Learn Your Special Education Laws, Special Education Rights, and Share IEP Goal Ideas

Jan 17
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by Jess

Sometimes, kids come home with assignments that can become a family affair. Maybe it’s a logic puzzle of the week, or a fun assignment for public speaking. Or maybe it’s having a lively discussion about a book your child is reading for Lit. You can increase your child’s commitment to his/her education by showing an interest, without actually doing the work for her!

There are times, though, when our kids do need extra support. Maybe they have a learning disability that makes writing or math calculations extra challenging, or trouble focusing makes it difficult to settle down to get work done. With our kids, there are definitely times that they are going to need a little more help and a bit more structure with their school-work.

Here’s the tip: when the wheel is squeaking, oil it. When they need extra support, offer it. If it becomes too much – if you feel they are using you as a crutch and not a support – check in with the learning specialist at school. The goal is for them to be able to work independently. But don’t be surprised if it takes your participation to teach them how to achieve that independence. This is not enabling them. This is supporting them. And while it’s a fine line with ADHD kids, and a difficult line for parents to walk, it’s all the more reason to stay engaged in your child’s education. That way, you’ll be able to trust yourself to know when your help is really needed.

Article originally appeared on ImpactADHD.com and is reproduced with permission of ImpactADHD™.

About the Author:

Elaine has always been a change agent — it’s in her DNA. Over the years, she's been a mother, a health care advocate, a parenting educator, a political organizer, a writer, a social worker, a community entrepreneur, a real estate developer (long story, bit of a diversion), a public speaker, a facilitator, and a compassionate listener. She is also a certified professional coach, a social entrepreneur, and an advocate for families living with ADHD. Oh, and she's the mother of 3 complex kids. Let’s just say she likes to keep busy, and make a difference in the world!

She became a Life Coach because she knows from experience that parents deserve — and need — support and guidance on their journey to raise complex children. She started off as a ScreamFree Parenting Coach, and a coach for ADHD students. Now, she coach's parents almost exclusively. Getting coaching improved her personal and family life about 1000%. When she can help other parents achieve that shift and rediscover the joy in parenting, it brings her an incredible sense of satisfaction and joy. She absolutely loves what she does!

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