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Special Needs Friendly Santa Tips for Parents

By (special needs friendly) Santa Claus (with support from Elaine Taylor-Klaus) A Christmas Surprise I had a rare treat, recently, when I shared a hotel with a convention of the Connecticut Society of Santas. Many of the attendees were also members of the Fraternal Order of the Real Bearded Santas. I’m not kidding – this…

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November 28, 2022

The Death of a Pet is a Parenting Opportunity

Life events like the death of a pet are an opportunity for parents to communicate your values and beliefs to your kids. Don’t be afraid to expose your kids to difficult information. Rather, trust that your kids are resilient, resourceful, and will find a way to make sense of the situation – especially when their…

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How to Help Teens Who Aren’t “Living Up to Their Potential”

“If he just applied himself, he could be earning straight A’s! He’s so smart…he’s just not living up to his potential.” It’s common for parents of teens with ADHD and other executive function challenges to feel disappointed with their teens’ performance at school, and frustrated that they are not “living up to their potential.” But…

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3 Steps to Creating a Reward System that Works!

The Power of Reward Systems Psst…hey you. Yeah, you! The one who looks frazzled and, I’m guessing, wishes you were in Jamaica with nothing but a trashy novel on your to-do list. You have a good kid. Sure, sometimes they forget to turn in their homework, tell a lie, act out in school, or have…

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November 21, 2022

True or False: ADHD Kids Can’t Focus

Have you ever seen a normal, everyday person suddenly turn into Perry Mason or Matlock right in front of your eyes? “You claim your kid can’t focus. Take a look at exhibit A! Your child playing her 17th, yes, ladies and gentlemen, 17th straight hour of Minecraft. I rest my case!” (Ok, 17 may be…

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Surviving the Holidays: 3 Keys to Healthy Body, Mind & Heart

I look forward to the holidays every year. Time spent with family, the spirit of giving, tidings of great joy, and that look of pure wonder in my daughter’s eyes. Wondrous images come to mind when I think of the holiday season. Then, right around this time every year, the idealist’s amnesia starts to clear,…

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How to Get Your ADHD Child’s Attention

Communication Barriers As different as we all are, there are certain fundamental things most families have in common about how we communicate. Do you recognize any of these scenarios? Your kid is playing video games, and you want their attention to take out the trash or set the table. Your kid is upset and angry…

How to Get Your ADHD Child's Attention

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November 14, 2022

Trying to Blend a Family?

It’s not easy to bring two families together and merge them into one. The different routines, personalities, traditions can all be challenging when you blend families and then add in ADHD and other complex challenges, and it can seem even more daunting. But there are few simple communication techniques that can set you and your…

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Early Intervention for Learning Problems: A Quick Guide

The Power of Language “Language underwrites all academic performance,” says educational psychologist Marie Wynne. “I wish I had a nickel for everyone who said, ‘Einstein didn’t speak until he was four,’ or ‘she’ll outgrow it.’” The truth is that early intervention makes a dramatic difference for children who learn differently, and parents should not wait…

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