2012 July Archive Page


Accommodations & Modifications:What’s the Difference? - July 29th, 2012

by Sandra Rief  From: The ADHD Book of Lists (Rief, 2003) and The Dyslexia Checklist (Rief & Stern, 2010)   The terms “adaptations”, “accommodations”, and “modifications” can be confusing. First, let’s clarify the meanings. Adaptations Adaptations are any adjustments in the curriculum, instructional components, environmental elements, or requirements or expectations of the student. Adaptations are [...]



Understanding Executive Functions - July 19th, 2012

Executive functions are the ‘command and control processes’, the ‘management systems/functions’ of the brain. Weaknesses or developmental delays in the executive functions and self-regulation are key problems of children, teens, and adults with ADHD (as well as other brain-based disorders). For kids with ADHD, it’s these executive skill difficulties that cause them the most problems [...]



Famous People with Dyslexia - July 14th, 2012

I came across this wonderful video.  This is well worth watching! Share



Advocating for Students: Teachers Making a Difference - July 13th, 2012

I received this email from one of my university students (a middle school teacher) last month.  It really touched my heart.  This is a wonderful example of those special teachers – the ones who put forth the effort and embrace the challenge of doing what it takes to help a struggling student.   I love Bev’s message and appreciate her allowing [...]



Listen to Me: 6 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Follow Directions by Sandra Rief - July 6th, 2012

This is the first in a series of blogs I will be writing on tips for increasing the likelihood that children (particularly those with ADHD) will listen and comply with what teachers and parents ask them to do. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— It is frustrating for parents and teachers when children don’t listen and comply with what you [...]



ADHD in the Inclusive Classroom Podcast - July 2nd, 2012

This past Friday I was the guest on The Inclusive Class Podcast (Blog Talk Radio). I was interviewed about how to help students with ADHD succeed in general education classrooms. As I live in California, I was up and ready early that morning for the show (which is 6:00 a.m. Pacific Coast time). For some [...]



5 Tips for Increasing Work Production of Kids with ADHD by Sandra Rief - July 2nd, 2012

I was recently asked on Blogtalk radio what teachers can do to help children with ADHD be productive and get their work done in the classroom. This is a major problem area for students with ADHD, that affects their academic performance and school success. Here is what I suggest: 1. Make sure they know the [...]