As a Certified Expert in ADHD and Academics, we specialize in creating brain hacks that meet students' and individuals' hidden needs. Enjoy the Daily Done (s) below, so your child can be Done! Done! And Done!
Doing Homework In Character
Research shows ADHD/LD students have an interest-based nervous system. For them, feelings are first, then assignments. So how do you meet this invisible need that's varied for every student?
Answer: You turn LARPing (Live-Action Role Play) into Harping which is a secret code word for Homeworking.
Instant Working Memory Boost Now
Immediately after you've taught your child a new skill, have them do it for you right away. It will increase memory retention and reduce The Forgetting Curve.
According to Hermann Ebbinghaus' research, our memory slowly expires as time goes by if we don't rehearse the memory's content thereby strengthening and crystalizing it to endure the test of time. Different memory rehearsal methods work for different learners. For instance, write out short summaries without looking at other notes, quiz yourself using flash cards, bullet out key information without relying on supplemental texts/books, and synthesize information into a thoughtful argument. From my almost two decades of teaching/coaching experience, for ADHD/LD students, memory retention's determinants often lie in a combination of memory rehearsal on paper and the act of physically doing the task itself.
Conquer Procrastination In 10 Minutes
According to Psychology Today, self-reflection helps us step out of our own head and self-evaluate our habits, which in the long run will help us with performance and task completion. “This awareness helps improve time management, planning, focus, and other skills that frequently challenge teens and adults with ADHD.”
The Daily Tracker
This is the number one way to teach students about metacognition (knowing yourself/self-knowledge). Self-knowledge leads to visually tracking daily goals, checking tasks off, and reflecting on one's previous actions for continuous improvement. Checking in with yourself is an academic skill and a life skill.
Coping With Dreaded Tasks
In The Student's Own Words:
"In the Conquer by Two method, you compare a task you currently have to do that you dread doing to a worse task that you will have to do as a result of not doing the current one. You can think of the worse task to motivate you to complete the current dreaded task, as, while you may dread doing the task, you dread doing the worse task more."
The Writing Model That Works Every Time
Research shows that executive functions contributed both directly and indirectly to narrative composition/writing (Drijbooms et al., 2015). As a Certified Classroom English Teacher with 18 years experience, I believe students need to see the big picture [Idea, Example, Explanation] before they write, so they will have a good foundation to rely upon and make connections more easily between the different stages within the writing process.
Always Weigh It, Before You Start It
It's not enough to find an open slot in your calendar and squeeze a task in there. What if you sit down and find out you have 50 pages to read but you're only free for 2 hours? That's not realistically enough time to get the job done.
Always remind yourself in advance: divide how much work you have by the days you have left to get it done [the earlier the better]. For Example: 50 pages to read divided by 5 days equals 10 pages a day. That's how you can avoid unnecessary stress and keep your mental energy high.
Best Practices For Your Child's Cognitive Flexibility
Research shows switching tasks/plans prove to be more challenging for ADHD students than their non-ADHD peers (Cepeda et al., 2000). That's why it's valuable for ADHD/LD students to know in advance what they should do when difficult situations arise. Using a flow chart as a visual cue and memorization tool, it will help your child remember the routines easily and it will save you time by using a pre-made teaching tool to train your child.
You Are A T-Chart Away From Changing Your Child's Behaviors
You Are A T-Chart Away From Changing Your Child's Behaviors. How?
Search YouTube for short videos about self-discipline (Time Management, Organization, Homework Routines) and watch it together. Make sure the people in the videos are about the same age range of your child's. Peer perspective is powerful.
Let your child reflect by listing out how their routine vs. the other person's are same and different.
Ask your child to pick 2 things from the video that they'll try out each week.
Anti-Procrastination Analogy That Works For High Schoolers
The easiest way to explain and convince high schoolers to start tasks and avoid procrastination is using the swimming analogy. When you first dip your little toes into the ocean water, it often feels really cold. But once you dive into the water with your whole body wet, the initial coldness suddenly vanishes and you feel great.
Well, starting tasks is the same. It may feel difficult to start at first, but don't back out, instead power through and before you know it you're already half way done with the task. Try this summer-filled and ocean-oriented analogy with your teen today, it may even work better if your teen already has a love for water sports, hence the interest is already there! Feel free to make up new analogies that align with your student's specific interests. I like analogies because it's short, easy to remember, and ADHD-friendly due to novelty. My student had found this analogy helpful this week! Yay! Music to a coach's ear.