The Child and Family Mental Health blog is pleased to present a guest post from Dr. Gloria Vanderhorst, Ph. D., a psychologist in Silver Spring, MD, with over 30 years experience working with children with ADHD and learning disabilities and their families.
One of the common fears for parents is that a diagnosis of ADHD will be stigmatizing for their child. Sometimes an evaluation is put off because of this fear. In my work with clients who have ADHD, I have learned that knowing the diagnosis is the entry card to the mysterious world of the brain. Exploring how our brain works and understanding what goes on inside of this world will enable the child to take charge of his own functioning and facilitate progress in learning how to cope with this unique brain. [Read more…]