Supporting Teachers

This year I have had the opportunity to provide professional development in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. I have worked with teachers, guidance counselors, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and principals. What I have experienced this year has convinced me wholeheartedly […]

“Take Your Pills” Documentary Debuts at SXSW

 I just watched the Kara Swisher interview with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina at SXSW about Alison Klayman’s upcoming film, “Take Your Pills” that they co-produced.  The movie will be on Netflix on Friday, March 16th and I am cautiously optimistic.  My sincere hope is that it will address the serious and dangerous issue […]

Does ADHD have to lead to Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by excessive anger, frustration, arguing, stubbornness and defiance. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD and people with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD […]

Let’s address the REAL lesson of the Suicide of Richard Fee

I would like to take a moment to address an article that appeared February 2, 2013 in the NY Times titled Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions.  There has been a terrible tragedy exposed in the practice of treating ADHD with the death of Richard Fee.  From all accounts, this case was mismanaged.  Unfortunately, most […]

Homework…ugg!

So – how was your day?  Do you have a lot of homework?  And so, it begins… For many parents, one of the greatest sources of stress revolves around the issue of homework.  The reasons for the stress may vary from parent to parent, or may be different based on each child’s uniqueness, but the […]

What I Learned About Time Management from Running and a Tomato

Life lessons often come from places you least expect.  Now before you become concerned that I am going to preach the virtues of running or changing your diet, no worries – that’s not my agenda.  I would like to share, however, what I have learned this past year, not about Time Management, but true Productivity.  After […]

Screens – We MUST Help Our Kids Learn to Manage

I recently showed the documentary Screenagers and hosted a panel discussion following the film. I have to tell you that the experience, the conversations, and the whole issue of how our kids today are being impacted by their use of phones and social media has shaken me to my core. Truly, I believe this is […]

DIVE

Little things add up – Help kids form good habits Want to get ahead – do the basics.  Don’t focus on the big, grand goals, but rather the tiny steps that, when done consistently, make progress and success much more likely. Surprisingly few people focus on the small steps. They look for shortcuts and work […]

What is the Forward Movement You Really Want to See for Your Child This Year?

By now, preparations are well underway for this new school year.  In some parts of the country, classes have begun, whereas for some school begins after Labor Day has ended.  For me, my mind drifts back to last April.  Why?  Because I know that in many ways the best way to have a good school year […]