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How Sleep Impacts ADHD

  The last week or so our 8 month old baby boy has been waking up multiple times during the night. While websites and friends assure me this is normal behavior for a baby, I feel like anything but normal these days. I don’t remember being so tired in my life! The biggest downside to being completely exhausted is that I simply cannot mentally function at 100% capacity during the day. I was actually meeting with a family yesterday and found myself stumbling over my own words and struggling to stay focused. This got me to thinking; does a lack [...]

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College Admissions Tips for Students with ADHD

The school year is now officially in full swing. Back-to-School nights, football games, and the first signs of fall are here. Along with these also come college admissions season. College recruiters are scheduling their visits on high school campuses, and application deadlines for seniors are looming. For many students the college admission process can be daunting. For students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or other educational-impacting disabilities this process can be even more challenging. If you have a student who is diagnosed with a learning disability, ADHD, or some other educational-impacting disability, fear not…there is a path for you, too! The [...]

Evaluation for ADHD and Learning Disabilities – What to Expect

If you are reading this, then chances are you are thinking about having your child tested for ADHD or another learning difference. While this process is pretty standard, it may seem confusing, frustrating, and even scary when thinking about what all goes into it. Who Does the Testing? Before you begin the testing process you must first find someone to do the testing. Typically there are two types of practitioners: 1) psychologists, and 2) educational diagnosticians. While both psychologists and educational diagnosticians can administer the necessary cognitive assessments, only psychologists are able to give diagnoses of ADHD and other learning [...]

Back to School Tips for Parents

Wow, how is it already the end of July?! Summer sure does fly by fast. Hopefully your child has kept busy with some good summer activities that let him enjoy some time off but also keep his mind and body sharp. For those of us living in Texas, the school year seems to start much earlier than other places. Usually by mid-August students are preparing for their first day back. Today I want to talk to you, parents, about what you can do now to help ensure a smooth first day back for your student and set him up for [...]

Why ADHD Diagnoses are Set to Rise

  ADHD Diagnoses Will Continue to Increase I just returned from the Texas Psychological Association’s annual conference, which was held this year in San Antonio. It’s a great event that brings some of the best psychologists from Texas and around the country together to discuss current trends and other hot topics. I attended several sessions ranging from topics on executive function to health care reform. The most interesting talk I listened to was a discussion of key updates the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, or what most people refer to as the DSM-5. The DSM is [...]

5 Strategies for Students with ADHD

Strategies to Maximize Study Time Sustaining attention long enough to complete a night’s worth of homework can be difficult and taxing for students with ADHD. It’s not unusual for middle- and high-school students to have multiple hours of homework and studying a night. Students who struggle with holding attention that long will need to adopt some key study skills in order to make it through the night’s work and perform well in school. The following strategies can be used to help maximize attention and focus to complete homework assignments and study for tests. Some strategies will work well for some [...]

Understanding a 504 Plan

504 Plan Basics In the last post I discussed IEP Basics. IEPs are comprehensive plans for students diagnosed with a specific disability. Many parents wonder what the difference is between and IEP and Section 504 Accommodations. The difference can be confusing. This post will hopefully clarify the differences and help you decide which to pursue. What are 504 Accommodations? Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals are protected under federal law from discrimination related to a disability. Unlike an IEP, 504 is not specific to school. However, for the sake of this post, Section 504 pertains to students [...]

Understanding an IEP

IEP Basics An IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, may be an important piece for students diagnosed with a learning disability. This post is to help you determine if you should explore setting up an IEP for your student. Below are some common questions regarding IEPs. What is an IEP? An IEP is a comprehensive education plan for students diagnosed with a specific disability. IEP’s are required by law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IEP may provide classroom modifications for your student based on his or her diagnosed disability. An IEP will contain: A description of the [...]

Strategies for Any Learning Difficulty

Strategies for Learning Difficulties Learning difficulties come in many forms. Some students struggle with reading and writing while others have difficulty with math concepts and numerical operations. Still other students may suffer from attention issues, auditory processing, and numerous other educational impacting difficulties. Although the following strategies are identified for specific diagnosed learning difficulties, any student can implement them to help overcome struggles they may have. ADHD – I can’t stay focused! Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can make paying attention in class and sitting for long periods to do homework very difficult. Students diagnosed with ADHD will benefit from breaking [...]

5 Steps for Final Exam Prep

5 Steps to Prepare for Final Exams December has arrived and that means cold weather, winter break and for most students, final exams. Even though exams are still a couple of weeks away, it’s never too early to start planning. The following steps will help you get organized and maximize your efficiency. 1.  Consolidate Papers Hopefully you have gotten into the habit of cleaning out your backpack, throwing away unnecessary papers and filing important ones. If not, now is the time to tackle that mess. Start by putting all you papers into one pile. Then separate them by subject, putting [...]

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