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Finally a brain test showed which medications would help.

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Neuroscience|0 Comments

Trial and error medication: Even in the hands of the very best psychiatrists, prescribing medication is a trial and error process. The doctor evaluates patterns of symptoms, makes a diagnosis, then prescribes a medication that research has shown, on average, to be helpful to those with that diagnosis. But there's a rub: For most disorders, there are multiple medications that have been found effective. And no medication has been found to be effective for all individuals with that disorder. Individuals [...]

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Simple tips for getting the homework done

By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: Family, NDC Tips|0 Comments

See if your child will talk with you to strategize about how to improve the homework process so that he or she has more free time. Emphasize that the goal is to make the whole homework thing less burdensome and time-consuming. That way you are joining your child to meet his or her goals instead of trying to get him to satisfy yours. Treat it as a mutual problem solving exercise, not the imposition of adult authority. It may not happen [...]

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Toddler builds cooperation and self control, but not a single word spoken.

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Family, NDC Tips, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Self control at 16 months My 16 month old granddaughter Ayla sits next to me. She looks at my coffee mug with interest, then looks up at me. She is checking for permission. I just shake my head. I don't say a word. She responds almost immediately by turning her gaze away from the mug onto something else nearby of interest to her.  Deal done. Problem solved. Moving on. We communicated clearly. She cooperated with me and practiced self control [...]

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Want to resign as homework cop? Top three reasons to leave the force:

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Family, NDC Tips|0 Comments

Call me old fashioned. In my opinion, many schools nowadays are wrongly pressuring parents to take responsibility for getting their kids to do homework.  Great. Just what you need - another thing to nag your children about. Problem is, it doesn’t work. It just generates tension, conflict, and resistance. It undermines the quality of your relationship with your child, which, in the long run is MUCH MORE IMPORTANT to your child’s development and success in life than homework. And if [...]

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Three tips for talking to a shut-down or reactive child

By |November 7th, 2016|Categories: Family, NDC Tips|0 Comments

Here they are, way simple: 1. Don't talk, listen. Or at least, talk less, listen more. 2. Don't talk directly to your child. Let him overhear you expressing your concern or uncertainty (but not any criticism or judgment) to someone else. 3. Write him or her a letter. Yep. Actually on paper. (Less likely to elicit an immediate and defensive reaction). OK. Now for a little elaboration: 1. Don't talk, listen. Or at least,  listen more. Sometimes we grown ups [...]

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NIMH Funds Definitive Study of Neurofeedback for ADHD

By |September 15th, 2014|Categories: ADHD + ADD, Neuroscience|0 Comments

After almost four years of planning, we are now getting started on a very carefully controlled randomized double blind study of the effectiveness of neurofeedback for ADHD. This study emerged in the aftermath of a panel I sat on at the annual 2010 conference of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) - the national ADHD advocacy organization. After the panel, we agreed to form a collaboration between established experts in neurofeedback and established academic ADHD researchers. The group included six [...]

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When inclusive classrooms (unwittingly) exclude

By |June 24th, 2014|Categories: Autism Spectrum, NDC Tips|0 Comments

Does inclusion work? Are inclusive classrooms always best for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Are they best for your kiddo? Maybe you are  wondering.... We do. Sometimes inclusive classrooms work out beautifully for kids with ASD. They can use their intellectual strengths and are able to benefit from typically developing peers, learn from them, perhaps make some social gains. When it works, the child with ASD feels that he is an integral part of the classroom. He feels like he [...]

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Does Pot Harm the Teen Brain?

By |March 3rd, 2014|Categories: Family, NDC Tips|0 Comments

It's really no big surprise, is it? There is growing evidence that pot smoking is harmful to the developing brains of adolescents. The frontal lobe is developing rapidly during adolescents. The brain is also undergoing pruning during this period. Connections that aren't being used are being eliminated, making processing more rapid and efficient. So what happens if these processes are impaired due to substance use? As presented in a recent piece on NPR, Kristal Lisdahl, director of the University of [...]

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Neurofeedback Tale: Off Meds, On Target, Learning, and Happy

By |November 18th, 2013|Categories: ADHD + ADD, Anxiety, Family, Learning Disabilities|0 Comments

"A trajectory of small miracles" Cam's mom tell us the story of her son's growth and improvement with neurofeedback for his ADHD and other symptoms. The story is long, but well worth the time: "Cam’s neurofeedback has yielded a cascade of successes. Thanks to his sessions, Cam experiences things more fully, is starting to grow into himself with more ease, and expresses himself better. A trajectory of small miracles you could say. Cam's complexities We had pursued a number of [...]

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Understanding your child (with Aspergers) makes all the difference

By |August 21st, 2013|Categories: Autism Spectrum, Family, NDC Tips|0 Comments

A small moment on the beach tells a big and important story about Aspergers parenting: Bella's meltdowns and the message Mom got Bella's mom came for her first visit quite desperate.  Bella was prone to severe emotional outbursts and aggressive behavior, especially when she was upset. These outbursts occurred at home, in the community, at school. In front of everyone. Mom knew something was wrong. Something she did not entirely understand. But everyone, including family members, friends, educators, and professionals told her [...]