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Michael R. Whitehead, Ph.D., LMFT
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Find out how #parents #outsource, and what you can do about it.
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Just watched a great movie. I encourage everyone to see #momsnightout. Its funny and has a great moral, most of all... It encourages mothers to be less hard on themselves. Go see it, you'll enjoy it!
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 Check out this article about the use of #timeout:
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Is time-out still useful?
Find out by checking out this article I wrote for the Deseret News:    http://www.deseretnews.com/ article/865589389/Is-timeout- still-useful.html
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It's official. I am now an AAMFT Approved Supervisor! Thank you to all of my mentors for helping make this happen!

#MFTsupervision #ApprovedSupervision
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I just finished listening to a presentation on new understandings of ADHD, We were discussing the new book found here (http://amzn.com/0415814251). Here are a few highlights: 
• ADHD is like have a computer virus consuming all of your processing power. 
• Irritation with people goes from 1-10 in 5 seconds flat, forgetting the relationship bonds you have.
• Sleep and ADHD go hand in hand. People with ADHD stay up until exhaustion, compromising their ability to wake up alert the next morning.Doing boring tasks accelerates the sleep response. Consistency in bedtimes is very important, along with at least an hour cool down period before bed (no technology in the bedroom).
• Medicine should be taken about 90 minutes before they should be awake. They can go back to sleep during that 90 minutes, then wake up alert at their regular awake time.
• ADHD changes through age and maturity.
• Hyperactivity in childhood tends to turn to inattention during adolescence (70% of the time). MRI studies show significant delay (3-5 years) in brain development for people with ADHD, especially in regards to executive functions, planning processes and emotional processing.
• ADHD is an asset for those who can match their interests and intrinsic talents with their occupation.
• The amount of medicine needed for treatment is more related to your body's sensitivity to the medication. Many of the side effects common to medications result from either too much medication or the wrong medication.
• Therapists need to be advocates and collaborators with Primary Care Physicians to make sure the treatment for clients is effective and personalized to the client. ADHD meds, when taken appropriately and as directed have not shown permanent changes in the brain chemistry or brain structure. Think of meds as eyeglasses. Most of the time using eyeglasses as directed make no permanent change to the eye structure. Changes in eye structure happen as a natural body change.
• Fish oil is helpful, but when not used in conjunction with therapy, the results are mixed.
• Dietary treatments only work when children experience intense allergies to specific foods.
• Scaffolding is paramount in helping children with ADHD. This allows you to treat them as intelligent and build and use their strengths. Don't focus on weaknesses. 
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I LOVE teaching! Especially when in the process of teaching I learn something new. I was recently told by a class participant that, "unstated expectations are essentially pre-planned resentments". 

What do you think about that statement?
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Very good post, but I think some of the conclusions are too quickly drawn. Let me know what you think below: 
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