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Study: Half of Adults With ADHD Have Had a Substance Abuse Disorder

Half of adults aged 20-39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have had a substance use disorder (SUD) in their lifetime according to new research.  This is markedly higher than the 23.6% of young adults without ADHD who have had a substance use disorder in their lifetime. Read more ›

COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers [web resource] [downloadable] [video]

COVID-19 is challenging to explain, live through, and communicate about. These materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were created to help make communicating about COVID-19 a little easier. Choose from videos, posters, social stories, and interactive activities to best meet your communication needs. Read more ›

Transitioning Back to School: Strategies to Support Students with Autism [downloadable] [web resource]

Individuals with autism often have challenges adjusting to new routines and novel situations,  however, there are many research based strategies that can be implemented to support their return to in-person school. The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) has curated resources for educators and families to help with this transition. Read more ›

Navigating College with ADHD—Preparing for Success! [video]

Are you a current or future college student who isn’t sure how to make a strong transition to higher education?  In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline, veteran psychologist and author helps you figure out how to get what you need to set yourself up for success at college. Read more ›

Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Young Adult: Get the Facts [downloadable]

Hearing a health care professional say you have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be confusing. The good news is that the emotions and behaviors you have been concerned about are actually symptoms of a treatable disorder. Read more ›

Getting to Know My Child: A Guide for My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher [downloadable]

Getting ready for school and learning to read and write begins early in your child’s development, well before kindergarten or first grade. The love and guidance that you provide your child can set him or her on the way to many years of success in school.Taking the time to connect with your child’s teacher will get the new school year off to a terrific start! Read more ›

Transition to Kindergarten: Supporting Children with Individualized Education Programs [downloadable]

As programs support all children during the transition to kindergarten, it’s key to prepare children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and their families. Use these tips and resources to ensure that children with disabilities have a smooth transition and educators who receive them feel fully prepared to support their success in school. Read more ›

Trouble With Executive Function at Different Ages

Executive function is a set of mental skills that act as a command center in the brain. They help us plan, manage time, control emotions, and get tasks done. They’re also important for staying focused and solving problems. So struggling with executive function can have a big impact on kids.

Trouble with executive skills is common in kids who learn and think differently. And all kids with ADHD struggle with it. Read more ›

Strategies That Work: A Parent’s Guide to ADHD at School [downloadable]

For most students, the 2021-22 academic year will be starting in-person, and won’t feel like last year — but it will still feel different from years past. Despite so many unknowns on the horizon, there are challenges you can anticipate. Read more ›

Making the Move to Middle School? How to Improve Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning isn’t something that just crops up during adolescence. Our kids have been working on their executive functioning skills since they were babies.

“Executive functioning is a set of skills that allow kids to organize and complete tasks in a timely manner,” says school psychologist Kevin Kemelhar. These skills include initiating tasks, maintaining steam while completing them, and reaching goals. A big part of this process involves “inhibition,” where kids learn to mute their impulses to do something else (like Snapchatting their friends) while they complete the task at hand. Read more ›

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