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Motivating Students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)


"Sometimes I just get all scribbly."
—Nine-year-old boy with ADD

The key to motivating children with attention problems is to modify and adjust the learning environment. Expert Rick Lavoie provides effective strategies that challenge students to learn while providing the necessary supports. You’ll also find a useful chart describing typical classroom expectations and the ADD symptoms that can interfere.

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9 Idea-Packed Resources for Teachers

There is no single best way to grow professionally. Here are some "finds" that educators and related services personnel can add to their 2016 professional development toolkit.

Conducting Research: Instruction and Technology Tips

Students with learning disabilities may face challenges when carrying out research. To support all students, and especially those who struggle, teachers can personalize instruction using a range of technology tools and effective instructional practices. Find out more in this article from PowerUp What Works.

Homework: Getting It in On Time

Does your child complete his homework … but doesn’t turn it in on time? Many children with executive functioning issues struggle with "lost homework." These practical tips help identify sticking points and offer ideas for new organizational habits that work.

Today's News

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Today's Blog

"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Demystifying the Homework Challenge

LD expert Regina Richards talks about how to offer homework support for your child through positive, ongoing communication and establishing habits for time management and task completion.

Take a Deeper Look at ADHD

Whether you’re a parent well into an ADHD journey, just starting with a diagnosis for your child, or simply hoping to learn more and support the kids in your life, Understood.org has resources for each step along the way.

Author Interview: Meet Lin Oliver

With her co-author Henry Winkler, Oliver writes the popular Hank Zipzer and Here's Hank series about a young boy with learning differences who is funny, resourceful, and smart. Find out why kids (and their parents) love Hank, and learn more about the readable "dyslexie" font and page design in the Here's Hank series.

Parenting Coach

For parents of children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, or ADHD -- get advice from Understood.org experts on how to handle social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. You’ll also find feedback from parents like you on what works with their own children.

Contributions From You


Today's Artist

Celebrities, by Ashley, age 16

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Today's First Person Essay

The BIG Court Case by James Alexander Brody

I wondered: who were these people who were making judgments about me when they didn't even know me and had only read reports written by other people who didn't really know me?

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