This is a fraught time of year. We are looking forward to a few days off, but the kids will be home and the relatives are coming!


A Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues published on the National Center for Learning Disorders website (www.NCLD.org) found that young adults with LD and ADHD who were successful in a post high school experience shared a sense of connection to their community, beginning with participation in their school community.


Young adults with LD or ADHD who thrive are those who described themselves as being comfortable in taking the “first step” to reach out to peers and adults (Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues  www.NCLD.org).


In a study of successful young adults with ADHD or learning disabilities (www.ncld.org), a supportive home life was identified as critical to success. Did that mean that there were two parents at home or that adults never had conflict with the student? Did it mean that parents were teaching the student at home? No.


It is late summer. This is the time when parents begin seeking new evaluations to qualify their student for support services through a Technical School, Community College, a University or for accommodations on ACTs or SATs.


Parents and students always feel a bit nervous about the start of a new school year. This can be especially true for families when the previous school year was not the best. Our children look forward to reconnecting with friends, getting some new clothes and being with new teachers. At the same time they may be concerned about riding the bus for the first time, entering a new classroom or transitioning to a new school.


Many students have assigned reading for the summer. Some have math review sheets to do. If your child waits until the last minute – that would mean NOW is the time to get working.


On the last day of the Adventures in Summer Learning program, students wrote about what they learned this summer. Many essays focused on not being afraid to raise your hand if you need help or have a question. The students wrote about no longer feeling embarrassed if they had a question, or worrying what a classmate might think. Sometimes it is not clear to students how that insight applies outside of school.


Springer’s Adventures in Summer Learning program concluded last week, and students took an opportunity to reflect on what they had gained during the four-week program. Students were encouraged to become “students of themselves,” and to observe where their strengths lie, and what challenges them. They learned strategies that will support them in the coming school year. And beyond the strategies, they discovered that they are not alone.


Adventures in Summer Learning, Springer’s summer program for struggling students, is in its third week, and students in first grade to eighth are coming to know themselves as learners, and gaining tools and strategies for success.