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Rich Brancaccio

Rich Brancaccio

Rich spent much of his career working as a school psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, serving on several school district autism evaluation teams. Rich is truly passionate about helping children with various difficulties overcome obstacles to attain success. He has personally evaluated hundreds of children with various developmental needs, and provided consultation and insight for over one thousand cases.

Recent posts by Rich Brancaccio

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Address ADHD: Predictive Analytics & Diagnostics through Wearables

By Rich Brancaccio on December 22, 2020

Physicians and clinicians are often faced with tremendous gaps in necessary data while making diagnostic and clinical recommendations. With the rise of wearable devices enabling constant data collection, wearable sensors can leverage artificial intelligence tools such as big data and machine learning to fill in the gaps, finding unique trends and patterns in the process. By pioneering early research into the effects of physical movement and self-report data, we can see a glimpse into the future of constant, or “365” data collection for the assessment and treatment of ADHD. Recently Lindsay Ayearst and I gave a presentation on this topic at the 16th Annual ADHD Conference hosted by CADDRA. The following is an overview of that presentation.

Topics: School Psychologist
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Overcoming Obstacles: 6 Steps You Can Take to Help Your ADHD Child at Home During COVID

By Rich Brancaccio on November 24, 2020

For parents of school-age children, 2020 has brought a variety of challenges. In many cases, these challenges are exacerbated if the child has ADHD. Many parents have been, by necessity, forced to add teacher and school counselor roles to their daily activities - alongside their day job - while still being a parent. It can be daunting, especially if your child’s ADHD diagnosis is a recent one. Recently I spoke with Penny Williams for an episode of her podcast where we shared a number of tips for parents who find themselves struggling in the current conditions, and are perhaps low on resources. I really enjoyed speaking with Penny, and if you have the time I encourage you to give it a listen. If you just need some key take-aways, here are several things you can do to help your child while they strive to work under unusual learning conditions:

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What is "Testing", Anyway?

By Rich Brancaccio on September 29, 2017

Testing: What the Heck Does That Even Mean?

A very common question we hear in the field of psychology is, "What does it mean to have my child 'tested'?" 

Topics: focus School Psychologist
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Reducing Perseverative Thoughts in Autism

By Rich Brancaccio on September 13, 2017

Many times, people wish to help individuals on the autism spectrum reduce or control their perseverative thoughts in order to increase focus/learning or to improve social functioning.

Topics: focus School Psychologist
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ADHD/Autism Homework Tips to Save Time (And Your Sanity!)

By Rich Brancaccio on September 5, 2017

The Homework Hang-Up

If you’ve ever tried to sit and ‘do homework’ with a child with focusing issues, you very clearly understand the headline of this article.  One hour of homework can very easily stretch into the three and four hour mark, straining both you and your child physically and emotionally.  Because children with attention issues obviously have limited attention spans and often have poor executive functioning skills, there are a few things you can do to help target these issues.

Read on to discover a few easy ways to stop the tears, arguing and frustrations…

Topics: homework