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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2008’

Parental Denial of ADD… a common reaction, actually worsens outlook – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

Parents of children suspected of having ADD (inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or combined forms) often engage in denying even the possibility of the need for testing, let alone treating (if necessary) the disorder. This denial is often understandable, and may in some ways be somewhat protective in nature and well intentioned. However, it actually may make matters worse since it prevents finding […]

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ADD: Common in Girls Too Often overlooked by teachers and parents – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

The stereotype most of us have of ADD (or ADHD) is a boy, running around the classroom (or the house), disrupting the class, as well as his own learning. As with most stereotypes, this image does more harm than good, and in fact, causes more than half of the cases of ADD to be missed. There are three sub types […]

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Notes Sent Home From The Teacher – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

It is rarely good news when your child’s teacher sends home a note for the parents. As you reluctantly open this note (often not the first from this teacher), a number of thoughts run through your mind (usually of the “oh no, not again” variety). There are a number of ways to respond to this note. Unfortunately common, but unproductive […]

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High I.Q. Typical in Children with ADD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

Persons with ADD typically have a higher than average intelligence level. Although the many guises of this disorder, along with possibly poor performance and/or behavior, may make it sometimes difficult to recognize, individuals with ADD (both children and adults) tend to be some of the brightest members of our society. You may have noticed how children with ADD seem to hear […]

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Lightening the Load for Mothers of Attention Deficit Children – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

Mothers (and fathers too) of children with ADD often carry a very heavy load. There are actually three loads involved here, let’s take a look at them. First, there is the load she places on herself. Most mothers love their children so much, and the problem of ADD seems so unfair and hopeless, that in despair they often turn to […]

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Ways To Improve Self-Esteem In Children With ADD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

Self-esteem, or self-image is a critical determinant of who we are, how we feel about ourselves and how we operate in the world. When an individual has a disorder which interferes with their ability to perform and/or behave properly, such as ADD, self-esteem takes on a far more important role in how much they succeed in, and enjoy life. With […]

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Children and ADD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

Children – We were all children at one time, and in our Father’s eyes, we are still. The children we meet, know, and care for are not only lovingly placed in our hands to provide for and shepard, they are also our little brothers and sisters, and as such they deserve special respect and protection. The seeds of greatness (of one […]

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Maximum Performance for Children With ADD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

In keeping with the spirit of health and optimizing our capabilities, let’s talk a little about maximizing performance (and enjoyment) for children with ADD. We have found that a three-pronged approach to this matter usually works best. The most obvious way to accomplish this would be to correct the disorder completely. Many parents feel that this cannot be done, are […]

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So You Suspect ADD………What Next? – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

So you, or someone else significant, suspects your child may have ADD (or ADHD). What do you do? Well, the first step should be to determine if the disorder is actually there. There are generally two paths to take to make this determination, although ultimately they often lead to the same destination. Schools vary widely in their ability and willingness […]

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Family Life Often Disrupted By ADD – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

While the primary problems caused by ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) are related to the affected individual, the typical disruption of harmonious family dynamics often equals or exceeds this in overall scope and impact. It is helpful to keep in mind that there are three distinct types of this disorder (primarily inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and the combined form), and the described impacts […]

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