What if it’s Not ADHD? (Guest: Frank Barnhill, MD)

There are over 60 medical, psychological, and environmental conditions and circumstances that can mimic the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What does this mean? It means that almost 2.5 million young people are being misdiagnosed, mismedicated, and wrongly labeled as ADHD. The implications of this are far-reaching and harmful to our children.

In this fast-paced and fact-filled interview, ADHD expert and family practice physican, Dr. Frank Barnhill, describes the problems and concerns associated with a “quick fix,” a hasty diagnosis of ADHD and use of stimulant drugs without benefit of a thorough evaluation. He shares how a wrongful diagnosis in children and teens can lead to employment, legal, and emotional problems in adulthood. He then draws on his 27 years of family medicine to cover important questions parents should ask their doctor to be sure their children are being effectively evaluated and treated for ADHD (29:04).

Dr. Barnhill is the author of the aclaimed book, Mistaken for ADHD. The book, an ADHD blog, and his newsletter, “Living with ADHD,” are all available through his excellent and informative website, www.mistakenforadhd.com.

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A Mission of Empowerment: Addressing Teen Insecurities in Girls (Guest: Debra Beck)

Beck photoMost of us can remember parts of our teen years that we would rather forget. Stuggles and insecurities in growing up are often part of that picture.

The world today is even tougher and more difficult for our young people, be it struggles to achieve, fit in, or pass the tests of always being compared to others. And, according to our guest on this program, Debra Beck, issues and concerns faced by teenage girls are especially difficult ones.

In this program Debra will draw from her work and experience to point out to us the problems these teens face, what we can do to help them become more empowered, and, of course, what parents and other caring adults can do to help.

BeckbookWith over 20 years of experience in self-development and first-hand awareness of how difficult the teenage years can be, Debra took her passion for making a difference and made it her life’s work: helping teens, especially girls, learn to truly love themselves from the inside out. And, as a mother of two daughters, she is especially devoted to helping parents create harmonious connections with their teenage children.

Today, Debra  creates and facilitates workshops, retreats, training and mentoring through her organization, Empowered Teens and Parents. Debra is the author of the award-winning book, My Feet Aren’t Ugly: A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out.  (27:22)

www.EmpoweredTeensandParents.com

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Bully-proofing Made Easy, Part 2 (Guest: Israel Kalman)

Note: This is the second and concluding part of a two-part interview with Izzy Kalman on the subject of bullying and how best to deal with it.

It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it, if we could spare every child and teen the discomfort of being teased, intimidated, picked-on, put-down and rumored about by simply setting a policy against it? But policies don’t stop bullying any more than making a law guarantees it will not be broken. And enforcement can become difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

Is there a better way to deal with bullying, a way that is empowering and not so complicated and resource-intensive? Our guest on this program, Israel (Izzy) Kalman believes there is a MUCH better way, a way that eliminates bullying by teaching people how not to be victims. His ideas and interventions make sense, and they teach a life-long skill for handling difficult people. When Izzy teaches his approach to young people, they “get it” immediately. (Shouldn’t that be a clue?) This two-part radio program outlines Izzy’s empowering and proven “Bullies to Buddies” approach.

Izzy is a psychotherapist and a nationally credentialed school psychologist. He the Director of Bullies to Buddies, Inc., and is the author of the ground-breaking book, Bullies to Buddies, How to Turn Your Enemies into Friends. His website is a go-to resource on bullying: (26:58)

www.bullies2buddies.com

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Bully-proofing Made Easy, Part 1 (Guest: Israel Kalman)

It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it, if we could spare every child and teen the discomfort of being teased, intimidated, picked-on, put-down and rumored about by simply setting a policy against it? But policies don’t stop bullying any more than making a law guarantees it will not be broken. And enforcement can become difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

Is there a better way to deal with bullying, a way that is empowering and not so complicated and resource-intensive? Our guest on this program, Israel (Izzy) Kalman believes there is a MUCH better way, a way that eliminates bullying by teaching people how not to be victims. His ideas and interventions make sense, and they teach a life-long skill for handling difficult people. When Izzy teaches his approach to young people, they “get it” immediately. (Shouldn’t that be a clue?) This two-part radio program outlines Izzy’s empowering and proven “Bullies to Buddies” approach.

Izzy is a psychotherapist and a nationally credentialed school psychologist. He the Director of Bullies to Buddies, Inc., and is the author of the ground-breaking book, Bullies to Buddies, How to Turn Your Enemies into Friends. His website is a go-to resource on bullying: (24:39)

www.bullies2buddies.com

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Working with Difficult Kids Doesn’t Have to be So Difficult (Guest: Ruth Herman Wells)

RuthWellsphotoInappropriate behavior in young people, especially when it happens at school, can range from withdrawal to academic shutdown, to anger and aggression, and even to bullying. The price of these behaviors in terms of school failure, fear, frustration and off-task distraction can be quite high. Teachers can’t teach, and students can’t learn.

Our guest on this program, Ruth Herman Wells, is an experienced expert on difficult behaviors in young people and how to deal with them effectively. She will share how the skills we learned way back when often fall short of solving today’s problems. Ruth will share her perspective on intervention, and she’ll direct listeners to many more complimentary resources she has made available to them. In short, we all can learn better ways of dealing with difficult behavior.

booksRuth is the director and founder of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops out of Oregon. She’s the creator of the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshop and book series, and she’s the author of All the Best Answers for the Worst Kid Problems, The Quickest Kid Fixer-Uppers and the Behavior Change Handouts. In addition to the training she does throughout North America, Ruth offers many ideas and resources through her free, monthly newsletter, “Behavior Change Problem-Solver Magazine.” (28:31)

http://www.youthchg.com

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COMING SOON: Bully-proofing Made Easy, Part 1 (Guest: Israel Kalman)

Surviving Your Adolescents (Guest: Dr. Thomas Phelan)

This is a repost of an excellent interview with Dr. Phelan that was first aired August 19, 2012

 

Somewhere during adolescence, youngsters regress to speaking again (to their parents) in one or two-syllable sentences:

“How was your day?”

“Fine.”

“What did you do in Social Studies today?”

“Nothing.”

Our guest today, Dr. Tom Phelan, calls this teen behavior “The Snub.” It’s part of a stage of normal adolescent behavior and development. Dr. Phelan explains how to redirect “The Snub,” not with a “Re-Snub” (which can lead to a whole menu of trouble), but by changing the questions. It takes a little work, but it’s not difficult.

There are, of course, deeper and more serious issues that affect our teens today, and they are a substantial part of that often uncomfortable (and painfully slow, from their perspective) journey from child to adult. This program looks at the four most prominent areas of challenge and difficulty that lead to risky and unsafe behavior in adolescents: driving, drugs and alcohol, sex and romance, and technology. Dr. Phelan will explain how critical it is for parents to avoid emotional reactions to adolescent behavior, the Four Cardinal Sins, that only create more distance and conflict in the relationship.

A clincial psychologist, Dr. Phelan is an internationally renowned expert, author and lecturer on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. He’s the author of Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year Olds. His landmark book, a million seller plus, is 1-2-3 Magic!

www.parentmagic.com

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COMING SOON! Working with Difficult Kids Doesn’t Have to be So Difficult Guest: Ruth Herman Wells)

Helping Kids Make Better Choices (Guest: Christy Ziglar)

CZiglar-8 It’s been said that, at any given moment in our lives, we are the sum total of the choices we have made. For a child or an adult, those choices have a way of accumulating into success or heartache.

So EVERY choice matters, be it what we eat, the effort we show at school, how we treat ourselves and others, or how we manage responsibility. Often, it’s not the “bad” versus “good” choices that cause us difficulty; it’s the “good” versus “better” or “best.” Those choices accumulate, also.

Willow coverOur guest today on this program, Christy Ziglar, niece of America’s Master Motivator, the late Zig Ziglar, experienced first-hand how adults and children struggled with choices, choices that had substantial impact upon their lives. Banking on her skills in finance and money management, and the collected wisdom of her uncle Zig, Christy developed the Shine Bright Kids,  a series of children’s books. All of them address key lessons in life.

Christy’s first book in the series is Can’t Wait Willow; it’s about making better choices, the topic of this program. Christy is also an experienced Certified Financial Planner, a wife, and the mother young twins. (27:50)

www.ShineBrightKids.com

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COMING SOON: Surviving Your Adolescents (Guest: Dr. Thomas Phelan)

Memory Problems in Young People: Impact and Intervention (Guest: Dr. Milton Dehn)

This is a repost of an interview conducted with Dr. Dehn July 29, 2012

 

As we learn more sophisticated and more accurate ways to assess issues that affect learning and achievement in young people, we gain valuable information regarding the impact of memory. We are learning, for instance, that problems with a child’s or teen’s short-term or working memory might well be a primary concern in a learning disability. Memory problems can also be a component of attention deficits and other conditions and diagnoses not generally thought to be associated with memory.

Identifying memory problems is one thing; addressing them is yet another. In this program, Dr. Milton Dehn, nationally recognized expert on psychological processing assessment, working memory and children’s long-term memory problems, shares the depth of concerns related to memory. And, of course, he offers interventions derived from evidence-based assessment and research, interventions teachers (and parents) can use to help youngsters strengthen their memory skills. Many of these come from his latest book (with CD), Helping Students Remember, a go-to resource with built-in memory-related lesson plans that can be implemented immediately. Techniques include visualization, locations, pegwords, chunking and grouping, and putting memory words into sentences. He also discussed meta memory and how it is important for a child or teen to know about their memory and how they are progressing as they do the exercises and implement the strategies.

A former school psychologist and trainer of school psychology graduate students, Dr. Dehn is a private practice school psychologist, consultant, presenter and author of several books on memory and learning. He is the co-founder of Schoolhouse Educational Services and the program director for Schoolhouse Tutoring(R), both based in Wisconsin. (25:26)

www.workingmemoryonline.com

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Addressing Childhood Obesity (Guest: Randi L. Levin)

RandiLphoto The health of America’s children is at risk; not from disease, but from overeating. One out of three children in the US is severely overweight or obese. Without intervention, these youngsters will encounter even more health issues as they grow older.

Randi Levin, our guest on this program, notes that the recognition of a problem with childhood obesity is a big first step for a parent, but it’s such an important step. When Mom and Dad make the effort to provide healthier food and fun exercise fo their children, lives can change in many ways. Randi will share ideas and recipes from her new book that no only make sense, they are delicious, also!

RLevinbookRandi was enjoying a great career working with physically, behaviorally and emotionally at-risk youngsters when a life-threatening medical condition brought everything to a halt. As part of her recovery, Randi began baking. As a result, she quickly gained popularity as The Muffin Lady.

Two cookbooks and a lot of happy customers later, Randi felt a need to address childhood obesity. The resulting book, Love More; Feed Less: A Tasty Path Toward Avoiding Childhood Obesity, pulled together ALL of Randi’s skills. The book is featured in this program. (27:17)

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COMING SOON: Memory Problems in Young People: Impact and Intervention (Guest: Dr. Milton Dehn)

Resilience: A Path Through Difficult Times (Guest: Kristen Brown)

This is a repost of a great interview with Kristen done April 29, 2012.

 

Life can be difficult, sometimes VERY difficult. How we manage those trying times and circumstances matters.

Resilience, the coming back from deep sadness, tremendous stress and heartbreak, is never a level path connecting loss to recovery. It has many twists, turns, hills and valleys, with struggle, frustration and doubt as part of the journey.

Kristen Brown gives us a good look at what resilience is all about. She and her husband, Todd, were 30. They had it all, a nice home, a secure job and Brooke, their beautiful baby girl. Then, with no warning at all, Todd, an athlete in high school, dies suddenly of a heart attack. For her sake and Brooke’s, Kristen resolved to not only survive and recover, but to thrive in the face of adversity.

This is Kristen’s story, including how she started and operates several successful ventures, wrote a best-selling book, The Best Worst Thing; a Memoir, and continues to reach out with support and encouragement to others who also must travel a path they didn’t choose. (27:04)

Kristen operates a number of business and support websites. All can be accessed through:

www.KristenKBrown.com

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