Picture books for kids help me explain concepts to kids in neutral way, by focusing on the character instead of lecturing the kid standing in front of me. By using book characters as the focus, we are introducing the topic in a neutral way and not lecturing our kids about what they should or should […]
Routines at Home
(2 min read) When I was initially learning about executive function in the brain it took me a while to wrap my head around the concepts. So I took each executive function skill and tired to “see” it in real life. Working memory is the ability to hold information in your brain while you work
(2 min read) Fidget spinners and fidget toys have been gaining in popularity. While some adults might see fidget toys as a waste of time I totally disagree. I have seen kids with ADHD use fidget toys as a way to get sensory input. Using your hands to push, pull, squeeze, or snap allows you
(3 min read) Working Memory is one of the executive function skills in our brain. Our working memory is used to hold onto information while we are using that same information. This is a short-term process. For example, I am thinking about what groceries I need in my house while I write my grocery list.
(3 min read) Task initiation is the ability to begin projects without undue procrastination, in an efficient or timely fashion (Smart but Scattered, Dawson and Guare). Task initiation is one of the executive skills in our brain – skills that help us execute, or perform, tasks. Kids with ADHD might need more practice and patience
(4 min read) We all get caught up in busy lives of school, work, making meals, cleaning dishes, going to sports and activities, and countless other tasks. As adults we might think it’s easier if we do everything for our kids. We can probably do it better and faster. But this results in kids losing
(3 min read) The way we give compliments to kids matters. Word choice makes a big impact. Let’s explore how our compliments of kids with ADHD can be motivating or demotivating. Why do we need to motivate kids with ADHD? Internal (or intrinsic) motivation in kids with ADHD can be slow to develop. Intrinsic motivation
(5 min read) Kids might be reading the book but they could not be understanding the story. Aspects of the characters and how the story develops are misunderstood. Reading comprehension for ADHD kids can be an effortful task. In my experience school worksheets of “read this paragraph and answer these questions” usually do not help.