Creating incentives that work

By |April 22nd, 2016|

Creating Incentives that Work:

How to do you get your child or teen to do things around the house? Do you
ask your daughter nicely to set the table at first but then resort to yelling when she won’t get off her […]

Does your child have an accurate ADHD diagnosis?

By |February 2nd, 2016|

Recently, a study by the George Washington University Institute of Public Health reported that 12% of U.S. children, a whopping 5.7 millionDiagnose U.S. children ages 5-17, were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, across all ethnic groups. […]

To Time Out or Not to Time Out?

By |September 4th, 2015|

Many parents of ADHD children and teens come into my office and report that nothing really works in terms of discipline and consequences. “My son just
doesn’t care what we take away” or “my daughter laughs when we ground her.” While all kids balk at rules sometimes, […]

Keeping the Vacation Alive After You Return Home

By |August 5th, 2015|

How many of us long for our family summer vacations and then feel like they whiz by all too quickly? We return from our days off with that certain “I’ve just had a break glow” only to see it fade too soon and too fast. Vacations […]

Avoiding the Summer Slump

By |July 1st, 2015|

School's out“School’s over. YAY! I have no homework today!”

Do these words sound familiar? Most children and teens with ADHD (and without it) are thrilled to have a break from academics and enjoy their summer–their free time. Yet, children with learning challenges […]

When “I’m Sorry” Just Doesn’t Cut It Any More

By |May 31st, 2015|

How many times have parents of ADHD kids heard them say, “I’m sorry” but it didn’t feel like they really understood what they had done? That it didn’t feel genuine? Most Adhd kids harbor feelings of being wrong or doing bad things from an early age. […]

Frustrated with a lack of progress? Improve your consistency!

By |April 29th, 2015|

Many parents who are frustrated with their ADHD children come into my office and complain that “No matter what we do, our son (or daughter) doesn’t change. Nothing works.” As I meet with these families, the heart of the problem usually lies with inconsistency. Sometimes parents […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with REAL Heart!

By |February 11th, 2015|

This week, television shows, Hallmark cards and advertisements tell us repeatedly that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love–romantic love, familial love, Retro Valentines card with abstract heartsfriendship love. I even saw a Valentine’s Day card for your dog! It […]

Stop reacting and start responding!

By |January 14th, 2015|

It’s been a long day and you finally make it home from work with a car full of groceries which have to be unpacked and then, somehow, magically transformed into a tasty and nutritious meal. You trudge into the house, bags in each hand, and your […]

Do more of one good thing in 2015!

By |December 30th, 2014|

As we break out our new calendars, most of us will review the past year and think about what we want to do differently in 2015. We often set our objectives based on what didn’t work out the way we had hoped in 2014. I would […]

De-stress your holiday season: SIMPLIFY

By |December 17th, 2014|

Every year, at this time in December, my clients and my friends are usually very stressed. Some people have a long list of gifts to buy and wait until the last minute to do their shopping. Some people schedule back-to-back social plans and celebrate with gusto. […]

The Myth of Multi-Tasking

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Recently, I attended the Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston where I listened to many wise people talk about how our society is under siege from “information overload.” Daniel Goleman, author of  several books including “Focus” and “Emotional Intelligence” mentioned that we process 5 times […]

Avoiding the Homework Hassle

By |October 23rd, 2014|

It’s 5:30 p.m. You have arrived home from work with a pizza for dinner to find a pile of dishes in the sink, the television blaring and your kids’ stuff strewn on the kitchen counter. To make matters worse, you received a phone call earlier in […]

Settling Back into School with Success

By |September 24th, 2014|

Once the excitement of returning to school wears off, it’s time to assess how well the transition to school has actually been going. By now, the patterns of waking up early, doing homework and managing activities has settled in–for better or for worse–and the carefree days […]

Beating the ADHD Back to School Blues

By |August 31st, 2014|

As the beginning of school approaches or, perhaps, has already started, many kids with ADHD/ADD can feel a mix of excitement and dread. Rentrée des classesSome are excited to see their friends again but dread the start […]

Feeling overwhelmed by something? Break it down!

By |July 4th, 2014|

One of the most common problems for many kids with ADHD is getting overwhelmed by a task. Whether it is doing homework, cleaning up a bedroom or looking for a summer job, they feel swamped and don’t know where to begin. Often they avoid doing these […]

The Benefits of Wandering Attention

By |March 5th, 2014|

Are you concerned when you see your child or teen daydreaming? According to Daniel Goleman, author of many books including his latest one, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, periodically letting your mind drift is actually good for you. It allows for creativity and rest […]

Snow what?! Getting help with winter chores

By |February 3rd, 2014|

When it gets this cold and snowy, there is always extra work at home to do. How can you get your ADHD son or daughter to help you and not hold you back? Whether it’s shoveling snow, clearing off cars or carrying wood,

Making the most out of 2014

By |January 2nd, 2014|

Happy new year! As we welcome 2014, many of us are thinking about how to make this year as good as or better than the last. What changes do we want to see for ourselves and for our children? Usually, people with ADHD/ADD can quickly create […]

Personal Project Planners

By |November 12th, 2013|

Whether it’s writing a paper or cleaning up your desk, some projects are just hard to get to and even harder to finish. You simply consider organizing the mound of papers and junk on your kitchen table and a wave of fatigue sweeps over you, causing […]

The Benefits of Working Backwards

By |October 29th, 2013|

As the days grow shorter and we face turning our clocks back an hour, it seems like a great ‘time’ to talk about the benefits of working backwards in the service of moving forwards. Alarm ClockBackwards design means […]

Effective Communication – The Rule of Three

By |September 5th, 2013|

Parents and teachers often complain to me that kids with ADHD don’t remember things they are told. This forgetfulness happens for a number of reasons—poor working memory, internal or external distractions, limited ability to sequence information into steps, anxiety about forgetting—and changing how you talk to […]

Using Technology as Friend Not Foe

By |September 5th, 2013|

Everybody needs reminders sometimes. Children and teens with ADHD seem to need more reminders than other youngsters and often feel like they are being nagged. Technology, although a frequent source of distraction, can be extremely helpful in providing kids with ADHD the cues they need and […]

Spring Cleaning: Moving Stuff OUT

By |September 5th, 2013|

As the trees and flowers begin to bloom, many parents take a look around their homes and long to clean out the family nest. Sometimes, the task seems just too overwhelming and you don’t get any further than a big sigh.