Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common reason for referral of children who present for mental health treatment. Similarly, it represents one of the most common diagnostic issues seen in school-aged children. It is characterized by significant impairment in the area(s) of attention, impulse control, and activity level. Like many other medical conditions, minor issues in these areas are seen in many children and are not considered problematic. It is only when the symptoms of ADHD are significant and interfere with a child’s function in school, home, or social situations that a diagnosis of ADHD should be made. These symptoms may result in poor academic performance, serious risk taking behavior, significant disruptive behaviors,and cause frustration for the child, their family, and school personnel. Social skills and the development of friendships may be negatively impacted by the symptoms of ADHD. »Read More

Nonviolence at Pace School means that everyone speaks and acts in ways that make you feel safe.  In our classroom, this means you learn to keep your hands to yourself, your voice in a calm tone and not respond to the negative comments and actions of the kids around you.

Miss H helps by reminding us to use our safety plans when we are upset. Mr. B tells us to “take-5” when we get frustrated.  Mr. P listens to what we say.  I help keep our classroom safe by reminding everybody to just ignore the negative stuff.

—  Pace Student

Most of the time I act out when I don’t get attention, but staff at Pace listen when I tell them how I’m feeling. When someone listens to how I feel, they show that they care about me even during the bad times. Today I wanted to talk to someone and I was able to. I still feel a little angry, but the talk was helpful. Sometimes staff can get angry too and they model how to talk about it. Everyone has problems and they don’t want to speak about it, but that only makes it worse. So, open up your ears when someone tells you how they feel, even if you’ve had problems with that person

— Pace Student