When School is Out for Summer – Learning Isn’t! The Value of Pre-Teaching

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I recently met Brandon Slade, who runs an after-school and summer program for middle and high school students who struggle with ADHD, executive function, and dyslexia.  We were discussing the challenges some students have with the pace and level of work they must master, even though they are very bright and capable of learning the … Read more

Skills for Success: What Parents & Educators Need to Know About Executive Function & Mindset©

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Executive Functions are the cognitive skills needed for academic performance, social skills, and life skills.  Commonly, these are the skills utilized to organize, plan, initiate, manage emotion, shift maintain focus and use working memory.  They govern the HOW you do what you DECIDE to do.  This presentation will briefly explain how Executive Function skills are developed … Read more

Righting the Off-Track School Year

The first quarter of the school year is coming to a close, and your child’s grades are taking a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where this school year is headed if no changes are made. The status quo had you both feeling frustrated and anxious about the remaining months of … Read more

ADDitude Magazine Online: Ready, Set, Work: Help Students Fight Procrastination and Get to Work

Here is an interview with Susan Kaufman of ADDitude Online and Cindy Goldrich, where Cindy explains hot to help your child start work in a timely manner. Part of ADDitude’s ADHD Experts Podcast: Ready, Set, Work: Help Students Fight Procrastination and Get to Work In this webinar, parents will learn: 1. How to help your … Read more

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 … 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. … 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 … 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.  … 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 … 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

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