You probably remember this commercial for the office supply store. In the background you heard the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Parents are skipping while pushing the shopping cart through the store. The children walk slowly behind them looking sad. It is the beginning of a new school year.


We are three weeks away from the start of school in some districts in our community. Our kids have been playing video games, binge watching Netflix, having sleepovers and generally going to bed late and getting up late for weeks. What will happen when they have to get up at 6:30 or 7:00 on the first day of school? It won’t be pretty, as they say. Nothing like a cranky child to get the day off to a good start! 


Crunch time is now, for students who have summer books to read or math worksheets to finish. Your student with LD/ADHD or executive function challenges might be waiting for the last minute to get going on summer work. Parents are worried and anxious; the student is less so. Rather than threatening the student with loss of privileges or bad grades, try another tactic.


We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Lisa K. Woodruff, Springer alumni parent, to talk with a group of moms at a parent program called “An Evening for Moms with ADHD: Small Steps Toward a More Peaceful Home.” Lisa is the author of “How ADHD Affects Home Organization” and has a website: organize365.com.


How will this summer go for your children? Now is the time to begin thinking and planning ahead to ensure that your student has adequate supervision and structure this summer.

There are several ways to get information on the variety of activities and summer experiences available in your community. Ask teachers, neighbors, check out the “Y,” your school district, the local recreation commission and universities to see what is available.


You are worried that your child is significantly anxious or sad. He is refusing to go to school or goes to school but refuses to come out of his room.  She is avoiding friends or activities that she once enjoyed. He is suffering from lack of sleep or sleeps too much. She is gaining or losing weight. If you are worried that your child may need professional help, go ahead and investigate sources of help. Waiting is not a good option under these circumstances.


When a student is experiencing greater than usual fear, worry or anxiety, what can a parent do? 


Every student has experienced stress, mild anxiety or fear. A project due date is creeping up, pressure is increasing and the student begins to feel stress. Mild anxiety or stress can provide the motivation to get started and put aside other more engaging pursuits. The student experiences a sense of relief as the project comes together.


Spring break is on the horizon; the school year will be over in a flash! You and your child are celebrating the gains made this year, the corner that was turned. Maybe your son finally started to show all his work in math or realized that he had to take a few notes when reading the science assignment. Perhaps your suggestions seemed to meet with less resistance, or there was less blaming of other people.


Girls with ADHD need early intervention as much as boys, so it is important for parents and professionals to recognize the signs of ADHD in girls.

Look for the following signs and symptoms in the classroom: