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“Meet the Teacher”

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Our oldest son, Isaac, had a first grade Meet the Teacher night. It went terribly. Horribly. Couldn’t have gone worse.

August in Texas is already unbearable, and here we all were — about 25 five year olds and their parents, grandparents, and siblings — in one classroom competing for the...

Down Syndrome Documentary Coming To PBS

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Deep questions about independence — or lack thereof — for adults with Down syndrome are at the center of a new film that's set to make...

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me and My ADHD

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Beneath my bubbly, exuberant exterior I hide a lifetime of anxiety, but people see a neatly made bed, a promotion at work, dinner on the table, and children who make it to school (just barely) on time. They see a competent, highly functioning, superwoman with a smile on her face. But behind that smile, I’m holding my...

Inside the Mind of a Boy with ADHD

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“My teacher said I bother the other kids too much.”

“I don’t know why, but sometimes the other kids don’t want to play with me.”

“Sometimes I feel sad and left out, or like the whole world is against me.”

These are the heart-breaking, brutally honest words of 11-year-old Rice, who...

How Fidgeting Promotes Focus

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When insufficient dopamine hampers focus, there are tools designed to help children with ADHD tune into the things that aren’t naturally interesting (read: schoolwork). These tools — also called fidgets — help to balance levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which regulate...

Kid Meccas Increasingly Go Sensory Friendly

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More and more, recreational and cultural institutions are offering special programs and accommodations to welcome children on the spectrum and their...

Secrets to Maintaining the Gains of Behavioral Parent Training

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Problem 1: “We’re just too busy!”

It can sometimes be overwhelming for parents to integrate the techniques they learned in BPT into busy parent-child schedules at home. Here are some strategies for designing a home behavior plan that fits into your family’s lifestyle.

> Prioritize target behaviors. Over...

“What Does ADHD Feel Like to You?”

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“Your brain is like a Ferrari race-car engine; it is very powerful. But there is one problem: You have bicycle brakes.”

This is how Dr. Ned Hallowell describes ADHD to his youngest patients, and it’s one of our favorite analogies. But it turns out that no two people experience ADHD in exactly the same way, so...