Depression and Executive Functioning

How is Executive Functioning related to Depression? Common traits of depression include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness, loss of motivation, lowered self-esteem, poor concentration and decision making, loss of energy, and suicidal ideation. Now, consider important aspects of executive functioning related to emotional regulation: Flexible thinking and flexible problem solving Behavioral inhibition or … Continued

Annual Training for School Professionals on Suicide Prevention

JOHNSON COUNTY SUICIDE PREVENTION COALITION 5TH ANNUAL SCHOOL TRAINING EVENT March 1st 2018 | 8:00am – 4:00pm (registration 7:30 – 8:00am) Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center ‎ 8788 Metcalf Avenue Overland Park, KS. The Coalition is hosting our annual training event for school professionals.  Please extend this invite to members of your team who … Continued

New Resource on Teaching Students with ADHD

Just added a new resource in my store within the site: entitled “A Manual for Teaching the Student with ADHD and Executive Dysfunction”.

The Individuality of ADHD

We assume a common set of traits and characteristics when conceptualizing or thinking about an individual with ADHD.  It is also common to think about one person we may know with ADHD and assume that is the face of ADHD.  While there are certainly similarities among individuals with ADHD, no one person is exactly the … Continued

ADHD and Dysgraphia

ADHD and Dysgraphia Dysgraphia is a type of learning disorder that impacts one’s ability to write.  Dysgraphia includes different specific types of difficulties with writing and often include the following: *difficulty with legible handwriting *difficulty with spacing and organization of writing on the page *difficulty organizing thoughts when writing *difficulty with grammar and writing mechanics, … Continued

Dyslexia: What is it?

The formal definition of dyslexia: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other … Continued

Homework Help for ADHD

Homework completion for children with ADHD can be an overwhelming task, both for the child and the parent.  Individuals with ADHD have a more difficult time with sustained concentration, especially if the activity is non-preferred, motivation toward a task that is non-preferred, and with various aspects of time management.  Typically, all of these cognitive abilities … Continued

Apps for ADHD and Executive Functioning

As the school year begins, it is most certainly helpful to begin utilizing organized routines and strategies for managing schedules and to do lists.  Even those tasks that are basic to everyday life such as getting ready on time for school, leaving on time for an event, or completing homework on time.  The following apps … Continued

Common Ground

Note that I am veering off of my normal posts/blogs and will return to my more typical content with subsequent posts and blogs. I find myself very disheartened and concerned about the overarching political climate in the United States at this time.  In my viewpoint, it is exceptionally negative, divisive, and all around unfriendly.  It … Continued

A Good Night’s Sleep

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems natural to extend bedtimes for children.  Schedules change and some activities last later into the evening.  Even some friends seem to be playing and engaging in activities later into the evening when compared to evenings during the school year.  Children often negotiate for later bedtimes and … Continued