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posted: Saturday August 30th - 12:00pm

Your Recipe for a Successful School Year

Start with an early visit to school, add a discussion with the teacher, finish up with regular check-ins and voilà.

The new school year is upon us, and you want your child with ADHD to be happy and successful in school. You advocate for your child, but you can’t engineer your child’s success alone. You need to enlist your child’s school to team up with you. Here are some winning strategies to accomplish that: Visit the School Early On Talk with the principal and ask to come in...
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posted: Saturday August 30th - 12:00pm

School Tool: Review, Review, Review

Getting your child to implement this one strategy can help her succeed in the new school year.

In my first post, I discussed the strategy of “previewing” to develop a concrete plan to combat specific challenges your child may face during the new school year. The sister strategy is reviewing. With reviewing, you monitor to make sure that the strategy is helping your child succeed. If the preview process means asking “What might be tough about this and what can I do to...
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posted: Monday August 18th - 1:17pm

Time Time Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Time Timer contest from August 18-29, 2014

Enter the Time Timer contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES...
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posted: Monday August 18th - 12:00pm

What to Do When the School Doesn’t Get Your Child

Sometimes parents of ADHD/LD kids have to "teach" the teachers.

If you're reading this blog, chances are you recognize that school can be challenging for kids with ADHD and learning disabilities. That's not half the battle, but it's a good start. Many parents aren't aware their child has a problem. That's no surprise given that classroom teachers often miss the signs or blame laziness. That's what my son Henry’s third-grade teacher told me, despite the fact that...
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posted: Monday August 11th - 10:42am

ADDitude Contest: Win an ADHD Coaching Session!

Start the school year off right! Enter to win a one-hour ADHD coaching session with Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, a leading expert on academic strategies for ADHD youth.

This contest is now closed. Success @ School Tip Most parents use their own learning style when working through homework with their children. Understanding and adapting to your child's learning style will make a big difference. Visual learners learn best through written instructions, and they think best on paper. Auditory learners prefer verbal instructions. Kinesthetic learners benefit from hands-on experiences. Learn more... Meet Jodi Sleeper-Triplett Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC is the foremost...
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posted: Monday August 11th - 10:11am

How to Shake Last Year's Frustrating Habits

One simple tool can keep you and your student from falling into the same frustrating habits.

The start of a new school year is usually met with excitement and apprehension by students with attention difficulties and their parents. It’s invigorating to get a fresh start, but there’s the nagging worry that last year’s struggles will be back this time around. As a learning specialist I have discovered a powerful and flexible strategy — preview/review — that will help parents and students avoiding...
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posted: Saturday August 9th - 6:23am

The First Step to a Great IEP? Document Everything

Building an IEP is a lot like constructing a house -- the whole thing will come tumbling down without a strong foundation. Here are some building tips.

When building an IEP, even the professionals need an instruction manual. I recommend books like My Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book! (Prufrock Press, 2008) to help develop your expert IEP-construction skills and to remind you of the underlying purpose of these plans — to deliver to your child a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Both the IEP and the 504 Plan are the paper plans that...
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posted: Thursday August 7th - 6:00pm

16 Accommodations Built for ADHD Kids

Clinical psychologist Dr. Liz Matheis makes critical distinctions between IEPs and 504 Plans, and recommends classroom accommodations that work for ADHD students.

Whether your child has a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), make certain that its outlined accommodations reflect his unique learning style and needs. Let me start by explaining the basic difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP. The 504 Plan is guided by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure that a student with a disability has access to accommodations that...
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posted: Wednesday August 6th - 6:42am

Yes, You Can Get ADHD Accommodations In College

A step-by-step guide for securing and using academic accommodations for your ADHD in higher education.

The car is packed, you've synced your phone and downloaded new music for the drive ahead. You've even logged in to the online bookstore to order the semester's required textbooks. But if you are a freshman or a returning student, and you have ADHD, LD, or any other disability, you need to make one more important preparation: Make sure you have academic accommodations in place for...
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posted: Monday August 4th - 12:00pm

Thinking Outside the Box for Better Accommodations

Make sure the IEP and 504 accommodations grow with your child to ensure his happiness and success.

Two sets of textbooks. A dual set of textbooks is a great help at any age. One stays at school, one at home. No more problems with forgetting materials at school needed for homework. Highlighter tape. To ease some of the mental exhaustion from all the handwriting required in school, use highlighter tape to find and mark answers in the textbook to questions on study guides or...
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posted: Friday August 1st - 10:30am

Coaching Session Contest Rules

Enter the ADHD Coaching contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES...
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