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David Versus ADHD
Sometimes treatment takes a team and a coach

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ADHD can be a difficult diagnosis to treat, with a variety of home and school strategies and medications to consider. Executive-function deficits can make a brain feel like "an orchestra without a conductor", and finding a way to get all of the instruments in sync is an overwhelming task.


Bringing a coach in from the outside to see your child through several stages of his or her life can make a big difference. 


In this article from ADDitude magazine, read about David and his family's experience in finding a treatment and life plan that worked for him. 


Dear Cathi,

I am struggling and need some guidance from you about how to help my daughter, who has ADHD, get her homework done. I know "Zoe" wants to do well in school, but sometimes intention does not readily translate into results.   Zoe and I seem to have the same battles over and over again, especially on the weekends. Here is what happens on a typical Saturday.  Zoe will set her homework start time for 11:00 a.m. and turns in her cell phone and laptop to me at this time.  When I check in with her at 11:00 am to see if she needs help, she says, "I just need 10 more minutes."  and resets her start time to 12:00.  I want to encourage her independence so I allow it, but when I check in with her at 12:00, she is occupied with something else and resets the start time until 1:00.  As the day unfolds, the start time is pushed off until later and later.  When she finally does get to her homework, it is late in the day and she's too tired and unfocused to work on it.  The day is wasted, and we're both frustrated.

P. S.  At 5:30 I came downstairs and found her watching TV.  I unplugged the TV and told her that while I couldn't make her do her homework, I am in charge of the screens at home.  She protested some and said, "I told you I would start at 6:00 and I can always just go watch TV in another room."

We have asked local ADHD coach, Loretta Spindel, J.D., PCC, BCC to weigh in on this common homework dilemma from the mom of one of our clients.

Loretta Spindel: I'm seeing a pattern here. Zoe is controlling your time by continually moving the start times. She has all the power.

No Pain, but Real Gain
Qigong classes now open for enrollment

Meditation, mindfulness, and exercise have all be toted as ways to reduce stress, so why not try it for yourself? Qi Gong, a practice based in Chinese medicine and martial arts, combines all of these elements in a gentle, effective activity. 

Our Sterling Office will be offering classes led by Sharon Crowell, a former Registered Nurse and a Licensed Acupuncturist, for six weeks on Monday and Thursdays starting the week of April 13th. 

Please visit our website for the flyer and information on how to sign up. Space is very limited.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group
Skill building for at-risk adolescents and their parents

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups are still forming at our Sterling Office. Our DBT skills group emphasizes Linehan's four core concepts to help regulate the emotions and behaviors of our clients: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Group members are also required to attend individual therapy sessions.


This group is led by Rachel Cherian, LCSW, Erika Carlson, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work, Stephanie Herman, LCSW, and Salima Jiwa, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work.

Read more on our website.