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Alternatives in the Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are still controversial. In reality, we are still trying to discover more about what ADD/ADHD actually is. Hard evidence, from current medical technologies that can map the brain, now exists to show biochemical and physical differences between ADD and non-ADD brains.

ADHD in Children (Part II)

ADD/ADHD's Relationship to other "clinical disorders."

ADHD in Children (Part I)

Did you know?
In America, it has been reported that 3 to 5 percent of school-age children are diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). It is diagnosed 4 to 9 times as frequently in boys than girls as is usually visible by that age of 3 years although the majority of children are diagnosed after they are 5 years old.

Emerge From The Sibling Shadow Cast Upon Parenthood

It is widely held that parenting is greatly influenced by one's childhood experiences. Among these influences include the role of sibling relationships. Effects range from nurturing the early seeds of maternal and paternal instincts to leaving scars of emotional unrest that impact upon our parenting role during adulthood. The degree of interference varies depending upon many factors, such as the quality of one's relationship with a sibling, the challenges presented by the sibling during childhood, and the way the sibling “turned out” as an adult.

From Target To Self-Advocate: Coaching Social Empowerment To At Risk Children

Recent headlines echo the anguish and sometimes desperate reactions of those children scarred by belittling, bullying, and other forms of peer harassment. The depth of their pain owes to chronic feelings of victimization, and a consuming sense of powerlessness. Children with physical, learning and/or socio-emotional disabilities are particularly at risk since their struggles attract the opportunistic eyes of today's child bullies.

Coaching Group Membership Skills

Today's classrooms are filled with challenges that expand the minds and enrich the characters of students. Intellectual curiosity is one condition for learning to take place, but much more is necessary. One critical component is the ability to work effectively within a group, a skill requiring more social skills than intelligence. Flexibility, perspective-taking, and tactfulness, among others, are needed. As teachers ask for more group inclusion of students problems develop for those found lacking. If you know students who could use some coaching in this area, read on:

Coaching Successful Adjustment To College Life

Parents write: What advice do you have for the freshman college student who tells us she can't wait to leave home? We know there will be some adjustment process but we're unsure if she will take her time and make good decisions once she doesn't have us breathing down her back.

Coaching The Young Adult With Challenges

Many children with learning differences and/or social and emotional challenges are surrounded by help during their school years. Parents, teachers, tutors, and counselors combine efforts to ensure that a safety net is in place. Anxious parents shudder at the thought of their emerging young adult leaving this protection for college or the workplace. The uncertainties of life await them, and independent living skills are often undeveloped and generally untested.

Coaching the Judgemental Child

One of the challenges of raising children in today's culture of first impressions and stereotyped judgments is to help them develop an open minded attitude that allows for acceptance of the differences between themselves and others. Unfortunately, too often this is not the case. Snap judgments, arbitrary thinking, and social pigeon-holing become the customary methods of rejecting that which is different or disagreeable.

Coaching Control To The Reactive Parent

Most parents accept the fact that self-control is one of the most important pillars of a happy and well-adjusted childhood. Without this foundation, children's emotional stability is easily rocked by peer provocation, pride injury, criticism, and a host of other "hard knocks" that help build resilience in kids. Yet, some parents overlook one of the most critical ingredients in building this emotional and social foundation: parental self-control. Instead of modeling appropriate restraint when faced with reactive children, reactive parenting is the rule.