Children and Parents

Tell-Tale Signs of Adult ADHD

With high profile celebrities like NBC’s ‘The Voice’ judge Adam Levine, TV news broadcasters like Phoenix-based Kaley O'Kelley, and others like “The ADHD CEO” Greg Selkoe now publicly “owning” their ADHD diagnosis, it begs many questions: How does one know if they have adult ADHD -- what are the signs?

"Clever Carter": A Story About Autism

Carter, my son, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3.5 years old. As devastating as it was, we weren’t completely blindsided by his diagnosis. The waitlist for his assessment was almost an entire year.  We received a call at the 10 month mark, due to a cancellation on the other end. That gave us plenty of time to do our own research and come to our own conclusions. The year following his diagnosis was a year of transition. Not so much for Carter, but for my husband and I.

Wilderness River -- Special Needs Parenting Style

I look at Special Needs Parenting like canoeing down a fast river -- full of rocks and raging rapids -- without a map! We don't know what is coming ahead, and honestly, we don’t know where we are going either. We zoom past rocks and through rough waves and get battered, scraped, and scarred. Crack! We’ve hit a rock, are shocked by the impact, and then are carried off down the river again before we fully realise what happened.

Are You Looking at Me?

Quoting Robert De Niro’s famous line from Taxi Driver is an apt one when one has Bipolar. The context suggests menace and persecution, both of which I can identify with.  And conveniently with the Bi in Bipolar, this aspect has typically two impacts -- the home and the workplace. And it’s been my experience that workplace causes the most suffering.

What Exactly IS Dyslexia?

The word dyslexia was coined in 1895 but didn’t come into common usage until the 1960s. The word comes from the Greek roots dys, meaning “abnormal” or “difficult,” and lexis, meaning “word” or “speech.” At its most basic level, dyslexia literally translates to “difficulty with words.”

Proper Digestion, Proper Development

I am a digestion junkie.  Most of my research and education focuses on how to improve digestive function and correct the many ways that our digestive processes can go awry.  For children with special needs, we must focus on creating the most optimal digestive system possible.

Finding Your Self-Esteem From Within

I grew up as a child actor and model, from ages two to eighteen.  I never did anything fame-worthy, but I did pose for Vogue Bambini and Rolling Stone Magazine, with Fleetwood Mac.  I also got to repeatedly stuff my face with cookies in a Pillsbury Cookie Dough commercial.   I loved being on set.  There was a sense of pride I felt, getting constant attention from directors, makeup artists, and cameramen, and it was addictive, because it gave me a sense of self-esteem.&n

Fifty Shades of Embarrassment

Compromise. Commitment. Patience. My 20 years of marriage have taught me many things. One of the most important was how to read. Sure, I knew how to read before I got married. For example, I was a voracious reader of the tabloids in the lines at the supermarket.

Breastfeeding Promotes a Healthy Gut in Babies

It's important to have a healthy gut to keep the body functioning properly. When a person experiences problems with digestion, they may want to consider an organic detox to get their health back on track. A new study from Texas A&M University has found that one way to promote a healthy gut in children is to breastfeed them in infancy.