Motivation – How Can We Help Kids Find it?

You know the drill – “Do your homework”, “Clean your room”, “Get ready for school”.  At some point, hopefully before they leave home for work or college, you hope that they will not need someone else telling them to get started doing the things they need to do.  I have written and spoken extensively about how to support kids as they develop their abilities to manage their time, materials, and emotions, but for now I want to focus on how … Read more

Hands-On Support for Parents

By now you may have experienced that ADHD involves more than just difficulty with inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. For many children, it involves difficulty with managing their emotions, their ability to plan and carry out their goals, and much more. Children with ADHD often feel misunderstood, overwhelmed, and ill-equipped to manage what is expected of them. When children don’t seem to be working toward their potential or are acting defiant, it is difficult to know how to react in a way … Read more

Is ADHD Coaching Right for You or Your Child?

We hear a lot about coaching these days.  While this term was reserved in the past for sports, we now have coaches for just about every profession and activity in life.  So what exactly is a coach, and how does it differ from a teacher or a therapist? Having ADHD is a complex, multifaceted condition that we are still learning about through science, research and experience.  We know that it is not a lack intelligence that creates the challenge, rather … Read more

What Accommodations and Modifications will best support your Child’s learning?

At this point in the school year, many parents are noticing that their children are struggling and they are looking toward the school for more guidance and support.   For many children, it’s not the content of the academics that is creating the difficulty, but rather the process of learning and performing that is most challenging.  Students who have ADHD and/or Executive Function deficits have difficulty with impulse control, slower processing speed, staying organized, managing their time and other challenges that, … Read more

Learning and the Brain: What Parents and Educators Must Know

I recently went to an amazing conference in Virginia attended by the top Neuropsychologist and Educators in the country.  Three days of intense learning about HOW kids really learn best, what makes learning and performing more challenging for some kids, and what we can all do to improve our education system – both at home and at school.  I am excited to share what I have learned this year in my new Teacher Trainings and Parent Workshops. While it is … 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 disabilities, fine motor disabilities, writing skill deficits and/or distractibility.  The following are some quick tips for adding value to the note taking process by making … Read more