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Strategies for devising academic accommodations, studying smarter, building focus, keeping on top of homework, and thriving at school with ADHD or learning disabilities.

posted: Wednesday April 8th - 9:00am

Screen Time That Helps ADHD Students

All electronics are not evil. In fact, the iPad can be the key to unlocking your child’s best school performance ever — if used properly and responsibly.

Typically, children with ADHD love assignment pads and notebooks — for creating paper airplanes, that is. I’ve worked with so many middle- and high-school students who become distressed at the idea of having to write down anything, anywhere. This includes homework assignments. Which is why so may assignments get forgotten — and so many grades needlessly drop. Over the years, I’ve gotten creative in helping students remember...
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posted: Wednesday February 18th - 9:00am

Which Is Better: An IEP or a 504 Plan?

Your child needs school accommodations to help him better learn and retain information. But what’s the best way to go about getting them? The pros and cons of a 504 Accommodation Plan and an Individualized Education Plan.

Your child is showing signs of ADHD. He’s doing OK at school, but isn’t really living up to his potential. His teacher has spoken to you about the accommodations she is providing, but once she’s done with him this year, then what? Will his next teacher know him well enough to offer the accommodations that have worked or, better yet, to offer different ones as he...
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posted: Thursday February 12th - 2:48pm

Enter to Win a Forbrain!

Enter to win a Forbrain -- the revolutionary auditory-processing tool (a $359 value) that helps ADHD kids and ADD adults improve their learning, attention, and retention.

This Contest Is Now Closed! Auditory Processing Disorder Studies suggest that 50 percent of people diagnosed with ADHD may also have an auditory processing disorder (APD). It's unclear whether APD is a manifestation of ADHD, or if they are separate disorders. But the fact remains that their outward signs -- hypersensitivity, distractibility, poor memory -- often overlap and can seriously impact learning and retention. Meet Forbrain The revolutionary Forbrain...
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posted: Thursday February 5th - 9:00am

The Evolution of the Play Date

Today, our children interact in highly coordinated, parent-driven play dates that leave no room for testing or improving their executive, planning or social skills. Here’s how to put play back in the players’ hands.

I remember waking up in the summer, looking out the window, and thinking about who I wanted to play with that day. I put on my shoes, walked down the street, and knocked on my friend’s door: “Can Samantha come out to play?” For hours upon hours, we planned what we wanted to do, we created it, we invented it, we went and found other friends...
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posted: Thursday December 18th - 1:59pm

The Parent’s Guide to Executive Functioning Skills

How to model prioritization, self-monitoring, and organization skills for your children with ADHD.

As the parent of a child with ADHD, I am acutely aware of the executive functioning skills your child needs to achieve attention, organization, and timely completion of schoolwork. Yet, over the last week, while trying to balance the multiple details of my three kids’ lives and prepare for the holidays, I’ve realized that my own executive functioning skills are in high demand, too...
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posted: Wednesday November 19th - 10:42am

Your Child Probably Has ADHD. Now What?

A step-by-step guide to getting your child the psychological, educational, and executive functioning assessments he needs to excel at school.

Your child is in elementary school. For the last year or so, you’ve heard in parent-teacher conferences and occasional emails that your child is ‘fidgety.’ He has difficulty keeping his hands to himself. He gets up out of his seat often. This is happening consistently; no one is beating around the bush anymore: It’s time for an ADHD evaluation. But where do you go from here?...
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posted: Monday November 10th - 12:01am

Forbrain Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Forbrain contest from November 10 - 30, 2014

Enter the Forbrain 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 OF...
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posted: Thursday November 6th - 11:00am

The Importance of a Sensory Diet for your Child with ADHD

Did you know a sensory diet isn’t all about food? It’s a specialized activity plan to help your child stay focused. Our expert explains.

Have you ever twirled a paperclip in your hand during a meeting, or soaked in a hot bath to decompress? If so, you’re using sensory exercises to keep your body regulated. A sensory diet does the same thing. Is this a specific food diet? No, a sensory diet is a program created for your child by an Occupational Therapist (OT); it is a personalized activity plan that...
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posted: Monday October 20th - 7:01am

BrainBeat October Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's BrainBeat contest from October 20-31, 2014

Enter the BrainBeat 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 OF...
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posted: Monday October 20th - 6:00am

How to Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Child’s Accommodations

Expert advice for performing regular audits on your child’s 504 Plan, and making adjustments that reflect his changing needs and grade level.

By now, you know which school accommodations work best for your child — and which are hardly worth the effort. But do you know exactly what’s spelled out in his 504 Accommodations Plan? And do you know how they translate into daily life in the classroom? I’ve seen accommodations in 504 Plans that are either too ambiguous or too general, and I am left wondering if...
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