It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. Middle school is a rite of passage that brings with it new friends, new academic challenges, and — of course — puberty. The transition from tween to teen is simultaneously thrilling (the independence!) and terrifying, particularly for kids with attention deficit disorder (ADHD — formerly called ADD) or learning disabilities who fear they will fall behind in school, attract unwanted attention in the cafeteria, or be forced to navigate a gaggle of Heathers.
Here is a list of the daily obstacles that face students (and their parents) in middle school — and what you can do to help a child with ADHD or LD arrive prepared and confident on Day One.
[Self-Test: Could Your Tween Have an Executive Function Deficit?]