Kids With ADHD and ODD

  It is not uncommon to encounter kids with ADHD and ODD. Up to 40% of children diagnosed with ADHD also are diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder. Source If we’re being honest, I know a ton of adults with ADHD who lean into oppositional behavior as well. Life with ADHD is frustrating, and frankly, we […]

Building Empathy In Children

In the midst of our  current public health crisis and cultural conflict, building empathy in children has become more important than ever. First things first – sympathy and empathy are not** the same thing. My son, who is both ADHD and high functioning autistism, has no problem feeling sympathy for another child who has been […]

Shifting From Conflict to Calm

Shifting from conflict to calm is quite difficult after approximately fifteen weeks of togetherness. It’s summer. I have ADHD, my child has ADHD, and summer camp is currently closed. Temperatures are rising faster than a helium balloon around here. While carrying another load of laundry to the basement the other day I shouted, “why are […]

ADHD and Flexible Thinking

ADHD and flexible thinking don’t always go together. It’s a complicated equation. ADHD + negative self-talk + wonky EFs = not-so-flexible thinking. When I’m thinking hard about something, I do this thing where I stretch my neck toward my computer screen. As if getting closer will help me concentrate better. It never works and I always […]