Executive Function Strategies Blog

How to Support Your Child With Attention Challenges, Especially Now

Editor’s note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Jane Greenstein, a licensed psychologist in MA. Please read more about Dr. Greenstein below.

These are difficult times for everyone. Between coronavirus fears, quarantine, school closings, and financial uncertainty, we are in uncharted territory. It’s hard to manage worries about the future when so much is unknown. It’s hard maintaining a sense of normalcy when we have lost the structures of our typical lives. It’s hard juggling responsibilities for ourselves, our households, and (if we are fortunate) our jobs.  For those with children in the home, you have to do this while also looking after their physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being. And for caregivers of children and teens with significant attention control weakness, this already demanding reality is made more challenging by the degree of support your kid needs to complete tasks, even under the best of circumstances. 



How Do I Parent My Child Who has ADHD? One Mom’s Story

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Mamie Rand, a mom whose son benefits from Executive Function coaching. Please see her full bio below.

Perhaps this recent scene in my household sounds a little familiar to you…

“Son, check your watch. What time does it say?”

“4:00, Mom!” He is exasperated that I’m about to issue a curfew.  

“I must see you home at 5:33 because we have a commitment. You got that?”

“Got it!” he yells running out the door.  

I feel sure he won’t be back on time, but I’m hopeful. 5:33 comes and goes. 5:45 does too. And then 6:00. It’s no surprise really - just frustrating to the max.



Why Can’t I Motivate My Kids to Do What I Ask?

(Editor's note: This article was originally published at ImpactADHD. Reprinted with permission from the author.)

The subject of motivation comes up in most of our workshops or classes. Without fail, we hear comments like, “Nothing motivates my kids. I’ve taken everything away… I bribe them with everything and still nothing works.”

There are some common mistakes that we parents make that actually get in the way of motivating our kids to take action. Here are 3 examples, and what to do instead:



Can You Have ADHD and Still Be a Good Student?

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Sean Potts, a student who graduated from Executive Function coaching support to full independence.

“But look at your grades… There’s no way you have ADHD!”

The amount of times I’ve heard this familiar phrase said in one way or another is astounding. What makes the co-existence of ADHD and academic achievement so difficult for others to fathom?