Stop calling my child “quirky.”

Stop calling my child "quirky." Parenting ADHD and Autism

“Quirky” isn’t a compliment.

Kids with ADHD, autism, and other developmental delays that make them appear “odd” to others are often called “quirky.” Many use it innocently, but it is meant to call them out for their differences. I take offense to that. Stop calling my child “quirky!” Calling him “quirky” is further calling him out for being different. It’s further perpetuating that he is his label(s), when he is so much more than that. More

Is ADHD camouflaging autism in your child?

Is ADHD camouflaging autism in your child? One can have both ADHD and autism.

The Similarities of ADHD and Autism

It’s no secret that ADHD and autism share many similar traits and that some symptoms from each neurodevelopmental disorder overlap. Yet, they are two distinct conditions. Until the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health (DSM-V) was released recently, clinicians were advised to diagnose ADHD or autism, but never both. Now that the DSM-V tells clinicians that an individual can have both ADHD and autism, this dual diagnosis is on the rise. Now, clinicians must carefully consider if the profile they are seeing is ADHD, autism, or both.

It can certainly still be a challenge to get both diagnoses for one child. More

The one best strategy for parents of kids with ADHD, autism

The one best strategy for parents of kids with ADHD, autism

Guest post by Katherine Ellison:

Over the years, I’ve analyzed and written about dozens of purported smart strategies to cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — from “animal therapy” to zinc supplements, meds to meditation, neurofeedback to hair follicle analysis to computer games and Omega 3s… You name it.

My one big omission is I’ve never, until now, written about Nancy. More

Give hope a change to float, even when parenting ADHD and autism

Give hope a chance to float, even when parenting ADHD and Autism

Is hope a slippery slope, or an uplifting emotion?

Hope and I have not always been on the best of terms. I often feel like hope misleads me, and then lets me down. I have hoped for so many things for my son, Ricochet, only to fall into disappointment in the end. While hope is a powerful tool to keep us moving forward, it can also cause despair. I’ve told myself many times to stop hoping for things so I won’t be disappointed in the end — to expect the worst and then be pleasantly surprised if it works out. I’ve told myself, but hope always finds a way to creep in. Hope More

Bring on the D’s and F’s

Bring on the D's and F's: Redefining Academic Success for Kids with ADHD and Autism

Defining ‘Academic Success’ for Kids with ADHD, Autism

Most individuals define academic success by grades and test scores — A’s and B’s and high scores on benchmark tests are a success. In turn, average and failing grades are indicative of not being successful at school. When your child has ADHD and/or autism though, you have to modify your yardstick as well as your definition of success.

Growing up, I was expected to earn all A’s and B’s, because my parents knew that I had the intelligence and skills to do so. When I brought home a C once or twice on a report card, I was immediately grounded. These house rules taught me that grades were a measure of More