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Blog - Insight into LD

25Nov

blog 14.11.25This weekend I feverishly prepared my house for the 24 guests I will have for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I have had the privilege to host, since moving back “home” in 1999. I have the perfect vision of the day in my mind. Everyone is talking and laughing around the tables, set with the colors of fall, plates filled with all of our traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

20Nov

blog 14.11.20Successful treatment for a child with ADHD involves multiple people. Parent education about the diagnosis, executive function challenges, social and behavioral issues is one prong of the treatment. If you attend parent education programs on ADHD and read reputable books on the subject, you are educating yourself. Medical consultation is another part of a successful plan.

18Nov

blog 14.11.18Good news! Young people with ADHD aren’t the only ones who are delayed in becoming independent from parents. Clark University has been surveying emerging adults (18 – 29 years old) and their parents for many years. Professor J. Arnett, who is leading these studies, reports that about 74 percent of young people in this age group are receiving some type of financial support from parents!

12Nov

blog 14.11.12Your child’s teacher can be a valuable help to you when working with your child at home. You can ask for the teacher’s advice when you are stymied by an academic-related problem at home. 

10Nov

blog 14.11.10Providing rewards and recognition for students’ accomplishments can be a tricky issue.  It can motivate a child to accomplish day-to-day goals; or it can discourage if they feel they can never reach the reward. 

The goal is to make the focus of reward effort, rather than outcome or performance.

03Nov

blog 14.11.3“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”       ~  Denis Waitley

29Oct

blog 14.10.29In previous posts, I’ve been looking at strategies for working smarter, not harder. Here are several ways to apply that thinking to studying and preparing for tests.

Identify WHAT to study

23Oct

blog 14.10.23In my last blog post, I asked some questions that address “smart” strategies for success with homework, classwork, and studying for tests and quizzes. If the answer to any of those questions was, “I have no idea!” read on for some great ideas. 

Try these WORKING SMARTER strategies for organizing homework:

21Oct

blog 14.10.21“I just don’t understand. My child spends hours on homework, and studying for tests, and still does poorly. It seems that every year the homework load increases. She’s starting to give up. How can I help her?”

This is a recurring theme, affecting many children who struggle with learning and/or attentional issues.  There are several reasons children find limited success with homework and tests. 

16Oct

blog 14.10.16Being your child’s strongest advocate and biggest cheerleader is simply what you are, right? You know her strengths, challenges, likes and dislikes, and temperament. It just stands to reason that you would naturally be a part of the team supporting academic and social-emotional growth. In our last blog we discussed “CHEER” as a way to support executive function success throughout the school year. Need an executive function refresher?