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All parents are concerned about giving their child with attention deficit disorder prescription medications—and no one can blame them. The internet is full of myths and incorrect information, but medication for ADD is very often life altering for our kids. Dr. Kari is joined by developmental pediatrician Dr. James Varga who discusses the pros, and pros, and pros, and cons of ADD/ADHD medications. This tremendous show is a must-listen for all parents of kids with attention deficit disorder.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari is joined by Adelaide Zindler, the “Home Office Mommy” who shares her personal story of being a parent with ADHD, raising a daughter with autism. Adelaide will share how being labeled with ADHD impacted her, how she’s learned to have a “multi-sided” view of autism, her struggles as a parent, and how she’s been successful in dealing with the school system.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Nicky VanValkenburgh, a parent of two boys who have ADHD, who has ADHD herself. She shared her challenges in raising kids with ADHD, and how she improved her life. In her new book, “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: How to Conquer ADHD In 60 Days, Without Ritalin” she discusses a non-medical approach to treating ADHD. The ALERT brain training device, commonly called a light and sound machine, includes special eyeglasses, headphones, and a control box. The ALERT system boosts the electro-chemical activity in the brain, and can be used in the comfort of your own home.
Listeners can purchase Ms. Van Valkenburgh’s book at a discount by visiting this website.
Have you heard of “executive skills” – those strategies good students use to be successful – such as time management, organization, and regulating emotions and effort? If you or your child has ADD or ADHD, you’ll want to download this episode of Special Kid School Talk to learn how to find success and overcome demons such as procrastination, poor follow-through and test anxiety.
Most students with ADHD do not think about how much attention it takes to complete a task, but recognizing how much concentration is required to complete an activity is invaluable to obtaining good results!
The goal of this activity is to show students how to pay attention and also how to sustain concentration until a task is successfully completed.
To give your child an idea of what it actually means to “pay attention,” use a metaphor such as adjusting the volume dial on a radio. Using a scale such as 1 to 10, develop reference points so that your child has a basis for comparison.
For example, a setting of “1” indicates a person has the volume turned down so low they can’t hear what’s being broadcast. A “10” indicates the person can loudly and clearly hear everything being broadcast.
Paying attention requires that students maintain differing levels of energy for different types of academic tasks. To increase your child’s awareness of the energy needed to perform different academic tasks, first start by using the radio metaphor to help him or her understand the amount of energy needed for various everyday tasks such as brushing teeth and watching a television program. Read more
How can parents help their child with ADD, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or other learning roadblocks be academically successful? Not many parents know about educational therapy and why it is a more effective alternative than tutoring for special needs students.
Educational therapy has three important components. The first is specialized programs and methods that help students ameliorate the learning problems that hold back their learning. The second way educational therapy is superior to tutoring is that educational therapists are trained to teach skills and concepts using a student’s strong abilities, while circumventing a child’s learning weaknesses. By far the most important distinction is the power of educational therapy to defeat special needs students’ greatest foe: learned helplessness—the belief that they are stupid. Learn about this powerful approach in our first Special Kid School Talk radio show, available for download below. We also discuss how to keep children’s skills moving forward during the summer. Get tips for reducing the “summer brain slide” so your child can return to school without losing concepts and skills.
Miller Educational Excellence is launching a monthly radio show on BlogTalkRadio. The show is called “Special Kid School Talk” and will air the first Sunday of the month (except for major holidays) at 3:00 pm PST, 6:00 pm EST.
The first show airs June 6th and the topic is What is Educational Therapy?
How can parents help their child with ADD, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, or other learning roadblocks be academically successful?
Not many parents know about educational therapy and why it is a more effective alternative than tutoring for special needs students. Educational therapy has three important components.
The first is specialized programs and methods that help students ameliorate the learning problems that hold back their learning.
The second way educational therapy is superior to tutoring is that educational therapists are trained to teach skills and concepts using a student’s strong abilities, while circumventing a child’s learning weaknesses.
By far the most important distinction is the power of educational therapy to defeat special needs students’ greatest foe: learned helplessness—the belief that they are stupid.
Learn about this powerful approach in our first show. We will also be discussing how to keep children’s skills moving forward during the summer. Get tips for reducing the “summer brain slide” so your child can return to school without losing concepts and skills.
Call in with your questions during the show! I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have regarding educating special needs students. Looking forward to our first broadcast!
Visit our BlogTalkRadio show page for more info.
Individuals with ADHD and ADD often have difficulty with Executive Skills, also called Executive Functions. These are the skills that help us manage and direct our lives. They are analogous to the activities that an executive engages in to manage and direct a company or business.
Executive skills allow us to plan and organize our behavior, make well-considered decisions, overrule immediate desires in favor of longer-term goals, take conscious control of our emotions, and monitor our thoughts in order to work more efficiently and effectively.
There are a number of different theories and definitions of the skills that constitute executive functions. The following is a compilation that illustrates the full range of skills needed to effectively manage our lives.
Planning and prioritizing
The ability to create a plan to complete a task or to develop an approach to achieving a goal. This skill includes making decisions about what to direct attention toward and the ordering of the steps needed to achieve the goal.
One meaning of the term “bracketing” is “to place within.” This concept of “placing within” is a helpful strategy that students and adults can use to identify and appropriately deal with distracting thoughts.
In stage one, students decide whether their current thoughts are appropriate for the task at hand. If they are not, students can bracket them in stage two.
It is very helpful to teach students (and adults) to classify thoughts into three groups:
Now: appropriate to follow up on now, i.e. thoughts that promote full engagement in the lesson or other current task. During reading, for example, a “now” thought would be about the content of the reading (reading comprehension) or about ways to stay focused on reading.
15 million school age children in the US have learning problems that public and private schools can’t solve. There are 72,000 special education students in LAUSD, alone. Every day these students sit unhappily in class, losing hope of ever realizing their dreams. Students are living in pain and shame. They are not learning to be successful students.
Their parents are frustrated in their attempts to find suitable education for their child. They’ve tried working through the public schools. They have hired tutors. Parents are calling for real solutions.
In order to thrive, these students need special educational methods that address their unique profile of strengths and needs. But even more importantly, these children require a new mindset of success.
Educational therapy offers help and hope to children and adults with learning challenges such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and learning disabilities. Educational therapy is an appropriate and highly successful approach to helping students of all ages achieve their maximum potential.