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The ADHD Circuit® (Article 7): A Simple Learning Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

February 2, 2012

When I was in middle school, I began to notice problems with my reading.  I was having trouble seeing the text in my textbooks. When I looked at a page, I saw a glare of  light slithering between the text and reflecting back at me. It was distracting and painful…like seeing a camera flash in the…

The Brain Biology of Learning Disabilities

January 31, 2012

For the last two weeks, I have been writing about a 9 year-old boy named Will who is struggling with reading. I prepared a short video explaining some basic, yet very important information about the biology of the brain. I am sending this video to Will because I believe it will give him hope and…

Brain Biology = Hope for Reading Disabilities – Part II

January 24, 2012

In last week’s article, I wrote about Cori, a heart-broken mother who is watching her bright son, Will, struggle with reading. She is out of options and feeling very hopeless. Today, I am going to share some general recommendations that will help Will “catch up” and read on grade-level within the next 12-18 months. The…

Brain Biology = Hope for Reading Disabilities – Part I

January 17, 2012

Last weekend, I was visiting a ski area in northern Michigan for a few days and met Cori. She was working the front desk and checked me in as I arrived. We were chatting as the paperwork was processing and Cori asked what I do for a living. I told her about my work with…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 6): How to Avoid the “Tasmanian Devil Tailspin” of School Work

January 9, 2012

Have you ever seen a dog chase its tail?  The dog keeps going round and round, presumably thinking that, any moment now, he will actually catch that tail behind him.  He expends a lot of energy, but has nothing to show for it. People with ADHD often describe a similar sensation of spinning around in…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 5): Is it Creativity… or ADHD?

January 5, 2012

A few years ago, a friend of mine was working as a grad-assistant to Bonnie Cramond, a professor at the University of Georgia. They surveyed hundreds of teachers, asking half of the teachers to list words that described “creative” students. The other half were asked to list words that described students with ADHD. The two…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 4): ADHD Is Not an Excuse!

December 14, 2011

We’ve done a few “special article” series before, but nothing has lit up the blog comments like the topic of ADHD. I’ve enjoyed the questions and feedback. There are excellent questions coming through and I hope to expand on most of them in future articles. Keep them coming! One of the comments came from Rita,…

Study Skills Resolve 50% of Caseloads, According to School Psychologists

December 13, 2011

Our first home as young newlyweds was a small bungalow built in 1942. We purchased the house in the month of August, many months before we discovered the drafty windows. As the Michigan winter rushed in, it literally rushed right through our house. Day after day. Month after month. Winter after winter. It took a…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 3): My Personal Journey Through The ADHD Circuit®. . .for a Cup of Milk!

December 1, 2011

I would like to send a special call-out to my cousins! I am the youngest of 32 “first” cousins; Minta, a cousin by marriage, says that we all have the same eyes. Apparently, the genetics do not stop there because many of us -and our children- have ADHD. There was a lot of buzz about…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 2): A Breakdown of the ADHD Circuit®

November 23, 2011

I have always been fascinated by strings of lights. It amazes me how a simple strand of light bulbs can illuminate any space and transform it into a warm and festive atmosphere. While shopping for party decorations this summer, I came across an inexpensive set of lights that would fit perfectly in our kitchen. I…

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