How Do I help the other teachers “get it”?

Over the past several weeks I have provided professional development across the country for teachers and related service professionals who work in public schools, private schools, residential treatment programs, and private practices. During the course of the full day training these professionals gain insights, tools and confidence to work with their students in ways that they had not thought possible before. I often say that I believe that parents parent out of love and logic but that when they have … 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

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, you should know that you are the worst teacher I have ever had, a title you win by a landslide. You instilled in me that … Read more

Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Managing the College Application Process 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 with your teenager about post-secondary plans take place no later than the first half of their junior year of high school. This conversation will ideally determine what their hopes and expectations are for their future … Read more

Talking to Your Teacher so your Teacher Understands You

Do you ever wish that your time at school could benefit you more?  Do you wish that your teachers understood you better and knew how to help you achieve more?  Well, it’s within your reach.  It may take some courage, some new skills on your part, maybe some insight into your self, but the results may make a tremendous difference in how comfortable you are in school, your grades, and what you really get out of your education. You’ve been … Read more