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Know Whether to Challenge or Calm your ADHD Child

Know Whether to Challenge or Calm your ADHD Child

Your ADHD child is resisting getting started on homework, as usual. You’ve learned that yelling and nagging won’t work. So what should you do? This blog post suggests a starting point: determining whether your student is overstressed or bored.
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“My child is not keeping up with her peers in school.  What should I do?”

“My child is not keeping up with her peers in school. What should I do?”

It creeps up on you: the uncomfortable realization that your son or daughter is not doing well in school. Soon after, you reach the point where you know you need to intervene. Where to start? In this blog post educational consultant Amy Eisner leads you through the steps you should take to seek help for your struggling child. (Amy is also one of our best Connecticut tutors.)
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Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Once a parent realizes their child may have special needs and seeks support through their school system, they will soon be engulfed by a tidal wave of Special Ed jargon and acronyms.  It’s not that the counselors and school officials are trying to intimidate or confuse you (well, sometimes it is!) but these are simply terms that will come up again and again as you navigate the system to obtain the right services for your child.  Let us help you with the alphabet soup. 
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ADHD and “Locus of Control”

ADHD and “Locus of Control”

A guest post by Angela Wright, one of our homework coaches. Angela is completing her Master’s degree in School Counseling at Capella University.

Many times children diagnosed with ADHD will tell their parents “It’s not my fault I failed the test.  It was just too hard” or “I didn’t do well on that assignment because my teacher doesn’t like me”. Believe it or not, this seeming tendency to refuse to accept responsibility is actually a function of ADHD. Behavior-altering conditions such as ADHD often cause children to feel that they have no control over life circumstances and they therefore tend to blame everything and everyone but themselves for both their failures and their successes. This orientation towards blaming outside circumstances is called an external locus of control. A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that children diagnosed with ADHD had significantly higher external locus of control than non-ADHD diagnosed children. However, there are ways to help your ADHD diagnosed child to feel more in control of his or her abilities and to change their locus of control.

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When your ADHD child lies

When your ADHD child lies

All children lie occasionally. But some ADHD-diagnosed kids lie a lot! Researcher Russell Barkley and his associates found that up to 50% of ADHD children lie compared to 5% of their non-ADHD peers. Lying can become a great source of difficulty and frustration for those who work with or are raising ADHD-diagnosed kids. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why your child lies and how you can address the issue.
Back to School Checklist for the ADHD Student

Back to School Checklist for the ADHD Student

It’s back-to-school time again! Here are five essential tips for getting the new school year off to a good start.

1.   Get to know your child’s teachers. Introduce yourself to your child’s teachers, explain a bit about your child’s strengths and challenges, and encourage communication. A teacher who knows that you’re an involved parent is more likely to let you know if something is going on with your child. 
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