Life Solutions of Dallas-Fort Worth Blog Articles

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!

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The Myths, The Mysteries, & The Magic

ADHD is one of the most researched and most misunderstood medical conditions. Confusion occurs largely because the terms “attention deficit” and “hyperactivity” describe only the surface features of this challenge: these are just one piece of the ADHD puzzle: the symptoms are much broader and deeper than this. In this series of articles, Dr. Davenport address the myths, misunderstandings, mysteries, and magic of ADHD.

Anxiety, Mood & Adjustment Challenges

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.

Behavior & Discipline at Home & School

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 executive functioning, flexible structuring is an attitude that focuses on addressing problems instead of bemoaning them.

Educational Care

The child or teen with attention, learning, and executive functioning struggles 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 needs.

“Executive Functions” are not Parties for CEOs!

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 starting productive actions and stopping unproductive actions in order to achieve goals and stay connected socially. Here’s the good news: each of these abilities can be identified and improved through research-based cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Executive Functions: These Active Strategies Can Help Students!

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.

Parenting Success Articles

Over the years, Dr. Davenport has studied a number of parenting techniques and while not all strategies work for all parents and their children, some are more likely to work with those who struggle with executive functioning difficulties.

Self-Compassion: Helping Your Child or Teen Develop More than Self-Esteem

Children with learning, attention, social, or emotional problems often lose esteem because of continued failures and struggles. They negatively compare themselves to their peers who don’t struggle, and over time, they can easily become unmotivated. Poor motivation often leads to negative beliefs, harmful actions and a cycle of continued failure. The good news is that parents and teachers can help change a child’s trajectory in life by helping them develop self-kindness. Read this series of articles to learn how.

Social Strategies

Some children with executive functioning challenges also suffer from a handicap that isolates them from others. Boys and girls with social cognition weaknesses seem immature and seem to lack good judgment at times. They may be less sensitive to the needs of others. As a result, they are rejected by their peers, and their social relationships seem “out of synch.” Read this series of articles to find out how you can help your child or student.

Time Management Alternatives for Students and Adults

Over the years Dr. Davenport has known many students and adults who struggle to use a standard store-bought or school-provided time management tools. Using a combination of the following tools, these adults and students are now experiencing success.

Making Treatment Decisions

These days, families are faced with so many treatment decisions, it is often hard to know what to do to help your child.

In this article, Dr. Davenport outlines research-based multimodal treatment options and suggests questions to ask when faced with any of the numerous alternative treatments available.

Treatment Decisions: How to Read Research Articles to Choose Treatment Options for Your Child or Teen

Research articles typically have a specific format and each part is important to consider when deciding whether or not a specific approach is best for you, your child, or your teen. In this set of posts, Dr. Davenport lists the most important “red-flags” to consider when reading research articles, but it is not an easy process. It’s important to think about the questions in each of these posts when reviewing research articles.