5 Tips for Playground Success

This time of year parents are eager to have their kids spend time outside of the house burning off energy that has built up after a long winter spent indoors. While getting outside and being physically active are exactly what most kids with ADHD need, all too often trips to the playground take a negative…

Quick and Easy Reward Ideas for Busy Families

Rewards play an important role in helping kids with ADHD stay motivated and on track as they learn new behaviors or follow through on their daily behavior goals. Often when kids with ADHD don’t follow through on a task or aren’t making an effort the way we might expect them to, it’s because they are…

Does Your Child Get Hyperfocused?

“My child can focus on things when he wants to. In fact, when he’s really interested in something, he focuses better than other kids – he’s hyperfocused. He’s the opposite of distracted! I just wish he’d choose to hyperfocus on the important things, like homework.” If you are the parent of a child with ADHD,…

Distracted Driving: Teens with ADHD

For teens, passing a road test and receiving a driver’s license are exciting milestones. As drivers, teenagers gain the freedom and autonomy that they crave, and their parents are happily released from their carpooling duties! While there are many positives that come with driving, there are also significant risks that can’t be ignored. It is…

Dealing with Back-to-School Anxiety

Everyone feels anxious on the first day of school. Even kids who love school and look forward to the first day feel some butterflies in their stomach as they wonder what their new teacher and classmates will be like. For kids with ADHD who have struggled with school in the past and whose relationships with…

Spotting Signs of Stress in Teens with ADHD

Teenagers might not be faced with many of the situations that adults consider to be stressful, like financial concerns, parenting challenges, long commutes, a demanding career, job instability, etc., but the middle and high school years come with a set of challenges that can be highly stressful in their own right. In fact, in a…

Helping Your Kid Find Their Tribe

Last year, Huffington Post called it “the catch phrase of our digital generation: ‘Find Your Tribe’.  It’s been used as a call for those seeking a like-minded community and it’s everywhere. Yoga groups. Cooking groups. Blogathons. Ultimate Frisbee clubs. You name it!  But what seems like a luxury for most of us is actually a…

A Spooktacular Halloween with ADHD

Spiderman. Elsa. Pokémon. Batman. Halloween is always an exciting holiday for kids, dressing up as their favorite characters and heading out for Trick-or-Treating.  All that candy!  For any parent, managing the bag of candy that comes home that night can be challenging.  But for parents whose children have ADHD, with all of that candy comes…

Why Fall Sports Are Great For Kids with ADHD

With the school season fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about your child’s extracurricular activities.  Think sports are not the place for kids with ADHD?  Think again!  Youth sports can be one of the most valuable experiences your child has in their development and is especially well-suited for kids with ADHD. Youth…

Videogames and ADHD

Videogames are everywhere – on our phones, online, in our homes, at friends’ houses and even at school. Parents of kids with ADHD often ask about the effect that videogames may be having on their child. They want to know if videogames will make their child’s ADHD worse, or if spending too much time playing…

Helpful Apps for ADHD

There are an abundance of apps targeting kids and adults with ADHD. But how do you know which ones will be most helpful for your child? The apps that have been most helpful for the kids and families that I work with tend to focus on specific challenges that kids with ADHD face. They’re focused…

Summertime Friends

Kids with ADHD often struggle with friendships during the school year. They may have a hard time picking up on social cues, initiating and maintaining conversations, being empathetic toward their peers, and staying calm when they feel frustrated or offended. As a result, research shows that kids with ADHD are more likely have conflicts with…