Category Archives: ADHD

#JustANormalKid: Don’t forget kids are kids first!

“He is ready to go and won’t stop until he goes to bed!” “She is so forgetful and I get frustrated because I have to keep nagging her. When will she learn to take care of her own things?” “I am constantly getting calls from the school and quite frankly it is stressing me out! I don’t know what to do.” It is easy to forget that kids with behavioral and mental health issues are kids first. So much of

Questions, questions and more questions about ADHD

Parents, teachers and kids themselves with ADHD all have questions. Many parents have questions about their child’s behavior and health. Teachers might have questions about how to best support a child or what strategies or treatments are available. Kids may want to understand more about ADHD so they don’t feel “weird” or “different”. With so much information on the internet, we wanted to keep things simple and offer a site (www.justask-adhd.org) that parents, teachers and kids can use to get

The Angst around Medications for ADHD

Parents often worry about the need to start medications if their child is diagnosed with ADHD. It can be a stressful time, weighing the pros and cons. Caregivers can experience a host of emotions and thoughts. When is the right time to start medications?  Is there a “right time”? Does this mean my child will be on medications forever? Was there something I could have done to prevent this? What did I do wrong? RELATED: Parental Angst Making and Revisiting Decisions about

Helping parents find their voice: The Let’s Chat ADHD Project

I had the pleasure of working with a WONDERFUL group of parent and child volunteers for the past two years that has finally resulted in this awesome project. I cannot wait to share…but first, let me back up. THE PROBLEM Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a common neurobehavioral condition that starts in childhood. About 11% of 4 to 17 year old children have been diagnosed with ADHD (Click here: For statistics and data, check out the Centers of Disease Control

Battling the myths of ADHD & Taking One Day At a Time

Today’s column by Valerie Strauss “If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD”–and 9 other misconceptions about the disorder” was a great read.  Ms. Strauss highlights the Top 10 Myths of ADHD by Dr. Ned Hallowell, a child and adult psychiatrist. This list is a good for families of newly diagnosed children or in situations where parents are concerned about the possibility of ADHD and have yet to get confirmation. I have been in the position of talking to parents, to

Helping kids with ADHD talk about “My Today”

When families face chronic diseases, it is especially important to encourage their active participation with the medical team. This is the hallmark of the “chronic care model,” which encourages medical providers and the patient/family to work together. Chronic diseases often require lifestyle and behavior change to maximize outcomes. This is especially true in pediatrics and behavioral conditions. Published clinical care guidelines for all pediatric behavioral/mental health conditions (such as ADHD) highlight parent training and behavioral interventions as “first line” treatments. Part of what we

Helping families understand the educational system alphabet soup

It is important to help families become advocates for their children. For children with behavioral conditions, this is even more important because children’s behaviors often can lead to stress and strain on peer relationships and functioning in school. However, there are terms or abbreviations that need to be explained in clear language so families can be prepared. Parents often rely upon their child’s pediatrician when faced with stress around their child’s behavior. However, I have learned that many pediatricians often

ADHD Group Visits: ‘Top 10’ pre-implementation checklist

The idea of group visits is not new.  This model has been used successfully by psychologists and therapists for a variety of issues for group therapy and patient education. The first paper using the group model in pediatrics was published in 1977 by my mentor, Dr. Martin Stein, who used groups for mother-infant care. Another set of papers were published by Dr. Lucy Osborn in the 1980s examining its use for well child care and patient education. In 2005, I was given the opportunity

On improving ADHD care

  A colleague of mine published an op-ed in the New York Times on February 1, 2016 “Diagnosis is Key to Helping Kids with ADHD.”  As Dr. Froelich states, even though there is strong scientific evidence that ADHD has a biologic basis, there is always concern whether a child truly has ADHD and if it is misdiagnosed or over diagnosed. The issue is that there are currently no medical or laboratory tests that is inexpensive, non-invasive and has good test characteristics to reliably be used