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Executive Function Disorder

Posted on 6/30/2015

I'm hoping for guidance for a 13-year-old with an "Executive Order Dysfunction." Essentially, he has many of the traits of autism, but not enough of them for an ASD diagnosis. A local agency has...

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11 Year Old Obsession

Posted on 6/9/2015

Hello. Our 11 year daughter has a deep obsession with ticks... the other night she couldmt stop saying "good night I love you " at bedtime and finally broke down crying saying she couldn't...

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11 year old behavior issues

Posted on 4/10/2015

We have an 11yo son who still poops his pants. He has other behavior issues for yelling and screaming in the classroom. We thought he was potty trained for urine & BM but looking back I don't...

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8 Year Old Issues, part 2

Posted on 3/16/2015

Overwhelmed with issues..... Our 8 year old son has verified life threatening (anaphylactic) food allergies to peanuts, wheat, eggs, dairy and others. He was recently was tested by a...

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8 year old issues

Posted on 3/15/2015

Overwhelmed with issues..... Our 8 year old son has verified life threatening (anaphylactic) food allergies to peanuts, wheat, eggs, dairy and others. He was recently diagnosed by a psychologist...

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Losing Weight

Posted on 10/30/2014

I have a 13 yo daughter who has lost 20 lbs during last 3 mo. Weighs 88 lbs. w/height at 5' 1". She is obsessed with her weight and what she eats. Constantly talks about how much she weighs and...

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Developmental Delays and Potty Training

Posted on 10/8/2014

I'm sorry to ask more potty training questions as I'm sure you've answered this question multiple times before but unfortunately I can't seem to find the exact question using the search...

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A Disorder Diagnoses

Posted on 9/15/2014

My son was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder - hyposensitive. Is there any validity or credibility to these disorders? It concerns me that every child who is active & misbehaves is now...

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5 yo diagnosed with autism

Posted on 8/11/2014

My older son is almost 5 and 1/2 and was diagnosed in May as having high-functioning autism. I've read quite a few of John's books but am having trouble figuring out how to apply his parenting...

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7 year old misbehavior and Sensory Processing Disorder

Posted on 8/4/2014

Question My 7-year old son has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, but I am a skeptic. His disobedience and defiance seem to be more of a normal rebellious order than a disorder....

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Autistic/Accidents

Posted on 7/11/2014

I have written a number of times beginning in January '14 regarding my 5 year old son wetting his pants. Each time, I was encouraged to stay the course and continue putting him to bed early until...

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Do Your Homework!

Posted on 5/29/2014

What is an appropriate consequence for a(n ADHD) child not getting homework done? Our 11year old child is getting sent to bed early as a consequence for not doing as told or smart-mouthing....

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Are childhood behavior disorders "real"?

Posted on 5/11/2014

Do you believe there are any children who actually do have diagnosable behavioral conditions? A year ago, my child was practically non-functional, showing symptoms of OCD, ODD, Aspberger's,...

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12 YO with ADHD, Tics, Hair Pulling, Low Self-Esteem

Posted on 5/7/2014

My son is 12, he has been on about every ADHD med in the past 6 years. The non-stimulant med would only "help" his behavior/focus for a short time (couple months) before the inattentive and...

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10 yo problems in school

Posted on 5/3/2014

Is there a medication to help FASD children (mine) focus and be more attentive? She is 10 years old and adopted from Russia at age 4. I have no prior medical info I her or birth mother. She's...

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ADHD and the brain

Posted on 3/23/2014

Have you developed any crediible information on the use of "BraniCore Neurofeedback" in working with ADD, ADHD and other "neurological based conditions? i am beginning to see it used in our area...

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5 yo scab-picker

Posted on 2/27/2014

I've had a lifelong struggle with picking at my skin (OCD behaviors run rampant on my side of the family). I try not to do it in front of my kids though they might have observed it when I was...

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Does 6 yr old have a movement disorder?

Posted on 1/22/2014

YES/NO Mom Sorry to keep asking about the same situation. My daughters teacher said an interesting thing yesterday. She said my daughters issue is a movement issue not a discipline issue. ...

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Acting up in kindergarten

Posted on 10/8/2013

My five year old stepson is acting up in kindergarten. Nothing out of the ordinary for a 5 year old boy, but it needs to be addresssed. We are taking away privileges at our house, but his mother...

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Teenager : History of depression

Posted on 8/22/2013

Our 15-year-old daughter told us that she has been feeling depressed over the past 6 months and admitted she cut herself once. However, she shows no outward symptoms of depression, such as...

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6 year old : Oppositional Defiance Disorder

Posted on 7/25/2013

My grandson has been diagnosed with this condition. Do you have any advice on how we can deal with his outbursts? I know your general approach, but is there something specific to this condition...

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6 year old : ADHD or just stubborn

Posted on 6/28/2013

My 6 year old son had rough kindergarten year. Daily pick up was filled with stories about how he won't stay in seat, won't follow class rules, reacts strongly when frustrated by class work,...

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Pre-teen : 10 year old - disobedient and disrespectful

Posted on 6/6/2013

My son just turned 10 and has just completed 4th grade. We have been told he is impulsive, unfocused, etc. at school. My husband and I just realized that his teachers have been talking to us in...

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9 year old : Should my daughter take anxiety medicine?

Posted on 3/19/2013

My daughter has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and has been recommended for treatment. My husband and I recognize that she needs help managing her anxiety, but we don't want to...

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7 year old : OCD behavior with tantrums

Posted on 12/18/2012

Our daughter (3rd child, baby) is exhibiting OCD type behavior. She is a type A personality and has always been neat and tidy. In the last few weeks, her personality and behavior has changed. She...

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5 year old : ADD? Help with focus issues

Posted on 11/26/2012

I have asked before about ADD, but am concerned after speaking to my son's teacher today. He is very distracted in class, even when trying to read one on one with her. He talks too much in class....

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11 year old : Ex wife relieved son diagnosed with ADD

Posted on 10/8/2012

My 11 year old son has just been diagnosed with ADD. His mother has custody and seems joyful he now has a diagnosis. I am not. Her problems are solved. My "grandma discipline" will soon become...

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4 year old : "Emotional Disorder" or just lack of discipline?

Posted on 9/18/2012

My cousin and her family were here recently. Her son, 4 1/2, has been getting worse behavior wise for the past year. This time around, he punched my 6 year old hard in the back, threw a box fan at...

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5 year old : ADD or normal?

Posted on 7/5/2012

My son can't seem to focus. He doesn't really pay attention in classes (like swimming) and can't stop moving around when I am teaching him to read or write. He looks everywhere, makes noise, kicks...

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9 year old : Behavior Issues and Falling Grades - Asperger's Mentioned

Posted on 4/2/2012

My 9yo son in 3rd grade has always had behavior and socialization problems. Until the 2nd grade these were written off as typical "boy" behavior. In 2nd grade, his teacher suggested I speak to my...

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4 year old : discipline for 2 kids who are on the autism spectrum

Posted on 3/7/2012

Help! I have 2 boys on the autism spectrum who are very difficult. How best to discipline them?

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8 year old : Too fat?

Posted on 2/18/2012

My friends' 8 yr. old is convinced she's too fat. She's not! Her mom is worried sick about how to handle her or talk to her about this.

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5 year old : Is her behavior normal?

Posted on 2/15/2012

Issues at private school(TK): dawdling, listening, following multistep directions. Teacher thinks it may be due to processing disorder. Very sweet and well mannered. Using a chart and room...

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5 year old : APD?

Posted on 1/26/2012

My child's teachers have suggested she might have auditory processing disorder. She's already in speech therapy, we think due to chronic ear infections since she was a baby. She's in a private...

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2 year old : bipolar disorder?

Posted on 12/21/2011

Our 2 yr. old grandson has always screamed with an ear-splitting scream when things don't go his way or he doesn't like something. He can go from this maddening screaming to laughing to kissing to...

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3 year old : Unusually frequent urination, no diabetes

Posted on 11/29/2011

My 3 1/2 yo son is having unusually frequent urination (30-40 x day). It's so frequent I took him to the doctor to rule out diabetes. His doctor said to encourage him to empty his bladder each...

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7 year old : Residential hospital treatment add/odd

Posted on 10/24/2011

My 7year old son was diagnosed at 5 add/odd and prescribed focal in and abilfy. He got progressively more aggressive at school and home despite social skills training and state provided parenting...

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7 year old : Artificial Dyes and ADHD

Posted on 10/5/2011

What is your opinion about Red Dye #40 in foods and other artificial dyes, and those dyes causing symptoms of ADHD in children?

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7 year old : Problems with school-time for a change or simple behavior problem?

Posted on 10/5/2011

Our youngest daughter is 7 and in the 1st grade. She's in SpEd and receives PT and OT thru ESU. She is getting into trouble at school for chewing on crayons and pencils (hers and others), singing,...

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12 year old : Asperger's Syndrome

Posted on 8/23/2011

I have a 12 year old nephew who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome several years ago. From my understanding, this condition has similarities to ADD (he's on that type of med). I know your...

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Pre-teen : Conflict with mother about ADHD

Posted on 8/9/2011

My husband and I have been married for 5 years and I have a 13 year old step son and 12 year old daughter that have 'ADHD'. I read your book and believe ADHD to be defined as 'Adults who Don't...

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11 year old clothes

Posted on 8/8/2011

Our 11-year-old daughter is obsessed about getting dirty or being wet, to the point where she won't leave the house without carrying a backpack with an extra change of clothes. She used to carry...

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12 year old : Child driven to run in circles?

Posted on 7/28/2011

I know your opinion of ADHD, makes sense to me. That being said, please give me a grip on sanity. My daughter (12 yo) seems driven to run in circles. For YEARS now, every day - many times a day,...

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8 year old Learning Disabilities

Posted on 7/19/2011

John, we have many of your books and have heard you speak at "Flying Eagles" business conferences. Learning struggles is our issue. At the end of 1st grade my son's teacher and I discussed my...

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8 year old : pullng eyelashes

Posted on 7/19/2011

My beloved 8 yr old grandson has decided to pull out all of his beautiful eyelashes; we are so concerned about what might be causing this. He has older parents who love him dearly (52 and 59)and...

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7 year old : do i want an aspergers diagnosis?

Posted on 7/18/2011

My 7 year old son scores "Borderline" on the Gilliam Asperger's scale, but he does not have a diagnosis. When he was 5, we resolved his HUGE behavior problems (including hitting and cursing at his...

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Teenager : Intellectually Disabled Teen

Posted on 7/5/2011

Our 14 year-old daughter was recently diagnosed "intellectually disabled" as a result of increasing brain damage from seizures she has had since she was 5 years old. Her IQ is 68 - down from 79....

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11 year old : Real disoders?

Posted on 7/3/2011

What can you tell me about sensory integration disorder and executive function disorder? Are these sort of catch all terms like ADHD? Our pediatrician has suggested having our 11-year old daughter...

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12 year old with ADHD and discipline problems

Posted on 6/27/2011

If a 12 year old boy who's been diagnosed with ADHD crosses established norms for the family, what type of punishment would you reccommend?

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Anxiety disorder?

Posted on 6/24/2011

My 11 year daughter was diagnosed in September 2010 by her new pediatrician as having an anxiety disorder. The pediatrician put her on sertralin for depression/anxiety and then because she...

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