A year and a half into the pandemic, the crucial and irreplaceable role that school plays in students’ lives has never been clearer. In contrast to last fall, when school buildings in some parts of the country closed for long periods (mostly in blue cities and towns), a consensus has emerged this year in favor […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Cheryl Maguire After a meeting at my twins’ high school, I encountered a mountain of water bottles, sweatshirts, jackets, lunch totes and more in that lost and found pile. Every year, families outfit kids with new back-to-school clothes and gear. How can we help make sure our kids bring it all back from school? “It […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I heard my 7-year-old son’s cries of frustration loud and clear despite the closed door between us. Seconds earlier, I’d left him stationed at a desk in my bedroom, hoping he’d complete at least a portion of his virtual school assignments without me at his side while I left to wash the dishes. “This is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When my 15-year-old son was given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at age 7, I was told that it was a lifelong chronic condition. So I felt a little bit hopeful when a study published last winter in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics said that “an estimated 30 percent to 60 percent of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Gina DiTullio Executive function is an umbrella term in neuroscience to describe the neurological processes involving mental control and self-regulation. Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors like controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social situations and stressful situations. Read the full […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Previously, ADD was thought to be separate from ADHD; however, ADHD and ADD share common characteristics that would categorize the condition as a type of ADHD. Individuals with ADHD exhibit the following symptoms: Inattention, which includes disorganization, difficulty with maintaining attention, constant daydreaming, and not paying attention when spoken to directly. Impulsivity… Read the full […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s the start of the fall 2020 semester — the weirdest one that most of us have ever seen. If you are a college student, by now you know whether you’re taking classes live, in a hybrid format, completely online – or not at all in favor of a gap semester or gap year. Though […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Shawna De LaRosa Children with ADHD often do better in the structured school environment, where there are consistent transitions and other students off which to model their behavior. They are also surrounded by educators who can help manage their behavior and provide social-emotional support. At home, parents can emulate this setting by carving out learning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sharon Saline Psy.D So far, 2020 has been a bit of a bust for many teens and young adults with (and without) ADHD. Facing an unclear fall semester, everything continues to look upside down…But instead of persistent worried thoughts, you can control and lower the volume on your anxiety by shifting to curiosity. While […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Bea Moise Schools are still deciding how they will proceed for the upcoming school year, and some have already agreed to move forward with virtual schooling…Parents with children that have learning differences such as Autism, ADHD, or Dyslexia will have a harder time helping kids manage their executive function skills at home while learning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.