The Correlation between Self-Image and Academic Performance

Self Image SMIs poor self-image affecting your ADHD childs academic performance?

With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for back to school; filling those backpacks with school supplies, buying new clothes, making lunches, scheduling necessary pickups and drop-offs, we often forget the emotional feelings our ADHD child experiences when beginning the new school year. Poor self-image and negative feelings of poor self-esteem affect our childs ability to perform up to grade level and vice versa: poor academic performance can also affect our childs self-image.

Self-image is how you perceive yourself. It is a number of self-impressions that have built up over time: What are your hopes and dreams? What do you think and feel? What have you done throughout your life and what did you want to do? These self-images can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or...

5 Tips for Back to School!

Kids Walking School SM 300x200The 5 Best Steps to a Great School Year Start for Your ADHD Child 

1. Get your child ready by setting bedtime and wake up time at least a week before school begins. You already know how difficult it is to wake your ADHD. Get this routine established well before school starts to minimize your frustration.

2. Get organized! Get all the materials you need from notebooks to backpacks ready. You likely know your childs strengths and weaknesses regarding organization. Knowing this can help you obtain the right binders, organizers, etc. For example, a simple backpack with few pockets is a better idea than one with loads of pockets if your child tends to lose track of things.

3. Schedule a meeting with your childs teacher to review your 504 Plan or IEP. This meeting can make your childs year a successful one. You might even request a team meeting if you believe it's necessary. Bring...

ADHD, ODD, or BOTH - Part II

Defiant Girl SMIn Part I of this blog we discussed the evidence that supports the link between ADHD and ODD. Dr. Russell Barkley states: ADHD involves one more vital component that has been left out of the Clinical diagnosis for ADHD Emotional Dysregulation: deficits in inhibiting and regulating emotions. Emotional Self-Regulation is the ability to manage your behavior in relation to the events that happen in your life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight, but no later than early adolescence.

So you ask, what does this psychological/medical jargon really mean in layman terms?This is what it means to parents of ADHD/ODD children:

My son is very violent and has lots of anger. He gets mad so easily and it is hard to deal with him the school...

ADHD: Children and Aggression

Angry Girl SM1Tips on how to deal with your child's anger

Do these words sound familiar?

What is of a greater concern is that because of the ADHD, we have been battling with his bad temper and a rage I have never before seen in a child.Christine, I need help for this child who is otherwise intelligent and very loving. He tries so hard but feels like he is losing the battle. He says things like this world is unfair and why did I have to be born like this. By a Grandmother seeking help for her ADHD Grandson . . .

ADHD is a condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.

Symptoms of ADHD can differ from person to person, but there are three basic types of ADHD. Each one is identified by the symptoms of hyperactivity...

ADHD, ODD, or BOTH?

ADHD and Your Child
Is it ADHD, ODD, or BOTH?

We have received many questions from concerned parents asking: "Does my child have ADHD, ODD, or BOTH"? There is a reported link between having ADHD and developing ODD. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD. People with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight, but no later than early adolescence. [1]

In this blog we will discuss each of the disorders as separate entities, what the interrelationship between the two is, and conclude with how to deal with the effects of...

ADHD & Bullying

Bully 300x200What every mom, dad, and child ought to know. 

It's a fact: teasing and playful banter are unfortunate but inevitable parts of the social scheme at school. However, ADHD children, who commonly also have social skills problems, often attract more bullying than their peers.  Because they have social skills problems, they often don't know how to respond to bullying either. This can make school life very unpleasant.

On education.com, Judith Wiener, PhD, reports the following: In a study that examined children with ADHD in third to sixth grade, 17 percent were bullies according to teacher and parent reports, 27 percent reported that they were victims of bullying, and 14 percent were both bullies and victims. The result? A whopping 58 percent of children with ADHD were involved in bullying—compared to only 14 percent of children without ADHD. A similar pattern is evident with...