Receive a Complementary Copy of the ADHD Monitoring System

David Rabiner, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at Duke University has developed a simple but reliable tool to track how well your child’s symptoms are managed at school.  It provides a simple, user-friendly means of getting objective, behavioral feedback from your child’s teacher about how he or she is coping in the classroom.  Using this tool regularly will alert you to when changes in your child’s treatment may be necessary.  I think you will find it extremely beneficial!  It can be used regardless of what treatment or treatments your child is receiving.  You can request a free copy of this tool by visiting www.helpforadd.com/monitor.htm Wishing everyone a successful school year! Have a great first day!

Encouraging New Results from the Largest ADHD Treatment Study Ever Conducted

579 children ages 7-10 diagnosed with ADHD were studied over a 3 year time period.  The children were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatment conditions.  The results of this complex study suggest that children who received intense medication management either alone or combined with behavioral counseling had more positive outcomes than those who received behavioral treatment or community care alone.  Furthermore,  there was also evidence that those children who received medication and behavioral counseling together did better than those who received medication alone.  The most important results from the study is the improvement in all 4 treatment groups between baseline and the 36-month follow-up.  Significant reductions were found in ADHD symptoms, oppositional defiance, and general impairment, while ratings of social skills increased. Rates of other mental health problems associated with ADHD also declined.  This was the case regardless of which treatment group the ADHD children were assigned to.  These results provide an important source of hope and encouragement for children and families dealing with ADHD!  Long term treatment for ADHD works as these children had fewer symptoms, coped significantly better, had fewer behavioral issues, better social skills and continued to make strides!

School Days

Well, its that time of year again.  The kids and teens (parents too!) I know have enjoyed this extra long summer vacation.  But now that we are basking regularly in triple digits more and more kiddos are ready to go back to school.  There are just so many video games one can play before the mind turns to mush and apathy sets in.  The popular refrain “I’m bored….” becomes the favorite family catchphrase.  Its time to get cranked up for a successful school year! For those who have a child with ADD/ADHD or Learning Disabilities I encourage you to utilize the “Back to School” resources at www.additudemag.com. There is a whole tool chest of strategies and guides from meds, working with your child’s school, accommodations, modifications, behavior, social life, and homework/study skill tips. Check it out. ADDitude magazine is an excellent online resource for families. http://www.additudemag.com/channel/School_and_Learning_Disabilities/index.html

I don’t feel very “purple” today

My wife frankly pointed out to me recently that all these expectations to be a remarkable parent can be overwhelming and downright irritating at times.  Hmmm…with a high maintenance preschooler and infant son to care for all day I cannot imagine why she might feel that way?  There are those days when you don’t feel like a “purple” parent; but should you feel guilty?  Intentional parenting is tough and often it’s just a grind.  Weeks or months can go by when you don’t see the fruits of your labor or reward for all your hard work in the lives of your kids.  We need to forgive ourselves, relax, and accept our imperfections as humans when we have one of those days or one of those weeks.  There are those times when we are on edge with our kids, tired, depressed, stressed, not so patient, and not the loving, supportive parent we want to be.  I make such a big deal about parenting with purpose and can even get a little aggravated when I see people who routinely parent “by the seat of their pants”. However, none of us are going to give our kids that perfect childhood. They will turn out okay.  Living in this imperfect or unjust world with less than perfect parents will give us all bumps and bruises, but your kids will survive and most likely develop greater resilience because of it.

A recent not so “purple” moment of mine occurred this weekend as we traveled for the first time with our preschool daughter and infant son.  (In fact – most of the weekend was anything but “purple” to be honest.) I did not feel like being a remarkable Dad or intentional parent as my son woke up twice in the night crying inconsolable as I fought a terrible bout of allergies myself.  So as not to get ourselves kicked out I ended up taking him out of the hotel (downtown Austin) twice in the middle of night while under the influence of Sudafed.  I understood exactly what my wife was trying to get across in a whole new way.  We also met a lot of interesting people coming in after a night of drinking on 6th Street.