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Traveling with a Pre-School Age Hyperactive Child Abroad

This summer my wife, Kristi Briscoe, M.D., and I brought our two boys along with us on a 10-day trip abroad to Paris and Southern France. Our oldest, “E” is seven and was very excited to see “mummies” and several other items of interest in the Louvre. “E” had never traveled abroad, but had done … Continue reading “Traveling with a Pre-School Age Hyperactive Child Abroad”

Choosing a Medical Professional to Evaluate for ADHD in a Preschooler

ADHD can be diagnosed by psychologists, family doctors, general pediatricians, developmental pediatricians and psychiatrists. Accurate diagnosis takes time (often greater than 60-90 minutes) and many medical practices are logistically unable to allow adequate time for these evaluations. Ideally, the professional will have adequate time to perform a detailed parent and child evaluation, perform a thorough … Continue reading “Choosing a Medical Professional to Evaluate for ADHD in a Preschooler”

How to Manage a Hyperactive Child at an Amusement Park

Taking a hyperactive child to amusement park or on a Disney vacation can be a challenge. But it can also be quite enjoyable if you plan well, stay flexible, and maintain a healthy mindset. This past October we had the opportunity to take our two children to Disney World in Orlando Florida. Our youngest, who … Continue reading “How to Manage a Hyperactive Child at an Amusement Park”

Cognitive and Psychological Testing for Children and Adolescents

If you’re the parent of a child who’s going to school, you’re probably already used to the flurry of activities that they go through every day. There are new friends whose names you need to remember, appointments with teachers, and of course, there’s all of the homework that needs to be done. When it comes … Continue reading “Cognitive and Psychological Testing for Children and Adolescents”

My child has ADHD. Could I have ADHD also?

It is not uncommon for a parent to approach me and ask me if they might have ADHD after their child has been diagnosed. ADHD is a genetic condition. When it exists in one family member, it can oftentimes be found in siblings, parents, and even grandparents. If your child has ADHD and you seem … Continue reading “My child has ADHD. Could I have ADHD also?”

Tweens, Teens and ADHD

Many children diagnosed with ADHD in Elementary School who are responding well to treatment may hit a few “bumps” during Middle School and High School. Tweens, particularly girls, may suddenly stop responding to their medication, or may have symptoms that their dose is too high, even though they have been stable on the same medication … Continue reading “Tweens, Teens and ADHD”

What is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS)

Although rare, some forms of childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder can be caused by streptococcus bacterial infection (e.g. strep throat). This form of OCD is called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections otherwise known as PANDAS. PANDAS is diagnosed clinically after a child abruptly develops several behavioral and physical symptoms following a streptococcal infection. Causes … Continue reading “What is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS)”