New test for ADHD uses EEGs

The FDA has approved the use of the NEBA System (named for NEBA Health, which makes the system) for docs to accurately determine if ADHD is the cause of behavior problems.The NEBA System supports, not replaces, traditional diagnosis protocols, like physical exams, behavior quetionnaires and testing, IQ testing and criteria from the DSM-IV-TR.The test is noninvasive and takes 15-20 minutes. It works by calculating the radio of theta and beta waves in the brain. In the past, kids with ADHD have been shown to have higher theta/beta ratios.Here's the story I read:...more

Drugging Einstein

I haven't written in a while but last night I was telling Luke that Albert Einstein was dyslexic and yet he was one of the smartest people known and he came up with brilliant ideas. And then today I ran across this article and it seemed so fitting. So I wanted to share.... it definitely makes you wonder....more

Four Years Later.

Because this day is so important to us.(Cross posted from Christian's Journey.)...more

He asked for seconds!!!!!

He asked for seconds!!!!!      I am sure that many, if not all of you special needs parents can relate to this. Our children are so hard to feed. Liam only eats about 10 things, and just like his obsessions with certain toys or movies, his food list will change like that....more

Le Sigh...

Life.  Life is never easy.  That is extremely true.  When you are given some challenges it's up to you to decide how you will handle these challenges.  To you tackle them head on? Do you crumble and cry? Do you run? I tend to do all the above....more

Autism - what if we’re doing it wrong?

We are wrapping up a spectacular holiday in the Snowy Mountains. It’s 6 or so hours drive from home, stunningly beautiful and the home of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.Billy, contrary to autism related expectations, is a stellar traveler. He loves an adventure, the newer the better. The one caveat is that he is with us. This time, we got to bring the dog, which made it extra perfect....more

Quit Complaining, Soccer Moms! You Don't Know How Good You Have It!

Hey Soccer Moms, listen up! Are you listening? Hey, all you NT soccer moms out there, we (the special needs parents) are jealous! Yes, you read that right. We are jealous, annoyed, maybe even a bit pissed off! Why you ask? Well, have a seat, let me explain! We are jealous because while you have to juggle your kids to different sporting events or juggle birthday parties, play dates, coffee dates, maybe even mani/pedi salon days, or dare I say it, DATE NIGHT with your significant others, we don't get to do this....more
@BronwynPeverill I love this! I couldn't agree more! I don't dare mention how I couldn't sleep ...more

A Better Morning Routine for a Kid With ADHD

My daughter is in a constant state of motion. This is not a new thing for her. It actually started from the minute she wasconceived. While I was pregnant I never had to do kick counts, as she was ALWAYS moving in my tummy. After she was born, things were no different. She has never slept well (probably still doesn't really sleep through the night,but she's old enough not to come in and wake me up now, so that's a plus.) She has always been up before the crack of dawn too. We had to tell her that she couldn't get out of her room for the day until SIX A.M.! Yes, 6:00 a.m. ...more
I'm 52 years old and find that with a now empty nest my ADHD symptoms are off the hook. I've ...more

Crying in the Car: Learning Lessons About Advocacy

As parents of our children, we know them best. We just do. Too often, however, we end up trusting the advice of others -- often well-intentioned professionals -- over our own gut instinct. Suzanne Perryman at Special Needs Mom shared a story on her blog recently about re-learning the lesson that she does know her daughter best. On a trip to a special needs classroom that had been suggested to her by her daughter's IEP team, she felt a myriad of emotions, forcing her to remember that she is her daughter's best advocate....more
@henmom Thanks for commenting here. I agree.. all our kids are special!more