Any parent of an ADHD+er knows what it takes to get a worthy school plan finalized. Testing, research, documentation, meetings, negotiations and more meetings – all to ensure a student gets what they need to succeed. After all is said and done, those words – the ones that took so much blood, sweat, and tearsContinue reading “The Best Laid Plans: 504 and IEP That Is”
For all the mystery that can surround complex ADHD there are some things you can know for sure. One of those is: YOU WILL HAVE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR CHILD. Period. This will be true in most every facet of their life and most certainly, and probably painstakingly, IN SCHOOL. The word advocate means “toContinue reading “Back to School: Preparing to Be An Advocate. Again.”
Parents of ADHD+ers know that building school relationships is vital to the success of their student. It can be no less than a part time job to create connections in all the places you know support will be needed – from the secretary to the principle. Then the tight rope walk begins between being likableContinue reading “School Success Means Nurturing Connections”
Going back to school is typified by fresh supplies, morning photo shoots and great anticipation of all that a new school year can offer. It’s hard to negate the promise of a new year. That is, unless the years previous have been less than promising. The potential of a fresh start can be lost onContinue reading “Preparing Emotionally To Go Back To School”
Back in the day most of us sat in an uncomfortable wooden desk with an etched pencil holder on the far end, facing forward, and followed our teacher’s direction for learning – which didn’t deviate much from school to school. We got what we got and we didn’t throw a fit. Not so today. NowContinue reading “BACK TO SCHOOL DECISIONS: The Right School Has To Be Somewhere They Can Learn”
As parents of ADHDers we have all learned that we cannot get through to our kids when they are in crisis. Big emotions, let downs or negative perceptions – whether real or unfounded, are just some of the instances when there is no use trying to reason because they just won’t hear us through theContinue reading “BACK TO SCHOOL DECISIONS: The Right School Has To Feel Safe”
Lofty ideas printed on paper only become reality in the act of doing. It’s people that put action to great ideas and that’s when magic can happen, lives can be changed and possibilities become endless. This is true for any organization, and especially so for school who help form a child’s view of the world and of themselves.
When it comes to finding “the right school for right now” one thing we’ve found to be true is that means the school has the right philosophy and services to meet our complex ADHDers needs. But it doesn’t stop there because when a school works comprehensively to REALLY EDUCATE a student, they don’t just meet their needs – they stretch and grow students to reach their POTENTIAL.
Last year at the very start of school Norrine and I met up after dropping our kids off. We were both thrilled and surprised to find that each of us were uncharacteristically optimistic about the school year for our complex ADHDers. “This could be our year!” we both exclaimed as we shared our laundry listsContinue reading “BACK TO SCHOOL DECISIONS: Right for Now is not Right Forever”
You may know we both live in Florida. We’ve both had our kids seen by April Green, ARNP, and we wish services like this were available to everyone because the level of care is extraordinary! Focus of Tampa Bay offers comprehensive ADHD evaluations & treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as adultContinue reading “Resources We’ve Found Helpful”