Over the years, Dr. Davenport has written a number of articles to help address the needs of children, teens, adults, and families struggling with many aspects of life. This index of articles is designed to serve as a launching point to help you start down the path of finding the help you desire and deserve. Enjoy!
Category Archive: Blog
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In the rainforest, something is always growing, and the most growth occurs after some immediate conflict, the resulting change, and even more conflict.
The same is true for us when we learn how to endure the conflicts of change and experience lasting growth.
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ADD/ADHD is one of the most researched and most misunderstood diagnoses. Confusion occurs largely because the terms “attention deficit” and “hyperactivity” describe only the surface features of this challenge: these are just the tip of the iceberg: the symptoms are much broader and deeper than this.
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When considering the difficulties you, your child, or your teen are having, it is important to contemplate all possible causes including anxiety, adjustment, and mood disorders. Children and teens who struggle with these challenges may have trouble with school performance and behavior. They may even appear distracted, impulsive, and hyperactive. Adults struggling with these difficulties can struggle too.
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At home and in the classroom, structured behavioral techniques and discipline are proven successful. Combined with flexibility that adjusts for the child’s unique difficulties associated with inconsistent mental effort and variable self-monitoring, flexible structuring is an attitude that focuses on addressing problems instead of bemoaning them. In this series of articles, Dr. Davenport provides helpful suggestions for many common behavior struggles, as well as, recommendations for when to use token economies, response cost, and natural/logical consequences.
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The child or teen with attention, learning, and executive functioning struggles has difficulty learning can benefit from an education plan that addresses two specific needs:
(1) structuring aimed at helping her build her own internal structured approach to problem solving.
(2) flexibility of classroom accommodations and auxilliary aids to support her unique set of executive skill weaknesses.
This set of articles outlines ways to help your struggling child or teen by meeting both of these needs.
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Executive functions are a set of abilities that help us manage our time, energy, talents, and resources in order to achieve our goals. These skills involve planning, problem solving, working memory, stopping behavior, self-monitoring, and controlling emotions in order to achieve goals and not procrastinate. Here’s the good news: each of these abilities can be identified and improved through structured counseling and coaching techniques..
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Studying without a plan and without organization is like trying to eat a pizza that’s not cut. It’s overwhelming! Where do you start? These active learning strategies give your child the ability to break her studies down into small manageable steps just like a pizza cutter allows her to cut a pizza into smaller easier to handle pieces.
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Striving for success in life without established goals is like trying to climb a mountain without a well thought out plan and the necessary tools. It’s overwhelming! Where do you start? How will you ever reach the top? It’s hard to imagine. In this set of articles, Dr. Davenport outlines ways adults and students can develop improved goal directed effort.
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In her book Daring Greatly, University of Houston shame and vulnerability expert Brene Brown, Ph.D. calls parenting “a shame and judgment minefield.” Her assessment is especially true for those of us who are raising children and teens struggling with ADHD and related executive functioning challenges. In this heart-felt article, fellow-struggler Dr Davenport provides practical advice to help you overcome the shame and stigma of ADHD so you can vulnerably address your child’s needs, encourage her strengths, and celebrate her daily successes!
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