A Spooktacular Halloween with ADHD

Spiderman. Elsa. Pokémon. Batman. Halloween is always an exciting holiday for kids, dressing up as their favorite characters and heading out for Trick-or-Treating.  All that candy!  For any parent, managing the bag of candy that comes home that night can be challenging.  But for parents whose children have ADHD, with all of that candy comes…

Ramp Up Reading Skills

Reading skills are central to every academic subject, and kids who struggle to read are at risk for difficulty in math, science, history, and writing. Research shows that kids with ADHD are more likely to have reading challenges than kids without ADHD, possibly because of working memory and processing speed weaknesses. Reading problems may be…

1+1=? ADHD & Common Core Math

Kids with ADHD often struggle with math. Difficulties with sustaining attention, working memory (manipulating numbers in your head), organization and planning all interfere with math learning and performance. Starting from an early age, kids with ADHD struggle to memorize math facts and are prone to making errors on simple math problems. As they progress through…

SAT and ACT Success for Students with ADHD

For high school students the school year may just be starting, but it’s never too soon to start planning for college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.  Standardized tests are challenging for most students, and even more so for teens with ADHD. With ADHD it can be difficult to complete timed tests, avoid careless…

I Feel Like I’m Bribing my Child! Bribes vs. Rewards

Children with ADHD often need rewards and structure to help them succeed at challenging or mundane tasks and learn new behaviors.  While rewards are a valuable ADHD management tool, it’s not uncommon for parents who use rewards to say that feel like they are simply bribing their child to get them to meet basic expectations….

Spoiled Rotten? Grandparents & Your Parenting Plan

In many families grandparents are essential members of the childcare team. The relationship that a child has with their grandparent is undeniably unique and special, but when a grandchild has ADHD a grandparent’s childcare role can be complicated. Many parents thrive on “spoiling” their grandchildren, letting them get away with small things that their parents…

Why Fall Sports Are Great For Kids with ADHD

With the school season fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about your child’s extracurricular activities.  Think sports are not the place for kids with ADHD?  Think again!  Youth sports can be one of the most valuable experiences your child has in their development and is especially well-suited for kids with ADHD. Youth…

Partnering with Your Child’s Teacher

As your child begins the school year in a new classroom, the early steps you take to partner with your child’s teacher can make a big difference in getting things off to a good start. Kids with ADHD will typically need extra help in the classroom, and when teachers know that they have support from…

What Kids with ADHD Wish Their Teachers Knew

For the past five years a Colorado elementary school teacher has been asking each of her students to write down one thing that they would like her to know about them. Last year she started sharing her students’ responses online and the Twitter hashtag #iwishmyteacherknew went viral. Last week the story was picked up by The…

Making The Leap To Middle School & High School

It may still be summer, but back-to-school shopping commercials and sales are already under way!  As you create the list of school supplies and backpacks that your family will need for the next school year, remember that teens with ADHD also need extra programs and support to succeed academically. By planning for extra support now, you…

Videogames and ADHD

Videogames are everywhere – on our phones, online, in our homes, at friends’ houses and even at school. Parents of kids with ADHD often ask about the effect that videogames may be having on their child. They want to know if videogames will make their child’s ADHD worse, or if spending too much time playing…