Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Kids Do Well If They Can" by Ross Green

Just read the following article, a read sparked by the quote:

"Children do well if they can. If they can't, we need to figure out why so we can help." 

So True.

Enjoy.  Here are the first few paragraphs...click the link below for the full article. 


KIDS WITH SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND BEHAVIORAL challenges lack important thinking skills. Now there’s an idea that can take some getting used to. Let’s begin by considering your philosophy of kids: what kids are about, why they do what they do, what they’re up to (if they’re really up to anything).
Many adults have never given much thought to their philosophy of kids. But if you’re trying to help kids with behavioral challenges, you’re going to need one, because it’s your philosophy of kids that’s going to guide your beliefs and your actions in your interactions with them, especially when the going gets tough. The philosophy that serves as the foundation of what you’re about to read is “kids do well if they can.”

This philosophy may not sound earth-shattering, but when we consider the very popular alternative philosophy — “kids do well if they want to” — the significance becomes clear. These two disparate philosophies have dramatically different ramifications for our assumptions about kids and how to proceed when they do not meet our expectations. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Best HCOS Teacher recommended ADHD resources

Free from the Heritage Overdrive Library:

Scattered Minds
Bright But Not Broken
Driven to Distraction and
Answers to Distraction

Here is a link to the books that were recommended.  Some of the ones above made it onto the list.  I made a public Amazon wish list for them titled “Best ADHD Resources":

Audiobook link:

Driven to Distraction Youtube link to the audio book:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdQH9i5-aUo&list=PLB4F610FBE085D909 


Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance website is a good place to start: http://www.caddra.ca/
Totally ADD” site and their video (ADD and Loving it). It is about adults, but should help for everyone. http://totallyadd.com/
CHADD — National Resource on ADD is a US based organization that has some really good information and resources. http://www.chadd.org/
They have webinars on ways to support ADD — nutritionally, educationally etc… Many are free. 
Magazine Subscription:

ADDitude magazine subscription: http://www.additudemag.com/   or for free as an online subscription.

On-line Video Lectures:

These lecture series on ADHD are presented by Dr. Russell Barkley, an internationally recognized expert on ADHD.   

http://www.adhdlectures.com/lecture-view.php?LectureID=7 : The Treatments for Child and Adolescent ADHD Disorder 

http://www.adhdlectures.com/lecture-view.php?LectureID=8: School Management for Children with ADHD

http://www.adhdlectures.com/lecture-view.php?LectureID=9:  The Best 12 Best Principles for Managing a Child or teen with ADHD 

(With thanks to Diana M for your work compiling the list!)