Phonics or Balanced Literacy: How Does Your School Teach Reading?

Sold a Story: How does our district teach reading?

I was an active member of my school’s PTA over 20 years ago. I became aware that my district was using a highly regarded balanced literacy/whole language reading program to teach children how to read. This same program was being used in most schools nationwide.  As parents, we were concerned that our children were not … Read more

ADHD and Dyslexia – They Often Walk Together

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As many of you know, it is not unusual for people with ADHD to struggle with reading skill development. In fact, of people who are diagnosed with ADHD, 30-40% will struggle with dyslexia.  While many children seem to pick up reading with little effort, most of these children need more guidance and practice to become … Read more

Understanding & Utilizing Your Child’s Evaluations

Have you wondered how you can best use the evaluations provided by the school and professionals? Understanding your child’s learning and behavioral profile is essential in helping you and those who work with your child best meet your child’s developmental and academic needs. As I always say, you must “Parent the Child You Have.” With … Read more

Does My Child Need Diagnostics?

Supporting Children and Teens with ADHD, Coexisting Conditions, and ADHD-like Conditions When your child is struggling in school or at home, it’s often hard to determine what are “typical” behaviors or learning struggles and what is beyond what might be considered within the normal range.  I asked licensed clinical psychologist and author Dr. Gene Carroccia … Read more

The Impact of ADHD and Sensory Processing Challenges on Sports Skills

Sports often play a large role in children’s lives, for better and for worse.  If you have a child who enjoys engaging in athletic activities, whether on their own or in organized activities, their attentional and sensory processing challenges may make it difficult for them to fully enjoy their pursuits.  And for children who may … Read more

Launching Into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or Not!

Launching Into Young Adulthood...Ready or Not! by Chris Dendy

It is an honor to have Chris Dendy and Ruth Hughes share about their new book to my PTS Coaching community. I have known both Chris and Ruth for many years through my involvement with National CHADD.  They are each compassionate advocates and outstanding practitioners.  Their new book, Launching into Young Adulthood with ADHD…Ready or … Read more

ADHD is Not a Problem of KNOWING What To Do – It’s a Problem of DOING What You Know

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Ok, school started. Back to the grind.   For some parents, it’s a relief to have the kids back to a routine. But for others, it’s a daily nightmare of prodding them along to reach the potential you know they have. I wish I had the magic bullet for you to convince your child that if they … Read more