‘ADHD’ Blog Posts
There are 5 hallmark signs of ADHD. These must be present early on and present for at least 6 months. You don’t develop ADHD suddenly in 3rd, 5th or 8th grades.
Attention and ADHD are interconnected. Your ability to attend and stay focused on any activity is directly impacted by ADHD. That being said, ADHD is not a learning disability. ADHD often co-occurs with learning disabilities or dyslexia (about 60% of the time). Those with ADHD, LD, and dyslexia can be successful.
Before we can get into executive function activities, it is important to understand what executive function is. So, what Is Executive Function? Executive function is the term used to describe a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. We use executive function when we perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing and paying attention to and remembering details.
The 5 Senses Impact on How We Learn – How we learn, how we intake information directly impacts our ability to succeed in school. Parents frequently email me or call my office looking for help for their child or teen. They don’t know why their child struggles in school. They just know that they do. Learn what impacts learning skills.
Election day is just around the corner. Many people have already started voting by absentee ballot. The debates, surveys, projections seem to be everywhere. That being said, how do we teach someone or as a student learn to be a thoughtful voter?
Whether we realize it or not, we actually vote on ‘stuff’ every day. A vote for something is a decision or choice about something. For example, if you are thirsty and you get a drink of water, the act of drinking water rather than juice, coffee, tea, or a soft drink is an ‘act’ of voting or choosing water.
Learning Disabilities impact 15 to 20% of the population. The most common types of learning disabilities are in the areas of reading (dyslexia), writing (written expression), and math (dyscalculia). Attention problems such as ADHD, language problems, and behavior problems may co-occur with learning disabilities.
Whether you have inattentive type ADHD, hyperactive type ADHD, or the combination type ADHD, sleep problems often impact you. In fact, studies show that 50% of those with ADHD have signs of sleep deprivation at least a few nights a week.
In order to be diagnosed with ADHD by a professional, the ADHD symptoms must have persisted for at least six months and have been present before the age of 12 years according to the DSM-5. The symptoms must also be severe enough to disrupt school, as well as home life.
Developing executive function is a key benefit of homework. Kids can and do learn these skills with short 15 minute assignments. They don’t get burned out or hate school if the total homework only takes 15 minutes. The detriment of homework comes in when daily homework is longer than that.
Reading activities and games are a great way to help your kids improve both their reading skills and their love of reading. When learning becomes fun in a relaxed atmosphere kids do better and their skills improve. Learning is a lot more fun when you are playing a game.
Learning disabilities and ADHD impact between 15% to 20% of the population. That is 9 to 16 people on a street with 20 homes. That being said, according to the CDC, less that 1 in 3 children with ADHD receives both medication and behavioral therapy. And, students with learning disabilities earn lower grades and experience higher rates of course failure. Listen to find out what you can do to help your learning disabilities kids improve their skills.
By having a framework or structure to your family fields trips, you can drastically improve memory skills. If you do not have a bit of a structure to your trips, your kids are not as likely to remember the great things you have done as a family together. With these family field trips, you can improve your vocabulary, memory and factual knowledge base.
Can back to school supplies really help with school success? School success depends on a number of characteristics: willingness to learn, attending classes regularly, asking questions, being attentive, doing and turning in assignments. One thing that strikes me here is the doing and turning in assignments characteristic. Studies have shown that students tend to do well in school when they have the tools they need handy. So, what are some of those ‘must have’ tools? Are there any ‘secret weapons’ so to speak that will really help your child succeed?
Back to school tips: There are specific things you can do to make learning easier for your child with dyslexia or ADHD. Start off by letting your child know that you do remember some struggles from last year. What can you do differently this year?
Summer break is winding down, but there is still time to have fun and bring your child’s skills up. There is nothing like taking the last few weeks of the summer and infusing in some extra fun while gearing your kids up for the new school year. This is especially important if your kids have any learning problems, dyslexia, or ADHD. Giving your kids the best start you can is one of the most important things you can do as a parent.
Often teachers presume their students know how to write a paragraph. They assign them to write a paragraph either in the classroom or at home and expect them to know how to do it. This makes paragraph writing difficult. Without specific instruction taught repeatedly, students do NOT typically know how to write a paragraph. Mastering any type of writing needs both practice and review, including review of the step-by-step instructions.
Learning Challenged? Dyslexia? ADHD? Autism?
So many of our children are struggling in school. School work is hard, homework is hard. The arguments about homework seem to be never ending!
You just know that you want it to stop. You want learning to be easier for you son or your daughter. You may even know that 6 out of every 30 kids (average class size) has some sort of learning problem. The knowing of that is good, realizing you are NOT alone, but that doesn’t help to end the struggles.
Holiday Activities: Keeping my children engaged over the holidays can be daunting or it can be fun. I don’t like being stressed so I always think of a plan to keep everyone engaged in a variety of activities that can be done without a ton of running around. To that end, I have created the following list of family holiday activities. Each activity builds family comradery as well as learning skills.
Executive function is a term used to describe a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. We use executive function when we perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing and paying attention to and remembering details. Learn how executive function impacts learning.
When ADHD and other complex kids start back to school, it is a good idea to have a plan for support. Parents often ask me what can they do to nurture their child and have a successful school year too? This is exactly why I am part of the ADD / ADHD School Summit. Learning just doesn’t have to be so hard!
Back to school videos to improve spelling, reading comprehension, and reading fluency. Short activities really make the difference. Learn special techniques that help those with dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism learn with greater ease. 4 video lessons.
From bedtime routines to morning routines, the successful school breakfast and lunch, your kids will be off to a great school year. Read the 5 Tips to a smooth transition back to school and take advantage of the back to school special too.
ADHD inattentive Type: When your child ‘forgets’ to do things, you might want to try…or when your child ‘forgets’ to do things, you might want to try…or when your child is disorganized with their possessions, you might want to try… Read to find the solutions.
“When your student is struggling, we already know they aren’t reading, writing, or doing math at grade level. The key to improving skills is to determine why the problem exists,” states Terry. “For example, ninety-five percent of reading problems are related to visual processing problems, which are not tested for in most schools. There are specific activities and exercises you can do to improve areas that are problematic.”
Terry, a 40-year Learning Disability Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist, uses a three-pronged integrative approach to help students improve reading scores in just 20 minutes a day. She shares these helpful steps with parents…Read more