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A New Start for the ADHD Child

As this is the start of a new year, it is a wonderful time for a new start for your child with ADHD.  We all can benefit from new beginnings, chances to start over… a fresh re-start.  When an opportunity to begin again, with new abilities and strengths, is granted to us, often a difficult, previously failure-stricken activity (school, for […]

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Parent-Teacher Conferences for Children in Orange County with ADHD Symptoms

Parent-Teacher Conferences for Children in Orange County with ADHD Symptoms — Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari Having been in the field of helping children and parents with school related problems, and also having worked closely with teachers for over 18 years, I have learned a few things about parent-teacher conferences. Typically, this is the time of year for these conferences for […]

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Parental Denial of the Possibility of ADD… A Common Reaction Actually Worsens Outlook

The parents of children suspecting of having ADD symptoms often deny even the possibility of testing, let alone treating, the disorder.  This denial is understandable, and may be seen as protective and well-intentioned.  However, it may make matters worse since it prevents finding out what the truth is; if the problem is there, it allows it to grow and worsen. […]

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Common Questions Regarding Attention Deficit Disorder

There are many misconceptions and questions regarding Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD).  The following are some of the more common ones I hear in my practice: 1.  “How can I tell if my child has ADD?” There are a lot of misinformation and uniformed opinions available about this disorder, and unfortunately it may often even come from people who are supposed […]

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Treatment Options for ADHD

About this time of the school year, for the child with Attention Deficit Disorder, significant problems are really starting to raise their head.  If the problems of inattention, difficulty with homework, poor behavior, and/or hyperactivity (there are several forms of this disorder) are starting to occur again, or are appearing for the first time, you are probably wondering what you […]

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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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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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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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Peace for Parents of ADD Children – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari

I have written articles in the past that talked primarily about helping children who have ADD lead more successful, happy lives. In this article I would like to address the parents of children with ADD, and try to offer some suggestions on how they might make their lives more peaceful. The first thing I want to acknowledge and try to […]

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