Executive Function

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...

ADHD Awareness Week, 2011

The week of October 16th through October 22nd marks the celebration of ADHD Awareness Week.  The goal of raising awareness is to help as many people affected by ADD/ADHD as possible.  We want to...

ADHD and Back-to-School Anxiety

Here it is, the new school year.  For many, it’s the time when our children’s carefree smiles disappear and their walk looses some of its lightness.  Stress, overwhelm, anxiety creep back into our children’s...

Safe Natural Treatment of ADD and ADHD

If you are the parent of a child with ADD or ADHD or if you have one of these conditions yourself, I’d encourage you to look at Dana Ullman’s review of homeopathic treatments for...
backward chaining

Last is First in Backward Chaining

Typically when teaching a child a skill we start at the beginning, move through the sequence of steps, and conclude with the final step. This is called forward chaining. The reverse to this is backward...