The Myth of Bootstraps

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Listen up, Dr. Carson. Drop the politics and face the facts. There is a reality we all live within, a common ground to seek out and stand on together. Scientific thought is the foundation of the medical world you practiced within for years. There are some basic truths that apply to all of us. If you’re a parent—Democrat, Republican or …

Mindfulness And Peaceful Activism: Post Election Resolutions

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In this era of extremism, facing an Internet-driven world where even basic facts seem distorted beyond being able to find even the most suitable simple agreement, the intentions behind mindfulness matter more than ever. While it seems like the word ‘mindfulness’ is becoming almost tiresome to some, the word itself is beside the point. Mindfulness doesn’t represent a cliché like …

Getting Kids Unhooked from Their Smartphones

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Kids and screen time cause considerable parental angst these days—and for good reason. Research shows children spend on average seven hours a day glued to computer, tablet, smartphone, or television screens. This reality has created such a stir that in the fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its decade-old recommendation on childhood screen time. Continue reading on Mindful.org

Building Resilience: How to Shift Mental Gears

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Imagine two equally talented graduates at their first job. Within a year, both are laid off due to downsizing. One becomes caught up in thinking he’s failed: “I was never good enough, my boss hated me.” The other decides, “I wanted this job so badly, I better fix my resume and learn how to deal with a difficult boss better.” …

An Overview of ADHD Care

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What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD*)? ADHD is a developmental delay in a wide range of life management skills including planning and organizing, affecting far more than just attention. ADHD may impact social relations, emotional well-being, academic success, and almost any other area of life, even physical health and self-esteem. Understanding its full impact in this way allows for …

Best Plan For Autism Starts With Behavioral Therapy

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Although there is no cure for autism, various interventions can help diminish the symptoms, sometimes profoundly. Since both social and communication differences are part of the diagnosis, behavioral and speech language therapy are typically the foundation of intervention. But one challenge in planning, and a stress for parents, is that no single educational plan works for all children. Continue reading on …

The ADHD Healthy Living Summer Challenge

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A study out this week in the Journal of Attention Disorders suggests that an approach to ADHD emphasizing healthy living may significantly improve symptoms. Since ADHD undermines executive function, the skills we need to plan and sustain routines, it’s no surprise that it affects sleep, nutrition, and exercise, as well as pushing kids towards an unhealthy relationship with video games …

ADHD Goes To College

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It’s spring and senior year of high school is wrapping up. Many students are discovering where they are going to college. Planning for freshman year and what it means to live on their own with ADHD is probably the last thing a graduating senior wants to focus on right now. As a parent, though, worry about how your child with …

Emotional Rescue: Using Mindfulness to Reset Your Reactions

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The idea of emotional awareness can seem almost mundane. Most of us recognize the benefits of being conscious of our emotions on some level. Yet, being skillful with our emotions isn’t just about recognizing when we feel happy, angry, or sad. Awareness means noticing all of our emotions, and then making active choices about whether we need to take action …

Academic Planning for ADHD Starts Now

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Winter may just be starting, but fall academic planning is only a few months away. Remember that grades are not the bottom line for academic planning. Some students get reasonable marks even while struggling significantly with ADHD, which can affect anything related to planning and organization. This includes writing, study habits, time management and far more. A strong school plan …