Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Medications- ABA Therapy

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am not anti-medication. I know from direct experience that pharmacological interventions can be life-changing and — literally — life-saving for […]

How to be a Medication Ninja


Last month, we got Influenza A. At least, I am pretty sure we did. Classic symptoms, straight from a medical textbook. Fever, respiratory symptoms, aches, fatigue. Typically, influenza will take anywhere from 7-10 days to resolve with some residual fatigue. It bites. Illness and the Special Needs Child And while being sick is in and […]

Can a Non-Drug Treatment Work for ADHD?

ADHD no medication

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has long been associated with poor grades, poor reading and math test scores, and being held back. But despite billions of dollars spent on special education programs, the number of ADHD students dropping out of high school and college is alarming. A few sobering facts to consider about the impact of ADHD […]

Great Apps for Parents and Kids


There seems to be an explosion of new apps being developed for computers, tablets and smartphones each day.  While it can seem overwhelming, some of these apps are worth learning about.  And the best part is that most of them are free or very inexpensive. For those still unfamiliar with what an “app” is, think […]

Your Child has Just Been Diagnosed with ADHD – Now What?


Last month I wrote, Is it ADHD… and why do I need to know? I decided to follow up with a basic primer of important things parents should know once their child receives a diagnosis of ADHD. What does it look like? ADHD affects between 5% and 9% of the school age population.  You are […]

Is it ADHD… and why do I need to know?


Do you have a nagging feeling that perhaps your child is just a little more active or impulsive than is typical?  Or has the school raised concerns that perhaps your child is having trouble paying attention and could be doing a better job getting their work done or following directions? You have heard the term […]

ADHD: Is This Over Diagnosed?

ADHD Could Be Misdiagnosed In Nearly 1 Million US Kids Say Researchers There is a plethora of information on the web about ADD/ADHD.  Books are being sold by the millions, psychologists are raking it in and pharmaceutical companies just keep putting more and more medications on the market padding the industry pockets.  Controversy over whether […]

Unlocking Autism, Part 1


Over the years, my son’s (JJ) challenges have included low impulse control, poor concentration and processing issues. The kids at school knew what buttons to push getting JJ into trouble regularly. At 16 when JJ was suspended from school for low impulse control, this was a wake-up call. I was scared because at 18, if […]

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