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ADHD and other disorders

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Use Patient Guidance With Son Who Prefers Solitary Play

Posted on 6/7/2017

Q: Our 4-year-old prefers solitary play over play with other children. It’s been this way from early on when I began arranging play dates for him. When those really didn’t work, I enrolled him in...

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More Thoughts on ADHD

Posted on 5/9/2017

I fully expected my recent column on ADHD—in which I expanded upon noted Harvard psychologist (emeritus) Jerome Kagan’s contention that it is an “invention”—to stir the pot. Kagan said what I’ve...

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The 'Invention' of ADHD

Posted on 4/4/2017

In 2009, pediatrician and former medical school professor Bose Ravenel and I published “The Diseasing of America’s Children” (Thomas Nelson), in which we argued from facts that ADHD and other...

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New School Year, New Babble on What's Wrong With Your Kids

Posted on 10/25/2016

The new school year is still fresh and “it” has already begun, “it” being the ongoing effort on the part of schools to persuade parents that there is something wrong with their kids’...

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Medicine Doesn't Cure Misbehavior

Posted on 7/26/2016

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant—problems his first grade teacher did not have with him....

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ADHD and Diet

Posted on 9/1/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond In America, the go-to guy on ADHD is Dr. Russell Barkley, whose impressive credentials include psychologist, clinical professor of psychiatry at...

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Parents Consider Homeschooling for 3rd Grader

Posted on 7/21/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: Our 8-year-old is scheduled to enter third grade at a public school this coming fall. Last year, he did very well; nonetheless, his second grade...

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4-Year-Old Girl - Sensory Processiong Disorder

Posted on 5/25/2010

Sensory processing disorder might not be real condition On their website (www.spdfoundation.net), the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation defines SPD (also known as Sensory Integration...

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Schools Diagnosing Children with Disorders

Posted on 5/4/2010

Schools have 'disorder' disorder Over the past 40 years or so, child advocates have given lip service to the view that adults, especially educators, should respect children's "individual...

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Diet Approach to ADHD

Posted on 4/6/2010

Dietary approach to treat ADHD has some support Q. I've heard a lot about using diet therapies like the Feingold diet for ADHD. I talked with a therapist who specializes in treating ADHD and...

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!1 Year Old Trouble Adjusting

Posted on 7/22/2017

My son is 11 yo. He has autism. Tonight he told me that he should not live because he will never be able to achieve his dreams, that he will not be able to have a wife and children because he...

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When an Adult Child Needs Help

Posted on 7/20/2017

Our 29 year old son was essentially a model child growing up- a good student with very few behavior issues. He graduated college in 2010, during which time he was was charged twice for...

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9 yo Sensitivity to Clothes and ADHD

Posted on 7/6/2017

My son who is 9yr old has had sensitivity issues for a long time. Tags rubbing on the back of his neck, tight clothing, loose clothing etc drives him crazy. His two other siblings don't...

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9 Year Old Learning Self-Control?

Posted on 6/9/2017

I am totally convinced my 9yr old son can learn self control through the methods talked about here. He does relatively well at school and when he is separate from his twin younger siblings (5yr...

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ADHD Meds and Discipline

Posted on 6/9/2017

We have a 9yr old son who is on ADHD meds. We tried to take him off his medication with guidance from the doctors and he was an absolute train wreck. He was hitting everyone, cussing, spitting...

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Autism Evaluation

Posted on 5/16/2017

Our 8 year old daughter has learning difficulties. Her public school has worked with us each year on Individual Education Programs (IEP) that have resulted in her meeting with speech and...

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9 year old has tantrums & hits and bites the teacher

Posted on 5/15/2017

9 year old is second of 4 children all of which are very intelligent. This 9 year old started throwing temper tantrums at home and school in Kindergarten. He was put in IEP because of behavior...

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Annoying 10 Year Old

Posted on 3/15/2017

My son 10 yo is doing noise with him mouth like clics all the time. I can't stand it anymore. He has autism but I am not sure if it's to let go stress or just because of a bad habit. It makes...

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Teen Meltdown

Posted on 2/22/2017

I read on here to take a time out before engaging with a teen and making a decision. Then once giving your decision, being a 'robot' when responding. We have an intelligent, 6ft, almost 15 yr old...

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Website Policy

Posted on 2/6/2017

So the saga with my DS continues. It has been 2.5 months of consequences & he has not gotten his act together with handing school work in on time & he has lost his precious phone & social...

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