What is Adult ADHD?

In the past few years, much attention has been given to the topic of “Adult ADHD.” But what is Adult ADHD and how does it differ from what children and teens experience? Many individuals who had difficulties with attention, hyperactivity/impulsivity, or both as children continue to have challenges in these areas as adults. However, symptoms…

Helping Your Teen with AD/HD Achieve a Good Outcome

As parents we often spend much time planning for multiple things including activities, vacations, dinner for the week, meetings, appointments, college, and the list goes on and on. Does your list include helping your teen with AD/HD achieve a good outcome? For many parents, this is not a typical item on the list, yet its…

What Is All The Talk About Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Function? “Executive Function” is a term used to describe a set of “mental processes” or brain-based skills that are required for humans to execute or perform tasks effectively. It is the executive functions that help us carry out independent, purposeful, and goal directed behaviors. Executive skills help kids get done what needs…

Avoiding Common Summertime Mental Health Pitfalls

Ahhhh, summer.…I can almost hear the collective sighs from adults and children alike as we anticipate the freedom and fun that await us in the coming months.  For many of us, summer represents a (slightly) slower pace, more vacations, and time to relax and recharge.  However, summer can also be an important time to maintain…

Parenting is Tougher When You Have a Child with ADHD

Children with attention deficits don’t respond to traditional parenting strategies (including punishment and rewards) the same way as do children without the condition. This occurs because they don’t seem to learn from their mistakes, avoid behaviors because of punishment, or are motivated by rewards as easily as other children. As such, parents often second guess…

How Does Childhood ADHD Affect the Family?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects not only the child who experiences the symptoms but also the child’s family system and social networks. Each family system must make accommodations to the diagnosed child in order to maintain the family’s stability. Typically, the necessary accommodations by the family are often extensive and affect all family members and roles.…

Common School Problems Faced By Children With ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD (hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention) often lead to under-achievement in school for the child. Below you will find a list of common learning problems experienced by most children diagnosed with ADHD.  Keep in mind that every child is unique and may have some, but not all of these challenges. Poor Concentration: Includes difficulty…

Creating An ADHD Friendly Home

When a child is diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder it is important to understand that this disorder influences the entire family. Parents of children with ADHD often report elevated stress levels and frustrations around parenting. It is important to keep in mind that “traditional” parenting techniques are ineffective when trying to manage the behavioral problems associated…

The Tomorrow of Treating Childhood ADHD: Beyond Medication

When your child receives a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, many questions/concerns go through your mind.  Most parents say “Does my child have to take medication?” or “What other treatment options do we have?” In the past, ADHD was treated primarily with stimulant medications. The ongoing Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA Study) has…