There are three evidence-based interventions for children with ADHD: classroom supports, behavioral strategies, and medication. This infographic by Understood.org is an introduction to how ADHD medications work:
The NM Dept of Education has a new feature that allows parents to search for schools in their area that are performing best in academic instruction, student development, and family satisfaction ratings. Under the tab for “Opportunity to Learn”, you can also see how the school is rated in working with Special Education students.
Autism Speaks is one of the largest autism advocacy organizations in the United States; it sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, particular. Their website offers excellent resources for parents and is worth a look:
Link to the Center on Technology and Disability’s resource presentation on technology tools designed to help students with academic and/or study skill weaknesses. A PDF resource list is included.
College is a challenging transition in many ways for most students, but especially for those with ADHD. This article gives an overview of some things to help:
I meet with many parents who have children and teenagers who are unsure of where to go to find information about the age-appropriateness of the video games and other technology their children use. Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization that provides age-level ratings and reviews by experts to help parents make more informed decisions about what their children are consuming.
As school starts again this week, parents should look at their child’s organization of homework and ways to improve their organization:
Summer reading strategies for students with dyslexia:
Older teens and young adults with undiagnosed dyslexia have higher rates of school dropout but, in many cases, appropriate help can often still make a big difference to their academic and career achievement. Please see the nonprofit International Dylsexia Association website www.interdys.org for more information. PACES New Mexico can provide evaluation services for older teens and young adults to help identify dyslexia and appropriate interventions.
Research shows that exercise is an important regulator of attention, mood, and other important factors for success – this article is a good introduction. I also recommend reading the book “Spark” by John Ratey, Ph.D.