Sunday, August 24, 2008

Succeeding at School With ADHD

Free Back-to-School Handbook for Parents and Teachers of Students With Special Needs

In this free expert booklet, ADDitude magazine has assembled its best academic resources including a back-to-school checklist for parents, a sample letter introducing your child to new teachers, daytime medication guidelines, and learning strategies for students with attention-deficit disorder and learning disabilities.

ADDitude magazine, the leading publication for families and adults living with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), has released a free, downloadable back-to-school handbook for the parents and teachers of students with ADHD and learning disabilities.

Top learning specialists and ADHD professionals contributed to 9 Ways to Achieve Success at School, the 14-page booklet that contains proven strategies for:

-- Securing appropriate academic accommodations via an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan
-- Working with teachers and school administrators to begin the school year right
-- Talking with your child about his goals, fears, and challenges for the year ahead
-- Managing common ADHD symptoms like distractibility in the classroom
-- Studying smarter and completing homework assignments on time
-- Strengthening reading, writing, and math skills at every grade level
-- Managing daytime doses of ADHD medication at school

"Back-to-school time can be overwhelming -- even scary -- for children with ADHD, especially if last year was rough," says Susan Caughman, editor-in-chief of ADDitude. "This free handbook gives those students and their parents the tools they need to begin this year with confidence and a clear goal of success."

What can you do now to ensure that your child begins her next school year poised and prepared? Begin with ADDitude's summer checklist for parents, then work through "10 Conversations to Have at the Start of the Year," both included in 9 Ways to Achieve Success at School. Inside this booklet you'll also find a sample letter to your child's teacher and "Social Skills 101."

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