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Rebecca L Marshall

ADHD and Virtual Learning
August 31, 2020

The school year has started off virtually for over 50% of the nation’s students. According to an August 2020 study by Burbio, a digital monitoring platform, the larger the school district, the more likely K-12 students are to be...

Are You Worried and Distracted? Anxiety versus ADHD
June 16, 2020

Current events are anxiety-provoking. Many are worrying so much that they can’t concentrate. While in a state of heightened worry, previously distractible individuals may struggle more than ever before. However, anxiety and ADHD are not the same and require...

Wondering About a Learning Disability? 3 Signs for Parents
May 18, 2020

Parents often consult me about signs of a learning disability in their children. Sometimes difficulties are obvious, such as when an adolescent struggles year after year to pass math or when a child struggles to learn to read long...

Mental and Emotional Flexibility in the Age of COVID-19
March 17, 2020

If you scroll through social media feeds, you’ll find a lot of advice about how to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You may be told to take the virus and its effect on your physical health very...

How are Food and Emotions Connected?
March 2, 2020

Our culture now has a term for anger associated with hunger. Irritable, hungry people are often called “hangry”, a condition solved quickly by eating. While being “hangry” is not usually a serious problem, you may have wondered what kind...

How Does Sleep Affect Your Emotional Life?
February 24, 2020

Parents of adolescents often tell me that their children stay up too late, usually on electronic devices, and that they are sleep-deprived during much of the school year.  Most parents assume that poor or insufficient sleep is impacting their...

Repressed Memories: Fact or Fiction?
March 25, 2019

  Do our brains protectively block our own recall of memories of traumatic experiences?  Repressed memories are thought to be blocked from one’s conscious awareness due to a high level of stress or trauma associated with the forgotten experience. ...

Dyscalculia: Learning Disability in Math
November 19, 2018

Parents of children struggling with math in school may wonder whether their child has a learning disability.  Dyscalculia is the name of the learning disorder specifically associated with difficulty grasping basic math concepts.  The difficulty is diagnosed as a...

Executive Function and the Regulation of Emotion in Development
October 29, 2018

Mastery of the regulation of one’s emotions is a life-long process.  Psychiatrist Erik Erikson (1959) posited that humans must go through eight stages of social-emotional development as they mature into early adulthood and then on to later adulthood.1  Each...

Dyslexia and ADHD: The Importance of Psycho-Educational Assessment
March 16, 2018

Parents of children struggling in elementary and middle school often wonder whether their child has dyslexia or an attention deficit.  Psycho-educational testing is important for differential diagnosis of cognitive and academic difficulties, as well as for the development of...