I was recently looking at a website related to issues with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. I stumbled upon a string of emails from mothers about their children’s bedrooms. They were frustrated with the disarray in the bedrooms, constant fruitless efforts to improve the cleanliness/tidiness of the bedroom, and then expressing feelings that this reflects poorly on them as parents.


This is a good time of year to take a few quiet moments and reflect on your parenting of your child with learning difficulties. What are your feelings about your child’s struggles? How do your feelings impact your parenting style? Are you able to hold your child accountable for breaking rules? Do you attribute poor behavior to his learning challenge and dismiss it?


Every year, much is written about how to prevent holiday stress. When you have a child with ADHD/LD, it is important to recognize and accept that the time from mid-November through January 1st will be a significant challenge for your child. Having the weekday schedule disrupted, even by happy occasions, upsets the normal rhythm of the day.


In many families, Mom is the primary contact between school and home. But Dad also has an important part to play in a child’s achievement and social/emotional adjustment at school. The Center for Educational Statistics reports that when a Dad attends a school event or a parent/teacher conference, the child is more likely to get “good grades” across grade levels and the likelihood decreases of her failing a grade or being suspended from grade 6 onward.


Did you know that October is Learning Disability Awareness Month? On October 11, 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation dedicating October as the month to increase public awareness of ADHD and Learning Disability.


Time is an abstract concept. The meaning of words like “yesterday, today and tomorrow” can be elusive for some children. Students with a learning disability may struggle with naming the days of the week or months of the year in order. As adults, we know that 20 minutes in the dentist’s office seems to pass more slowly than 20 minutes chatting with a friend. We know 20 minutes is the same no matter the activity – it just doesn’t feel the same!


Nearly every child, at some point in his academic career, will benefit from tutoring outside of school. The need may arise as early as first grade, or as late as the college years. A child may need a tutor because he is struggling to acquire the decoding skills required for reading or calculation skills in math. When you move to another school district, the material being presented in science or math may be different from that in the child’s previous school.


Although all colleges and universities offer services for students with a disability (LD and ADHD among others), an Individual Education Plan is valid only from kindergarten through grade 12. After high school, students are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (ADA and 504) at the post secondary educational setting.


Setting aside the debate about the place of homework in education, the fact of the matter is that homework is part of everyone’s school/work life. It is never too late to embrace a homework policy in your home. There are many competing interests/obligations/distractions for the free time that exists outside of the classroom. As the parent, you provide leadership through your actions and attitude that will impact how your student approaches homework.


At this time of the year there are many blogs with the three or five things you need to do to get organized or to start off the day or school year right. It can be stressful just to read them, because it is overwhelming to consider a whole list of things that you currently don’t do, but “should.” What if we reduce it to one task that you can do every day? You might feel yourself letting go of some stress if there is just one thing that will help you.