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There is no single solution that fits the intricate, individual needs of all families with ADHD. That complexity is particularly true for school plans, even in the best of situations. The educational challenge has intensified during COVID, as distance learning is especially fraught when living with ADHD.
Thinking Fast and Slow, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s best-selling book, summarizes decades of research on two modes of brain functioning: System 1 and System 2.
The brain-behavior mechanisms that make up System 1 (the ‘thinking fast’) tend to respond automatically and quickly to familiar environmental stimuli. They tend to operate with little or no sense of effort or voluntary control.
Weak executive functions sabotage our kids’ efforts to organize, plan ahead, and make smooth transitions to demanding environments – like virtual or hybrid school. Use these strategies to improve your students’ executive function skills and switch on their ADHD brains for distance learning.
Q: “Remote learning was a disaster in the spring, and now we have to do it again — at least to begin the fall semester. What can we do to create a truly organized and productive home learning environment for our 9-year-old with ADHD?”
I’ve been inundated with questions like this as exhausted parents try to navigate another semester of learning from home. If there’s a silver lining to distance learning this fall, it’s that we can now build on first-hand experience and intel! When our children first came home to “crisis learn” last spring, we had no idea how they would fare. Now that we’ve been through it once, we understand what works, what doesn’t, and what changes we should make to our children’s learning process to set them up for success.
Like many frazzled, frantic parents this back-to-school season, I have three kids in three different schools and three different developmental phases. On top of that, we are embarking on a hodge-podge of virtual and hybrid learning — the details of which remain at least partially unclear less than two weeks out — and I’m still working full time through all of this. Needless to say, the stress is high.
What do innumerable Zoom meetings, an unceasingly stressful new cycle, a pandemic, working from home, a steady stream of smartphone alerts, and general uncertainty all have in common?
Each of these strains our ability to feel centered, focus, and get things done.
(CNN)As some companies shifted to working from home, some adults with ADHD hit a wall.
The transition has been challenging for many. But for some adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly called ADHD, the switch means they're struggling to stay on top of things as well as they may have in the office.
A neurodevelopmental disorder commonly diagnosed in childhood that can last into adulthood, the disorder stems from underdeveloped or impaired executive function and self-regulation skills, all of which aid planning, focusing attention, remembering instructions and multitasking.
COVID-19 forced Keriann Wilmot's son to trade his classroom for a computer. It was a tough transition for a 10-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
"It was a different environment for him," Wilmot says. "He wasn't used to this kind of work from school coming in the format of an email in his Chromebook every single day."
Her son would avoid math and writing and instead go straight to his favorite subjects: science and social studies. But even then, online assignments could be a problem.