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Mark Bertin M.D.
Understanding what is needed and possible in any situation means framing ADHD as a disorder of self-management.
How can we each continue to act with compassion and generosity if the anxiety and uncertainty persist?
Create structure, monitor work time as well as you can—and trust that we’ll figure out how to catch our kids up when it’s time for that.
How can we best keep ourselves and our children strong and healthy while housebound and living in a time of pandemic?
Caring, supportive parents assume their teen will sort out how to use their new phone well—and then that phone seems to consume everything.
A clear-sighted sense of appreciation and joy is not treacle; it’s part of staying strong and resilient.
A new study shows benefit to children as young as 7 years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they practice mindfulness, but not around attention.
By high school, the core impairments caused by ADHD often impact not only goal setting but “goal-getting” behaviors—including persistence, planning, and foresight.
ADHD affects the ability to manage life – particularly when situations require sustained effort, consistency and planning. Because of that fact, grades are not the bottom line.
In a stunning keynote address at the 2018 International ADHD conference, Dr. Russell Barkley reframed ADHD as an under-acknowledged disorder of public health.
Too often, 504 plans (academic supports) look good on paper, but don't take into account the fact that many teens with ADHD don't fully see how ADHD is impacting them.
Simply paying attention, without expecting perfection, creates new options for parents. Without self-judgment, we can explore our tendencies and create opportunities for change.
Mindfulness is a marathon. The more we sit in meditation, the more we experience the benefits, which start to unfold with our first mindful breath.
The best approach is to accommodations for ADHD is to support them in the moment, while teaching student skills to be more independent and successful in the future.
Pause and realize the difference between a person and their ADHD, then begin to identify where ADHD affects life.
Naturally, change is hard for all kids, and can be harder for those with ADHD. A new school year is the perfect time to pause, reconsider, and set up new routines.
Finding an empathetic, mutual path around ADHD aims families towards a shared goal instead of a battle, while adults build the same skills they’re aiming for in their children.
Reading is one of the most crucial activities for children, promoting language development, building knowledge, and setting up academic success, but ADHD can make it hard.
What’s the impact of living life with ADHD, seeing exactly what ‘should’ be done and often not getting there anyway.
The brain needs a break to recover from activity just like our bodies do.
Stress itself can be defined as the perception something is more than we can handle. That may sound like the most clichéd advice ever – but is a foundation of resilience research.
Appropriate supports for families are the only true bootstraps, a community reaching across party politics and pulling everyone up together.
In an era of extremism, the intentions behind mindfulness matter more than ever.
Long past the time for problem solving or learning from experience, rumination and other patterns may amplify stress. Thinking can be the problem, not the solution sometimes.
ADHD affects far more than just attention, and affects not only children but their family and relationships. Here's what you need to know to manage it comprehensively.
Long-term planning for children with autism requires patience and diligence. Behavioral therapy, as time- and labor-intensive as it seems, remains the foundation of skill-building.
Emphasizing healthy living may significantly improve ADHD symptoms
Planning for freshman year is probably the last thing a graduating senior with ADHD wants to focus on right now. As a parent, though, worry may already be filling your mind.
Not every mood occurs in response to experience. Some are driven by our own inner chemistry, but we often link outside causes to these haphazard states of mind.
For a child with ADHD, grades are not the bottom line for academic planning. Some students get reasonable marks even while struggling significantly.
Mark Bertin, M.D., is a developmental behavioral pediatrician, an assistant professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College, and the author of How Children Thrive and Mindful Parenting for ADHD.