What is the difference between an IEP and a 504?

IEPIn the world of education, it can be difficult to decipher the difference between an IEP (Individualized Educational Program) and a 504 plan. Both plans offer formal help for students K-12th grades with learning and attention issues and they do have some similarities but at closer look they are very different.

An IEP is a plan for a child’s special education experience at school. It provides individualized special education related services to meet the unique needs of the child. It applies to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IEP sets learning goals for the child an describes the services the school will give to them in a written document.

504 is a plan addressing how a child will have access to learning at school. It provides services and changes to the learning environment to meet the needs of the child as adequately as other students. It applies to Section...

Parkinson’s Disease and ADHD

OldtoyoungAre the two related? Does ADHD medication increase your risk?

A recent study from July 2018, published in The Michael J. Fox Foundation Fox Feed Blog conducted by Parkinson's Foundation found that the prevalence of Parkinson's disease is increasing. By 2030, it's estimated that 1.2 million Americans will be living with the disease.

Current research conducted by the University of Utah Health shows that there is a correlation between ADHD and Parkinson’s Disease.

"Parkinson's disease is commonly thought of as a neurodegenerative disease associated with aging," said Glen Hanson, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and School of Dentistry at U of U Health and senior author on the paper. "This may be the first time where a childhood disease and its treatment may be linked to a geriatric expression of neurodegenerative disorder."

Hanson’s team has found...

It's Time to Play!

Cheerful Little Girl Playing Hopscotch On Playground Hug Me SMDo you ever feel like you are going in a million directions, or that your schedule is so full you cannot fit in one more event? And if you are a parent, odds are that many of those events in your schedule tie back to one of your child’s activities.

Recent studies have shown that kids today are overscheduled with organized activities. There are piano lessons, soccer, dance, gymnastics, and the list goes on.  Organized activities are not unstructured play. Unstructured play typically places less pressure on the child, provides different skills, and promotes learning social skills in a less stressful environment. This is key as children are subject to increased academic stresses in the classroom as so many schools must fight for funding based on their standardized tests. The impact of this is exacerbated in children with attention difficulties.

We are no longer giving our children...

ADHD-Friendly tips for maintaining an exercise routine

AdobeStock 125657677Starting an exercise routine is one thing, but maintaining that routine is a challenge and can seem impossible if you have ADHD. Harvard Health recently reviewed a study which found regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost areas in the brain that are involved in verbal memory and learning.

Here are some of our favorite stick-with-it strategies:

  • Set small achievable goals: Even though you may want to start with a full 30 minutes of exercise daily, let you goal be 15 minutes every other day. Anything you achieve on top of that will be icing on the cake. You can gradually work yourself up to 20-30 minutes.
  • Don’t allow yourself to give up: If you don’t get to exercise at the allotted time, don’t give up for the day. Find 15 minutes somewhere else, even at 11:30 PM at night. If you can’t walk outside or make it to the...

How to help your ADHD child sleep through the night


Large Child SleepingLack of sleep is very common for children with ADHD. The causes of those sleep issues are not fully understood, but the relationship between ADHD and poor sleep seems to be clear. A British research study showed that children with ADHD were three times more likely to have trouble falling or staying asleep and 57 percent of their parents got less than six hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation often leads to irritability and more inattentiveness during the day.

Here a few things you can do to help you and your child get more quality sleep each night:

  • ·Spend time with your child before bedtime. Children often delay falling asleep or get out of bed to get more attention from their parent. Take an hour before bedtime for a relaxing activity.
  • ·Keep the house quiet. Once your child is in bed, make certain everyone else keeps their voices low and electronic...

Technology and ADHD

As video game availability increases, so does screen time. How does that affect a child with ADHD? There are many schools of thought on how video games affect our children, but a recent study was done to see what the true impacts include for children with ADHD.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, regarding how new technologies are used by adolescents and, if, over time, the technologies increase symptoms of ADHD. The study showed that the answer is yes; increased technologies and screen time do increase symptoms of ADHD. Teens that did not engage in media use at a higher frequency had a lower rate of developing ADHD symptoms by 4.5%. This is compared to teens who did engage in at least seven activities.  They had a 9.5% increase, which is over double of the teens that did not engage.

However, the article from Psychology Today...