Executive Function

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...

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...