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  • A Day at a Time: A Journal for Parents of Children with Autism
    Finally someone has stepped forward with a handy book that helps parents of children on the autistic spectrum organize their complex lives. Jen Merheb has created A Day at a Time: A Journal ...
  • Girls Can Do Math: A Mathematical Memoir
    If a chicken and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half, how fast is the ...
  • 14 Strategies for Sleeping Better
    For you the idea of sleeping well might be as far-fetched as a unicorn sighting. And in our productivity-driven society, sleep is usually the first thing ...
  • Teaching Children How to Adapt
    We try to create a world of structure and predictability for our children. We work hard to give them routines, a regular schedule and ...
  • Having a Smooth “Breakup” with Your College-Bound Teen
    As fall approaches, many teenagers will be leaving home for the first time, headed to college. Families face many ...
  • A High School Project on Depression
    I tutor a number of students from my local high school, which offers a remarkable English course called Psychology and Literature. What an idea! Although I’d never heard of such a course at any other ...
  • Three Faces of Depression
    Is depression a single thing? It seems to me that depression has many faces. One of the fascinating segments of my job as a private tutor ...
  • Might Schools Be Teaching ADHD?
    Tessa had the worst case of ADHD I’ve had to deal with in a long time. She was a high school junior who’d been ...
  • Depression in Students
    Students may be particularly vulnerable to depression, with rates at around 14 percent according to one study in Dublin, Ireland. The background rate among the general ...
  • Appreciating Our ADHD Students
    I’ve been sitting at a dining room table for almost two hours now, observing my son, Matt, as he works with a student. Matt’s ...
  • Oh, Look! A Chicken!: A Teen’s Tips for Managing ADD
    I’m impressed by the tenth grader sitting across from me. Ginny was diagnosed with ADD when she was only ...
  • Classroom Adaptations for ADHD Students
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral problem that starts during childhood and affects three to five percent of school-aged children. Children with ADHD may qualify for special education services under two laws: the Individuals ...
  • Motivational Strategies for Children with ADHD
    Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have problems getting work done. For example, kids with predominantly inattentive ADHD or combined type ADHD have difficulty sustaining their attention during a task, do not always ...
  • Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Kids
    “I wish the system didn’t force me to be mean.” Jyl, the mom of a child with special needs, is in anguish. Not only is she managing her challenged – and challenging ...
  • ADHD and Gender
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more commonly diagnosed in boys than girls, but research into ADHD in adulthood suggests an almost equal balance between men and women. About 60 percent of children who experience ADHD ...
  • Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide
    The headline took my breath away. In a town close to mine, a 15-year-old had committed suicide due to cyberbullying. Described as a charming and well-liked young girl, she nonetheless crumbled when targeted ...
  • Model Success To Create Successful Students
    I’m privileged to teach an upper-level psychology course to juniors and seniors at our state university. Their grades are good to great. They have chosen majors, taken advantage of internship opportunities, and started to ...
  • When Your Kids Disappoint You
    As summer winds down, many parents longingly await school, yet dread the frustration and disappointment they feel regarding their kids and the resulting guilt over these reactions. Parents may have a clear vision of their children’s ...
  • 8 Tips for Building Healthy Parent/Teacher Relationships
    It’s astonishing but true: Many children spend more of their waking hours with their teachers each weekday than they do with their parents. By the time parents get home from work and kids get home ...
  • How Do We Stop Bullying in Schools?
    The best and most obvious way to stop bullying in schools is for parents to change the way they parent their children at home. Of course, this is much easier said than done and ...
  • Honors Students Tell You How To Make the Grades
    Every year I ask the students in my upper-level psychology class how many of them find college to be easier than high school. Two-thirds to three-quarters of the class usually raise their hands. Sometimes they ...
  • Ready or Not: Immature But Headed to College
    Colleges and new high school graduates have what I think is a strange idea. They think every freshman is an adult who can make his or her own decisions. Students think going off to college ...
  • Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    If you’re a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be devastated and overwhelmed. If you’re an adult who’s recently been diagnosed, you may be going ...
  • ADHD Behavioral Interventions for the Home
    Parents often hear the words "parental training" and think, "Oh great, like you could teach me something that'll control my out-of-control attention deficit disorder child!" And yet research has shown that children with attention deficit ...
  • Comprehensive Treatment of Childhood ADHD
    While learning of the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) makes many parents feel relief, the real work begins in finding the right treatment approach for a child or teen diagnosed with ADHD. If the ...