Updated info on Section 504 impact regarding ADHD

Next week I will be attending the National CHADD Conference in Costa Mesa, California; a conference I have attended annually since 2008.  I will be presenting two sessions at the conference: Teaching Grit, Perseverance, and Frustration Tolerance to Children and Adolescents and The Value and Practice of Teaching Children How to have a Productive Conversation. CHADD is a vital national organization for the education, advocacy, and support of individuals with ADHD and their families.  I am honored to serve on both the … Read more

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

College on the horizon?

Summer is prime time for all rising seniors to get a head start on college applications to reduce the stress of the fall semester. For students with learning differences or ADHD, a summer start is especially crucial as so much of the admissions process is organizing all of the application components and staying on top of the tasks involved up until the deadlines. The most time-consuming portion of applications is the dreaded “college essay,” typically the section students put off … 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