Blog - Insight into LD


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.


As Dr. Mary Ann stated in her back-to-school post, changing to “school hours” for sleeping and waking is important as students transition back to school. It is also important to continue to monitor your child’s sleep throughout the school year because sleep plays an important role in learning, memory, behavior, and emotional control.


A central goal of parenting is to raise children that can live independent, successful lives. In order to foster independence, it is important for parents to provide supportive environments that allow children to have opportunities to learn and grow through new experiences.


Ask any elementary teacher, and he or she will tell you that students with ADHD need their exercise. But is this backed up by research? Can exercise be a substitute for other evidence-based treatments such as medication and behavior therapy? Research does indeed support that exercise assists with some symptoms of ADHD.


Oh, homework. There is little else in school that is more controversial. Does it benefit the students or not? Research indicates that homework at the high school level has a positive effect on student achievement, but the effect is much less at the elementary level.


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.


They’re here. I saw them the other day, and I don’t know how I feel about them. School supplies are out in full force at Kroger and Target and just about any other store you walk into these days, meaning that the start of school is just around the corner.