Heather Finlay-Morreale, MD

Executive Function Issues

Photo by Darwin Vegher on Unsplash Some children evaluated for ADHD are found to not have ADHD but rather executive function problems. On the other hand, many children with ADHD also have executive function problems. What are some clues that your child has executive function problems? Their backpack/bedroom looks like an explosionThey cannot keep track of what homework …

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ADHD: assessment and treatment

Diagnosing ADHD:  A parents guide to the process 1.Talk to your provider if you see that your child is having difficulty concentrating, paying attention to tasks, or completing assignments at school 2. ADHD Diagnosis involves collecting data from 2 sources: HOME and SCHOOL Your provider will ask ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill out the VANDERBILT QUESTIONNAIRE …

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When you live with the bear – ACEs

Some children present to me with complex problems or multiple problems that fail to resolve after the typical interventions. I recall a child with severe abdominal pain. He had tried numerous medicines and had had scopes and studies galore. It had reached the point where he was being scheduled for exploratory surgery to try and …

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Volunteering can help teens with and without emotional challenges

Many teens have the classic teen angst and some have a dissatisfied attitude. Others face true depressive feelings. One way to work through this is to help others in the greater community. The Dalai Lama tweeted about this topic as seen below. Teens can learn a great deal by helping others. Whether a teen volunteers …

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The turkey hunt – sharing values and joy with children at Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and those who celebrate are dashing around with errands. There are gifts to be bought, cookies to be made, school plays to attend and more all demanding your time and attention. At the same time, it is a season where we can reflect on the values and traditions of Christmas – giving, togetherness, and …

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Migraines – Relief is available!

Photo by Vinicius Amano on Unsplash Some parents, even those with migraines themselves, are surprised that children also suffer from this condition. As in adults, it is more common in females and often more common after menses start but younger children and males can also suffer from a migraine. How is a migraine different from a regular headache? …

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One month handout

Photo by Unsplash by Ferenc Horvath FEEDING         Feed your baby only when hungry.  Avoid propping the bottle or over-feeding.         Breast milk and iron-fortified formulas are 100% nutrition for babies until 4-6 months of age. Babies don’t need extra water or juice.         Honey should be avoided before one year due to a risk of botulism.         Babies …

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