Book Review: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD

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So often books about ADHD are just full of fluffy, pie in the sky suggestions that remind me of an episode of The Brady Bunch - all conflicts can be easily solved in 30 minutes. Parents and educators aren't given any practical solutions. The book Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD, isn't like that. Written by Margrit Crane, it's a down to earth, you can do this today sort of guide that is easy to read and absolutely do-able. Quotes from the book:     • Parent's section: … [Read more...]

What To Do About Too Much Homework

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I don't have to tell you that your kids have too much homework. It's a rare parent that thinks that the nightly chore of reviewing and previewing and rehashing the day's work is as necessary as the government seems to think it is. Throw a dose of ADHD into homework time, and...well, it can be a nightmare. My kids and I both loved school. We generally had great teachers, good instruction, and lots of fun. But I still dreaded the start of the year because of the homework. (Okay, and because we couldn't sleep late, but don't tell.) There is supposed to be a homework standard. Children … [Read more...]

SAT Prep for an ADHD Student

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Just when you thought high school was falling into a predictable pattern, you discover it’s time for your student to take the SAT - the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT Prep for your ADHD student sounds like a nightmare, but you can help him prepare so he’ll know what to expect. She may not thank you today, but one day you’ll hear about how grateful she is for your support. Start your best strategic plan early and be sure to: 1. Secure test accommodations. The College Board can grant your student special testing accommodations like extra time or more breaks, but you must apply for these, so … [Read more...]

What To Do When They Just Can’t Sit Still

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You know the type. You can easily recognize her in a classroom setting. The teacher’s talking, and he’s in constant motion. She’s drumming her fingers on the desk. His leg is bouncing up and down with a rhythm to match the tune in his head….except he doesn’t recognize that he’s moving. The good news is that often, the wiggling and jiggling is an attempt to pay attention. The bad news is that the constant movement looks like distracting and annoying hyperactivity. Aside from starting gym class a little early, what can you do? Take a look at the following tried and true tips to help the ones … [Read more...]

Off to College! Another Success Story from a Reader

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As always, we're grateful to parents and students who share their stories and hints. And - as always - we're protecting the privacy of this mom and daughter by changing names. Our ADHD-I student is heading off to college in August. We attended orientation and each of us was overwhelmed by all the information coming at us. At the end of the first day, I immediately began organizing all the paperwork in a 5” 3-ring binder! I made exhaustive notes on what to accomplish the next day. Armed with my notebook and ready to go by 6:00 am the next day, my husband and I met up with Selina at … [Read more...]

Before and During: How Success Stories Get Started

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As the parent of an ADHD-inattentive child, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. I know there were times at our house when life seemed to be one steady stream of prepping for the next test and whacking away at assignments in bite-sized chunks. Flash cards, IEP meetings, and peppermint tea – we were always thinking of the next strategy for ADHD. While I don’t mean to imply that we’ve arrived and have it all figured out, I do want to encourage you. Success may start slowly, but it always starts. Don’t forget to notice triumphs no matter how small. In … [Read more...]

Prepping for a 504 Review

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It’s that time of year again. The weather’s heating up, and the end of the school year is in sight. For many schools, this is the time when the 504* or IEP is up for review. Seemingly obvious questions like “What worked?” and “What didn’t work?” need to be answered. As a parent, it helps to have an arsenal of new ideas to try. New accommodations or modifications don’t have to be complicated. Here are some ideas that may jumpstart your child’s productivity and your own creativity: Home to school: 1. Keep one copy of textbooks at home. 2. Mandate that the school use a homework … [Read more...]

Preparing for the SAT or ACT: A Guide for ADHD Students

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The first time Joe had a College Board test - I think it was the PSAT - we didn't know you needed to apply for testing accommodations. Joe went in expecting extra time, and he was unpleasantly surprised. Today's post is by Jenn Cohen, the self described 'Chief Word Nerd' of Jenn Cohen Tutoring. She has some invaluable tips to help you navigate the troubled waters of the SAT and the ACT. I wish I had read this a few years ago! College admissions tests are a necessity for most college bound students, but just a mere mention of those three letters S-A-T can make kids (and parents) run for … [Read more...]

How to Raise Your Child’s Social IQ

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While your child's social skills might not be assessed on her latest report card or addressed in his most recent IEP, social intelligence matters. Some children are naturally chatty and comfortable conversing with adults or their peers while others painfully struggle thinking of anything natural to say. Think Charlie Brown and that cute little red-headed girl. Think back to the socially awkward peers of your own class. Or maybe you were one of the ones who felt awkward - like I was. While most of us outgrow feeling clumsy, initiating certain activities with your child can ease them into … [Read more...]

School. Yuck!

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For some odd reason I remember being introduced to the word communication while studying Janet and Mark in the first grade. I was reintroduced to the word when my own child was in his first year of school. Although communication includes the principal, secretary, and even the lunch lady, the most important dialog is between parent and teacher. Early in the school year, make contact with your teacher. As I stated in last month's newsletter, "The first week of school, write the teacher a letter introducing your child, and briefly listing strengths and weaknesses. Share important information … [Read more...]