Do Teachers Give Too Much Homework?

This is certainly a very broad question and one that is, in many cases, age and situation dependent.  Since the population of people I work with are children with ADHD, I would like to address the concerns around homework with that population in mind. Separate from the issues many children with ADHD deficits face in remembering to write down their homework and bring home their materials, for children with ADHD, homework presents significant and somewhat unique challenges. Children with ADHD … Read more

Can I help my child develop grit and perseverance?

I recently gave a presentation at the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) conference on impact of mindset (our belief about our ability to improve) on learning. During the questioning at the end of the presentation, one teacher asked, “I work with High School students. Is it too late to help them learn to deal with frustration and keep working?” We can all certainly understand the question – at what point do we start to say, “Well, that’s just the way he … Read more

What Is Reasonable To Expect From Your Child During The Summer?

There are many schools of thought on summertime learning activities for kids. What should be required, expected, or hoped for when it comes to academic learning? This all varies depending on your child’s age, level of performance relative to their grade level, desire for advancement, and I believe a very important consideration – level of stress and burn out from the school year. Is summer learning necessary? Most people would agree that there are certain skills that, especially when they … Read more

School Help for the Child Struggling with Distractions and Lack of Focus

For a child in school who struggles with ADHD and or sensory issues, just being able to truly HEAR what the teacher is saying, FOLLOW the visual information presented, and in some cases, WRITE DOWN the necessary information to review later can be a big challenge. Is it best to modify the environment or expectations to accommodate the child’s needs, or perhaps have the child adjust their own expectations of what they can do? In practice, it is often a … Read more