ADHD: 4 Articles

Resources for Learning Differences

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month Magination Press has more than twenty books to support your child with learning differences, from preschool through college. Here’s a small selection: Picture Books Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich is an endearing and empowering story that demonstrates that a learning difference like dyslexia doesn’t define who you are. Despite her struggles with reading and writing, Beatrice is a natural and brilliant storyteller. This book is set in EasyReading, a dyslexia-friendly font. My Wandering Dreaming Mind by Merriam Sarcia Saunders. LMFT provides a “positive scaffold [that is] a hopeful launch pad for progress…. This fills a needed bibliotherapy niche for families, therapists, and school counselors…. A positive spin for all those who struggle with executive function and those who love them.” —Kirkus Reviews Hear My Wandering Dreaming Mind read aloud. Read a post about supporting a child with attentional issues featuring an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers from My Wandering Dreaming Mind. My Whirling, Twirling Motor by Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT “reinforces that [the child's] being overactive and impulsive is not intentional and does not make him bad. The young narrator eventually internalizes his parents' focus on his accomplishments, rather than his challenges, and he wonders what positive things he will do tomorrow...A must-have for young readers with any type of behavior difficulty and their caregivers.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review) Books for older kids The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success by Joshua Shifrin, PhD, is an easy-to-use guide that will help with key study skills to improve reading, writing, math, listening, memorization, concentration, and more! Bite-sized tips and tricks, journal prompts, and advice for challenges help kids with ADHD recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge. This accessible, straightforward, and relatable guide to key study skills for kids with ADHD features a cast of characters with ADHD to enliven the lessons. The author covers an array of areas where kids with ADHD might struggle academically to help kids recognize how they learn best and act on that knowledge. Read an excerpt from The Homework Squad’s ADHD Guide to School Success here. Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition by Patricia O. Quinn, MD, and Judith M. Stern, MA  continues to be the go-to resource for kids with AD/HD. This essential guide — celebrating its 20th year in print — is loaded with practical ways to improve organization, focus, attention, time management, and scheduling, as well as studying and homework skills. Importantly, kids will also find strategies for making friends, controlling emotions, and being healthy. Putting on the Brakes gives kids with AD/HD the tools they need for success in and out of school and a plan to manage all types of attention disorders. Learning To Slow Down And Pay Attention: A Book For Kids About ADHD, Third Edition by  Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD, and Ellen B. Dixon, PhD is packed with practical tips, know-how,

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Resources for Learning Differences 2021-10-19T12:45:22-04:00

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