Q. How do I determine the best classroom academic and behavioral strategies to use with a child newly diagnosed with ADHD?
A. Although the exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is unknown, many professionals consider it a neurological condition possibly related to chemical imbalance or deficiency in the brain functions that regulate behavior. In the classroom, characteristics such as a compromised attention span, distractibility, auditory processing disorders, impulsivity, and related symptoms can impact a child’s long-term academic learning outcomes. Establishing a collaborative relationship with the child’s teacher is very important. After a couple of weeks request a meeting with the teacher. At that point, the teacher will be able to provide information regarding the specific attributes that are impacting learning. Be patient. Determining the best approach may require several plans.
Dr. Joy Bell \ Principal \ Grace Academy of Dallas \ www.graceacademy.com
Q. When and how much should I water my lawn?
A. If you are new to North Texas, or have been here for years, efficiently watering the lawn can be a challenge. The most important thing to know is sprinklers should supplement rainfall and only be used when needed. This means sprinklers are typically used during summer months and can be shut-off with recent rainfall. When you do water, make sure to follow the “cycle and soak” method. This strategy aims to get water into the soil and reduce waste from runoff down the street. It is recommended to run 6-minute cycles for fixed spray pop-up sprinklers. Program your controller with multiple start times and spread them over two days of the week for deep, infrequent watering. You can take the guesswork out by signing up for free weekly watering advice at www.WaterIsAwesome.com.
Dustan Compton \ Tarrant Regional Water District \ Conservation Manager \ SaveTarrantWater.com
Q. I know my son can do better than he is currently achieving in school, but he lacks self-discipline and drive. Is military school the answer?
A. As parents, we know what our kids could do with the right motivation, and it can be frustrating when they don’t tap into full potential. Military schools provide structure and an immersive leadership program that foster self-discipline and help young men take command of their lives. Competition, teamwork and achievement are part of everyday military school life, and parents often find their sons make huge strides in maturity and drive as they strive to increase rank and leadership positions and serve as role models for younger cadets. For greater perspective, get first-hand knowledge – talk to other military school families about the impact they’ve seen in their sons.
LTC Greg Seibert \ Director of Enrollment Management \ Missouri Military Academy \ missourimilitaryacademy.org
Q. When should my child see a dermatologist for acne?
A. Acne not only causes anxiety and embarrassment for pre-teens and teens, but severe acne can result in permanent facial scarring. Most teenage patients come to see me for acne after having no success with over the counter products. The truth is, in order for acne treatment to be successful, it needs to be individualized. For example, comedonal acne (“white heads and black heads”) responds better to topical retinoids. In the treatment of inflammatory acne, we see better results with topical treatments, combined with oral medication. A female patient may need treatment for an underlying hormonal issue contributing to her acne. A dermatologist can assess your child’s acne and decide the best treatment plan. Early treatment is the best approach!
Dr. Elisa Song \ Dermatologist \ Sona Dermatology and MedSpa \ sonaskin.com