When Your Child Thinks They Are ‘Stupid’ or ‘Bad’: Addressing Low Self-Esteem in Children Who Struggle

“I’m stupid”. “I’m bad.” When your child says that, it’s like a punch to the gut. There is nothing worse than seeing your child’s self-esteem erode when they are already struggling with learning and behaviour issues. What’s interesting is that even before a diagnosis when moms have that gut feeling that their child is not…

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Why ADHD & Learning Disabilities Can ‘Run in the Family’ & What You Can Do: Understanding the MTHFR Gene

Last summer, Amy sat across from me in my office wondering if there was really anything that can be done about her son’s learning difficulties. “It runs in the family,” she said. She told me that her brothers had learning disabilities and ADHD and so did her husband’s family. Amy herself was dyslexic and struggled…

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Signs of Retained Primitive Reflexes & How To Integrate Them

In my last article I described the primitive reflexes that are part of your child’s ‘baby brain’ and how they can prevent the development of higher brain levels. After about twelve months, these reflexes should integrate with the development of more complex movements. When they don’t disappear (known as integration), they can interfere with the…

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Is It ADHD, LD or Is It Primitive Reflexes?

If a child is impulsive, unable to sit still, has poor motor skills or has difficulty learning—the most common diagnosis is ADHD or a learning disability. Yet these symptoms might have nothing to do with a disorder and may be occurring because a child’s ‘baby brain’ didn’t totally disappear. Child development researchers have found that…

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