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

When Your Child Really Doesn’t Care About School

I would like to share a new article that I wrote for ImpactADHD last week. Here is an excerpt and the link to the original on their website below… The start of school is just around the corner and already you feel that pit in your stomach.  How are you going to motivate your kid to work in school this year?  The fear that your child might not put sufficient effort into schoolwork raises real alarms: Does he realize what is at … Read more

The Middle School Years –Transitions, Turmoil and Teenagers Who Struggle

The middle school years are often challenging for students with ADHD and can be especially difficult for those who possess weak Executive Function skills. As students enter middle school, the structure and teacher-centered supports that existed during the elementary school years, and often served to keep children afloat, suddenly disappear. This transition can be quite overwhelming and fraught with a myriad of stressful challenges for both parent and child. For students with ADHD, academic and social problems have a tendency … 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