ADHD: 3 Articles

School Books!

Whether going back to school in-person or online, kids may encounter stressful situations. Going to school for the first time, going back to school after COVID-19 distance learning, making new friends, learning how to behave, meeting new teachers, changing schools, or starting a routine can cause anxiety. Share these books with your child to start a helpful conversation. Starting School for the First Time When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart Follow the dragon’s lead as kids headed to class explore school manners. When a dragon goes to school, will she throw crayons and refuse to share the toys? Why, no! Dragons don’t do that! While behaving well at school isn’t always easy, this dragon makes it fun. A companion book to the manners must-have When a Dragon Comes to Stay, this book helps kids get fired up for good classroom behavior. Read an interview with Caryl Hart I Don’t Want to Go to School! by Alberto Pellai, MD, PhD and Barbara Tamborini  New routine, new friends, new places, and new faces, and parental or caregiver separation can be a lot to handle at first!  This sensitive book will help kids and parents talk about this big step and transition to being apart during the day—and maybe even have fun at school! Includes a Reader’s Note to further explain this common behavioral and emotional stage of childhood. Read an excerpt from I Don’t Want to Go to School!  Changing Schools New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools by Debbie Glasser, PhD, and Emily Schenck Calling all new kids! Do you know a kid who is ready for their starring role? Or one who has stage fright? Maybe you know a kid who feels like an extra in a movie featuring some other kids and their fabulous lives? New Kid, New Scene was written just for kids like that. They will learn ways to get adjusted and ease into their new school and surroundings. Every chapter is packed with stories, useful advice, and quizzes to help kids learn more about who they are.  This book gives kids the ins and outs of navigating new surroundings, making new friends (as well as staying in touch with old ones), and finding a place that feels like their own. Goodbye, School by Tonya Lippert, PhD, LCSW Franny loves her school. She's played, read, studied, and even napped here. Franny has lots of good memories there. But today it's time to leave. As Franny prepares to move to a new school, she takes time to reminisce and cherish her old school. She wants to find a way to honor this special place. How can Franny say goodbye? Includes a Reader's Note by the author with information on how to guide children through periods of transition or change and acknowledge their feelings throughout the experience. Read an excerpt from Goodbye School ADHD School Strategies The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success by Joshua Shifrin, PhD The Homework Squad is

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School Books! 2021-08-10T13:56:25-04:00

My Wandering Dreaming Mind

Why does my mind fly to the sky, and think of fairies and mermaids and frogs? Sadie feels like her thoughts are soaring into the clouds and she can't bring them back down to earth. She has trouble paying attention, which makes keeping track of schoolwork, friends, chores, and everything else really tough. Sometimes she can only focus on her mistakes. Hear author Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, read My Wandering Dreaming Mind aloud and find out how Sadie's parents help her see how amazing she is. Click here to read an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides strategies to help your child focus on the positive aspects of their dreaming, creative mind and to keep trying when things don't go their way.

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My Wandering Dreaming Mind 2020-05-28T15:55:43-04:00

Magination Press Learning at Home: Supporting Your Child with Attentional Issues

... motivation to change behavior is far more impacted by praise and positivity than by criticism and negativity Distance learning poses a big challenge for school kids during the pandemic. They’ve lost easy access to their teachers, resources, familiar routines and settings, and to their friends. For children with learning differences, they’ve also lost the accommodations and strategies implemented by the schools to support their learning.  Many kids will experience frustration and discouragement as they try to learn online. Children with attentional issues may find distance learning especially difficult and demoralizing. As a parent, you’ll need to not only facilitate their learning, but help them stay positive about learning and their abilities as they navigate this new situation. This excerpt from Magination Press book, My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, provides strategies you can use to help your child focus on the positive and keep trying when their efforts don’t quite go the way they hoped. The invisible problem A child with attentional issues is typically unaware when they are daydreaming or forgetting, so they are unable to prevent it. When a child experiences constant correction for executive functioning that is outside their control, they may begin to internalize the frequent reprimands. So if the behavior is undesirable, they conclude that they must also be undesirable. Focus on genuine positives It’s well established that motivation to change behavior is far more impacted by praise and positivity than by criticism and negativity. Setting expectations and noticing even small, positive things a child does every day can empower them to want to meet those expectations. For a child with attentional issues, it can be empowering to point out that their brain sometimes operates differently, which is why they may struggle, but because children often find alternate ways  of coping, sometimes drawbacks of executive functioning issues can be flipped to a positive. But—children have great radar and can sense when an adult is inauthentic! It’s important to provide positive feedback that is genuine and unique to your child. Think about the way your child moves through the world. Are there behaviors like daydreaming that can be thought of positively—such as being curious or imaginative? Emphasize those positives by encouraging activities that strengthen them. If they are curious, what are they curious about? If checking out library books on the topic isn’t an option, try helping your child research the topic online or reach out to family or friends who might know about it. Note aloud the amazing things your child’s curiosity uncovers. If your child is forgetful, perhaps it is because their mind is so busy! Ask your child what’s on their mind—you may discover something you didn’t realize, and you’ll help them begin a practice of self-awareness by being mindful of their thoughts and behavior. If they daydream, you may find that their imagination is a spectacular thing, filled with creativity and joy. Perhaps they are artistic or tell wonderful stories. Give them a sketchbook to draw or

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Magination Press Learning at Home: Supporting Your Child with Attentional Issues 2020-04-29T14:32:27-04:00