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Join ADHD Blog Author Dr. Mary Rooney and Huntington Learning Center in discussing important information and tips for parents of children with ADHD.
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How ADHD Affects Learning and Academic Performance

Students with ADHD often ‘underperform’ academically as they struggle to absorb new information and complete assignments and exams at a level that matches their intelligence. As you read through the clusters below, think about how weaknesses in some of these areas may be impacting your student’s ability to learn and perform academically.

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Qualifying for a 504 Plan or IEP with ADHD

ADHD symptoms related to paying attention, remaining seated for extended periods of time, staying organized, and managing impulses make it harder for kids with ADHD to do well in school. Fortunately, accommodations and interventions can be formally requested and implemented through the school’s special education services program via a 504 plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

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Harnessing Creativity in Children with ADHD

Many parents wonder if children with ADHD are more creative than those without, and if their child’s creativity can help them overcome some of the challenges associated with ADHD. Encourage your child to develop their creativity at home, at school, and through extracurricular activities. Over time you’ll see their confidence grow as they strengthen their talents and make friends with other passionate and creative children.

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Coping with Holiday Stress and ADHD

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and also one of the most stressful times of the year for parents of children with ADHD. The excitement and changes in routine make it much more difficult for children with ADHD to manage their emotions and behavior. While you cannot fully prevent behavior challenges during the holidays, there are things you can do to make them less likely to occur.

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Rejection Sensitivity in Kids with ADHD

Not all kids with ADHD experience Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD), and the cause of RSD isn’t well understood. Try these strategies which can help your child become mentally and emotionally stronger. 

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ADHD and Sports – Tips for Coaches and Parents

Unfortunately, most coach development programs provide little or no training on coaching kids with ADHD. Fortunately, the same behavior management strategies that work for kids at home and at school also work during practice and games.

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