Entries by Dr. Greg Stasi

ADHD Treatment Options

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions. The United States Center for Disease Control has recently indicated that approximately ten percent of the school age population has been diagnosed with ADHD (CDC, 2010). Typical symptoms that are exhibited in a child with ADHD include: a lack of attention to […]

The Importance of Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills to Children with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological condition associated with under activation of the frontal lobe. This area of the brain is also associated  with the executive functioning skills such as organization, time management; planning, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, and ability to self monitor one’s work. Children with ADHD without a doubt demonstrate poor executive […]

New Guidelines for ADHD Diagnosis

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmetnal disorders.  Current data suggest that the prevalence rates in school age children is between eight to ten percent.  This is a disorder which is characterized by significant inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. New Guidelines For an ADHD Diagnosis: ADHD is a buzz topic that has been […]

Where To Go If Your Child Has Been Misdiagnosed

Parents come to professionals in order to ascertain what is going on with their child.  As a neuropsychologist, the two most common questions I hear are:What is wrong with my child? And How do I fix it?   A diagnosis will help clarify the symptom characteristics that the child exhibits which in turn will lead […]

Helping Your Child Plan and Organize Their Daily Lives

The start of school brings many changes with children’s daily lives. Children must be able to transition between subjects, organizing their work, sitting at home, and independently taking the initiative to do their homework and monitor their own productivity. These above behaviors all fall under the label of “executive functioning.” Many children are able to complete […]

Sugar Not to Blame for ADHD

Sugar has been hypothesized for years as being a major culprit in the rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In fact, this notion was so popular and accepted that it was actually paired as the correct answer to the statement, “The major cause of hyperactivity in North America” on the television show Jeopardy in January […]

How To Notify A Parent About Concerns You Have For a Child In Your Classroom

The start of a new school year is associated with many changes for a child’s academic, behavioral, and social functioning.  Teachers are often the first ones to identify concerns regarding a child’s academic, social, or behavioral functioning.  Bringing concerns up to a parent can always be a challenging situation.  Below are several tips that can […]

Start The School Year Out Right

A Guide To Meeting With Your Child’s New Education Team Summer vacation is almost over and the first day of school for many children is on the horizon. The majority of children (and teachers) experience difficulty transitioning from the carefree days of summer to the rigid structure of school. Children with special needs and learning […]

How To Develop Task Initiation In Children

What To Do When Your Child Can’t Get Started Initiation is a child’s ability to independently start tasks. Many children with executive functioning deficits struggle with initiating actions, leading to difficulties completing tasks. . There is, unfortunately, a lack of research examining effective interventions for initiation.However, the research that is out there strongly emphasizes cueing […]

An Introduction on Interventions for Executive Functioning

As discussed in my previous blog “What is Executive Functioning”, executive functions are the skills that help organize and guide a child through daily life. There are many aspects of executive functioning: Organization Planning Problem solving Working memory Initiation of tasks Impulse control The ability to monitor the effectiveness of one’s work While these are […]