6 Healthy Ways to Respond to Your Child’s Meltdowns


Authors: ADDitude.com

ADHD meltdowns are more than just an angry outburst. The tears, flailing limbs, and irrationality are enough to make you wish you had never left the house.

You feel like a failure, and see the judgement in other parents’ eyes. In reality, meltdowns say nothing about your parenting ability. They reflect the nature of ADHD.


Q: How Can We Save Our Son From Himself?


Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “Our 17-year-old smokes marijuana, sneaks out at night, and argues about everything. He was recently asked to withdraw from a good school for having marijuana in his school bag. He says he hates his mother and is moving out as soon as he can. This child needs saving from himself. What should we, as the parents,...

Study: CBT May Help Children with Autism Better Manage Emotions


Authors: ADDitude.com

April 30, 2018

Emotional symptoms — including anxiety, anger, or earth-shattering meltdowns — rank high among the biggest challenges faced by children with autism. At the same time, standard treatment plans typically focus more on social symptoms; they don’t often address emotional challenges head-on. Now, a...

DBT: The Emotional Control Therapy You Need Now


Authors: ADDitude.com

Amanda, 33, struggles with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). She takes medication and sees a coach to help her with organization and time management skills, but her mood swings are her biggest remaining problem — snapping at others when feeling overwhelmed or impulsively taking on too many responsibilities when...

What 'A Nation At Risk' Got Wrong, And Right, About U.S. Schools

Authors: National Public Radio


Thirty-five years after the landmark report warned of a "rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S. education, the statistics have been questioned, but the concerns still feel urgent.

(Image credit: Lilli Carre for NPR)...

Children with ADHD Show Atypical Levels of Critical Micronutrients, Study Finds


Authors: ADDitude.com

April 29, 2018

Levels of certain micronutrients — the vitamins and minerals humans need in small quantities in order to function properly — were shown to be distorted in a small study focusing on children with ADHD, possibly pointing to the nutritional or metabolic underpinnings of the disorder.

Researchers assessed...

Clinical Assessment of Elementary-Aged Students Writing Abilities : Suggestions for SLPs

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Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Recently I wrote a blog post regarding how SLPs can qualitatively assess writing abilities of adolescent learners. Today due to popular demand, I am offering suggestions regarding how SLPs can assess writing abilities of early-elementary-aged students with suspected learning and literacy deficits. For the...

New Study: Pregnant Moms and their Offspring Should Limit Added Sugars in their Diets to Protect Childhood Cognition


Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened...

“Should My Son Repeat Kindergarten?”


Authors: ADDitude.com

Deciding whether a child diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) should repeat kindergarten is a sensitive topic — and one that I have experienced firsthand. While making that decision for my son with ADHD, I found it required many thoughtful conversations with my family members and friends, as well as my...

8 Discipline Rules for Parents of Defiant Kids


Authors: ADDitude.com

Children with ADHD andoppositional defiant disorder take defiant behavior to the extreme.  When your traditional discipline methods aren’t working, what do you do?

In this video, learn eight new strategies to try.

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21 Foolproof Questions to Get Your Child to Open Up About School


Authors: ADDitude.com

Kids don’t like to share their thoughts and feelings about school, especially if they have had a rough day. Unfortunately, many children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) have a lot of rough days at school. Many of them find school a slog — seven hours of falling short of expectations and...

Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says

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An increasing number of American children are being diagnosed with autism, according to new government figures....