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Adderall

The Stigma Around Adderall Is Real… …and I wish I hadn’t believed the lies for so long. The first time I heard about stimulant abuse, I was in middle school. According to rumors, our vice principal had been caught stealing a kid’s Ritalin from the nurse’s office and, seemingly overnight, he became a pariah in our small…

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Is ADHD Hereditary or Genetic? Yes and No

Is ADHD Hereditary?

What causes ADHD? Is it a genetic or hereditary condition? Influenced by culture and environment? What about nutrition? We don’t know for certain what causes attention deficit, but medical research points to genetic and neurological explanations for symptoms exacerbated by some external factors. ADHD & Symptom Tests ADHD Overview WHAT CAUSES ADHD? Is ADHD Hereditary…

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Question: I heard that government benefits are something we should be considering for my daughter, but I have also been told that our family will not qualify. Should we apply, and if so, how?

There many government benefit programs consider your income and assets in your child's qualification.

Access to government benefits can be beneficial due to the fact they can help pay for services that your daughter needs today or may need in the future.  The reason you may not be able to qualify for certain government benefit programs is because your daughter is under the age of 18.  If that is…

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The Isolation of Being a Special Needs Parent

Oftentimes, parents of special needs children experience isolation.

Oftentimes, parents of special needs children experience isolation. Raising children with special needs can be both challenging and rewarding, often within the same day (or even hour).  Our emotions as special needs parents are complicated. We can simultaneously feel like giving up and also be ready to go to the ends of the earth for…

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ADHD and School

Helping Children and Teens with ADHD Succeed at School

School creates multiple challenges for kids with ADHD, but with patience and an effective plan, your child can thrive in the classroom. As a parent, you can work with your child and their teacher to implement practical strategies for learning both inside and out of the classroom. With consistent support, these strategies can help your…

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Why Montessori Schools Can Be Awesome for Kids With ADHD

Individualized Plans for All Students

“Ten out of 10 children with your son’s diagnosis do poorly in Montessori schools.” When my oldest son was entering kindergarten, I heard this line from a lot of different professionals encouraging me to rethink our choice of a Montessori magnet for our zesty son with ADHD. Their comment wasn’t unexpected. Lots of professionals feel that the Montessori…

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Which is better, a 504 Plan or an IEP?

Which is better, a 504 Plan or an IEP?

I am often asked “which is better a 504 Plan or an IEP?”  My response always starts with “it depends.”  That’ s a hard question to answer, because they both serve different purposes and have their own strengths. In a broad sense, they are both detailed plans, created by the school and parents, to outline…

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