with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


5 Tips for Raising Your Distracted Child: How to Parent a Child With Focus Issues

Parenting can be a very enjoyable process. Parenting can provide you with so much joy as you watch your children grow up. However, as any parent knows, there are challenges that come with raising kids, as well. For instance, there are many children who have focus issues to some extent. If you have a child with focus issues, you should know that there are many things you can do to help them.

Following are 5 important tips for parenting a child with focus issues.

Child Development

The Truth About ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Infographic by RWJF

[Adverse Childhood Experiences Infographic credit: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, childhood experiences can have a tremendous effect in various ways throughout a person's life.

Three Types of ACEs

RWJF reports that there are three types of ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences. These are

household dysfunction

Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual . Neglect can have physical or emotional components. According to the ACEs infographic above, household dysfunction can consist of mental illness, a  mother being treated violently, divorce, having an incarcerated relative and substance abuse in the home.


Play Therapy Tips for Children with Autism

Children with an autism spectrum disorder can benefit from a number of different treatment modalities. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based approach to helping children with Autism grow and develop. Additionally, many play-based methods can also benefit children with Autism.


Help for the Daydreaming Child

Children who display disrupting behaviors, such as hyperactivity, talking when they are not supposed to, aggression, fidgeting, and other more challenging behaviors are often the children who receive the most attention in terms of being identified as a child in need of support services in school or as a child who's parents are struggling to find what discipline and other parenting strategies to use at home. However, there are other children who receive less immediate attention from adults and the school systems because they are not displaying these more disruptive behaviors. Instead, these children often daydream which does not lead to many adults feeling the need to create any interventions for the kids. The kids who daydream may or may not need support services. As a parent or professional working with a child, it is important to consider whether a particular child's daydreaming warrants further monitoring and possible intervention or not. Read the following information to find out more information about children and daydreaming.


A New Perspective on ADHD (A Video by Dr. Russell Barkley)

My friend and past co-worker, Naomi, case manager and ADHD expert, from the VFW National Home for Children, recommended that I view the following video from Dr. Russell Barkley as I have discussed with her my efforts at trying to understand and improve my son's development, functioning, behaviors, and academic issues. The following video is very informative and well-worth the time (almost three hours) if you are looking to learn more information about ADHD and how an ADHD child or adult functions.


Signs of Autism Infographic

As with almost any neurological or mental health disorder, the symptoms or signs of autism may appear in neuro-typically developing children to some degree. When the symptom becomes more severe, more frequent, and/or more problematic for the child's and/or their family's day to day living, further action should be taken to consider whether autism (or another condition) is the culprit of the symptoms. Below is an infographic from Autism Puzzles and Halcyon that represents some of the main signs of autism.

Child Development

Dyslexia: A Potential Cause of Your Child’s Educational Difficulties

As many children in the United States are managing to get through the demands, responsibilities, and academic expectations of the school system, there are also many children who are having some struggle. Focusing difficulties, attention problems, reading comprehension, and academic underachievement as compared to same-aged peers often times gets attributed to the child's personal weaknesses or behavior problems or possibly even ADHD or another mental or neurological disorder. One potential factor in a child having difficulty in school, particularly academically is dyslexia, a neurological disorder that is often overlooked.
[pic credit: George Hodan]

The Science of Being Thankful to Increase Happiness

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people will get through the holiday participating in their family traditions or creating new experiences. It is easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Thanksgiving (and other holidays) may be enjoyable for you, as well. Despite how you spend your Thanksgiving, it can be an opportunity for experiencing even greater benefits than you might otherwise have by simply going through the motions and getting through the day. If you truly pause and identify what you are thankful for, your personal well-being and happiness can increase. Watch the video above to learn more.