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Can it be that the first grading period has arrived already? Yes, and with it come the annual or semi-annual, parent-teacher conferences. This realization usually causes one of two parental reactions ---“I can’t wait to see how Evan is doing!” or “I’m worried about what Ms. Jackson is going to tell us about our Emma.”
From a teacher’s standpoint, this first conference with parents can also be a stressful event. At conferences, educators often meet students’ parents for the…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 21, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments
Here in Florida where I live, the housing market has been hit especially hard by the recession. So it was a delightful surprise to run across the news of Willow Tufano who is making lemons into lemonade in this tough economy by buying homes in foreclosure then fixing them up all by using a business plan she developed. Oh and did I mention she is only 15 and has ADHD? Check out her amazing story below. Remember September is ADHD awareness month. Do you know a hero with ADHD? Please share…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 20, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Labor Day Weekend is now behind us, and nearly all students have officially begun a new school year. It probably comes as no surprise that during this school year, there will be new issues for families of children and teens challenged with AD/HD.
We already know that the rate or prevalence of AD/HD is increasing. We also know there is technology to help the children and adults affected. However, what about the availability of reliable information, resources and …
Added by Joan M. Brennan on September 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
It is no surprise that as children and teens head back to school this fall, ADHD is very much apart of many American family life. The statistics for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) in the U.S. were updated last December (2011) by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Here are just some of the statistics collected and provided by the CDC from parent surveys:
• Parents report that…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 27, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments
Do you need some organization in your life? We all know that this can be a challenge whether ADHD is a part of our lives or not. With our kids’ and our own schedules to manage, due dates for bills to remember, deadlines for projects at work and other responsibilities, we need a GOOD plan, the best strategies, and appropriate tools to help us get everything accomplished---on time. However, when ADHD is added to the mix, well, there may very well be a need for special…Continue
By now, you probably know that I'm all about three important things---1) struggling readers 2) helpful resources and 3) reading solutions. What better place could there be than this blog then to combine all three for our readers? I decided to add a fourth ingredient to the mix for this week's article, however, just to mix it up a little bit.
If you've been paying any attention to trends on the internet, you're probably aware that Pinterest has almost taken over as the major…
What do you do when you've just received a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD for your child? Is it an automatic indication that your child will not experience success in school? Does it mean that your youngster will have fewer opportunities in life? Not at all! There is much that you can do to ensure that your child challenged with AD/HD can become as successful as any of his classmates. However, he will need your consistent support and resources you…Continue
There is a real need for many parents and teachers of struggling learners to have a “ready list” of apps when special learning challenges present themselves. Last December, we posted an article on our blog with our first list of special needs apps. Many of our readers have mentioned their appreciation for this list and continue to use its apps daily. You can still access the first list…Continue
Many of the keyword searches that bring visitors to our blog and websites revolve around the term “struggling readers” (really?) We felt it was about time to provide a list of good apps for teachers, parents and others who work tirelessly with children and teens challenged with reading. We hope these apps will “fill the bill” for those who come to us looking for solutions to help the many struggling readers everywhere.
A very comprehensive list of apps to help struggling…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 5, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments
We know that all struggling learners and their families need extra help and support. This is particularly important for those families in the autism community. Recently, resources have become available that are “leveling the playing field” for ALL learners, especially children and adults challenged with autism spectrum disorders. We are referring to the wonderful technology that is not only available now but more accessible than ever.
This technology has taken the form of…
Okay, so it could be the chair of the decade for me! My friend has a clinic in Orlando, and she begged me to help her with her waiting room. She is an OT that specializes in "difficult" children. Many of the children she and her staff treat have seen up to 11 professionals(!) and have been on…Continue
Added by Lorna d'Entremont on September 25, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Listen To This! Got deadlines? Need to enhance your productivity? Hom ework struggles?
Added by Sue Wilkinson on September 24, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This month is National ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) month. So, we take the time to ponder what we've learned and where we are with this diagnosis.
I am not one to answer those questions but the number of children being diagnosed each year makes us wonder why - and what are we doing about it?
We know that ADHD is not diagnosed in a vacuum. It frequently comes along with several other…Continue