Students with learning disabilities (LD’s such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or NVLD), ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder typically experience organizational, time management, and memory challenges. These skills, known as executive functions, are often under-developed in these students despite their intelligence and desire to do well. The good news is, there are many tools and strategies that can help all students – but particularly those with EF issues – stay on top of homework and other demands as they return to school.
ADDitude Magazine provides a wealth of resources for parents, teachers, and students. While its primary focus is on individuals with ADHD, many of its recommended tools can be just as helpful for students with LD and ASD. The materials are online and free. One recommended starting point is the Ultimate ADHD Toolkit. This page provides helpful ways to communicate needs, coordinate accommodations, and practical strategies for helping students manage their EF needs. The magazine will host a free webinar on September 10th that is likely to be of interest to many parents: “No-Fail Strategies for Getting Homework Done on Time and Without Drama.
At the start of a new school year, we often hear parents ask about 504 Plans, IEP’s, and other ways they can work with their child’s school to promote success. We invite you to view the school-based resources on our website for more information about these options.