Karen Lowry, R.N.,M.S.N.
Karen K. Lowry is a mother of four children, 3 of whom are adults, and grandma of a 10 month old. She is a registered nurse who has specialized in pediatrics. Her youngest child, now 16, was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6. She has spent years advocating for this child with the co-existing condition of a learning difference. Schools in many cases do not understand this invisible, neurobiological diagnosis of ADHD and therefore the kids with impairments that create academic struggle are not adequately supported.
Since 2006, she has been a Parent2Parent ADHD Family Trainer certified by CHADD, Children and Adults with ADHD, a non-profit organization that offers support and education about ADHD. She has taught both community and online classes that offer support and information about ADHD so that families can better support and advocate for their kids. Karen also has become an ADHD Coach for children and teens to promote goal setting and action plans. It's so important for our kids with ADHD to have a healthy self-esteem: without it, they can not perform effectively. It is important for them to understand their ADHD and know that they are not broken, simply wired differently.
Karen wrote a book a few years ago, The Seventh Inning Sit: A Journey of ADHD. It is a book depicting a personal journey of advocacy for her son. A parent can never give up...They know their children best and need to be there to ensure their success as well as their ability to self-advocate.
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Posts by Karen Lowry, R.N.,M.S.N.:
Fueling The GPS
September 19th, 2013
Erasing Anxiety as Transition Looms
August 5th, 2013
The Law’s Reinforcement Of Parental Advocacy
July 9th, 2013
The Icon Of Positivity
June 20th, 2013
Commitment At Birth
May 29th, 2013
Parents: The True Force Behind Successful Advocacy
May 1st, 2013
A Journey Of Discovery: Fact Or Fiction?
April 24th, 2013
Being Aware Of The Advocate
March 28th, 2013
An Attempt To Wear The Shoes
March 8th, 2013
Invisible Impairments of ADHD
February 25th, 2013
We in the world of ADHD professionals talk often about the importance of an early diagnosis so that treatment can begin and allow strategy development for impairments to success. That makes sense. Knowing the diagnosis [...]
The approach of August brings with it the overwhelming and anxiety producing thoughts of the start of school for many diagnosed with ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD do not allow many times a user friendly environment for [...]
An amazing decision has been made as of June 13, 2013! Our kids with special needs are supported in schools with IEP’s, individual education plans. They are regulated by federal law, mandating minimally annual meetings [...]
I recently attended the graduation at my son’s school in Conshocken, Pa. It is called AIM Academy and is a school for learning differences. Although my son was not graduating, I went to hear Dr. Ned Hallowell, a child [...]
We parents, bring our kids into this world to love, protect, clothe, feed, guide, and teach them. We who have kids with ADHD quickly learn another verb that must be added: Advocate! We know our kid better than the world. [...]
Should we parents be overruled by teachers and physicians when it comes to our kids’ academic achievement and self-esteem? I say no! We know our kids better than anyone, and therefore are in the right and best [...]
I watched a very troubling show last night. It was about the journey of discovery as to who was responsible for consistent injuries to a five year old girl. Initially it was thought to be the result of an angry nanny. [...]
Below is a humorous poem about IEP’s, individual education plans: Do you like these IEPs? I do not like these IEP’s I do not like them, Jeeze Louise We test, we check We plan, we meet But nothing ever seems [...]
As a coach and parent of children with ADHD, I sometimes struggle with understanding how they really feel. Using supportive measures to help the client with stated goals is part of what we do as ADHD coaches. But let’s [...]
We have traveled a distance along this journey of ADHD. Many more people are diagnosed and treated. So many parents of diagnosed kids are now being diagnosed as they learn about the genetic nature of ADHD and realize [...]