What life can look like after high school for kids with ADHD

A series of true stories about what life looks like after high school for some kids with challenges: #1 What inflexible thinking look like after high school. A family of a high school senior reached out to me during the winter of this boy's senior year. This boy did very well academically and had been … Continue reading What life can look like after high school for kids with ADHD

Teaching a sixth grader how to go from being “prompt dependent” to independent.

A concept I teach parents is how to transition kids from being "prompt-dependent" to independent. Prompt-dependent means that kids need to constantly be told what to do and will not do routine tasks without constant prompts or reminders. Yesterday, I was teaching a sixth grader how to use an executive function strategy so he can … Continue reading Teaching a sixth grader how to go from being “prompt dependent” to independent.

Understanding learned helplessness

Let's talk about "learned helplessness". Recently, I saw a new 3rd grader who will not do anything on his own if it's not interesting to him. He will not even get dressed on his own, his mother helps him get dressed. Over the years he's learned that he could manipulate his mother by acting helpless. … Continue reading Understanding learned helplessness