4 Smart Strategies for IEP Meetings

Whether you’re headed to a parent-teacher conference or a formal IEP meeting for your child with ADHD, it can be intimidating to feel like it’s you against the rest of the team which may consist of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and specialists. Here are four things I wish someone had told me when I was […]

What You Should Know Before Medicating Your Child

To medicate or not to medicate. That problem feels like the biggest looming question if you have a child with ADHD. It’s even more complicated if your child has multiple diagnoses or came to you through adoption. In full disclaimer, I am not a medical professional and cannot diagnose or prescribe. I am not taking […]

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13 Practical Ways to Increase Felt Safety

Lack of felt safety is one of the five reasons kids misbehave. So what is felt safety? Our nervous systems have an instinct called “neuroception.” This is how we unconsciously distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous, or life-threatening. When our kids have experienced chronic stress or have differences in their brain function, like […]

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4 Secrets to Improving Sibling Relationships

One of the most mentioned challenges parents write to me about is sibling conflict. “I wind up yelling at everyone at some point in the day after hours of bickering & fighting.” “There is constant sibling conflict.” “I want everyone to feel safe so the sibling fights will just stop!” I get it. Growing up […]

How to Change the Way Your Child Reacts to Not Getting Their Way

When you ask your child to do something he doesn’t want to do or tell him “NO,” what happens? Before we had these tools, our kids go-to was talking back or throwing a tantrum or worse! Have you heard of re-dos, compromises, and delayed or conditional “Yesses”? Re-dos gives our children chances to try again […]

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8 Smart Ways to Encourage Impulse Control

If you think about it, poor impulse control is the catalyst for a lot of ADHD symptoms. As a result, our kids lie, hit, yell, tap, or move on to the next shiny thing before they stop and think about the consequences. Remember that our kids’ brains do not function like neurotypical kids. Sometimes their […]