The Pivotal Role of Adults in Teen ADHD Care

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One of the quickest ways to undermine a teen with ADHD is by underestimating the impact of ADHD on academic planning. As Dr. Ari Tuckman, an international expert on ADHD and author of the book More Attention, Less Deficit, says, “Too often, 504 plans (academic supports) look good on paper, but don’t take into account the fact that many teens …

A Mindfulness Practice to Cultivate Nonjudgmental Awareness

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There’s a space that opens up for yourself when you can sit with your thoughts and sensations and practice observing them without reacting to them—without trying to fix them or ruminate over them. It’s sort of like remembering your most horribly embarrassing moment and appreciating the pings of regret and shame—just finding some room to let yourself be human for …

The Key to Raising Resilient Children

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Teaching children how to bounce back from adversity starts with modeling our own mistakes and how we forgive ourselves for them. This expert Q&A with Sharon Salzberg, Dr. Chris Willard, and Dr. Mark Bertin explores what it means to go through the muck instead of around. Continue Reading on Mindful.org

Struggling in the Dark

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Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re like many of us, your answer is no. All day it’s go, go, go, then at night, when we mean to shut down, it’s not so easy. Eventually, the paradox of sleep worry kicks in: Thinking about sleep gets in the way of sleep. And not getting the rest we crave can be …

Prescribing Awareness

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Most of us live with a medical ailment or two—and, quite often, our reactions to them undermine self-care. It’s easy to rationalize why not to attend fully to whatever we’re experiencing when we feel angry or overwhelmed or tempted to ignore it altogether. For example, consider attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a medical disorder. Its genetic inheritance is similarly strong …

See a Habit to Break a Habit

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STUFF HAPPENS, not all of it great. We want to guarantee our own well-being, and our child’s, but we cannot. Stress itself has been honed down to a one-line description: getting what we don’t want or not getting what we do want. We’d tell anyone else to expect the unexpected and then get caught off guard anyway. Continue Reading on …

All of Mindfulness in One Breath

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Mindfulness is a marathon, not a sprint. The practice aims to change our daily lives – not accomplish an instant miracle. The idea is that by making mindfulness a habit, we build useful traits through repetition. The more we sit in meditation, the more we experience the benefits, many of which start to unfold with our first mindful breath: Continue …

Legal Rights of Students with ADHD

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Both parents and educators often struggle to figure out what exactly fits in an educational plan for a child with ADHD. What does the law say, and where does a school’s responsibility end? Where does a student or family’s? I had a chance recently to connect with Matthew Cohen, a national expert on ADHD law. Continue Reading on PsychologyToday.com

Talking Back to ADHD – Making Care Complete

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Research shows that people with ADHD tend to under-report their own symptoms compared to others, such as family members and teachers. It’s a vital difference to explore because you cannot completely address ADHD until you accept all that it does. For anyone living with ADHD, effective management relies on a firm acknowledgment that it is hard to fully see ADHD …

Turning the Page on ADHD

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Transitions create an opportunity for change. For parents, any shift in the family schedule is a great time to consider what you’d like to do differently. Around ADHD, kids rely even more than peers on parents for structure, whether around school, health, technology, or anywhere else. Naturally, change is hard for all kids, and can be harder for those with …