Stay tuned for more news about where you can find the film “Sister” directed by David Lascher.
Check out this article on Parents.com about the new film “Sister” directed by Our Kids First Foundation President David Lascher and written by David Lascher and Todd Camhe. Here’s a bit from the article: “In fact, Lascher and Camhe started the Our Kids First Foundation to raise awareness and spark discussion about ADD, ADHD, and other related conditions. “This is just a first and in ways small but important step to raise that awareness,” said Scott. “I think a lot of people are going to relate. Everybody knows someone that’s going through one of these issues.” It’s true. With ADD and ADHD becoming more common diagnoses, (as scientific advisor to the Foundation Dr. Steven Hinshaw writes his new book The ADHD Explosion) we all seem to know someone affected by it. “Our hope is that people connect with [the movie] and it gets them talking, sharing their stories, their experiences,” said Camhe.”
Stephen P Hinshaw, Ph. D., scientific advisor and board member of Our Kids First Foundation, just recently wrote and op-ed about ADHD for the New York Times. You can read the whole thing here on NY Times website. The problem is that millions of American children have been labeled with A.D.H.D. when they don’t truly have it. Our research has revealed a worrisome parallel between our nation’s increasing push for academic achievement and increased school accountability — and skyrocketing A.D.H.D. diagnoses, particularly for the nation’s poorest children. Stephen Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Department Chair from 2004-2011, and Vice Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.
We are very pleased to announce that “Sister” has officially started production in Los Angeles. The indie drama centers on an actor helping to raise his little sister, who is suffering from ADHD. The film stars Reid Scott (regular on “Veep”), Barbara Hershey, Illeana Douglas, and Nadine Velazquez. The script was penned by Our Kids First Foundation President and the film’s director, David Lascher, along with OKFF Vice President Todd Camhe. Click here to follow the film on Facebook, and keep up on Twitter and Facebook at @SisterTheMovie
ADHD OVERVIEW What is ADD/ADHD? ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurological condition that is usually genetically transmitted. It is characterized by distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness or hyperactivity. In both disorders these symptoms are present from childhood on, and with a much greater intensity than in the everyday person, so that they interfere with everyday functioning. ADD/ADHD Diagnosis Diagnosis is made primarily by reviewing one’s history; there is no foolproof “test” for AD/HD (the preferred abbreviation for both disorders). In arriving at an accurate diagnosis it is important to look for other problems that may occur along with ADD, such as low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse or family turmoil. While the following lists may give you an idea if an evaluation for ADD/ADHD is appropriate, we strongly recommend getting diagnosed by a mental health professional if you suspect that you or your child may be ADD/ADHD. ADD/ADHD in Children If your child exhibits at least eight of the following behaviors for at least a six-month period, consider an evaluation by a team of AD/HD professionals. Often fidgets with … Continue reading
As an actor, I have been fortunate enough to portray a variety of roles, playing characters from all walks of life. In my next role, I am moving behind the camera to bring you SISTER, loosely allowing life to imitate art. I speak to you not as an actor, but as President of Our Kids First Foundation. My younger sister was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 5. I had already moved to Los Angeles and wasn’t really aware of what my family was dealing with. All I knew was that Carly had a disorder and she was always on a different medication. When I got married and started a family of my own I began to think about, and worry, who would take care of Carly if anything happened to my parents. That fear was the original idea for the screenplay “Sister”. When my father died suddenly that fear became a reality. I was thrust into the role of making sure that Carly was well taken care of and that she was being given the opportunity to reach her … Continue reading
Our Kids First Foundation Set Launch Date Our Kids First Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and stimulating conversation about the issues of childhood ADD, ADHD, and depression. It is the goal of the foundation to champion this cause and support charities that give children and their families who are dealing with these challenges the resources that they need and to let them know they are not alone. It is the goal of Our Kids First Foundation to raise awareness and support for childhood depression and ADHD, and help raise funds for charities dedicated to some of the most challenging issues facing families today. While the term “special needs” has become all too familiar, it now includes a myriad of conditions including ADHD, depression, low self esteem, RAD (reactive detachment disorder), impulsivity, along with many others. When a child is diagnosed with one of these conditions and a family is forced to face this new reality, there is often confusion, shame, blame, as well as conflicting ideas on causes and treatment. Through this foundation, we hope to help parents and children realize that they are … Continue reading