Taking a Whole-Child Approach to Treating ADHD

When parents seek out the help of a psychologist or meet with their child’s teacher, discussions typically focus on finding solutions for ADHD-related challenges. While these problem-focused conversations are necessary – and are often very helpful – they run the risk of being so ADHD-centric that a child’s strengths and positive qualities are overlooked. As…

Catch Your Child Being Good this Holiday Season

Spending time with family around the holidays can be wonderful, and for parents of kids with ADHD it can also be stressful. When you’re visiting family and friends that you only see a few times a year you want more than ever to have things go smoothly. It’s a tall order when your child’s routine…

1+1=? ADHD & Common Core Math

Kids with ADHD often struggle with math. Difficulties with sustaining attention, working memory (manipulating numbers in your head), organization and planning all interfere with math learning and performance. Starting from an early age, kids with ADHD struggle to memorize math facts and are prone to making errors on simple math problems. As they progress through…

I Feel Like I’m Bribing my Child! Bribes vs. Rewards

Children with ADHD often need rewards and structure to help them succeed at challenging or mundane tasks and learn new behaviors.  While rewards are a valuable ADHD management tool, it’s not uncommon for parents who use rewards to say that feel like they are simply bribing their child to get them to meet basic expectations….

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…

The Magical Marble Jar

Last week we talked about family rules. A family marble jar can be a great add-on to your family rules. It’s a fun, simple way to keep your child with ADHD and other family members motivated to follow the rules. Here’s how it works: Pick one or two family rules that you really want your…

Family Rules For Kids With ADHD

Family rules are like a code of conduct for your household. “We clean up after ourselves.” “We follow directions the first time.” “We wait our turn to talk.” Family rules are great. They provide clear expectations. They help parents be consistent. And they cut down on the amount of arguing or negotiating that occurs when…