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Sometimes A Great Notion

The summer after my father passed away, my family rented a beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon.  What better way to remember him, I thought, than revisit a time that still felt magical?  I’d been a young teenager and a budding actress when Dad took us on location for...

Knowledge is Power

... To hell with what other people thought or the obstacles I might face along the way.  I signed up for the CHADD conference and my world did a 180.  From doctors to psychologists, to educators, to other moms in support groups, I found my ADHD community...In my...

Every Child with ADHD Needs a Miss Ellie

I’m excited to share with you a blog published in ADDitude this month, “Every Child with ADHD Needs a Miss Ellie.”  Click on the link for the full blog.  https://www.additudemag.com/hyperactive-adhd-girl-preschool/BlogsRelated

A Lack of Impulse Control on a Saturday Morning

...It’s exhausting, right?   Poor impulse control was, for me, the hardest part of parenting an ADHD child.  Instead of disciplining Lee for urges her brain couldn’t avoid, I learned over time to talk to her about the feelings that led to the impulse.  We discussed...

Tips for Living With an ADHD Child

If you’re just starting down the path yourself, tape them to your bathroom mirror and remember, you are never alone. ...Photo Credit: AbMoriarty DesignsWhen Lee was diagnosed with ADHD at seven years old, I had no idea what to do.  It felt like someone knocked the...

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Sometimes A Great Notion

Sometimes A Great Notion

The summer after my father passed away, my family rented a beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon.  What better way to remember him, I thought, than revisit a time that still felt magical?  I’d been a young teenager and a budding actress when Dad took us on location for...

read more
Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power

... To hell with what other people thought or the obstacles I might face along the way.  I signed up for the CHADD conference and my world did a 180.  From doctors to psychologists, to educators, to other moms in support groups, I found my ADHD community...In my...

read more
Every Child with ADHD Needs a Miss Ellie

Every Child with ADHD Needs a Miss Ellie

I’m excited to share with you a blog published in ADDitude this month, “Every Child with ADHD Needs a Miss Ellie.”  Click on the link for the full blog.  https://www.additudemag.com/hyperactive-adhd-girl-preschool/BlogsRelated

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A Lack of Impulse Control on a Saturday Morning

A Lack of Impulse Control on a Saturday Morning

...It’s exhausting, right?   Poor impulse control was, for me, the hardest part of parenting an ADHD child.  Instead of disciplining Lee for urges her brain couldn’t avoid, I learned over time to talk to her about the feelings that led to the impulse.  We discussed...

read more
Tips for Living With an ADHD Child

Tips for Living With an ADHD Child

If you’re just starting down the path yourself, tape them to your bathroom mirror and remember, you are never alone. ...Photo Credit: AbMoriarty DesignsWhen Lee was diagnosed with ADHD at seven years old, I had no idea what to do.  It felt like someone knocked the...

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Call of the wild – Hyperfocus in ADHD

Call of the wild – Hyperfocus in ADHD

...Lee’s focus on catching a lizard was legendary.  But, in the classroom, she was unable to focus on words or numbers and was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade.  I learned that it is common for a child with ADHD, who has difficulty paying attention, to hyperfocus on...

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ADHD Teams Up with SPD

ADHD Teams Up with SPD

After Lee was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade, we took her to a neurologist.  She told us that Lee had symptoms of sensory processing disorder (SPD), which often occurs with ADHD.  She explained that SPD occurs due to an imbalance in the central nervous system...

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Side by Side…

Side by Side…

It took some convincing.  "Who the hell wants to hear about my life,” he grumbled.  Who the hell wouldn’t? I thought.  With credits that spanned fourteen feature films and 39 television movies and miniseries...In 1998, my father and I started on a decade long journey,...

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