Organization

Back to School? But it’s Only July!

My youngest isn’t out of school a month yet and I find myself talking to parents about back to school supplies. As I have this conversation with moms, their children are usually giving me...

Rise in ADHD? Or Simply Immaturity?

In the last decade, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen 66%! A new study reveals statistics in the current issue of the journal, Academic Pediatrics. Northwestern Medicine spearheaded the study and...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....

Organizing that Mountain of Paper

Papers, Papers everywhere!! Many kids with special needs, especially those with Executive Function issues or ADHD, have a hard time organizing and managing their materials.  At this point in the school year chances are your...

Ideas to Organize the Disorganized Student

We're just passed that honeymoon period of school when grades are good, students are somewhat organized, and everyone is motivated. At this time, papers start to pile up, some assignments are missing, and binders...
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Dear Teacher: What Families of Kids with Special “Isms” Wish We Could Tell You

I have the utmost respect for anyone who undertakes the noble profession of educating children. Teaching can get infinitely more complicated when your class includes children with Isms, such as attention regulation difficulties, sensory...

Getting off the Helicopter: Helping Your Special Needs Child Gain More Independence

I was taken aback a couple of weeks ago by my son Chris’ secondary Special Education coordinator. During a meeting I’d requested, to try to minimize the level of direct support he will get next year, the...

6 Back to School Tips for Organizational Success

Back to school…while some parents are dancing a jig of the thoughts of kids returning to school, there are other parents who are feeling some anxiety.  The reminders of the exploding backpack, missing homework,...

School’s Out: What To Do With All The School Projects?

Finals exams have ended. Teacher gifts handed out. All lockers are emptied. Now, what to do with all the school projects, writing assignments, books, etc. that have been collected throughout the school year. I have...
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Homework: Help Your Child Break Down Tasks

As a parent of two, very different boys, and having taught for over twenty years, you'd think I'd have homework mastered, by now. Well, even I find myself slipping into the trap of thinking,...