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How fear-based parenting is detrimental to developing social skills & executive functioning.

How fear-based parenting which is not based in facts denies kids of the opportunity to develop social and executive function skills. Mom: "With how the world is today I just can't let him run all over the place." Ryan: "Actually you can, kids are the safest they have ever been in history, crime is at … Continue reading How fear-based parenting is detrimental to developing social skills & executive functioning.

Middle School How to Hang Out-1st session

Here's what we did during our 1st session of Middle School How to Hang Out:   -Talked about initial social anxiety when we're around a new group of kids. -Discussed how other kids are always thinking about us and we're always thinking about them whenever we're sharing space. -Talked about how we adjust our behavior … Continue reading Middle School How to Hang Out-1st session

Anxious Parents Can Create Anxious Kids

Last year, I worked with an eighth grader who came to me because of his executive functioning challenges. During our first meeting I quickly learned that his mother highly micromanaged his academic career to the point that it made this boy incredibly anxious. This mother was so anxious about his grades that she would cause … Continue reading Anxious Parents Can Create Anxious Kids

Vocational high School & ADHD

Is this what you picture when you think of vocational a school? It's 2019, vocational schools have come a long way and a GREAT option for many kids with ADHD. My son attended vocational school and it was the best thing for him. Sadly, I find many parents have a negative connotation of what vocational … Continue reading Vocational high School & ADHD

Most common things I hear from parents about their son’s experience in a social skills group

Here's the most common things parents tell me about social skills groups their son has attended: 1. "He was considered the role model for the group because the other kids has much more pronounced needs that he did". 2."He felt it was babyish". 3. "I don't think he got much out of it and he … Continue reading Most common things I hear from parents about their son’s experience in a social skills group