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ADHD Advocacy for Behavioral Accommodations and ADHD Medication

I often hear that districts will discuss the use of ADHD medication with parents, which is when ADHD advocacy is strongly advised. Many times, ADHD in...

The Supreme Court’s Ruling: The Impact on Success in the Classroom for ADHD Children

The Supreme Court recently had to make a decision that would impact our kids with special needs, including the possible success in the classroom for A...

CUTV News Radio spotlights ADD Advocate Karen Lowry

On Monday, February 17, 2017 CUTV News Radio interviewed me about ADHD, coaching, and advocacy. During this 30 minute interview, so much great imp...

A Talk with a Teen: ADHD Advocacy for ADHD Struggles

I think that ADHD advocacy skills include not only the need for you to understand ADHD, but also your individual need to see how ADHD struggles re...

Is the IEP Creating Success for My ADHD Child’s Education?

We are now half way through the year, and the question that you’re asking yourself is: is the IEP creating success for my ADHD child's education?  ...

What is the Other Half of the IEP Battle?

You as a parent have gone through the process with the school of documenting through testing, gathering data from teachers, and an IEP eligibility mee...

Is an IEP for ADHD an Unnecessary Label?

Is an IEP for ADHD an Unnecessary Label? The shocking conversation I had the other day was unexpected, both because of where it took place and because...

Does the IEP Provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)?

Our kids with ADHD in the classroom have so many issues around behavior that FAPE is something that needs to be understood.  It seems that the impuls...

Do ADHD Struggles in the Classroom Still Create Havoc for Children?

The school year has now been alive for about a month and a half.  I would venture to guess that many parents are at their wits end.  Some of your ki...

October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD awareness month.  ADHD is a medical diagnosis that is invisible and affects those with it in many different ways.  It really is a co...

Can a ADHD Child’s IEP be Individualized?

[caption id="attachment_713" align="alignleft" width="400"] Photo courtesy of The Parent Side.[/caption] If a child with ADHD is eligible for an I...

Do You Know the Civil Rights of Students with ADHD?

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued a guidance letter that refers to current Federal law regarding civil rights of students with...

An Effective IEP for ADHD in the Classroom

In webinars and in sessions with private clients, I have discussed important areas that require action plans in order to successfully achieve needed A...

An IEP Refusal

After giving a school support webinar, I received many good questions that reflect the difficulties families have insuring that their child receives a...

Can the School Mandate ADHD Medication?

With the diagnosis of ADHD comes the journey of many decisions.  Decisions that include the need for effective management in areas of home and school...

Parents Fighting to Stay Visible with Their Childs ADHD IEP Team

Staying visible with your child’s ADHD IEP Team / the child study team is always a constant battle. The parent or parents are always being told that...

The Challenge of ADHD Management

Many times it is necessary prior to ADHD coaching, to insure school support.  Unfortunately, more often than not, that effective school support is no...

The Invisible Real Reason for an IEP

I often see in dealing with teens and families as an ADHD coach the lack of support in the school.  This week I have seen something never before seen...

Yes, ADHD is Real

I recently read an article about a neuroscientist who does not believe that ADHD is real.  His name is Dr. Bruce Perry.  Let me list three areas of ...

Positive Self Esteem with ADHD

We talk often about the impairments of ADHD and the need for support in the classroom in the form of either an IEP or 504.  Descriptions include lack...

What is Success in the IEP Eligibility Process?

I hear so many parents of kids with ADHD ask questions pertaining to what they believe is being told to them by their school districts about IEP Eligi...

Transitioning Away From the IEP

So a young man, 30 years old, came to my CHADD support group tonight.  He came to give back to the youth he knows are struggling and spend too much t...

10 Study Strategies That Overcome the Executive Functioning Deficits of ADHD

I recently saw an amusing post on face book, depicting how difficult it is to read when one has ADHD.  People I know with ADHD did find it funny beca...

The Incompatibility Between ADHD and College

The impairments and executive functioning deficits of ADHD are variable among all with this diagnosis.  But what I see more often than not as a coach...

Santa’s Declaration: A fulfilling Spirit of Christmas

A little boy with autism goes to see Santa and tells him about all of the toys on his list.  After leaving, he runs back to ask Santa if autism will ...

ADHD: Invisible Under the Iceberg

So I was reading an article about ADHD, written by a mom who was venting about the feeling that we as parents have, when we admit and deal with our ch...

Preserving Self-esteem when ADHD is Present

As an ADHD coach, I believe one of many important details to uncover pertain to school support. Without adequacy of support, the coach cannot totally ...

The Need for Effective 504 Plans for ADHD

There are so many situations where children with ADHD alone are not deemed eligible for an IEP. They may not be in some cases. But the problem exi...

How to Combat ADHD when Transitioning to College

Transitioning to college has so many moving parts. We know intellectually that the ADHD doesn’t go away. We know that the symptoms of ADHD as we...

Coaching: The Answer to Self-advocacy and Ownership

Our kids with ADHD can struggle with the main symptoms of ADHD: hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. They also struggle with symptoms ...

Not a One Size Fits All When Treating ADHD

I just saw a treating ADHD commentary on NBC regarding a school that allows bike riding among its students. They correlate this bike riding with the a...

Painting the Picture of the Child with ADHD

So many articles are out there guiding parents on how to paint the picture of their child. This painting consists of the bright colors (areas where th...

Does Classification Affect IEP Goals and Effectiveness?

I recently took part in a remote IEP eligibility meeting, where I wondered: does classification affect IEP goals and effectiveness? It was unclear for...

How Can I Focus in School?

A psychologist told a teen that it is his job to go to and focus in school. Yes, that is right! But it unfortunately was said in a somewhat punitive w...

Should Subjective Data Determine Eligibility?

As I have spoken about before in “Parental Guilt: Cured by School Support”, gathering data and maintaining a paper trail is pertinent to proving t...

Parental Guilt: Cured by School Support?

A mom reached out to gain ADHD coaching support for her eighth grader. But after many questions, I found a child who felt bad about himself; and a...

Those Tough Transitions: ADHD in the Classroom

The current transition affecting our kids with ADHD is the one that takes them from unstructured, carefree, homework free days to the structure of...

Safeguards for Parents During IEP Meetings

Everything that we read tells us that parents are a part of the IEP team and as such, there needs to be safeguards for parents during IEP meetings. We...

School Meetings and the Gray Area Affecting ADHD in the Classroom

School meetings for ADHD in the Classroom and learning disabilities; whether they are IEP meetings, eligibility meetings, or mediation, can be emotion...

Behavior Negating the Disability of ADHD

Imagine sending your third grader to school only to find out that he is being handcuffed to a chair because of impulsivity related to the disability o...

ADHD Coaching for Children and Teens: Self-Esteem and Success

When we talk about ADHD coaching for children and teens, we are speaking to building up self-esteem in the child and all of the great successes that c...

The Dilemma of ADHD Support in School

ADHD Support in School and the lack thereof is why you are here reading this. So let’s say that you have been through school testing and an IEP elig...

Peer Support for Students with ADHD

When it comes to your child school, have you asked about peer support for students with ADHD? Have you ever thought about what brings children tog...

Too Much Testing to Achieve the IEP?

Despite clear information noting the struggles of ADHD in the classroom, a school district recently denied IEP eligibility to a family advocating for ...

School Bullying, Peers, and ADHD

So often we see no tolerance to school bullying, classes that direct children to do “X”when bullied, and consequences to bullying. But it is alway...

Effects of ADHD and Classroom Correlation

Let's jump right in and pursue the effects of adhd and classroom correlation. Ask yourself this: has your child ever talked about being bored? Again, ...

The Gray Area Regulated in the IEP for ADHD

I first talked about the gray area regulated in the IEP for ADHD in an earlier blog post titled: How to Educate a Child with ADHD. It was there I firs...

How to Educate a Child with ADHD

As a parent I often ask, how to educate a child with ADHD. It is often stated that parents are a part of the IEP Team. Their responsibility also e...

The Invisible Impact of ADHD in School

Many times our kids with ADHD in school are eligible for IEP’s in order to receive effective school support. Unfortunately, many times school admini...

504/IEP Misinformation

Whether some school administrators do not know special ed law or choose to manipulate facts to insure requested support for your child does not happen...

Information Promotes Advocacy: IEP vs. 504 – Part 1

So maybe the school year did not really go as planned.  There were intermittent missed assignments, emails from teachers stating behaviors that refle...

Information Promotes Advocacy: IEP vs. 504 – Part 2

So when school started, you as a parent noted some struggles way back in September.  But you chose to give the gift of time and allow this child to a...

Homework: An ADHD Parent Relationship Buster

 Can Homework Create Havoc in an ADHD Parent Relationship? How Can This be Reversed Using School Support? I’m not sure that there is any word quit...

When Follow Through Falls Through Cracks

As an ADHD Coach, I am always trying to understand the best way to support my client, who generally is a teen. In order for this child to attain state...

Insuring the Individualization of the IEP

One of the reasons families reach out to me to coach their child is to be able to back off and allow for independence, success, and a healthy self-est...

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