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 …

Collaboration when a Family Has ADHD: Like Parent, Like Child

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Negotiating your child’s ADHD when you have ADHD can feel almost insurmountable. The genetics of ADHD are so strong that it’s not uncommon for a parent to have ADHD (quite often undiagnosed), or to experience traits of it. ADHD impacts executive function, the cognitive skills we use to organize and manage our lives, undermining the exact skills used to manage …

ADHD and Self Compassion

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It’s been a terribly busy time at work for your best friend. You get a call, panicked, that it’s her husband’s birthday and she not only forgot to pick up the gift, she never made a dinner reservation. She says to you, I’m such an idiot. I always make a mess of everything. And what’s the first thing you reply? …

Giving Technology – and Yourself – a Rest

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A recent study in Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics reflects a unique stress put upon the modern parent: The implied belief that we all must be on call and in touch every minute of our waking day. That kind of pressure exhausts. While there’s upside to knowing where your children are and your availability to them for safety reasons, the …

The Myth of Bootstraps

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Listen up, Dr. Carson. Drop the politics and face the facts. There is a reality we all live within, a common ground to seek out and stand on together. Scientific thought is the foundation of the medical world you practiced within for years. There are some basic truths that apply to all of us. If you’re a parent—Democrat, Republican or …

Mindfulness And Peaceful Activism: Post Election Resolutions

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In this era of extremism, facing an Internet-driven world where even basic facts seem distorted beyond being able to find even the most suitable simple agreement, the intentions behind mindfulness matter more than ever. While it seems like the word ‘mindfulness’ is becoming almost tiresome to some, the word itself is beside the point. Mindfulness doesn’t represent a cliché like …

Getting Kids Unhooked from Their Smartphones

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Kids and screen time cause considerable parental angst these days—and for good reason. Research shows children spend on average seven hours a day glued to computer, tablet, smartphone, or television screens. This reality has created such a stir that in the fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its decade-old recommendation on childhood screen time. Continue reading on Mindful.org

Building Resilience: How to Shift Mental Gears

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Imagine two equally talented graduates at their first job. Within a year, both are laid off due to downsizing. One becomes caught up in thinking he’s failed: “I was never good enough, my boss hated me.” The other decides, “I wanted this job so badly, I better fix my resume and learn how to deal with a difficult boss better.” …