August - September 2006
Success At School
How to Help Your ADHD Child Make Friends

Making friends requires skills that don't come naturally to ADHD children. Here's how you can help.

Accommodations For ADHD Students: A Parent's Guide

Federal law requires public schools to provide educational accommodations for ADHD students and those with learning disabilities. Here’s what parents should do to establish and maintain and IEP or 504 Plan.

The Parent-Teacher Partnership

Expert strategies for working with your ADHD child's teacher on an effective classroom plan and school accommodations to boost learning and behavior.

Special Education Definitions, Laws, Glossary

Explaining the acronyms, abbreviations, and terms associated with special education.

Smoothing School Transitions for ADHD Children

How ADHD students can get to class on time, turn in homework assignments, and learn all they can at school.

Homework Help! A System That Works for ADHD Children

Consistent routines provide the homework help children with ADHD and learning disabilities need.

Say It Once. Know They'll Listen. And Follow.

Use a bell to grab their attention. Establish eye contact or give a gentle tap on the shoulder. Plus more tips for on getting kids with ADHD to follow directions every time.

School Organization 101: Clutter-Free Backpacks and Bedrooms

Work with your child to develop a school organization system for keeping homework papers and school supplies in their proper place.

Better Language Skills for Children with ADHD or Learning Disabilities

Expert advice for bolstering language skills – reading, writing, and speaking – in children with ADHD and learning disabilities like dyslexia.

Play To Their Strengths: Accommodating Unique Learning Styles in ADHD Children

How teachers and parents can accommodate and encourage unique learning styles in school children with ADHD or learning disabilities.

Sample Letter: Introducing Your Child

Use this sample letter as a model when drafting your own letter to the teacher.

Know Your Child's Educational Rights

Does your child qualify for an Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan? Find out here.

High-Tech Writing Helpers

Gadgets, software and other technologies to help students compensate for writing difficulties.

ADHD at School: Hyperactivity Help

Strategies for harnessing ADHD hyperactivity in the classroom.

ADHD Medication at School

Guidelines to follow if your child needs a dose of ADHD medication during the school day.

Focus the Attention of Distracted Children

Creative ways to keep distracted children with ADHD and learning disabilities focused and engaged in the classroom and at home.

Impulse-Control Strategies for Students with ADHD

Why do kids with ADHD call out in class or push in line? Poor impulse control. The solution? Clear expectations, positive incentives, and predictable consequences for good or bad school behavior.

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Parenting ADHD Children
In Search of an Answer

We didn't know the right direction to take our son. We just knew to keep going.

What Kids Need to Be Happy

Help your child with learning disabilities or ADHD develop optimism, self-esteem, and a playful sense of enthusiasm.

Say Goodbye to Stressful Mornings

Your A.M. routine will be smoother if you get some cooperation from the kids — and shift time-consuming tasks to the night before.

When Kids Feel Sad

Depression is surprisingly common among adolescents and even young children. Fortunately, treatments are safer and more effective than ever.

Sibling Revelry

Five ways to keep the peace among your kids.

My Very Messy Move

My recent move taught me quite a bit about organization. Lesson number one: Buy furniture first.

ADHD Adults
Worth the Wait

A long-delayed ADD diagnosis taught Carolyn O'Neal a lot about herself - and two of her children.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Sooner or later, we all say something we wish we hadn't. Here's how to rein in impulsive speech.

Make Pals With Paper

Overwhelmed by the deluge of documents that comes your way? This system eliminates paper clutter and makes you more productive.

Socializing Made Simple

Making new friends -- and keeping up with old ones -- is easier than you might imagine.

ADHD Treatment
Can Your Child Safely Take a Break from Meds?

Important considerations when pondering a "drug holiday" for your child.

How to Focus a Wandering Mind

Lidia Zylowska, M.D., on using medication and alternative therapies to help wandering minds pay attention.

What Are Cell Phones For?

For keeping touch on the go, of course. But that's not all they can do.

Good to Go (to College)

College calls for more than sound study habits. Here's how parents can teach kids the essential life skills for success on campus and off.

Silencing the Naysayer

Tired of hearing people say that ADD doesn't exist -- or that it's somehow your fault? Here's how to get all the self-appointed "experts" to stop talking and start listening.

Caught in the Middle

Family life can get pretty complicated when one member of your brood needs special attention. Here's how to make sure all your children get the attention they deserve.

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