A recent discussion between teachers on a listserv raised the question of whether doctors should be prescribing school-based interventions. This got me thinking about the tension between what doctors think will be best for children, and what educators think will be best. This tension leaves (often inexperienced) parents in a difficult spot — trying to evaluate what is truly appropriate for their child, and what different providers recommend. Children do benefit more quickly when given more intensive instruction — especially in areas like speech/language (including reading, writing, speaking and listening), occupational, and physical therapy. The logistics of how to implement that is what should be up for discussion.
On this episode of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, I outline all the elements of ADHD outside of the typical diagnostic symptoms of impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. These additional elements are crucial to your understanding of your child, and to successfully parenting a child with ADHD.
With an ever-growing interest in alternative treatments for ADHD and autism, the market for such products and services is abundant. And the “natural” products and services available to treat ADHD and autism — in addition to or instead of medication — keep multiplying. Parents are afraid of stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD, or they want something that can do an even better job of squelching symptoms.
Let’s look at each of the different types of alternative treatments for ADHD and autism, and then talk about the GIVEAWAY. Read More
Many individuals with ADHD and/or high-functioning autism have significant executive function deficits. Executive functions include: planning, organization, working memory, emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility, problem solving, impulse control, and task initiation. This set of functions is basically everything necessary to function well. When these skills are delayed or deficient, it wreaks havoc on the day-to-day, especially for students.
Executive function deficits are difficult to deal with. ADHD medication can help a little, but certainly not fully. You can’t “change” executive functions, because they are, in part, the way that individual’s brain is, and no medication exists to treat these deficits, much like learning disabilities.Read More
This special brand of parenthood — raising kids with ADHD and/or high-functioning autism — is hard, ya’ll. But I don’t have to tell you that. You know all too well, too. That’s how you got here, reading this post.
Most people just don’t understand how overwhelmingly mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing it is, unless they live it.
That’s right. I said it. You have failed at parenting a child with ADHD/autism at some point. I have, too. Many times.
But it’s not your fault! You hear me? It’s not your fault.
Where’s the information?
You can only do what you know, right? And, I feel pretty confident betting money on the fact that you were given little direction when your child was diagnosed. Am I right? My son’s doctor gave me an acronym, three fact sheets, and a scary prescription. Oh, and another appointment in three (agonizingly long) months.
I was no more prepared Read More
I’m an award-winning author, parenting mentor, and ADHD-obsessed momma on a mission, dedicated to helping you survive and thrive in this special parenthood.