Executive Function

5 Steps for Parents to Climb the Mountain of Transition to Middle School

Entering middle school can be overwhelming for any child, but add your child’s special challenges and this transition can be quite intimidating. If your child is entering middle school this fall, you probably already...

Tips for Transitioning Back to School

Very soon the first of many school bells will ring for students around the country marking the official end of summer and the beginning of another academic year. Parents will either cheer or be...

“My Plan vs. Your Plan”: Seven Tips for Parents to Promote a Shift in...

It's summertime! It’s a time for cookouts, evening swims, and family vacations. Summer is full of “plans”. But what if you live with a son or daughter who gets stuck on their own plans!? In...

How to Make the Transition to Middle School with an IEP a Little Easier

For the past few months I have been waking up in cold sweats at night over the realization that my baby boy will be graduating from elementary  and entering middle school. Just when we...

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...

P to the Power of 3! The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Many recent news stories have dealt with the negative side of peer pressure and bullying – especially for those kids who might not “fit in” as well as others. I’d like to focus on...

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...

Encouraging Self-Regulation: At Home, At School, and in Your Child’s Mind

My 11 year old high-functioning autistic son is halfway through his fifth grade year. He’s been on an IEP since he got his official diagnosis at 6, and part of his accommodation has included...

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...

“Aaron, Where is Silverstone?”: A Look at Special Interests

This title may seem abstract to you, but by this one question my life was changed. School, for me, was tough; even more so as I have Asperger Syndrome, but I wasn’t diagnosed until the...