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NEW - Arise America News Program -The Danger of Misdiagnosing Children with AD/HD
Dr. Joseph Volpe, Executive Director of East End Psychological Services, addresses the issues that result from misdiagnosing AD/HD and the latest government statistics that suggest an AD/HD epidemic. View
CBS Evening News - Labeling Defiant Kids
Dr. Joseph Volpe, Director of East End Psychological Services in New York,
said it's not known whether ODD is biological or environmental. "It's a consistent pattern
of negative, hostile, defiant, disobedient behavior and it interferes with functioning." View
Controlling Anger - Before It Controls You
We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it: whether as a fleeting
annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion.
But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems - problems at
work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. Read
Effective Strategies for the Child with AD/HD: The Pathway to Success
AD/HD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood.
It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with AD/HD
have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors. Read
Multimodal Assessment and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) represents one of the most
common reasons why children are referred to mental health clinicians in the United States.
The disorder is characterized by difficulty in sustained attention, impulsivity, and, in some
cases, hyperactivity. Read more..
Myths About ADD/ADHD
The following myths - and factual responses - have been collected from rebuttals
to recent media articles about ADD/ADHD. The rebuttals were written by MAAAN (Metro Area Adult
ADHD Network, based in the Detroit area). Read
Controversial Treatments For Children With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
In the past decade there has been a tremendous upsurge of scientific and
public interest in Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The interest is reflected not
only in the number of scientific articles but in the explosion of books for parents and teachers. Read
Are You an Adult with AD/HD?
Many adults have been living with Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (Adult AD/HD) and don’t recognize it. Why? Because its symptoms are often mistaken
for a stressful life. The following questionnaire can be used as a starting point to help you
recognize the signs/symptoms of Adult ADHD but is not meant to replace consultation with a
trained healthcare professional. Read
List of Appropriate School-based Accommodations and Interventions for a 504 plan or IEP
Choose only those accommodations and interventions that are the most needed.
Attempt to select low-level accommodations and interventions before moving to more supportive
or high-level accommodations and interventions. The objective should always be to provide support
while encouraging growth with these strategies to foster independence and self-advocacy. Read
Casting a Wider Net: Section 504 Under the 2008 ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)
In 2008, Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act, significantly broadening the definition of disability, beginning in 2009. That change impacted the definition of disability under Section 504, one of two statutes from which children receive special education services in school, (the other being The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA). Read
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive illness) in Teens
Teenagers with Bipolar Disorder may have an ongoing combination of extremely
high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the person may feel
both extremes at the same time. Read more..
Learning Impairment and Poor Vision
The importance of good vision cannot be understated for either children or adults. As an adult, a person can express when his or her vision is not as clear as it should be and will take action to correct any impairment before it can become overly disruptive. Read more..
The Depressed Child
Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression,
which is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression
persist and interfere with a child or adolescent's ability to function. Read
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is an uneasiness or apprehension experienced before, during,
or after an examination because of concern, worry, or fear. Almost everyone experiences some
anxiety. Read more..
Obesity and Children: Helping Your Child Lose Weight
If my child is heavy now, will he or she always have a weight problem? Not
all heavy children have weight problems as adults. However, as children get older, their risk
for staying overweight goes up. The risk is even higher if one or both parents also are overweight.
It's important to catch weight problems early. Read
Developing a clearer understanding of self-esteem and what affects its development
should help you to help children feel good about themselves, and think more highly of yourself. Read
Developing Social Skills
Child care professionals play an important part in raising healthy children.
Caregivers help children develop healthy bodies, minds, and feelings about themselves. One
of the most important things providers teach children is how to get along with others. Read
Adolescence and Peer Pressure
As children grow, develop, and move into early adolescence, involvement
with one's peers and the attraction of peer identification increases. As pre-adolescents begin
rapid physical, emotional and social changes, they begin to question adult standards and the
need for parental guidance. Read
Traumatic stress encompasses exposure to events or the witnessing of events
that are extreme and/or life threatening. Traumatic exposure may be brief in duration (e.g.,
an automobile accident) or involve prolonged, repeated exposure (e.g., sexual abuse). Read
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Adolescents: An Overview
In the past two decades, there has been growing recognition of the prevalence
of domestic violence in our society. Moreover, it has become apparent that some individuals
are at greater risk for victimization than others. Read
Crisis Response in Our Schools
Not long ago the most severe problems encountered in our schools were students
running in the halls, making excessive noise, cutting a line, talking out-of-turn, chewing
gum or violating a dress code. Read
Helpful Web Site Links:
With over 22,000 members in over 200 affiliates nationwide, CHADD is the
nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
ADDA is the world's largest organization for adults with AD/HD. It reflects
ADDA's mission to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to
the professionals who work with them.
ADHD news is home to thousands of parents of children coping with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
LD OnLine is the leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents,
teachers, and other professionals.
Both Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorder are in fact subgroups of
a larger diagnostic category. This larger category is called either Autistic Spectrum Disorders,
mostly in European countries, or Pervasive Developmental Disorders ("PDD"), in the United States.
With Asperger's Disorder, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation in childhood.
For more information, this web site offers an abundance of information on this area.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the only national,
non-profit membership organization dedicated to informing the public, healthcare professionals
and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable.
National Network for Child Care (NNCC) is an internet source of over 1000
publications and resources related to child care. Publications are research-based and reviewed.
These trauma pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress,
including PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual
traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster.
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is
a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States.
With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and
behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This comprehensive web site contains information on all mental health issues.
East End Psychological Services, P.C. has also established a professional collaborative relationship with some of the following local independent mental health practices. See their information at: www.drpantaleno.com, www.kidhelp.org, www.shanebush.com.