Diagnoses

Diagnosing and Treating ADD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neuro-biologic health conditions seen in school-age children through the adult years. ADHD is not lazy, spoiled kids; it is identified brain chemistry and neurologic pathway that significantly impairs function and affects behavior. Those with ADHD have an inordinately difficult time connecting with enough attention at the right time, for enough time to store into memory the multiple and complicated parts of their daily learning. They have a hard time inhibiting their responses and focusing through distractions.

Early Diagnosis and Independent Assessments: Paving the Way for Your Child's Success

Autism topped President Obama’s 24-point medical agenda, calling for increased funding, and screenings for all infants.

• The American Academy of Pe- diatrics has called for all children to be screened for Autism twice before the age of two.

• The Center for Disease Control’s most recent report on the incidence of Autism: 1 in every 110 children; 1 in every 70 boys is diagnosed with a disorder on the Autism Spectrum.

Agency Spotlight: Leaning on CHADD
  • A mother's desperate call regarding her son who was given detention every single day of the week.
  • A frazzled email from young parents about their daughter's recent diagnosis.
  • A skeptical father who doesn't even know if ADHD is real.

--These are just some examples of the many individuals who are struggling with ADHD.

Suffering in Silence: Could Your Child Have Selective Mutism?

Chances are you know someone who has a child that's been diagnosed as autistic, or you may have that child yourself. What exactly is autism, what is the autism spectrum, and why have diagnoses exploded so recently? Approximately one out of every one hundred and fifty children qualifies as autistic--and that doesn't include ADHD, or another, less common, diagnosis of selective mutism.

Teen and Preteen Girls Are at Risk For Developing Eating Disorders: Adolescent Eating Disorders

In the past five years, I have noticed an alarming trend in my private practice. Eating-disordered thoughts and behaviors are striking girls at increasingly younger ages. It is not uncommon for me to hear an eight-year-old girl tell me that she thinks her thighs are "too fat" or that "carbs are bad." This disordered thinking is striking young girls more than ever because of a lethal combination of media images, problematic parenting, and their peers.

The Origins of the Problem

Is Your Child Hiding a Learning Disorder

Who is that bright child sitting in the back of the classroom? The one who always has such amazing, creative ideas and strengths? The one who is highly intuitive and will probably excel in art, music, or possibly become a professional athlete. This child may be especially good with solving puzzles, or handy around the house. But why is this child struggling with learning to read, write, and spell? How could this extremely bright child with so many attributes have problems like this in school? Is this child just lazy? Does this child need to just try harder?

Children Coping with Learning Disabilities: Recognizing and Getting Help For Your Child with a Learning Disability or Speech Disorder

Children, unfortunately, do not come with a manual that tells us exactly how they will evolve as they grow up. Most of this process is extremely personal. Sometimes families appear to have a predisposition for areas of excellence. Children of physicists tend to be good in math. Children of artists tend to have excellent right hemisphere skills.

So how can we assess when someone is having a problem?

Taming the Stigma of Autism

This year, more children will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than with childhood cancer, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.

Short Takes on the Disabilities: What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an invisible disability. It is caused by a difference in brain structure which is present at birth and is often hereditary. As a result, incoming or outgoing information gets scrambled as it travels between the senses and the brain.

Short Takes on the Disabilities: What Students Must Know If They Have Dyslexia or ADD To Get The Help They Need

A person is not dyslexia and is not attention deficit disorder. We can have dyslexia or ADD, just as you may have blue eyes or brown hair or asthma.