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Elaine Taylor­‐Klaus, CPCC PCC offers tips on how to help children with ADHD succeeed in school. Elaine and her company, ImpactADHD helps teach parents, kids and teachers strategies for success!

ADHD is on the rise, and schools struggle with finding appropriate ways to support kids with ADHD.  If they don’t have a specific Learning Challenge to accompany their ADHD, oftentimes educators hands are tied as to the accommodations they can provide/offer their students.

How to Get Started on Helping Kids/Adults with ADHD?

    1. Get Educated — understand the nuances — research is clear that Parent Training makes a HUGE difference for kids — when you understand the challenges, you can begin to address them, one by one
    2. Activate the Brain — this is not about willpower — it’s a challenge of regulation and activation — and the brain is to blame, not the kids or the adults — so use the understanding and education to learn how to activate the brain —medication for some, nutrition and exercise and sleep for others, meditation, or brain training — tons of ways to do it — but you gotta pay attention to what’s happening in the brain
    3. Set Realistic Expectations — don’t try to do everything at once — it takes time to turn a ship — get clear on where you want to start, and set reasonable expectations so you can see some successes — because success breeds success!

Strategies for Parents, Kids and Teachers:

  1. Question for parents and teachers to ask themselves: Is it Naughty or Neurological?
    Lesson to teach kids: help them see that they’re not being naughty, they have to learn to manage their neurological challenges.
  2. The 3-5 Challenge — kids are developmentally 3-5 years behind their same age peers — need to adjust expectations based on where the kids ARE developmentally, not where we think they SHOULD be based on their age
  3. Learn to ask for Help. Kids need to learn that they don’t have to know how to do it all their own — it’s okay to ask for help — in fact, it’s a life skill. Parents need to model that for their kids.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7p.m.
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