Meet the New Teacher!

Your child is nervous about the first day of school. It's normal and natural. We all want to establish a good relationship right from day one.Schoo_Teacher-300x200 Blog - Play Attention

It's important that both you and your child have a positive relationship with the teacher. It's a good idea to ask your childs teacher if he/she would have a moment to meet with you before school begins. If time will not allow for this, write the teacher a personal letter.

Things to keep in mind for the meeting/letter:

1. Keep it positive. You may have had some bad experiences in the past. Do not bring that experience with you. Start things on a positive note.

2. Discuss your childs strengths. Often we are so keyed into discussing accommodations, social issues, etc. we forget that may children with ADHD have strengths that their peers may not. These could include being the classroom errand person to release some pent up energy, or wiping down...

How to avoid spending all night on homework

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Does this scenario sound familiar? We spend hours on homework every night with my daughter. This is so frustrating for the entire family and really makes our evenings miserable. She just doesn't seem to be able to get anything done without me or my husband standing over her and constantly redirecting her.
-Norah, Mother wanting to reclaim her nights

Homework time is a huge challenge for a lot of families. One of the biggest frustrations is that the child is bright and CAN do the work, it's just the process that is difficult. They cannot seem to start the homework in a timely manner and stay on task until completion. This often results in 15 minutes of homework taking 2 hours and a fight!child and the school set, ready for school

You can definitely take some steps to help with this process and reclaim your nights!

Set up a special Homework Center:

Do...

5 Tips for Back to School!

Kids Walking School SM 300x200The 5 Best Steps to a Great School Year Start for Your ADHD Child 

1. Get your child ready by setting bedtime and wake up time at least a week before school begins. You already know how difficult it is to wake your ADHD. Get this routine established well before school starts to minimize your frustration.

2. Get organized! Get all the materials you need from notebooks to backpacks ready. You likely know your childs strengths and weaknesses regarding organization. Knowing this can help you obtain the right binders, organizers, etc. For example, a simple backpack with few pockets is a better idea than one with loads of pockets if your child tends to lose track of things.

3. Schedule a meeting with your childs teacher to review your 504 Plan or IEP. This meeting can make your childs year a successful one. You might even request a team meeting if you believe it's necessary. Bring...

Rise and Shine! Time for school.

Good Mornings!

Goodbye to the lazy days of summer. Hello morning madness!

Kids Walking School SM 300x200With the start of school comes that morning hustle. You are trying to get yourself to work, lunches packed, homework signed, and kids out the door all in a timely manner. This can cause a bit of stress in any home. A harried morning can really affect the rest of your day. Be certain that you take some steps to organize yourself, your children, and your spouse. Create a morning that is truly a good morning!

Three days before school starts:

During the summer months we tend to be less strict on bedtimes, mainly because mornings are much more relaxed and schedules are looser. You may want to consider starting the school bedtime/wake up routine a few days before school actually starts. Especially if your little one is hard to get out of bed. You may also want to set an alarm to start that routine. Even if you set...

ADHD: Children and Aggression

Angry Girl SM1Tips on how to deal with your child's anger

Do these words sound familiar?

What is of a greater concern is that because of the ADHD, we have been battling with his bad temper and a rage I have never before seen in a child.Christine, I need help for this child who is otherwise intelligent and very loving. He tries so hard but feels like he is losing the battle. He says things like this world is unfair and why did I have to be born like this. By a Grandmother seeking help for her ADHD Grandson . . .

ADHD is a condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.

Symptoms of ADHD can differ from person to person, but there are three basic types of ADHD. Each one is identified by the symptoms of hyperactivity...

The Correlation between Self-Image and Academic Performance

Self Image SMIs poor self-image affecting your ADHD childs academic performance?

With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for back to school; filling those backpacks with school supplies, buying new clothes, making lunches, scheduling necessary pickups and drop-offs, we often forget the emotional feelings our ADHD child experiences when beginning the new school year. Poor self-image and negative feelings of poor self-esteem affect our childs ability to perform up to grade level and vice versa: poor academic performance can also affect our childs self-image.

Self-image is how you perceive yourself. It is a number of self-impressions that have built up over time: What are your hopes and dreams? What do you think and feel? What have you done throughout your life and what did you want to do? These self-images can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or...