A Good Night’s Sleep

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems natural to extend bedtimes for children.  Schedules change and some activities last later into the evening.  Even some friends seem to be playing and engaging in activities later into the evening when compared to evenings during the school year.  Children often negotiate for later bedtimes and … Continued

Summer Activities: Keeping Minds Active

A large consideration for summertime is how to balance activities for children.   One consideration that I offer is how to strike some balance between physical and sports related activities, social activities, and academic and/or thought based activities.  Combining these areas of activity with continued structure for diet and sleep habits will often lead to a … Continued

Too Many Warnings?

  As parents, how many times have we said the following? “If you do it again…” “The next time that you do that…” “I’m warning you…” We often use warnings to identify unwanted behaviors or behaviors that need to be corrected.  Pragmatically, it provides a chance for the child or adolescent to shift their behavior … Continued

Stress and Social Media

A 2017 report from the American Psychological Association indicates that Millenials (ages 18-34) are reporting more stress related to social media compared to older generations.  The report also indicates that Millenials feel more disconnected from family, even though the family may be together. This seems to speak to the habits of using devices for communication … Continued

ADHD and Stress

  Within my practice, I have noticed that many individuals with ADHD either tend to be more stressed in general or experience higher levels of stress within distinct circumstances due to associated ADHD abilities or processes.  These include: time management difficulties (i.e. planning efficiency, completing long term projects or tasks with various steps, etc.) feeling … Continued

Motivation and ADHD

One issue that comes up frequently when meeting with children and adolescents with ADHD is lack of motivation, especially with academic tasks and homework.  Parents often report difficulties with their child finding ways to avoid assignments and homework, which can range from denying having any homework to hiding homework to reporting that it is already … Continued

Executive Functioning: Let’s Deepen our Understanding

On their website, The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University describes executive functioning skills as being dependent upon three main ability areas that are interrelated: working or short term memory, flexibility and adaptability of thought and attention, and inhibition or self control.   In practice, I see these abilities come into play many times … Continued

Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation is often a deficit seen within individuals with Executive Functioning deficits.  Emotional regulation is referred to as the ability to manage more intense emotions in a manner that is considered developmentally appropriate or how most individuals would manage similar emotions in a similar circumstance.  For example, it would be expected that a toddler … Continued