No Hits, No Runs, Many Errors…The Adult ADHD Slump

Adult ADHD

ADHD is often thought of as a childhood diagnosis that magically disappears in late adolescence. Up until the last couple of decades the Adult ADHD diagnosis simply did not exist. ADHD affects upwards of 10% of the population, which often persists into adulthood and typically causes individuals to continue to struggle with core symptoms of … Read more

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

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

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

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

Righting the Off-Track School Year

[Written for Long Island Parent Feb/March 2011] The second quarter marking period is over and your child’s grades have taken a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where the school year is headed if no changes are made. You are both feeling frustrated and anxious about the months to come. You’ve … Read more

The Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique (“Pomodoro” is Italian for “Tomato”).  Make the most use of the time you spend on working and deepen your concentration and productivity using this effective technique! Essentially; it is a way of breaking your work time into “Pomodoros” (“units of time” such as 25 minutes).   When you set out to do your … Read more