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The Fine (or not so fine) Art of Effective Note Taking

A key skill for school success involves the ability to take effective class notes.  Teachers expect that their words will be recorded and that students will use these notes for test preparation, homework completion, essays and other assignments.  In reality, note taking is quite difficult for many students who face challenges caused by inattention, learning … Read more

What is so Difficult about Doing Homework?

Okay, you have resolved some of the more obvious issues.   You have systems in place to help ensure that the proper information and materials arrive home with our child.  Your child has been given a second set of books to keep at home.  Yet, somehow, getting the homework completed at a quality level and returned … Read more

Dear Ms. D.: I letter to my fifth grade teacher

I am Samantha. You may not remember me, you were my fifth-grade teacher in 1998. While I am sure whatever memory you have of me has long faded after years of teaching, you have made an indelible mark on education, my self-esteem and me. Before you assume I am extolling your virtues and teaching abilities, … Read more

Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Managing the College Application Process for Students with ADHD

Making the College Application Process Easier for Students with ADHD Teenagers with ADHD often feel anxious about what the future will hold.  They are not alone in their worry, as parents are often equally or more concerned about the best path for their child. It is therefore recommended that a frank and open family discussion … Read more

ADHD and Back to School Anxiety

Here it is, the new school year.  For many, it’s the time when our children’s carefree smiles disappear and their walk loses some of its lightness.  Stress, overwhelm, and anxiety, creep back into our children’s lives as they approach the beginning of school.  What’s a parent to do? For starters, do whatever you can to find … Read more

Help a Teacher to Understand a Child

It’s 8 am.  The kids are pulling in to school after a long break.   Mrs. S. enters the main office to ask, calmly but assertively, to speak to the Principal.  He greets her with confusion and concern.  Mrs. S. reports that she needs to talk with her son’s Social Studies teacher, NOW! She has prepared … Read more

Great Apps for Parents and Kids

There seems to be an explosion of new apps being developed for computers, tablets and smartphones each day. While it can seem overwhelming, some of these apps are worth learning about. And the best part is that most of them are free or very inexpensive. For those still unfamiliar with what an “app” is, think … Read more

The ADHD Awareness Book Project: 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD

The ADHD Awareness Book Project: 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD is a collaborative book, aimed at providing a unique one-of-a-kind resource for people with ADHD and increasing the awareness of ADHD worldwide. More than 80 co-authors and ADHD experts such as Cindy Goldrich have come together to share their best tips and strategies to … Read more

What Teachers Really Know About Kids with ADHD

Hot topic of the week: “ Why doesn’t my child’s teacher ‘get it?’ ”  “Why doesn’t she understand how ADHD really impacts my child  – that he is not lazy, unmotivated, nor intentionally manipulative?”   I know this opens up a whole set of emotions for many parents out there, so before I go any further, … Read more

What Makes Waking Up So Difficult for People with ADHD

In my previous article, What makes sleep so difficult for kids with ADHD, I explored the difficulties that children and adolescents may have in falling asleep.  As I had mentioned, research shows that between 25 and 50% of people with ADHD have clinically reported sleep difficulties.  These can be attributed to biology, stimulant medication side … Read more

Medication – The Parent Factor

The topic of medication for treating ADHD has been in the news again lately.  In case you missed it, the New York Times recently published an article titled Ritalin Gone Wrong [Jan. 28, 2012].  The media does a tremendous disservice when they choose to highlight only one side of a complex and controversial issue.  Several … Read more

Casting a Wider Net: Section 504 Under the 2008 ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) ©  Lisa M. LaVardera, Esq.

504 Accommodations for ADHD In 2008, Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act, significantly broadening the definition of disability, beginning in 2009.  That change impacted the definition of disability under Section 504, one of two statutes from which children  receive special education services in school, (the other being The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or … Read more