There is a debate over whether weak working memory can be improved, and whether or not some diagnosed with ADHD perhaps have weak working memory instead. What we know for sure is that there are strategies that help compensate for poor working memory. Those strategies include writing things down and chunking information, but I believe that it is always possible to help the brain make new connections by providing appropriate exercises.
- Language vs Executive Function Skills? — Lately, I have been dealing with an insurance company and they asked me, ” Are you working on language vs executive function with your client?” I was stumped? My client has Asperger’s syndrome, so of course, I am working on both, so I wondered, “How do I answer this question?” We want to compartmentalize everything. As if one thing [...]
- Communication Problems: Fighting Back — Did you know that last month was National Poetry Month? An amazing young client of mine is pen pals with this year’s National Youth Poet Laureate. My client also earned an honorable mention for her haiku in this year’s National poetry competition. She does not let communication challenges stop her. Amanda Gorman says, “I’ve been pen-palling [...]
- Not eligible for speech-language services — Not eligible for speech-language services “Not eligible for speech and language services!” What’s going on? Your child has been receiving speech and language services for several years or needs services. After a recent team meeting, you were informed that your child is not eligible for speech-language services. How can this be? Is this the right time [...]
- Communication Expectations: Language and Race — Statistics document the fact that African American children are disciplined more harshly than their white peers and is the result of different communication expectations. The statistics point out what every parent of color in the US already knows. Our kids are treated more harshly than their white peers. If you are a parent of color with a child in [...]
- Please, stop screaming!: ADHD and Aggressive Behavior — I read an article on Understood.org by Kate Kelly ADHD and Aggression: What You Need to Know. I wish I had read this article on ADD and aggressive behavior earlier in my parenting career because it would have been nice to confirm my personal experiences. Hitting, throwing objects, screaming, falling on the floor, or refusing [...]