Farewell to May and Hello to Summer!
Over the past month we have explored the power of ADHD therapy. Alexandra Ossala compared the benefits of ADHD therapy and ADHD medications for kids. Though medication yields faster results, Ossala believes that for younger children, therapy may be the best option, stating, “Instead, parents themselves should try behavior therapy to help treat kids with ADHD between ages two and five. If it’s done right, CDC officials say, kids may never need medication at all.” Likewise, Tim Sandle shares some enlightening statistics from the CDC and reminds us that while medication may seem like the simplest resolution to your child’s ADHD, therapy can provide a support system for children that medication cannot.
Megan Reuther introduced us to Chelsea Capper, an artist who spends some time with the children of Blanks Children’s Hospital. Capper uses art to help kids cope with their hospital stay and even incorporates their favorite things in the art process, such as paint via remote-control car!
Being a parent is challenging. Parenting a child with a dual diagnosis takes the game to another level! Jerry Davich talks about the difficult process of a dual diagnosis from the diagnoses, to denial, to finding support, to acceptance and helping your child thrive! Dr. Edith J. Chernoff reminds parents that, “…the diagnosis has not changed their child. Instead, it has put a name to the problem…Parents should remember not to get lost in the diagnoses, but to appreciate their child for who they are and what their strengths are. Love the child for being their child.”
There are few things more heartbreaking and brave than a child having to testify in a courtroom. To share their pain in a public way. To stand up and be their own advocate. When the pressure or the fear is too great, that’s where Karl comes in. Karl the courthouse dog sits with children as they testify and helps them to feel calm and reassured. They are able to sit with him, pet him, and talk to him if they get scared and need a friend with them on the stand.
Scott Lingley has a Q and A all about how children experience trauma and the best ways for parents to support them at home and with therapy. From “What is Trauma?” to “At which point should a caregiver seek out professional help?”, Scott has the answers you are looking for!
That wraps up May. We’ll see you in June!