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Scott Nancarrow

Executive Functioning: A Teacher's Guide to Helping Students with ADHD - 0 views

  • It is the responsibility of educators to be aware of executive functioning and to create environments that support all students.
  • Educators should also teach executive functioning language to all classroom learners, not just those who show deficits. When educators assist students with identifying their executive functioning strengths and areas of need, they also teach them how to advocate for their own needs in the classroom and beyond.
  • Executive functioning comprises both the skills that involve thinking, or cognition, and skills that involve doing, or behavior. Here’s a breakdown of these skills and how some might look in the classroom:
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  • Educators should strive to create supportive atmospheres and equip their students with tools to independently express their areas of EF need. Educators can use what we call the “Four Tiers of Support” to set up this system in the classroom and beyond. They include: Teaching common EF language Identifying strengths and areas of need Setting up a classroom to support all students Teaching self-advocacy skills
Scott Nancarrow

Depression in Teens: Barriers to Mental Health Treatment for Adolescents - 0 views

  • the most common symptom of depression in teens is not sadness but irritability.
  • Experts urge caregivers to err on the side of caution and to seek professional guidance if they feel any concern about suicidality, or depression in general.
  • A psychologist, psychiatrist, or pediatrician should be able to differentiate typical teen moodiness from depression.
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  • “When a teen uses the word ‘fine,’ that is a major tip-off to inquire further,”
  • How To Help Teens Resistant to Treatment
Scott Nancarrow

Questions to Ask Kids About School: Opening Up with ADHD - 0 views

    Great items to share with parents during conferences, if that feels appropriate!
Scott Nancarrow

Good Homework Practices for Students with ADHD or LD - 0 views

    This one definitely made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. ADDitude definitely has a bad habit of presenting all teachers as the enemy of students with ADHD and all parents as innocent, often passive victims of heartless educators, and this article is a prime example of that. That said, while I disagree with several of these "good homework practices" to be clear, I think it's worth looking over what some are advising out there in some circles.
Scott Nancarrow

Telling Your Child They Have a Learning Disability Is Critical - 0 views

  • Many parents are afraid that “labeling” a child as having a learning disability will make him feel broken, left out, or less willing to try. In fact, the opposite is true: giving your child an understanding of the nature of his learning disabilities will comfort him — and motivate him to push through his challenges.
  • The knowledge that he has an identifiable, common, measurable, and treatable condition often comes as great comfort to the youngster. Without this information, the child is likely to believe the taunts of his classmates and feel that he indeed is a dummy.
  • If a child does not have a basic understanding of the nature of his learning challenges, it is unlikely that he will be able to sustain his motivation in the classroom.
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  • During these discussions, emphasize her strengths and affinities, and do not simply focus on her weaknesses and difficulties. Express optimism about her development and her future.
  • Remind your child that she can indeed learn, but that she learns in a unique way that requires her to work hard and participate in classes and activities that are different from those of her peers and siblings.
  • Draw on learning struggles and challenges that you faced and outline the strategies you used.
  • Print Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest A parent once called my special education school to request an admissions visit for her and her son, who was struggling mightily in school. She asked a strange question in her initial phone call: “Does the school have any signs or posters displayed that identify the program as a school for kids with learning disabilities?” I asked her why she wished to know this. She replied, “My son doesn’t know that he has a learning disability, and we don’t want him to know.” He knows, Mom. Believe me, he knows.
  • Demystify your child’s daily struggles.
  • Look for and take advantage of teachable moments.
Jill Bergeron

Don't Ban ChatGPT. Use It as a Teaching Tool (Opinion) - 0 views

  • I can envision all kinds of activities challenging students to use their own voice by replacing nondescript language, creating masterful imagery, and inserting figurative language.
  • If teachers can use ChatGPT to show students how to generate prompts to stimulate their writing, the experience could provide a leg up for students who struggle with idea generation.
  • Once students have made use of these prompts or outline to write something themselves, AI algorithms can also analyze a student’s writing style and provide feedback on grammar, spelling, and structure. One feature of this program can help students revise their writing using better word choice and advanced vocabulary.
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  • Because the bot writes and rewrites so quickly, students can see a number of different ways their writing can improve. It’s up to teachers to take away the computer assistance at the right moment during this process and allow students the time needed to put pen to paper to apply what they’ve learned.
  • It’s important to note that AI is not a replacement for human creativity and critical thinking.
  • AI has the potential to greatly assist students in the essay-writing process. It can help generate ideas, provide feedback on writing style, and even provide templates or outlines. However, it is important to remember that while AI can certainly aid in the writing process, it is ultimately up to the student to come up with their own ideas and arguments for critical thinking—and it’s up to teachers to teach them how. AI can help with the mechanics of writing, but it cannot replace the unique perspective and insights that a human can bring to their work.
Scott Nancarrow

Teaching Methods for ADHD & LD Kids: Strategies & Idealogies - 0 views

    (Re: tip #7 - I've always steered clear of using versions of that phrase "work smarter, not harder" around kids, as many interpret that saying as a tacit accusation that they are not smart. That being said, the language in the rest of this article is spot on!)
Scott Nancarrow

Study Music to Focus the Brain - 0 views

    I know it sounds a little woo-woo, but this does past the research "smell test"
Scott Nancarrow

Bullying in Schools Plagues Neurodivergent Students: ADDitude Survey - 0 views

  • Advertisement ADHD Parenting Friendships & Activities Friends at School Bullying Is the Norm. So Is an Inadequate Response. Bullying plagues a majority of neurodivergent students at school, on social media, and/or on the bus. When asked about the school’s response to incidents of bullying, 72% of ADDitude readers surveyed said they were dissatisfied and only 12% said the bullies faced any punishment. By ADDitude Editors Verified Updated on October 28, 2022 Email Save Save
  • Bullying Prevention Strategies
  • For Educators and School Staff
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  • Respond quickly and consistently to bullying. Always try to stop bullying on the spot, as it can stop bullying behavior over time. Do not ignore the situation and assume that the issue will resolve on its own. Avoid forcing the bully and victim to “work it out” on the spot. Get medical attention or police help if warranted.
  • Incorporate bullying prevention activities in lessons. Get creative. Students can learn how to respond to bullying, how to report it (including cyberbullying) to teachers and staff, and the role they play in fostering a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect at school.
  • Conduct school-wide bullying assessments and evaluation prevention efforts. Refine plans as necessary.
  • Bullying generally happens in areas where supervision is limited – playgrounds, crowded hallways, lunchrooms, school buses, etc. Monitor these hot spots.
Scott Nancarrow

How to Work Literacy Instruction Into All Content Areas | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Math, history, science, and even art teachers often find themselves trying to work literacy instruction into their classrooms. After all, the ability to read, synthesize, and explain concepts and ideas in writing is essential in every subject.
  • Commonly used literacy strategies that ask students to pause and consider what they know about a given topic or concept can be easily modified to better suit your classroom
  • setting aside time to identify the skills students need to learn and use to be successful in their specific content areas.
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  • teachers should aim to get students doing as much domain specific writing as their curriculum allows for.
Scott Nancarrow

Teaching Self Advocacy & Building Independence: Strategies for Students with ADHD - 0 views

  • But if you’ve ever wondered whether you’re doing and intervening too much, you’re not alone.
  • Many parents of students with ADHD wonder how to strike the elusive balance that offers support and encourages independent self-advocacy skills.
  • Enabling is doing something for someone else, without a plan to help them do it for themselves. Supporting is providing guidance and encouragement to someone as they learn to manage the task on their own in time.
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  • Help Your Child Set Goals
  • Step 1:  Reflect on the Past
  • ask them questions that help them reflect on things like completing homework, preparing for tests, and participating in class.
  • Step 2:  Take Stock of the Present
  • These are the skills that help you do what you need to do to reach your goals
  • For each of these skills, ask your child to rate themselves from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). This encourages them to distinguish their different abilities in different areas, and helps them move away from all-or-nothing thinking
  • Step 3: Look to the Future
  • Give Kids Control by Emphasizing Effort
  • Teach Self-Advocacy
  • make sure your child knows who can support them at school and how they can ask for this support.
Scott Nancarrow

Overcoming ADHD Stigma: Emotions and Shame - 0 views

    ADHD Awareness Month begins October 1. As we head into the 31-day celebration of neurodivergent minds, let's review why ADHD carries such strong stigma, the harm this does to adults and children with the condition, and what we can do to counteract the shame
Scott Nancarrow

Childhood Anxiety Disorders: When to Worry About an Anxious Child - 0 views

  • I recommend asking the parent to complete the Spence Preschool Anxiety Scale for a quick, reliable measure of anxiety in young children who can’t necessarily express their feelings.
  • To help determine whether anxiety is impairing or interfering in children’s lives, I ask the following questions using the acronym FISH. (This can be applied to children of all ages.) Frequency — What is the frequency of the child’s anxious behaviors? Is it every day? Once a week? Once a month? Intensity — How intense is the child’s anxiety on a scale of 1 to 10? Severity — How severe is the child’s anxiety on a scale of 1 to 10? How long — How long have anxious behaviors occurred?
  • The following tendencies among children should send up red flags: Overestimating a threat: “I’m going to get COVID. I’m going to die.” Difficulty tolerating uncertainty: “I don’t know what’s going to happen if I go to school. What’s going to be there? I don’t know that I can handle it.” Underestimating the ability to control a situation: “I never will be able to handle all this uncertainly. It is going make me really sick to my stomach or feel like I’m going to die.” Feeling increased responsibility: “If I get sick and I get my parents sick, it’s my fault. They will never forgive me.”
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  • Avoidance is at the core of anxiety.
  • There are several ways to do this. We can work directly with the child. We can work with the child and parents together. Or we can work with parents alone. All these instances emphasize teaching the child non-avoidance behaviors.
Scott Nancarrow

Executive Functioning: A Teacher's Guide to Helping Students with ADHD - 0 views

  • Educators should strive to create supportive atmospheres and equip their students with tools to independently express their areas of EF need. Educators can use what we call the “Four Tiers of Support” to set up this system in the classroom and beyond. They include: Teaching common EF language Identifying strengths and areas of need Setting up a classroom to support all students Teaching self-advocacy skills
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