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August 9, 2019
239- Sleep and the ADHD Brain: Why It's Critical and How to Get More
Sleep is vitally important for brain development and learning in children, teens, and adults—yet few of us get enough. Joel Nigg, Ph.D., & Elizabeth Super, M.D., review the optimal amount by life stage, and offer solutions to common sleep challenges.
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53 min
August 8, 2019
238- Expert Guidelines for Getting an Accurate ADHD Diagnosis
Some professionals insist that an ADHD evaluation requires a full battery of neuropsychological testing, brain imaging, and computerized tests. Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., disagrees. Learn which diagnostic tests are valuable, and which aren’t.
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60 min
June 4, 2019
237- From ADHD Shame and Stigma to Pride and Truth
What if a person can’t conform because of his or her neurology? Leading experts Ned Hallowell, M.D., and William Dodson, M.D., explain why shame so often accompanies ADHD, how to correct misperceptions, and how to take pride in your ADHD.
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51 min
May 28, 2019
236- Is It ADHD, Autism, or Both? A Parent’s Guide to Social and Emotional Health
When your child struggles to make friends, and you don't know why or how to help, it's heart-wrenching. Mark Bertin, M.D., explains how ADHD and autism spectrum disorder impact kids socially, behaviorally, and emotionally, and effective interventions.
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57 min
May 21, 2019
235- Girls and Women with ADHD: Unique Risks, Crippling Stigma
A generation ago, ADHD was considered a condition for boys. We now know that both sexes are at equal risk for developing ADHD—but, as Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., discusses, that women and girls face delayed diagnoses and greater stigma.
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57 min
May 14, 2019
234- IEP or a 504 Plan: Which Is Best for Your Child?
Matt Cohen, Esq., explains the key advantages and disadvantages of IEPs and 504 Plans for students with ADHD; how to identify the solution best suited for your child; and how to create a bulletproof IEP or 504 Plan and ensure that it's implemented.
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57 min
April 23, 2019
233- Tech Tools That Help Children with ADHD Learn More
Your child's IEP or 504 Plan includes the use of assistive technology. Smart. But how do you ensure that the best technology is implemented consistently, used correctly—and whether or not it's working? Janet DeSenzo offers guidelines.
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58 min
April 17, 2019
232- Getting It Done: Help Your Child with ADHD Start—and Finish—Homework
Do you dread the nightly homework battles? Are your evenings spent hovering, hand-holding, and helping your child with ADHD through assignments? If you answered yes to either of these questions, Leslie Josel offers solutions.
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57 min
April 9, 2019
231- The ADHD Guide to Productive Parent-Teacher Cooperation
When parents and educators work together, everyone benefits—especially the student. Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., shares best practices for parent-teacher meetings and explains how to help teachers understand ADHD and address symptoms at school.
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56 min
April 2, 2019
230- Organized and Motivated: Executive Function Fixes for Teens with ADHD
Reduce your teen's school-related stress by taking a collaborative, strength-based perspective. Sharon Saline, Psy.D., explains how to set goals, create systems, and sharpen your teen's organization, planning, and follow through.
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54 min
March 5, 2019
229- Life Skills Every High School Student Should Learn Before Graduation
Research shows that students who learn to advocate for themselves in high school are more likely to succeed in college. Theresa E. Maitland, Ph.D., describes how to help your teen understand her needs, learn what to ask for, and how to ask effectively.
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59 min
February 26, 2019
228- How to Use Brain Science to Increase Motivation in Children with ADHD
Jerome Schultz, Ph.D., explains the difference between “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” motivation and why traditional motivational methods miss the mark for ADHD brains—and shares very practical strategies that will get your kids going.
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53 min
February 19, 2019
227- How to Build a Better IEP or 504 Plan for Your Child with ADHD
The key to an effective IEP or 504 Plan is to truly understand your child’s strengths & challenges. Susan Yellin, Esq., and Paul B. Yellin, M.D., share specific strategies to help with common challenges, explain what to do if things aren’t working, & more
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58 min
February 12, 2019
226- Improve Your Child’s Social Smarts with YouTube, Video & Board Games
Anna Vagin, Ph.D., teaches parents how to use visual supports to help children with ADHD build their skill sets (and reduce your nagging); recommends YouTube videos to review social concepts and board games to practice cooperation; and more.
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57 min
December 11, 2018
225- Parent Different: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World
Parenting a child with ADHD or another neuro-difference is complicated work. It is also important and fulfilling beyond your imagination. Deborah Reber discusses how to parent from a place of confidence, joy, and possibility instead of fear.
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58 min
December 4, 2018
224- Understanding Dyscalculia: Is It Math Anxiety or a Learning Disability?
Though dyscalculia is nearly as common as dyslexia, it's neither well known nor fully understood. Daniel Ansari, Ph.D., describes the common signs of this life-long learning disability as well as supports to help a child who struggles with number skills.
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57 min
November 27, 2018
223- How to Parent Your Child or Teen with ADHD Like a Coach
Do you shoulder most of the responsibilities in your ADHD household? Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC, and Diane Dempster teach parents how to shift to a "coach approach" and create systems and structure to make life run more smoothly.
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56 min
November 20, 2018
222- Your Back-to-School Plan for Academic, Behavioral, and Organizational Success
Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, M.S., explains how to educate yourself, your child, and the teacher about ADHD, understand ADHD’s manifestations in the classroom, establish home routines that will maximize your child’s chances of school success, and more.
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52 min
November 13, 2018
221- ADHD Plus: Diagnosing and Treating Comorbid Conditions in Children
Nearly two-thirds of individuals with ADHD have a comorbid condition. Mark Bertin, M.D., discusses how an initial ADD evaluation should address the possibility of additional diagnoses, how symptoms can look similar, which condition to treat first, & more.
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60 min
November 6, 2018
220- Beyond Rewards & Consequences: A Better Strategy for Teens with ADHD and ODD
ADHD + oppositional defiance sound like an explosive combination — but it doesn't have to be, with Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.'s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions parenting model. Learn how to influence, not control, your adolescent's behavior.
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55 min
October 30, 2018
219- Train the ADHD Brain: Games and Apps to Improve Executive Functions & Processing Speed
Randy Kulman, Ph.D., and James Daley discuss popular games, apps, and technologies that can be used to improve executive functions and processing speed in children and adults with ADHD—and how to transfer brain training skills to the real world.
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58 min
October 23, 2018
218- ADHD Over 50: Old Age, ADHD, or Something Else?
David W. Goodman, M.D., FAPA, leads a discussion for clinicians: Learn how to identify ADHD symptoms in adults over age 50, how stimulants fit into a treatment regimen for patients who are taking multiple medications, and more.
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55 min
October 16, 2018
217- How Diet, Sleep, Exercise & Behavioral Interventions Can Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Children
Sandy Newmark, M.D., discusses a range of natural ADHD treatment options and considerations, including optimal nutrition, how food sensitivities affect symptoms, the importance of sleep, the benefits of exercise, behavioral strategies, and more.
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54 min
October 9, 2018
216- The Teen Years with ADHD: A Practical, Proactive Parent’s Guide
Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., shares helpful, hands-on ways to address a range of issues facing parents of teens with ADHD — from homework struggles to unpredictable emotions, road safety to the refusal to take medication, and more.
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57 min
September 18, 2018
215- High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to Higher Grades
Middle school is no cake walk, with multiple teachers, personal schedule responsibility, and long-term assignments. In ninth grade, that reality gets kicked up a notch. Learn strategies to ease the transition to high school from Ann Dolin, M.Ed.
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57 min
August 28, 2018
214- Screen Time Rules and Systems for Teens with ADHD
Technology powers advancements in organization and information gathering—but it's also really, really distracting for teens with ADHD. Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., advises parents on how to rein in video gaming and balance it with other activities.
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58 min
August 21, 2018
213- You’ve Got This! Motivating Teens with ADHD Without Threats or Arguments
Does your teen take forever to get started, whether it’s homework, chores, or extracurricular projects? Sharon Saline, Psy.D., teaches a strengths-based, collaborative approach to successfully motivating adolescents with ADHD.
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57 min
August 14, 2018
212- How to Get, Afford, and Refill Your ADHD Prescriptions with Minimum Hassle
Laurie Dupar shares insider strategies to help you take control of your ADHD treatment plan, including how to manage refills, deal with uncooperative pharmacists, and save money on your prescriptions.
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54 min
August 7, 2018
211- Breathe In, Breathe Out: A Mindfulness Guide for Teens with ADHD
Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence; increases attention; minimizes stress and anxiety; and boosts happiness. Want your teen to harness these benefits? Learn how to integrate mindfulness into everyday life from Christopher Willard, Psy.D.
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52 min
July 31, 2018
210- A Summer Schedule for Kids with ADHD: How to Balance Fun, Independence & Structure
Children with ADHD thrive on structure. Instead of entirely lazy summer days, Sarah A. Tannenbaum, Psy.D., helps parents take a measured approach to the season by working with their child to establish schedules and goals while fostering fun and relaxation.
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58 min
July 3, 2018
209- Boosting Your Teen's Executive Functions and Building Independence — Together
On top of raging hormones and escalating academic demands, teens with ADHD are navigating executive skill challenges. Peg Dawson Ed.D., offers parents the new tools they'll need to manage these turbulent years and transition their teen to adulthood.
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61 min
June 26, 2018
208- 9 Ways Occupational Therapy Tackles the Symptoms of ADHD
OT can improve the skills kids need for daily living and give them the confidence to succeed in life. Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, explains how to break down tasks into manageable steps, sensory interventions to increase focus, and more.
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57 min
June 19, 2018
207- How to Support Loved Ones with ADHD
Russell A. Barkley Ph.D., offers guidance on helping a partner, sibling, parent, or grown child accept his or her ADHD and pursue effective treatment — while maintaining a strong, positive relationship.
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60 min
May 8, 2018
206- How to Transform Your ADHD Into a Strategic Advantage at Work
Tap into your ADHD strengths and start excelling on the job. Edward Hallowell, M.D., and Peter Shankman offer career-changing tips, including: How to navigate office politics (even though you hate doing it) and how to defeat procrastination.
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58 min
May 1, 2018
205- How to Get More Done with a Lot Less Stress!
Do you spend more time worrying about tasks than actually doing them? Susan Lasky gives you the tools you need to increase your productivity, including how to eliminate common time-wasters and the two magic words for getting more done.
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52 min
March 27, 2018
204- How ADHD Shapes Your Perceptions, Emotions & Motivation
The textbook definition of ADHD fails to reflect the condition's complexity. William Dodson, M.D., discusses why we must be interested in order to start a task, why feelings of shame are so common among adults with ADHD, and more.
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58 min
March 20, 2018
203- How ADHD Can Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Potential
It's not a coincidence that many of the world’s top CEOs have ADHD. Learn why from successful entrepreneur Ken "Bucky" Buckman, who feels that his "symptoms" turned out to be business advantages.
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59 min
March 13, 2018
202- Your Teen Is Not Lazy! How to Best Motivate an Adolescent with ADHD
Are you over-parenting your teen with ADHD? Instead, learn from Adam Price, Ph.D., how to become his (or her) biggest ally as he develops greater independence and discovers the keys to self-motivation.
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55 min
March 6, 2018
201- Stronger Than You Think: A Guide to Empowering Women with ADHD
As a woman with ADHD, it’s easy to lose yourself in day-to-day chaos. Linda Roggli explains how to "reframe" negative ADHD behaviors, rebuild your self-compassion, and gather the courage to live your passions, without apology or regret.
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59 min
February 27, 2018
200- You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! Empowering Lessons for Adults with ADHD
Peggy Ramundo, a pioneer in the effort to raise awareness about ADHD, shares the lessons and insights she's gleaned from three decades of hands-on experience working with adults with the condition.
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55 min
February 20, 2018
199- Mindfulness Goes to School: How Meditation Helps Students with ADHD Thrive
Mindfulness activities can promote more focused and collaborative learning for students with ADHD. Elliott Buck, M.Ed., discusses how teachers, parents, and caregivers can incorporate meditation, mindfulness, and yoga into the school day.
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54 min
February 13, 2018
198- How to Unleash Your ADHD Teen’s Superpowers
Stacey Turis explans how parents can encourage their teens to embrace their ADHD traits and understand that true strength comes from within, and maintain healthy minds and bodies, so they can discover their superpowers.
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58 min
February 6, 2018
197- How to Energize Your Child’s Education with Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Susan Kologi, Ph.D., gives an overview of PBL, which lets students interact with the concepts they are studying—a much more conducive educational approach for children with ADHD—and advises on setting up PBL experiences at school and home.
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57 min
January 30, 2018
196- College Accommodations for Students with ADHD and LD
High school IEPs and 504 Plans don't carry over to college and students don't receive educational support unless they ask for it. Elizabeth Hamblet explains how disability services work in college, and how to request accommodations.
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57 min
January 23, 2018
195- How to Support (Not Enable) Children with ADHD at School
Is homework hijacking your evenings? Do you lie awake at night worrying about your child’s success at school? Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster help parents of children with ADHD step back and stop "helping" more than they should.
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57 min
January 16, 2018
194- Homework Tools and Solutions to Lower Stress for Students (and the Rest of the Household)
Many parents of children with ADHD say homework is one of the biggest sources of family stress during the school year. Ann Dolin, M.Ed., presents research-supported strategies to end power struggles and help your child focus and finish.
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51 min
January 9, 2018
193- Beyond Genes, Part 2: How Sleep, Diet & Exercise Impact a Child’s ADHD
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., presents the latest scientific evidence that is changing the way we think about the role of sleep, exercise, and diet on a child’s development, and how lifestyle changes can balance out ADHD symptoms.
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55 min
November 21, 2017
192- Assistive Technology and Tech Tools for a Better School Year
Janet DeSenzo explains the difference between educational technology and assistive technology (AT) and recommends the best tech tools to include in your child's IEP or 504 Plan to help him or her meet learning goals.
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57 min
November 14, 2017
191- The College Transition Guide for Teens with ADHD
Executive function demands increase as teens with ADHD leave the watchful gaze of their parents. Theresa Maitland, Ph.D., explains how you can avoid a rocky adjustment to college by planning and preparing during high school.
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57 min
November 1, 2017
190- From Crushed to Confident: 10 Ways to Help Your Child Soar in School
Back-to-school time incites anxiety for many children with ADHD or LD, who may struggle to meet others’ expectations. Kirk Martin helps parents bolster their kids' confidence and give them tools to succeed socially and in the classroom.
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59 min
October 17, 2017
189- Best Behavior: Classroom Strategies for Students with ADHD
Education specialist Shari Gent, M.S., NCED, shares parent-teacher guidelines for managing ADHD behavior at school, such as trouble handling transitions, interrupting, losing focus (and distracting others in the class), and more.
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56 min
October 10, 2017
188- Beyond Genes: How Environment and Lifestyle Impact ADHD
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., shares the latest science behind ADHD, including the interplay of genes and environmental factors, how the ADHD brain connects and wires itself, and how lifestyle changes can improve your child’s journey with ADHD.
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53 min
October 4, 2017
187- Beyond Dyslexia: Overcoming Reading Challenges for Children with ADHD
Robin McEvoy, Ph.D., discusses dyslexia and other reading disabilities, shares do-it-yourself strategies for helping a struggling reader and making reading fun, and advises parents on accommodations and a back-to-school reading game plan.
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55 min
August 22, 2017
186- Practical Organization and Time Management Strategies for Middle and High Schoolers with ADHD
Students today have more demands, distractions, and busier schedules than ever. Professional organizers Michelle Cooper and Michelle Grey recommend strategies and resources and outline organizational systems that make sense to the ADHD brain.
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60 min
August 15, 2017
185- Boost Your Child's Social Smarts: A Parent’s Guide for Children with ADHD and ASD
ADHD and autism spectrum disorder can impact social skills, affecting friendships and family relationships. Christine Lang, Ph.D., shares tools to help children to pick up on social cues, stay on topic in conversation, and be less emotionally reactive.
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54 min
August 8, 2017
184- Lighten Up: A Healthy Weight-Loss Guide for Adults with ADHD
Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., explains why adults with ADHD are at higher risk for obesity—we may impulsively choose junky foods, and emotional overwhelm can lead us to self-soothe with carbs—and shares more mindful approaches to eating and food-shopping.
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58 min
August 1, 2017
183- "What Do You Mean?": Language Processing Disorders in Children with ADHD
A language-processing deficit impairs a child's ability to attach meaning to verbal input and respond appropriately. Gail Richard, Ph.D., helps us differentiate between language deficits and ADHD and advises on addressing challenges at home and at school.
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56 min
July 25, 2017
182- Summer Screen Limits and Apps that Promote Physical Activity and Social Skills
Downtime during the summer months is OK, but unfettered device usage isn't healthy. Randy Kulman, Ph.D., advises parents on how to set screen time limits, recommends apps that build fitness and social skills, and how to promote other types of activities.
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55 min
July 18, 2017
181- The Benefits of Art Therapy for Children with ADHD and LD
Art therapy uses creative processes to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and address behavior. Stacey Nelson, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC, teaches parents about this alternative therapy and describes projects they can do with their children at home.
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55 min
June 6, 2017
180- Is It Really ADHD? Dr. Brown's Definitive Diagnosis Plan
In the absence of any definitive test for ADHD—blood analysis, brain scan, genetic screening, etc.—doctors who don't specialize in the condition may struggle to identify it. Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., offers comprehensive guidelines for diagnosing ADHD.
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59 min
May 23, 2017
179- What Parents Should Know About Neurofeedback for ADHD
Proponents of neurofeedback, or EEG biofeedback, say it trains people with ADHD to maintain focused brainwave activity. David Rabiner, Ph.D., and Edward Hamlin, Ph.D., provide an overview of this treatment, including cost, duration, and existing research.
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54 min
May 16, 2017
178- It’s About Time: Understanding the Science of Time Management with ADHD
Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., takes a deeper look at the science of time awareness to understand why procrastination, time blindness, and tardiness are such big problems for people with ADHD—and teaches strategies to help us "see" and "feel" time.
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60 min
May 9, 2017
177- Dyslexia: Understanding the Condition, Plus Recommended Treatment Interventions
Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., discusses dyslexia, which is the most common learning disability—symptoms, similarities to and differences from ADHD, the most effective interventions, and how to talk with your child about the diagnosis.
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59 min
April 26, 2017
176- Beyond Hello: Building Conversation Skills in Children with ADHD
As Anna Vagin, Ph.D., explains, the sustained attention and give and take required in face-to-face interactions can present challenges for children with ADHD. She offers strategies for parents and teachers to help kids improve their conversational skills.
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58 min
April 20, 2017
175- Overcoming Dysgraphia and Writing Challenges: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Dysgraphia and written expression challenges are common in children with ADHD. For these kids, staring at a blank page can feel like torture. Literacy specialist Kendra Wagner, M.A., shares strategies to help children with LD get their thoughts on paper.
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52 min
April 12, 2017
174- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Video Games—How Parents Can Take Action
Video games can teach problem-solving skills and critical thinking—and also suck a child’s attention from real people and experiencesd. Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., and Ryan Sipes explain how to choose the best games and set reasonable restrictions.
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58 min
March 21, 2017
173- Nonverbal Learning Disorder: An Overlooked LD in Kids with ADHD
NVLD is poorly understood, and is underdiagnosed in children with ADHD. Amy Margolis, Ph.D., explains the condition, how to distinguish symptoms from those of ADHD, and the strategies that can help these children in school and social settings.
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55 min
March 14, 2017
172- An Educator’s Guide to Teaching Students with ADHD
Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D., explains the impact of stress and anxiety on learning and beahvior, and offers insider tips for teachers of students with ADHD—from modifying assignments and learning environments to managing disruptive behavior.
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55 min
March 7, 2017
171- 7 Ways to Be More Productive and Crush It at Work
Too many individuals with ADHD have been called an underachiever or a slacker, despite having the brains and ideas to achieve greatness. Productivity coach Alan Brown shares strategies to quiet your mind, set priorities, stay on task, and get things done.
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57 min
February 28, 2017
170- Lessons Learned—and Shared—By Families Homeschooling Children with ADHD
Parents who homeschool their children with ADHD say that it can nurture strengths, improve academic performance, and boost self-esteem. Kathy Kuhl explains how all families can customize their child's education and benefit from a "homeschool view."
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57 min
February 7, 2017
169- Emotional Distress Syndrome and the ADHD Brain
In working with ADHD patients over 27 years, James Ochoa, LPC, identified what he calls Emotional Distress Syndrome, and the extent to which it affects everyday life. He shares tools for weathering emotional storms and building self-esteem.
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56 min
January 31, 2017
168- Positive Parenting Strategies: How to Build Confidence in Your Child with ADHD
By age 12, a child with ADHD may receive 20,000 more negative messages than her neurotypical peers. Kirk Martin teaches parents how to stop power struggles and meltdowns, replace negative messages about ADHD, and spark a sense of can-do in their kids.
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62 min
January 24, 2017
167- The Happiness Project for Women with ADHD
Many women and girls with undiagnosed ADHD grow up mistaking their symptoms for personal faults. Sari Solden explains how a diagnosis can unlock serious healing, helping you to redefine "success" and focus on unfulfilled dreams rather than a to-do list.
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58 min
January 17, 2017
166- Born This Way: Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Adult ADHD
Emily Anhalt, Ph.D., spent two years interviewing ADHD adults who have achieved financial, occupational, and emotional success without using medication, and shares what she learned about leveraging the condition as a positive force.
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55 min
December 13, 2016
165- "What Are You Saying?" Auditory Processing Disorder in Children
Speech and language pathologist Lois Kam Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP, explains how to identify auditory processing disorder in children and distinguish it from ADHD, and the best diagnosis and treatment approaches for APD.
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57 min
December 6, 2016
164- Comeback Kids: Building Resilience in Students with ADHD
Research suggests that children with ADHD receive 20,000 more negative messages than do their neurotypical peers by age 12, impacting self-esteem and initiative. Anna Vagin, Ph.D., describes how to counter this negativity and build resilience.
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45 min
November 22, 2016
163- ADHD Myths and the Stigmas They Perpetuate: A Guide to Overcoming Shame
Myths about ADHD—it's made up; it's an excuse for laziness—still abound, and it's woefully easy to internalize the shaming messages. Michele Novotni, Ph.D., explains how to overcome ADHD stigma, and how to change others' minds.
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57 min
November 16, 2016
162- Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Unlock Positivity and Productivity for ADHD Adults
As J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D., explains, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can equip people with ADHD and executive-function deficits with the skills to overcome disorganization, poor time management, and workplace challenges.
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55 min
October 25, 2016
161- College Standouts: How to Empower Your Teen with ADHD/LD to Succeed on Campus
College students with ADHD/LD may struggle to balance term papers, laundry, getting exercise, and so on—and parents often fall into the role of concierge. Theresa Maitland, Ph.D., explains how to avoid this trap and help your teen learn to self-manage.
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55 min
October 18, 2016
160- A Back-to-School Nutrition and Exercise Plan for Children with ADHD
Your child's activity level and daily menu can have a measurable impact on his behavior and ability to learn. Laura J. Stevens, M.S., discusses foods to avoid, and healthy alternatives, and presents strategies designed for busy families and picky eaters.
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53 min
October 11, 2016
159- How to Solve Your ADHD Child's Homework Problems
In ADHD households, homework is often loathed by kids and parents. Peg Dawson, Ed.D., offers tips for children who come home exhausted after a long day of executive function challenges, and for parents who are weary of nagging and micromanaging.
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55 min
October 4, 2016
158- Fight the Fizzle: How to Maintain Academic Motivation for Children with ADHD and LD
Does your child begin the school year enthusiastically—only to say he "hates school" two weeks later? Ann Dolin, M.Ed., discusses why motivation tapers off and how to end this cycle by increasing resilience, bolstering study skills, and using rewards.
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56 min
September 27, 2016
157- How to Fight for Your ADHD Child's Rights—and Happiness
Do you know your child's legal rights at school and how to secure them? How to get the doctor to address your child's challenges? Penny Williams shares real-life advice that will transform you into an effective advocate for your child with special needs.
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61 min
September 20, 2016
156- Ready, Set, Work: Help ADHD Students Fight Procrastination and Get to Work
For many students with ADHD, the first step is the hardest. As Cindy Goldrich explains, the trick is often feeling ready—emotionally, physically, and mentally—to begin. She shares practical strategies to help kids get started at home and at school.
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54 min
September 6, 2016
155- "My Child Is Being Bullied at School. What Do I Do?"
Learning that your child is a victim of bullying is heartbreaking. These children often suffer depressed self-esteem and academic performance, and dread going to school. Michele Borba, Ed.D., provides strategies for addressing this serious problem.
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56 min
August 30, 2016
154- How to Start (and End) the School Year Organized
ADHD often brings serious executive function challenges that impact school performance. Susan Lasky, M.A., shares organizing systems and tools students can use to declutter their backpacks, turn in assignments, manage long-term projects, and more.
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57 min
August 23, 2016
153- Preventing the Summer Slide: Parent Strategies for Year-Round Learning
During the summer months, children with ADHD and LD can lose academic skills and forget facts—a frustrating step backward for kids who work hard all year long. Ann Dolin, M.E., shares fun, hands-on ways to keep kids’ minds sharp during vacation.
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56 min
August 2, 2016
152- What Neuroscience Reveals About the ADHD Brain
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., presents the current neuroscience of the ADHD brain, including how the brain pays attention and processes information, why kids can focus on a video game but not a lecture, why stimulant medications “calm” ADHD brains, and more.
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57 min
July 27, 2016
151- Bipolar Disorder Looks a Lot Like ADHD: Detecting and Treating a Misunderstood Condition
Roughly 20 percent of people with ADHD also suffer from Bipolar Disorder, but bipolar is often misdiagnosed or missed entirely. Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., discusses symptoms of the disorders that overlap, and how to ensure the best treatment.
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60 min
July 19, 2016
150- Emotions and ADHD: What Clinicians Need to Know for Accurate Diagnosis
Few clinicians understand the powerful emotional component of ADHD. William Dodson, M.D., explains how to distinguish ADHD emotional shifts and rejection sensitive dysphoria from bipolar and depression, and how to address patients' challenges.
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57 min
July 12, 2016
149- ADHD Medication Management: How to Use and Adjust Stimulants Safely
William Dodson, M.D., shares ADHD medication treatment guidelines for clinicians. Learn about the different stimulant formulations, how to optimize the dose while minimizing side effects, and which ADHD impairments don't respond to medication.
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57 min
June 28, 2016
148- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Adolescents and Adults
SPD can make clothing tags unbearable, loud music intolerable, perfume sickening. Whatever your specific symptoms, daily living is a challenge. Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., offers practical coping strategies and longer-term treatment options.
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58 min
June 21, 2016
147- Beyond Meds: A Parent's Guide to Using Behavioral Therapy for ADHD
Many parents wonder if they can reduce (or replace) the role ADHD medication plays in their child’s life. William Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., details how to do that by implementing behavioral therapy at home and at school.
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54 min
June 14, 2016
146- No More Paper Planners! Apps and Websites for Students with ADHD
Get organized…remember assignments…stay on-task…all without writing anything down? Janet DeSenzo reviews the latest technology, tools, and plug-ins that can help teens and tweens succeed in middle school and beyond.
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57 min
June 7, 2016
145- Five Lessons That ADHD Medication Can't Teach (But Parents Can!)
A balanced ADHD treatment plan should entail more than taking a pill. Vincent Monastra, Ph.D., offers at-home strategies for teaching the life skills that medication cannot: conversation skills, confidence, strength, empathy, organization.
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58 min
May 24, 2016
144- The Case for a Gap Year: Taking a Year "Off" Can Translate into Gains in Life Skills and Perspective for ADHD Teens
Many teens with ADHD benefit from taking a year between high school and college to explore interests, learn independent living skills, and clarify their direction in life. John Willson, M.S., OTR, explains how to structure a successful gap year.
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57 min
May 17, 2016
143- Are Depression or Anxiety Hiding Behind Your ADHD? Recognizing and Treating Overlapping Conditions
Many doctors assume that anxiety or depression are side effects of ADHD—or they fail to diagnose ADHD in their patients with anxiety or depression. Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., helps untangle co-existing conditions.
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59 min
May 10, 2016
142- Beyond Minecraft: The Best Games and Apps for Kids with ADHD and LD
What makes Minecraft so appealing to kids with ADHD—and can it really improve problem-solving, executive function, and emotional control? Randy Kulman, Ph.D., and James Daley explain, and recommend other games with similar benefits.
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60 min
April 26, 2016
141- A Parent’s Guide to Managing ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism in Children
Each child with ADHD, autism, and anxiety will have unique needs. Laurie Better Perlis, Psy.D., explains how to understand your child's diagnoses and fine-tune your own strategies for managing treatment and everyday life.
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56 min
April 19, 2016
140- Is It ADHD—or Age? Recognizing and Treating ADHD in Midlife and Beyond
ADHD is not a childhood disorder. But, in older adults, symptoms may be difficult to differentiate from the forgetfulness and "brain fog" that often come with age. Linda Roggli explains how, and shares treatment advice for ADHDers over the age of 55.
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60 min
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