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Amanda Driscoll is a dedicated runner who’s busy chasing after her ADHD kids. She writes about her triumphs, hardships, and the lessons she’s learned along the way—diagnoses, IEP meetings, organization challenges, medication changes, and more.

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posted: Tuesday February 21st - 11:11am

Not Made Lightly

The decision to treat my kids' ADHD with medication was anguishing. But ultimately we decided the risks of remaining unmedicated were far greater than any potential side effects.

Once again, a great big spotlight is shining on the treatment of ADHD children. In light of the recent New York Times editorial and subsequent rebuttals about Ritalin, the talk has been hot: "Medicate or not?" Because I’m an open-book parent, most of my friends know that we're using medication as part of our treatment plan and now I'm hearing, "How do you feel about...
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posted: Tuesday February 7th - 9:26am

Don't Panic. It's Just the Science Fair

Oh, God. Is that another school-project permission slip? Navigating research, reports, and paper mache with my ADHD son.

"Mom, guess what? We get to make a model of a whale this weekend!" Holden eagerly made the announcement as he jumped into the car during afternoon pick up. Like any good parent, I enjoyed hearing the excitement in his voice as he spoke about school. Yet, somehow I knew there was more to this story -- and I was frightened. Rightfully so: The minute we walked in...
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