We know that raising children who have ADHD is complicated. The emotional roller coasters, rejection sensitivity, and poor self-regulation require patience and energy from parents. Yet the creativity, enthusiasm, and ingenuity add spark and adventure to your life as a parent! From our decades of experience with ADHD families, WE GET IT! And we are here to support you and your family in understanding the ADHD brain – its challenges as well as its gifts – and developing essential strategies to thrive! We are the right team for you!
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that impacts a person’s ability to focus. It can also result in hyperactive and impulsive behavior, especially in young children and teenagers. It’s estimated that roughly 5-11% of people in the United States have ADHD.
For many years, ADHD was primarily associated with children, particularly boys. However, research has shown that many people continue to struggle with this condition into adulthood. In addition, girls develop ADHD just as often as boys. While the hyperactivity and impulsivity often become less prominent after adolescence, challenges with focus typically persist throughout adult life.
ADHD can also impact the ability to manage emotions. In fact, students with ADHD often struggle with anxiety and/or depression.
While this may all sound bleak, no worries! We will support your family to navigate the complexities and BEAUTIES that come with ADHD. We want your family to understand ADHD and face your child’s uniqueness with competence and confidence!
Individuals with ADHD typically struggle with the brain’s executive function abilities. As a result, ADHD often impacts:
It’s important to understand the ways in which ADHD affects your child because they often have trouble articulating the challenges they experience. In addition, it’s common for children with ADHD to be labeled as lazy or forgetful. These labels carry negative connotations and create a negative self-image.
But don’t worry, ADHD comes with MANY STRENGTHS too! We want your child to understand that their ADHD brain is also:
While ADHD typically has a negative impact on a student’s ability to focus, there are certain situations when an individual with ADHD can “hyper-focus.” This typically occurs on tasks or activities the student finds particularly interesting. For example, a student with ADHD may be able to spend hours focusing on a craft or project they find engaging, but struggle to focus on their homework for more than a few minutes.
Our academic coaches help students put words to their experiences, understand their brain and develop effective solution
At Learning Foundations, we help you and your child navigate the 504/IEP process in order to ensure the accommodations spelled out in the plan are being leveraged to your child’s maximum benefit. There are two important ways we help your child get the most out of their accommodations:
Our academic coaches will provide you with progress notes to track and monitor each session and communicate what skills are being taught. These notes can be very useful at 504/IEP meetings because they help parents understand which skills are most relevant to their child. In addition, these progress notes track the following information:
By reviewing these notes, parents can easily stay updated on their child’s goals, progress and successes from week to week. In addition, progress notes are helpful for 504/IEP meetings because they display a clear record of how well your child is making progress on relevant skills necessary to tackle the challenges associated with ADHD.
Alongside your child, we create an Advocacy Card to share with teachers. This easy-to-follow, single-page card is a condensed overview of your child’s 504/IEP. This overview synopsis makes life easier for your child and their teachers:
Each teacher is provided with a copy of the Advocacy Card to remind them of the specific accommodations your child needs. Your child also keeps a copy of the card so that they remember which accommodations they’re entitled to. This helps your child more effectively advocate for their needs since they will know what to ask for if they’re not receiving a particular accommodation included in the 504/IEP.
Children aren’t taught how to use their accommodations, and they’re not always included in a 504/IEP meeting. By providing this Advocacy Card, Learning Foundations is teaching your child how to leverage the support they need.
Unlike your traditional tutoring company, we are EXPERTS in learning differences, and we know how to connect with your child! We develop trusted relationships with your family and take a holistic approach to academic coaching in order to help your child thrive in school and life!
Our coaches have extensive training and understand the ways in which ADHD can interfere with learning and impact a child’s mental health. Our team will work with your child to overcome challenges, identify strengths and unlock their full potential.
Students are matched with coaches based on subject expertise, needs, and personality to ensure the best possible results. Academic coaching sessions work to improve personal awareness, executive function skills and academic performance.
Our exclusive Critical Connections Methodology™ is specifically designed to help your child thrive in all aspects of life. We start by identifying your child’s learning style to help them understand how their brain processes information. We also take a multisensory learning approach to show your child how to identify patterns and gain deep understanding. Additionally, our methodology will empower your child to advocate for their needs to ensure all accommodations are being provided in class.