Articles containing: ADHD

Should We “Grade” Character?

May 17, 2016


“Mom and Dad, can you help me study for my empathy final?”

This isn’t a snippet of dialogue from a dystopian novel where humans are forced to raise android children; it’s something you may very well hear from kids of your own.

Are Increased Academic Demands Causing ADHD?

March 29, 2016


The rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased considerably in the last 40 years. In fact, in the United States, the prevalence of ADHD has doubled since the 1970s. A number of experts have weighed in on why these numbers may have increased.

Meeting The Challenges Of Tourette’s Disorder: Dan’s Story

This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

What Is An Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

February 23, 2016


Billy was a second grader who was having difficulty reading. He was thus evaluated through his public school system to see if he was eligible to receive special education services. Upon his completion of a series of tests, Billy was identified as having a reading disability; this diagnosis entitled him to special education services.

What Is Tourette’s Disorder?

January 5, 2016


Tourette’s disorder has also been called Tourette’s syndrome.

It has also been called simply Tourette’s.

Coping With ADHD: How A Young Man And His Mom Are Managing The Path To Success

This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

What To Know About Getting Your Child SAT/ACT Accommodations

November 4, 2013


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) are important tests for students hoping to go to college.  If you have a high school student with a learning disability (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, disorder of written expression) or ADHD, you might be wondering if they can—or should—receive extended time on tests.

Is It Safe to Use Stimulants to Treat ADHD?

It’s not unusual for parents to bring their kid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to a child psychiatrist and say, “We really want you to help, but do not want any medications.”

Why would anyone say this? How often do we go to doctors and say, “Take care of me, doc, but I don’t want any meds.

What If My Child Has Bipolar Disorder?

September 18, 2013


Here’s a familiar, yet until recently almost–never-talked-about scenario.

Billy is 10 years old. He has freckles, wears a baseball cap almost all of the time, and has a best friend named Pete.  When he’s happy, there’s no one better.  He’s kind, empathic, playful, funny and fun-loving.

What Can I Do To Help My Kid With ADHD?

September 18, 2013


Kids with ADHD can drive their parents and teachers crazy, no matter how much we love them!  Whether they are running and talking a mile a minute, spacing out silently, impulsively making demands, or chronically interrupting others, it’s easy to get frustrated, and at times, to lash out at them.