What life can look like after high school for kids with ADHD

A series of true stories about what life looks like after high school for some kids with challenges: #1 What inflexible thinking look like after high school. A family of a high school senior reached out to me during the winter of this boy's senior year. This boy did very well academically and had been … Continue reading What life can look like after high school for kids with ADHD

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Why social skills groups don’t work for kids with ADHD

Dr. Russell Barkley, the leading expert in the country on ADHD has said that social skills groups for kids with ADHD are "an abysmal failure". I couldn't agree more! There's quite a few reasons social skills groups typically don't work for kids with ADHD. The reasons include: -"One size fits all" approach where kids of … Continue reading Why social skills groups don’t work for kids with ADHD

Understanding learned helplessness

Let's talk about "learned helplessness". Recently, I saw a new 3rd grader who will not do anything on his own if it's not interesting to him. He will not even get dressed on his own, his mother helps him get dressed. Over the years he's learned that he could manipulate his mother by acting helpless. … Continue reading Understanding learned helplessness

If ADHD is a learning issue then why do parents treat it as a mental health issue?

If ADHD is a learning issue why do parents treat it as a mental health issue? Because that's what they've been told to do by well-meaning educators, professionals and other parents. This week, I spoke with the mother of a recently diagnosed 5th grader. Compared to what I typically hear this boy had a very … Continue reading If ADHD is a learning issue then why do parents treat it as a mental health issue?