Friday, November 22, 2019

ADHD and Positivity

The Euphoria of ADHD. According to experts Dr. Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey, this is an area often overlooked as a real positive for the student with ADHD. The search for stimulation is not all bad. It can drive a person to create and build. Encouragement and Positive Praise are so important. A person with ADHD will thrive on recognition. Learn more here-  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/recognition-responsive-euphoria-adhd/

Monday, October 21, 2019

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in adolescents is best treated with psychotherapy, social-skills training, vocational training, help with academics, and parent management training programs. Bootcamps do not work. Sometimes long-term residential placement is necessary to get the help needed. Especially if the adolescent has reached the point where multiple interventions have been tried without success.The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a helpful Guide for families of children with ODD.
https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/docs/resource_centers/odd/odd_resource_center_odd_guide.pdf

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Therapeutic Educational Consulting

If you are considering a therapeutic boarding school, please reach out to me, an Educational Consultant. I have been helping families for fifteen years, and the most heartbreaking times are when families have placed their own children without assistance and need to make a change because it wasn’t a good fit. What is right for one teen, may not be right for another. There are multiple variables to consider. Mistakes can be costly emotionally and financially. Educational Consultants may seem expensive, but I travel to visit programs (at my own cost), attend conferences, stay up to date with recent educational and therapeutic modalities. Considering the very expensive cost of residential therapeutic treatment, the consultant is a small portion of the expense to have peace of mind.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Trauma in the Body

Memory is stored in two ways- explicit (facts and figures) and implicit (emotions). They form one complete memory. But, under stress your memories are not coded properly. And that is why certain situations can be a trigger to someone with trauma. The physical response needs to be addressed in trauma treatment. Sometimes trauma victims don’t even recall a certain episode, but their body remembers. Please read more here- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/workings-well-being/201708/heal-trauma-work-the-body

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Drug Use by Teens Declines

Most 8th, 10thand 12thgraders are using less drugs than in the past. 6.1% of 8thgraders, 9.6% of 10thgraders, and 12.4% of 12thgraders have used illicit drugs in 2018. So, not everyone is using drugs. But vaping has increased significantly which does have health implications for teen populations. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/monitoring-future-survey-high-school-youth-trends

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sleep and How it Impacts Everything!


Sleep impacts memory, learning, physical health, and just about anything you can think of.
Watch Dr. Matt Walker explain how important it is to sleep and if you are not sleeping well, where and how to get help. I am going to turn off that computer one hour before bedtime for sure after watching this TED talk!  https://www.ted.com/speakers/matthew_walker

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How Much is too Much Media Use?

With Teens on average now spending nine hours/day on media, should it be time to ring the alarm bells! Parents are always struggling to know when the computer/phone needs to be turned off.  Common Sense Media is a great website for answers.  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/screen-time

ADHD and Positivity

The Euphoria of ADHD. According to experts Dr. Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey, this is an area often overlooked as a real positive for the st...