Research

A Preliminary Investigation of the Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Childhood Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD

I’m delighted to share the results of a preliminary investigation into the effects of aerobic exercise on tics, OCD, and anxiety in children – in no small part because the study was my... 

Omega 3 may help children with inattentive subtype of ADHD over and above collaborative problem-solving treatment

Via Dr. Ken Pope’s terrific mail list, this press release from the University of Gothenburg: Supplements of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 can help children and adolescents who have a certain kind... 

Temporal course of the tourette syndrome clinical triad.

A recently published study looks at the sequence in which tics, ADHD, and OCD emerges in development. In contrast to earlier studies that suggested that ADHD symptoms are usually evident earlier than tic... 

Intensive outpatient comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics

A new study attempted to evaluate whether CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics) could be provided intensively on an outpatient basis. Although the study reports only two cases and the... 

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News

Important alert for parents in Lowell and Lawrence areas of Massachusetts

I don’t normally post these types of news stories, but because it could impact children’s evaluations and IEPs, I’ve decided to do so. A story in yesterday’s Boston Globe reports... 

Why Tourette’s May Be Tim Howard’s Secret Weapon on the Field

Everyone’s been e-mailing me to ask if I know about the extraordinary goal keeper, Tim Howard. Well, yes, I know – I included Tim in my inspiration page of famous people with TS or OCD over... 

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release School Discipline Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

A very exciting press release issued January 8 by the U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), today released a school... 

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

I recently noted new research on the increasing rates of diagnosed ADHD.  Now there’s this article by Alan Schwarz in the New York Times: After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize... 

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Tips

Here’s An Easy Way To Help Your Children Improve Their Writing

Now that the kids are back in school, it’s a good time to address a common situation. Your child is supposed to be working on a paper or an essay, but you see that they are texting friends and checking Facebook while they are working on it. Being a thoughtful parent, you tactfully suggest that they focus on the task, only to be met with, “No problem, Mom, I can multitask!” But can... [Read more of this news story]

Resource: Tic Management 101 for Parents: A CBIT Perspective

Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D. recently presented a webinar  for parents on CBIT (Comprehensive Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics). If you missed it, you can watch it on TSA’s website and view/download the slides he used in the presentation.. Healthcare professionals may want to view an earlier presentation oriented to professionals.  Read More →

Back to School: Is your child ready? Are you?

It’s that time again, so I thought I’d re-post links to some articles I’ve written in the past to help parents: Back to School Tip #1: Is the teacher ready for your child? (how to and what to write to the teachers) Back to School Tip #2: Re-establish wake-up time and routines Back to School Tip #3: Structure and routine boost homework compliance Back to School Tip #4: Can they... [Read more of this news story]

Tips for preventing meltdowns (theirs and yours) during the holiday season

I hadn’t really thought about writing a Tips post for surviving the holiday season. Then I saw a column in the Toronto Star that offered tips that generally will not work for our kids, so I decided maybe I should post something after all.  But before I do, let me point out what triggered this response: “Tantrums are about power struggles and attention,” said Natalia McPhedran, an Ottawa-based... [Read more of this news story]

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