The Pros and Cons of ADHD Drugs for Children

In the last 30 years there has been a twentyfold increase in the consumption of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder aka ADHD.

Over this time there have been many studies and even conflicting information to determine the positive benefits and side effects children experience while using ADHD medication.

It is important that parents try to understand the full picture of using meds to help their child with focus, attention, and behaviour issues so they are … Full Article

Unlock Your Child’s Inner Genius

As a doctor that works with ADHD children, I’ve spoken to thousands of parents about their children and their problems with focusing and learning.

One of the key questions I like to ask is “What is your child really good at.” That usually gets me a confused and puzzled look, but after a bit, they get right into it and I find out amazing things

For example, a lot of ADHD-type kids have incredible artistic skill, or they have an … Full Article

Challenging the Myths of Autism


At Maxi Mind, we are blessed to have a friend and colleague like Jonathan Alderson. Before we even knew he existed, Jonathan started sending us clients, parents of kids diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jonathan is a Harvard Educator who has worked with over 2,000 children and families touched by autism. He’s written a must-read award-winning book, called Challenging the Myths of Autism, published by Collins.

Jonathan Alderson likes Maxi Mind’s multi-modal approach and recognizes the value of … Full Article

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They Called Him “Unschoolable”


Today I’d like to talk about Joseph. He’s in Grade 4; he’s got ADHD… and autism. When Joseph first came to Maxi Mind, he couldn’t read, he had virtually no social skills, and at 9 years of age, he had already been in and out of 8 different schools.

What’s the outlook for kids like Joseph… kids that have ADHD?

Stats from Health Canada and other official sources paint a grim picture.

Fully 1/3 of them do not complete … Full Article

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How to Properly Deal with a Bad Report Card

For parents with children in schools across the GTA, the month of November is when the first report cards are sent home.  The first report card of the year is an important one because it gives you feedback on how your child is doing early enough that significant improvement is still possible.

Here are 7 steps to consider regarding how to properly deal with a bad report card.

1. Has Anything Changed at Home or School?

Before approaching your child … Full Article

ADHD Diagnosis – What’s the Real Epidemic?

ADHD diagnosis and treatment have reached epidemic proportions. According to official US stats, the diagnosis rate went up 42% between 2003 and 2011. The prescription rate has been climbing much faster – 28% in just 4 years.

What’s at the root of this? Is it twitch media? Is it food additives? Is it the environment?

Here’s a huge study from the International Journal of Epidemiology. They reviewed thousands of research papers on ADHD and discovered something remarkable. When you use … Full Article

ADHD Diagnosis – Is it a Road to Nowhere?

If you have a child who has trouble paying attention in school, one of the most confusing things you have to deal with is trying to understand why.

Your typical Dad might be saying, “Hey, he’s just a kid, he’ll grow out of it… I was like that too… he’s just bored… he’s just lazy” or something like that.

Mom might be saying, “Something’s up with this kid. I have another child two years younger who can focus and learn … Full Article

How’s Your LD Radar? Here are Some Learning Disability Early Warning Signs

Early intervention is best practice in whenever problems crop up and it’s especially so with regards to kids’ success at school. The longer your child goes with an undetected learning disability (maybe better to think of it as a learning difficulty than a disability) the more time and energy that will be needed to get them back on track.

As a child moves up through the school system with a learning disability that goes undetected, they continue to fall further … Full Article