Monthly Archives: August 2018


Mid-Atlantic Support Group Social Brings Families Together

AXYS Mid Atlantic Support Group Summer Social group photoOn August 11th, the Mid-Atlantic Support Group held a summer social get together in Chadds Ford, PA. The gathering consisted of 22 families, 21 individuals with a variation, and over 50 attendees total.  Families came from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and California. Children and adults representing XXY, XYY, XXYY and Trisomy X enjoyed a cook-out and various indoor and outdoor games. For some, it was the first time ever meeting someone else with their condition. For others, it was an opportunity to catch up with friends.

Ryan Bregante, who started the group Living with XXY, attended after having spent the week participating in a study at the NIH. He shared his positive experience with everyone interested, encouraging them to participate in research studies if they could. A number of the young adults were excited to have the opportunity to talk with Ryan face-to-face. It was also educational for Ryan to meet those with other conditions.

Mostly, it was an opportunity for people to talk and interact in a social environment with others just like them. Both parents and individuals with one of the conditions, found the afternoon to be an opportunity to learn new things, make new friends, and leave the rigors of daily life behind for a few hours.

This comment from one parent perhaps captures the essence of the day best of all. “I got very emotional watching Violet speak, for the first time ever in person, with another girl with Trisomy X. I remember being so scared when we first found out her diagnosis, not knowing anything about it and feeling so alone. Having the opportunity to watch her play with another girl with her condition was incredibly moving. They seemed to have an immediate connection with each other. Violet said on the way home that they “just started talking and were friends right away.”

Sometimes navigating through the ‘regular world’ can be challenging when people don’t understand why Violet acts the way she does. Being with a group of people who understand is very comforting. These kinds of meetings are so valuable both for opportunities like Violet’s, and also for the relationships built between parents with shared experiences.”

Another parent had this to say, “It was life changing for us as a family, and it will be an incredible support system for Carlos as he grows up.  We are so grateful for all of you and what you do; for providing this platform to interact and support one another. Thank you so much for having us.  Carlos is still talking about it.”

AXYS Mid Atlantic Support Group Summer Social group photoAnd this from a teen, “I went to a meet and greet, where I could meet other men that can relate with me. I met a guy named Ryan who has a YouTube channel and explains what living with XXY is like. Even though I […]

2018-10-26T12:52:30-04:00Categories: All Variations|

Everything You Never Knew About the ADHD Brain

Article Title: Everything You Never Knew About the ADHD Brain

Author: Alison Kravit, PsyD, AAC

Date of Publication: July 2018

“Imagine hundreds of cars approaching an intersection that has no traffic light or stop sign. This is what happens to the ADHD brain every day where the prefrontal cortex (the intersection) is unable to properly regulate your various thoughts and feelings (the various cars approaching the intersection). Learn more about the ‘Intersection Model’ for ADHD.”

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2018-09-04T12:44:12-04:00Categories: All Variations|

Secrets of the ADHD Brain: Why We Think, Act, and Feel the Way We Do

Article Title: Secrets of the ADHD Brain: Why We Think, Act, and Feel the Way We Do

Author: William Dodson, MD

Date of Publication: 2016

“ADHD is a confusing, contradictory, inconsistent, and frustrating condition. It is overwhelming to people who live with it every day…The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has 18 criteria, and other symptom lists cite as many as 100 traits.”

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2019-01-31T20:45:39-04:00Categories: All Variations|

The Brain-Behavior Connection In Children with ADHD

Article Title: The Brain-Behavior Connection In Children with ADHD

Author: Joel Nigg, PhD

Date of Publication: 2016

Presentation slides providing information on the neuroscience of attention and emotion as it relates to ADHD. The slides also offer a look at self-regulation of emotions and behavior in individuals with ADHD and how much variability there is in this condition from one child to the next.

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2018-09-05T10:52:25-04:00Categories: All Variations|