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In answer to y’all’s requests, today I’m chatting with certified special education teacher, Sara Furlich, about Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a mom to three girls, two of whom have been diagnosed with ADHD, Sara personally knows the impact of this disorder on home life. In this episode she answers the questions y’all asked on Facebook about diagnoses, medication, coping strategies, etc.

Every parent will learn something from Sara in this episode. I appreciated her thoughts on establishing a routine during the chaotic summer months. And I loved her “chore tag” idea for keeping kids on track with chores/responsibilities.

What we chat about:

  • Can other conditions be mistaken for ADHD? Can sleep apnea be misdiagnosed as ADHD?
  • Looking at stress/anxiety and social skills when diagnosing ADHD.
  • What steps to take when you suspect a child has symptoms of ADHD.
  • Can a child outgrow ADHD?
  • How do you decide if child should go off meds for breaks/summer?
  • Clearing up the confusion between ADD and ADHD labels.
  • Strategies for mom of child with ADHD-inattentive type.
  • A routine you can set up to help with summer chaos.
  • How to help kiddos with oppositional behaviors.

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How to listen to the podcast:

1.Listen on the blog. Click through to and click the play button at the beginning of this post.

2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one (that I mentioned) in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. If you don’t have an iDevice, you can listen via Stitcher.

3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (Click here to access via iTunes). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.


  1. Christy Broyles

    Yea! I love Sara and am so glad that you all connected for this interview. Even though I talk with her all the time I am looking forward to the Podcast and all of the tips I can glean from her.

  2. Ashley Lewis

    This episode was packed full of all kinds of good stuff! I’m going to have to listen a few times!

    In my own life, I also wanted to point something out as we have a daughter on the autism spectrum and over the past year have been in many different therapies and trying new strategies. Our occupational therapist caught a vision problem with her that I never would have seen otherwise. We are currently going through vision therapy (something I never knew existed.) There are some cases, like with my daughter, where she has 20/20 vision but her lack of strong eye muscles were causing her body to move faster in order to keep up with her eyes, looking like hyperactivity. It may be something other parents may want to think about before just going straight to an ADHD diagnosis. The statistics are that 1 in 4 children have some sort of vision related problem that affects their learning abilities. I hope that this may help someone!

    Keep up the great work Heather!

  3. Lindsay

    Thank you for this episode! It was very insightful and helpful. I would really love to hear more about Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Sara mentioned it briefly at the end of the podcast, but I am desperate for more resources to help with my non-compliant child. Thanks!

  4. Rachel McCloud

    This was so awesome. My daughter doesn’t have ADD but I do. I would love to hear something about how ADHD mom’s can survive and actually get things done and be a good parent and wife 🙂

  5. Bethany

    Thank you so much for this episode. I recently discovered your Podcast and have been going back through past episodes. As a mom of a child with the inattentive type ADHD I often find myself running into walls on how I can help my son (and our family) not just survive but thrive and rejoice in how God has created us each uniquely. Not only did this provide so many good ideas and tips but it has given me hope!

    Thank you!

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