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In Order to Learn, Children Must Believe They Are Able to Learn

No child with ADHD can succeed at school if he believes he is less smart or less capable than his peers. Follow these strategies to change your child's mindset and to promote his self-esteem. Together, they can unlock a lifetime of more positive learning.

3 Comments: In Order to Learn, Children Must Believe They Are Able to Learn

  1. So, I see we cannot directly reply to someone anymore – bummer.

    Okay, jehugp55, here are some suggestions for tackling your college papers that I have seen elsewhere. You can try breaking them down into smaller tasks like, I need my research done by this date, first draft by that date. If you have trouble setting additional deadlines, talk to your instructor/professor about setting deadlines for you. You may not have to bring up the ADHD, you can just say you have issues with procrastination and want to be proactive.

    And yes, first drafts are important (which I need to remind my child). Even a solid paper can be improved a little – adding punctuation, removing excess punctuation, turning a run-on sentence into more than one sentence, breaking up a paragraph, or combining two or more, maybe rearrange a few things for clarity, or explaining something better, or simplifying an over-explanation. Take a short break and do something else before reviewing the paper, or have a friend read over it.

    As for dealing with negative self-talk, an article that I read years ago, called “How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy,’ had great advice. (I cut out that article and carried it in my wallet for years.) Every time you say something negative about yourself, ask yourself if you would say that to your best friend in the same situation. If so, would the inflection be different? Would you add additional comments so your friend knew you weren’t serious? Or if that doesn’t work, imagine what your best friend would say to you – including their inflection. Because you really should be your own best friend.

  2. This is an excellent article, with great suggestions.

    However, slide 9 is driving me a little crazy. You show a basic picture of the brain, with labels, then mention the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala – none of which are labelled in the picture… Why? You’d have been better off with a picture without labels than one where the labels don’t match anything mentioned in that section. Heck, swapping pictures with slide 10 might have worked better.

  3. I actually need to learn to help myself with this issue so I can tackle my college papers.

    I’m going to try these ideas, but if anyone has other ideas, please feel free to share.

    Thank you! 😁

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