I found an interesting article on Health Central about Teenagers finding the change in routine very stressful around the Christmas holiday time. Here are some tips to help you get through the holiday period when you have a teenager with ADHD: Plan out their holiday homework. Once your child reaches secondary school, teachers often assign […]
Special Needs or Additional Needs is like an umbrella sheltering and hiding a huge collection of diagnoses underneath.
I’ve been sent this question to my Sue Atkins Parenting Show podcast – where we all discuss every possible aspect of parenting, giving you advice and support on topics which affect your daily life. It’s bursting with practical tips, techniques and ideas. Come and join us and listen wherever to listen to your favourite podcasts. […]
Managing ADHD Positively There are an estimated 365,000 children in Britain diagnosed as having ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which means they find it hard to concentrate, have extreme difficulty in sitting still, and find learning or concentrating very challenging too. These children are also very easily distracted and restless, have great difficulty remaining in their […]
Every parent dreads receiving a call from their child’s school in the middle of the day. The call is not usually to congratulate you about something good or to extend an invitation to an upcoming event to celebrate your child’s achievements – those calls usually wait until after school or you receive them through an […]
Minimising homework and study battles with your attention deficit disorder (ADD /ADHD) child & helping them succeed in homework is often about separating out the tasks into 20 minute chunks and reinforcing their positive behaviour with specific praise. Below are some hints, tips and techniques to get you started. When? Plan homework for a set […]
In a special edition of Inside Out London, Tarah Welsh investigated the shocking truth behind an anti-epilepsy drug which has harmed thousands of children. She uncovers new medical evidence suggesting that birth defects caused by the drug could be passed down through generations of the same family. I am an Ambassador of the Charity FACSA […]
I have written before about the manic & stressful Cornflake Rush Hour – but this exercise is different as it asks your kids want they prefer ! SCARY but enlightening & transformational! Start out by asking your kids: 1.“What would your BEST EVER morning look, sound and feel like?” 2.“How would you like to be woken […]
I’m speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield about the increase of young children being excluded from school from as young as 5. Recently I wrote about ‘School Readiness’ as this is a complex subject not easily dismissed by the taxi driver who said to me, ‘All they need is a good smack.’ Here is an article […]
As regular readers of my blog will know I was a Deputy Head & Class Teacher for 25 years so I have seen quite a few playground toys fads and crazes in my time. From Ninja Turtles to those colourful loom wrist bands, to Tamagotchi pets I’ve seen them ALL. So, its no surprise that […]
The Scientific Advisory Board has reviewed the research and developed the empirically-based Healthy Child Guide to help you before and during pregnancy to have a healthier child.
Far too many children have developmental neurological disabilities (autism, cognitive disabilities, bipolar disorder, ADHD, etc.) and chronic health disorders (diabetes, asthma, food allergies, cancer, etc.), and the incidence of most of those problems has increased so much over the last 20-40 years that today, approximately 30% of children in the US suffer from serious mental […]
I read with fascination the blog by June Rousso Ph.D on the role of nutrition in treating ADD/ADHD as I taught many children on Ritalin when I was a Deputy Head. “Most treatments have focused upon medications, such as stimulant drugs. Millions of children are treated with medication and […]
I read with interest Sarah Vine’s parenting article in The Daily Mail today about ADHD. But is she right? “Fascinating stuff in yesterday’s Mail from paediatric neurologist Dr Richard Saul, who argues in a new book that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is wildly over-diagnosed and that thousands of children are being identified as victims and […]
Today I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Robert Melillo One of the most respected specialists in childhood neurological disorders in America, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children overcome learning disabilities for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other attention, […]
Naughty Child – ADHD or Bad Parenting ? I have been working recently with a group of parents with children all diagnosed as having ADHD – their ages vary but their symptoms are similar. I highly recommend getting professional advice from your doctor and Health Visitor, but before going down the medicating route of Ritalin […]