Entering College with ADHD

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS diagnosed with ADHD, reaching graduation day can feel like meandering across the finish line of a marathon. Years of hunting effective strategies for executive functioning, organization, and testing culminate in a brief yet triumphant walk across the stage. As proud (and, perhaps, exhausted) families snap photos, they often wonder and worry…

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What Works for You in the Workplace?

MANY PEOPLE STRUGGLE with the concept of disclosing their disability in the workplace, and for many good reasons. Disclosure involves giving out personal, medical, and disability information to an employer. It can be overwhelming and fearsome. The applicant or employee wonders: • How much information should I provide? • When is the best time to…

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Steps to Take Before Sending Your Student to College

SPRING BRINGS NEW BEGINNINGS, and every spring brings at least one new client to my ADHD coaching practice from a familiar new-beginning category: the college student with ADHD who has flunked out. And each time I listen to yet another sad story of decline and failure, I find myself wishing that I’d had the chance…

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The Top Three Accommodations for Students with EF Problems

by Margaret Foster, MAEd, and Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD   WHILE STUDENTS WITH EXECUTIVE FUNCTION WEAKNESSES have unique learning styles with varying levels of impact, there are three accommodations that are frequently recommended following formal evaluation. We believe these important accommodations deserve a brief explanation and some suggestions for how to implement them in a busy classroom.…

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Preparing for College Challenges [Webinar Guest: Oelking, Michelle]

Preparing for College Challenges Michele Oelking, MSW, ACC, PCC, serves as director of the Academic Success Center at Tulane University, an umbrella of academic support services for college students. As a professional certified coach with the International Coach Federation, she believes students achieve success through a comprehensive, individualized approach based on exploring beliefs, interests, values,…

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Writing Effective 504 Plans

GUIDANCE FROM THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS at the US Department of Education, consisting of a Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD (2016), has made it clear that many students with ADHD qualify for school 504 plans. Their plans will only be meaningful if parents and schools collaborate to write plans…

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