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Why Do Assessment Reports Exist at All?

Assessing Psyche

Think of the time and effort we could save if we simply did our assessments, gathered the relevant parties, and then had an engaging conversation about our findings....

Dear SLPs, Try Asking This Instead

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

I frequently see numerous posts on Facebook that ask group members, “What are your activities/goals for a particular age group (e.g., preschool, middle school, high school, etc.) or a particular disorder (e.g., Down Syndrome)? After seeing these posts appear over and over again in a variety of groups, I...

Your Holiday Prioritization Plan: Focus on What Matters

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy. So why does it seem like they get more stressful every year?

Part of what gets us out of balance, overwhelmed, frazzled, exhausted, especially at this holiday season is our expectations. Our perceptions and thoughts actually contribute to much of our own unhappiness or feelings...

When Family Gatherings Meet ADHD: A Gameplan

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Do relatives offer you unsolicited parenting “tips” at every family gathering? Or, you find yourself overreacting to your child’s every minor slipup?

Navigating the challenges of ADHD  can add extra stress to holiday parties. Learn how to set your child and your family up for success with this video.

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7 Ways to Maximize the Impact of Brain Training

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Don’t waste your time and money on a brain-training program that is paint-by-numbers. Be certain you’re building meaningful skills by following this advice for ADHD brains.

1. Make a weakness into a strength.

Choose a brain training program that targets a specific, identifiable weakness. If you seem to do everything...

I Don’t Have a Favorite Child, Just an Easier One

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

It’s after 9pm on a school night, and I’m driving Vivianna around town looking for a PopSocket for her cell phone.

“Dad,” she says, “We really don’t need to keep looking. I probably need to get home and get ready for bed.”

“Let’s just try one more place,” I say.

She...

“I Try Harder Than Anyone, But Still I’m Called Lazy”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

I am smart. I am funny. I am caring, compassionate, loyal, enthusiastic, hardworking, and genuine. Yet that isn’t what most people see. Sometimes, my own family struggles to see the good things. My attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a funhouse mirror that distorts what I look like to other people… and,...

CBD Oil for ADHD? The Facts About This Popular Natural Treatment

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

These days, it’s tough to find an online community or social media group not singing the praises of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. This helps to explain why so many people are exploring its benefits for diseases and disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons to PTSD and, yes, attention deficit disorder (ADHD or...

“Oh, I am Very Weary…”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

I’m tired. But not the kind of tired that can be fixed by a good night’s sleep, or even a week’s vacation. It’s the kind of unrelenting tired that comes from a lifetime of feeling swamped and overwhelmed, of constantly running to catch up but never quite making it, of working much harder than everyone...

Q: I Never Hear From My Kids’ Teachers

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “I have two sons with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). One is in middle school and the other is a senior in high school. They both have a 504 Plan that includes regular contact with and updates from teachers on how they are doing in class. Even when we initiate contact with the teachers, only a couple of them...