Can't see the forest for the trees

Keep an eye on the big picture

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A sense of the big picture is really tough for kids with ADHD (and Autism). They see what is before them right now, and little else. They see the trees, not the forest. They are here-and-now kids living a moment-by-moment life. Tomorrow might as well be years away. I have known this about Ricochet, my tween son with ADHD, for a very long time. He wants

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When Mount Hope Crumbles

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I have a habit of climbing up high on hope when it comes to ADHD treatment and Ricochet. It’s the kind of hope that’s so unrealistic that my feet can barely teeter on its pinnacle. This kind of hope is built on a foundation of wishful thinking: “I hope this medicine is finally the right one.” “I hope this is the school year Ricochet settles in.” When my wishes don’t

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Your child might have ADHD

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The other night I was laying in bed wide awake (thinking about Ricochet, my son with ADHD, of course) and this litany of silly signs that your child may have ADHD started buzzing through my head. Once one idea came, I focused on it and a list quickly emerged. This is meant to be humorous (read it like Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might be a Redneck” shtick), but I bet you

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The ADHD medication roller coaster

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Ricochet had to change ADHD medication a few weeks ago for the umpteenth time since his diagnosis over five years ago. Sadly, it’s turning out about as badly as I expected it would. My kiddo is extremely sensitive to medications (and vitamins and supplements). New medication days are tough in our house, because history has taught us we must

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