Saturday, October 29, 2016


Angela Duckworth’s new book, defines Passion and Perseverance as two keys to Grit. One area she is looking into involves  “Outward Bound “ and why this model can affect some kids to get “grittier.” Outdoor programs are intentional in pushing kids to solve problems and overcome difficulties in nature treks. In parenting teens and children it is recommended to not solve all problems and issues that the young person may come up against. It is important to let the young person know that they have unconditional support, but with the expectation that they have the capability to work through issues.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Psychotic Symptoms, Teen Boys, Marijuana

Each year that teen boys use marijuana weekly, their subclinical psychotic symptoms rose by 21%. The increase was greatest for paranoia. Adolescent boys are at increased risk of persistent subclinical levels of psychotic symptoms. This can include paranoia and hallucinations even after stopping. The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center did this study. As marijuana becomes legalized, the understanding should be that it is still a drug and not for developing brains.

Friday, August 26, 2016

ADHD and the Office of Civil Rights

One in nine complaints to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education is related to students with ADHD. The OCR found that school districts were not properly evaluating students and also not offering the services required for students to succeed. The OCR has written a letter to provide guidance to schools on the Federal Obligations they must meet.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Special Education

Wright’s Law website is the place to go if you want to know more about special education.   I was lucky enough that a parent sent me this website and I’ve been a fan ever since. The classes in special education that I took in college gave me the foundation, but this website keeps me up to date so that I can continue to build a deeper knowledge structure!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bipolar and ADHD

20% of people with ADHD will develop Bipolar Disorder. But, how to distinguish the two diagnosis. The symptoms can be similar-impulsivity, hyperactivity, emotional dysregulation, etc. This article explains the differences- for example- with bipolar and depressive episodes there is a loss of interest in enjoyable activities, while with ADHD it can be a temporary loss of interest.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ride a Bike or Play on the Computer?

More children between the ages of two and five can play computer games than can tie their shoes or ride a bike. Relying on video games to soothe a fussy child has negative impact and can contribute to decreased ability to self regulate and a host of other issues.  Read more here-

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Power and Trust!

Power is given to us!
The ability of the powerful to be leaders and create change is based on the willingness of others to have trust in them. Power is given, not taken!  Power is most long lasting when it is focused on benevolent behavior for the good.