this type of ADHD forced me to change my perception…

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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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Executive Functioning Support for Kids with ADHD

Executive Functioning Support for Kids with ADHD

Twelve-year-old Miles has forgotten to turn in his math homework for the second time this week, and he bristles when his frustrated mom asks why. For those of us raising children with ADHD, this is a relatable scenario. Our kids are smart, but distracted; they have the best of intentions, but the worst time with…

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Asking Powerful Questions

How to Help Kids Become Independent and Productive Over the years, my tutors and I have homed in on many strategies to help kids with ADHD in school, no matter the area. In math, we’ve taught tricks to learn the multiplication tables and games to master the Pythagorean theorem. For our reluctant writers, we’ve developed…

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