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The concept of neurodiversity emerged in the 1990’s as a way for autism advocates to affirm their identity as people with neurological differences rather than as disabled individuals.  The idea has spread as other advocates (including myself) have sought to articulate the ”diversity rather than disability” message to a broader segment of the population than...
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Children’s fidgeting has always been the bane of classroom teachers and parents alike. It has been regarded as one of the ”warning signs” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as measured by so-called ”objective” rating scales used to diagnosed for ADHD, and is part of the diagnostic criteria in the psychiatrist’s bible The Diagnostic and...
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  I wrote an article, ”Why I Believe Attention Deficit Disorder is a Myth,” for the website The Kids in the House:  The Ultimate Parenting Resource, on August 29, 2017.   The Kids in the House is a site that offers 9,000 videos from experts and parents (who are the real experts!) on a wide...
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A blog post appeared today on the website, Motherly, which I wrote, that provides practical strategies to help kids focus.  It is especially relevant to kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The tips I recommend include exercise, a nourishing diet, relaxation skills, talking to the child’s teacher about why fidgeting helps some kids focus,...
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The following article is based on my book The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion.  It was originally posted on my publisher’s (Tarcher-Pereigee) website: ”Learn, Create, Grow,” on August 31, 2017. FACT: ADHD is a disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and...
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