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By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 19, 2024

Why Is My Toddler Not Listening to Me?

As a parent, you always hope that your child will listen when you’re trying to have a conversation, ask them questions or provide directions for a chore. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It can sometimes feel like everything you’re saying is going in one ear and out the other, which can be frustrating.

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 17, 2024

My Child Is Smart but Can't Focus: How Can I Help?

When you’re a parent, you want to make sure that your child is putting their all into everything they do, from homework to extracurricular activities. You know what they’re capable of, and you want to see that full potential in their results. But sometimes, their capabilities aren’t showcased in their grades.

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 14, 2024

How Many Types of ADHD Are There?

There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about ADHD. One popular theory that’s been disproven is that ADHD is a childhood disorder that kids will eventually outgrow. Some people with ADHD indeed notice fewer symptoms in adulthood after they’ve mastered the skills they need to function at their best. However many still need to work actively to manage their ADH...

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 12, 2024

7 Early Signs of ADHD in Toddlers and Young Children

Most of the symptoms that signal ADHD in children sound like typical toddler behavior. It’s definitely true that all infants and toddlers can be impatient, impulsive, and fussy from time to time. But since you’re reading this article, you’ve likely wondered where the line is between “typical toddler behavior” and symptoms that indicate ADHD.

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 10, 2024

ADD Vs. ADHD: What's the Difference?

Our understanding of ADHD and neurodiversity has been evolving for at least 30 years. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) with and without hyperactivity was added to the DSM-III (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in 1980, but it had been conceptualized differently in previous editions. In 1987, the two types of ADD were removed from the DSM-III-R. In...

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 07, 2024

Emotional Regulation as a Kid Can Be Challenging: These 7 Activities May Help

Some people think emotional regulation and “logic” skills like problem-solving are separate functions. But these processes are closely related. When our emotions are overpowering, we have a limited capacity to use the cognitive or “thinking” parts of the brain.

By Beyond BookSmart | Jun 05, 2024

9 Time Management Tools for Kids and Parents Managing ADHD

Each one of us has a unique relationship with time. Some people experience it differently than others, and you may be more aware of time passing (or less aware of it) than others. You may feel like you have very little time in the day to get things done, or you might feel like time is “on your side.”

By Beyond BookSmart | May 19, 2024

Is ADHD Genetic? What You Should Know

There are many things that our parents pass on to us, such as our belief system, eye color, and personality traits. Our genetics also play a significant role in overall health and wellness, which is why it’s often a factor in many diagnoses.

By Beyond BookSmart | May 15, 2024

How Can Kids With ADHD Become More Self-Motivated?

Have you ever watched your child start a project with boundless enthusiasm, only to get sidetracked by a stray butterfly or a captivating toy car minutes later? This may sound familiar if your child has ADHD. Kids with ADHD can struggle to stay focused, manage their time effectively and resist distractions — all factors that play a crucial role in motivation.

By Beyond BookSmart | May 13, 2024

What Is Revenge Bedtime Procrastination?

Revenge bedtime procrastination describes an increasingly common phenomenon where people deliberately delay going to sleep so they can indulge in leisure activities. It first came into use in a 2014 paper researching a new area of procrastination at bedtime. Revenge bedtime procrastination isn’t just about staying up late. The addition of “revenge” to bedtime procrast...

By Beyond BookSmart | May 12, 2024

11 Personal Hygiene Tips for People With ADHD

Ever feel like you start a task with gusto, only to get sidetracked by a squirrel outside your window moments later? If you have ADHD, this may sound all too familiar. ADHD can make sticking to routines, including personal hygiene tasks like showering, brushing your teeth and doing laundry, a constant battle.

By Beyond BookSmart | May 11, 2024

Tips to Help Your Child Keep Their Bedroom Organized If They Have ADHD

Most people like to have their space relatively clean and organized. However, for many children, it’s difficult to not only get their bedroom to be neat, but also to keep it that way for longer than a day. Nearly every parent knows what it’s like to have their child’s bedroom turn from a clean space where everything is in the right place to a disorganized mess after t...

By Beyond BookSmart | May 09, 2024

6 Ways to Help Your Child With ADHD Keep Up With Household Chores

Household chores help your children learn responsibility, gain independence and develop life skills that they’ll need in the future. But they’re not always enjoyable activities, so it’s not uncommon for your child to procrastinate on their chores or try to get out of them completely. If your child has ADHD, it can be even harder to get them to complete their chores ar...

By Beyond BookSmart | May 07, 2024

7 Classroom Management Strategies for Teachers of Neurodiverse Students

When you’re a teacher, it’s important to make sure that your classroom is managed in a way that works for your students. They each have their own needs and abilities that affect their learning.

By Beyond BookSmart | May 05, 2024

The Relationship Between ADHD and Low Frustration Tolerance

The first cues teachers and parents notice in a child who might have ADHD are typically behavioral. They might move around a lot, talk during class or get distracted often. When ADHD goes undiagnosed, these children are often channeled into behavior interventions instead. Researchers are now paying more attention to difficulties with emotion regulation. These are also...

By Beyond BookSmart | May 03, 2024

Understanding the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADHD

ADHD and dyslexia are both considered neurodevelopmental disorders. These are conditions involving differences in brain functioning that begin in developmental stages. The two have a high rate of co-occurrence, but there are some big differences to be aware of as a parent or an educator.

By Beyond BookSmart | May 01, 2024

8 Ways You Can Help a Child With ADHD-Related Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Many children with ADHD have a sense that they’re somehow different from their peers, even if they don’t have a diagnosis. These children are right; they are different — and that can be both a great thing and a source of challenges. And some children have a harder time bouncing back from failures, criticism and rejections than others.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 23, 2024

3 Reasons Why Learning What Motivates Your Child Can Pay Off

It can be challenging to motivate your child to do something they don’t want to do, and this may be especially difficult if your child also has ADHD. People with ADHD often have issues with motivation, and studies have shown that this may be because of disruption of the dopamine reward pathway. People with ADHD are more likely to have a dopamine deficiency, which can ...

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 23, 2024

7 Tips for Organizing With ADHD: How to Organize Better

ADHD can impact many aspects of a person’s everyday life. It can make it difficult to complete a task in one sitting, pay attention during a conversation with a friend, or keep track of time while on a schedule. One of the most common challenges for people with ADHD is organization.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 22, 2024

Common Symptoms of ADHD in Girls

When your daughter’s teacher recommends testing for ADHD, it can be a big shock if you don’t know much about this neurotype. That’s a common experience for a lot of parents. Research on what ADHD looks like and the population of neurodiverse people who have it has progressed a lot in just the last 10 years.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 19, 2024

How to take control of perfectionism and procrastination

Nothing, and nobody, can be perfect, because perfect doesn’t exist. Even though we’ve all probably heard that at some point in our lives and acknowledge that it’s true, it can be difficult to stop ourselves from trying to reach perfection anyway.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 17, 2024

How to Stop Procrastinating: 8 Tips From Experts

There are many important tasks that make you want to groan in annoyance at the thought of completing them. Things like organizing your important documents, deep cleaning your bathroom and decluttering your attic are all responsibilities that you know must be done, but you’d rather do anything else instead. So you do. That’s an example of procrastination.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 15, 2024

9 ADHD Study Tips to Work Smarter & Boost Grades

Studying can be a challenge for any student, but if your child has ADHD, it may be even harder for them to do well in school, and they may spend a lot of time trying to study with poor results. However, this doesn’t mean your child isn’t smart, since bad grades may simply be due to difficulty concentrating on and retaining information.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 12, 2024

ADHD Paralysis: Understand & Beat It

When people talk about feeling paralyzed, they mean that their entire body essentially freezes up, despite how their mind may be filled with racing thoughts. Having your mind or body “paralyzed” can make you feel helpless and out of control of your own body. People with ADHD often report feeling paralyzed. ADHD paralysis is an overwhelming sensation that can interfere...

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 10, 2024

The Differences Between ADHD Paralysis and Executive Dysfunction

Does your child with ADHD feel stuck or overwhelmed trying to complete everyday tasks? Do they struggle to even begin a chore or start their homework? It may not just be laziness that’s got your kid in a slump. Children with ADHD often struggle with motivation and completing tasks due to dopamine deficiency.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 08, 2024

ADHD Overwhelm: Why It Happens & How to Control It

Life can be stressful and hectic, which is why it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed every once in a while. When your expenses are piling up too high or you have too many deadlines on your work calendar, it can put a heavy weight on your thoughts and emotions, especially if you have ADHD.

By Beyond BookSmart | Apr 01, 2024

Expert Stress Management Techniques for Students of All Ages

Stress has a notable impact on the overall quality of life for students at nearly every level. In the U.S., approximately 83% of teens are stressed due to school, with 63% labeling homework as a primary factor. For high school students in particular, approximately 31% feel overwhelmed due to their stress. When it comes to college students, 8 out of every 10 students e...

By Beyond BookSmart | Jul 31, 2019

Pets, Chores, & Other Nuisances: Negotiating Responsibilities at Home

Even though much of our work as Executive Function coaches focuses on helping students and adults work more effectively, you may be surprised to learn that we get a fair amount of questions during our presentations and talks that relate to managing a household, as well. And why not? After all, we use skills such as time management, emotion regulation, planning, and pe...

By Beyond BookSmart | Dec 02, 2013

Five Ways to Study Smarter in College

Editor's note: We asked Michele Hearn, Director of Adult, College and Distance Coaching, what advice she has been giving to college students heading toward final exams. Below, she offers her top five strategies to get through those last weeks of the semester with less stress. Share with your favorite college (or high school) student!

By Beyond BookSmart | Nov 18, 2013

Tutoring vs. Executive Function Coaching: Making an Informed Choice

Editor's note: From time to time, we will be asking guest bloggers to contribute to our blog. Mark Skoskiewicz, founder of MyGuru tutoring services, offers his perspective on how to discern a need for tutoring versus Executive Function coaching in students. Almost everyone I’ve ever met knows what a tutor is – someone with deep expertise in an academic subject or stan...

By Beyond BookSmart | Nov 04, 2013

Attention Soccer Moms! Focus on Staying Focused

We recently had a chance to chat with Dean M. Hebert, an applied sports psychology coaching professional and owner of Mindset for Performance LLC, an individual coaching and consulting company. He works with teams, athletes, parents, and coaches teaching the mental game of peak performance.

By Beyond BookSmart | Aug 18, 2013

Self Regulation: Decisions in College Have Consequences

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" So asks poet Mary Oliver in The Summer Day, a perfectly named piece for this college counselor, advisor, administrator, and coach. Having spent nearly twenty years asking this same question to students arriving on my campus like clockwork every August, I am always prepared for the confusion tha...

By Beyond BookSmart | Aug 02, 2013

A Fun and Informative Blog About Quirky Kids

Academy MetroWest is a children's group therapy program in Natick, MA. They conduct small groups that meet weekly in a gymnasium setting. Groups center on cooperative physical play aimed at helping children and adolescents enhance self-image and social skills. The director of that program, Bruce Sabian, M.A., LMHC, is the author of the Academy MetroWest Blog - Thinkin...

By Beyond BookSmart | Jul 17, 2013

The Lost Art of Planning

Is our ability to plan ahead becoming a vestigial organ?

What are Executive Function skills?

Executive Function Skills are a set of cognitive skills that help individuals plan ahead, stay organized, regulate thoughts and behaviors, stay focused, and achieve their goals. Each of these skills can be taught, learned, and applied at any stage of life.

  • Time Management
  • Maintained Focus
  • Task Initiation
  • Stress Management
  • Organization
  • Prioritization
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