Selective Mutism Tips

Imagine you are a seven year old boy at school. You are sitting in class listening to your teacher, when all of a sudden you have to use the bathroom. You raise your hand to tell the teacher; but when you speak, nothing comes out. Everyone is looking at you and wondering what the problem …


Electronics and Communication

Let’s face it, we live in an electronic world.  Almost every home has at least one cell phone, computer, tablet, smart television, or video gaming system.  I’m sure many of you remember a time when there wasn’t easy access to electronics, and we spent our days playing and talking to each other. Not to date …


Sleep Problems Associated with Stimulant Medications: Trading Attention Deficit for Sleep Deficit

Sleep problems caused by stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD could negate the benefits of these drugs. It’s estimated that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects 11% of children and adolescents in the United States. Despite the fact that there are many effective non-medication treatments available, the most common treatment is medication.  Over 3.5 …


ADHD Treatment for Children in Grand Rapids

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed primarily in children.  Some of the symptoms people often associate with ADHD include inability to pay attention or follow tasks, trouble staying organized, fidgety behavior, excessive talking and trouble following directions.  Other less obvious symptoms include difficulty planning and problem solving, impulsive decision-making, and challenges …


Creating Supportive Classroom Environments for Students with Special Needs

As people who have attended my seminars for education professionals know, I am passionate about creating classroom environments that help improve attention, reduce anxiety, and support emotional and behavioral regulation. Too often classroom design is neglected as a key component of supporting the needs of learners, especially learners with special needs. I’ve been in buildings …


Autism Spectrum Disorder

The appointments are over. The assessments, the tests, the evaluations have all been completed and the diagnosis is in: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It may be a shock to you, your family, and your friends. What was once a clear path for your child now feels uncertain and even scary. Autism is one of the …


Children and Anxiety

Everyone has worries; things that nag at us and keep us up at night. Thankfully, for the majority of the population worries and anxiety are not constant. But what about children? They have worries, things that scare them and make it difficult to sleep and sometimes even function well during the day. As with most …


Research Review: Diet and Depression

A new study published last week in the journal BMC Medicine (Sanchez-Villegas et al., 2015) adds to the growing body of evidence linking depression symptoms and nutrition status.  Study results indicate a significant connection between healthy dietary pattern and prevention of depression symptoms.  Specifically, they found that dietary patterns including higher levels of fruits, vegetables, …