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How You Can Improve Executive Functioning Skills in Kids with ADHD

Children with ADHD struggle with their impulse control. They can often be disorganized and struggle with following any tasks that are made up of many steps. This can translate into problems at school, affect friendships and harm their career prospects in the longer term.

The technical term for the skills they are lacking is executive functioning skills; sometimes just called executive function or executive skills. These skills are important for a successful and independent life. So how can we help our children master these?

What Are Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive Functioning Skills are related to self-regulation. These are the skills that help with planning, focus, recollecting the steps in a complicated process, and coping with having multiple things to do at the same time.

These skills are vital to organizing yourself, which becomes more important as children get older and are expected to manage more of their lives. Poor executive skills lead to forgotten or late homework, getting lost in school, and forgetting social engagements. If you think your child might have an executive functioning problem, more signs of the disorder are outlined in this article.

The good news is that improving executive function is possible. With a combination of executive functioning interventions, to make life easier, and executive functioning skills training, you can help your child to do more for themselves.

How to Improve Executive Function

Teaching executive functioning skills is something that can be done at any age and can continue through until adulthood. While these skills may not come naturally to a child with ADHD or some other learning disorders, they can be acquired and coping strategies can be adopted to help set your child up for success.

These exercises work to improve performance in three areas that are important for executive function; working memory, impulse control, and cognitive flexibility. Working memory helps with retaining the different steps needed to complete a task. Impulse control is what stops a child doing something they know they shouldn’t. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to change mental gears quickly.

Games for Toddlers

Pat-a-cake and other songs and rhymes help babies to develop their working memory. As the songs are repeated, so they learn what to expect. Songs with a surprise ending, such as ‘Round and round the garden,’ which ends with a tickle are particularly well received.

Copying games help with impulse control. If you can come up with a game, for example, taking turns to put toy animals into a zoo scene helps them to master self-control.

Younger Children

Usually, it is when children get to school that challenges with executive function are noticed. But this is also a great time to begin interventions. For example, storytelling can be a powerful tool in helping children to improve their working memory and cognitive flexibility.

Telling a story, or recalling what happened in their day so far, means that they need to get events in order and tell them in a logical fashion. If you tell a story together, taking it in turns to decide what comes next, you are working on both impulse control too.

To help with focus, play a version of musical statues where the pose of the statue is agreed ahead of time. Get the children dancing to fast music, then when it stops they have to concentrate in order to stop and get into the same pose as the statue very quickly.

Older Children

Board games and card games are helpful as children get older. Taking turns helps to improve impulse control, and the need to remember the rules; for example, what happens when you land on a snake or a ladder and apply them correctly challenges their working memory.

Sport and other physical activity can be useful too. Not only does it burn off some energy, but it also gives your child the opportunity to work together. That helps them with working memory and cognitive flexibility. Perhaps more importantly, it can improve social relationships and self-confidence, too. If your child isn’t sporty, don’t worry. The same is true of learning to play an instrument or singing in a choir.

At this age, some children begin using a smartphone or tablet computer more often. There are many apps available which can help to work on executive function.


As children grow up to become teenagers, it’s important to start supporting them to develop their own skills rather than trying to do things for them. When they go to college or get a job, you won’t be able to support them in the same way that you have done through their time in school.

Learning organizational skills can be done by working on a practical project. Choose something your child would like to achieve, whether that is college applications or a party for their birthday. Work with them on the plans, but try and let them take the lead. Only nudge when you really need to make sure that things happen.

Older children can be encouraged to ‘self-talk’ when they are struggling with impulse control. In a way, they act as their own parent. When faced with temptation, they mentally explain to themselves why following that impulse is a bad idea. Explaining this process and encouraging your child to find their own way to implement it can be very powerful.

Sport, music and other group activities remain important for this age group. The teen years can be very confusing and isolating, so helping your child to find their clan whether that’s the football team, the cinema club or something else entirely is really useful.

How We Can Help

Speech and Language disorders often go hand in hand with ADHD, and speech therapy can be a valuable part of the process in dealing with this. But if the thought of packing more appointments into your week gives you a headache, you’ll be glad to know that online speech therapy is just as effective as face to face work.

If you have any questions about how we can help you and your child, with executive functioning skills or anything else, please get in touch today.

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How Online Speech Therapy Can Help With the Effects of ADHD in Adults

How Online Speech Therapy Can Help With the Effects of ADHD in Adults

Did you know that more than 25% of Americans struggle with ongoing loneliness? This percentage may be even higher among adults with ADHD. Loneliness and social isolation often result from difficulty conforming to social norms.

Continue reading to learn how online speech therapy can decrease the effects of ADHD.

What Is Telepractice?

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recognized telepractice as an effective modality. It connects Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) with speech therapy clients. The treatment involves interactive audio and video sessions.

These services can occur via Face Time, Zoom, Skype, and other tools. The therapist may also use video clips. Therapy sessions include live interactions, stored and then forwarded information, or a combination.

What Is the Meaning of ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is commonly called ADHD. This can manifest in children and adults. Treatment often involves a combination of:

  • Environmental modifications
  • Behavior modification
  • Speech therapy
  • Medications

The development of treatment plans must focus on the individual’s unique needs.

Effects of ADHD in Adulthood

Most ADHD symptoms begin in early childhood and continue into the adult years. Yet it may not be diagnosed until the person reaches adulthood. Adult symptoms are often less specific than those in childhood.

Common adult ADHD symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Problems prioritizing and organization
  • Difficulty with time management
  • Problem with multitasking
  • Disruptive restlessness and excess activity 
  • Poor ability to make productive plans
  • Easily becomes frustrated
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty attending to and completing tasks
  • Short temper
  • Difficulty dealing with stress

Having ADHD as an adult can cause difficulty in home, work, and social situations.

Strategies Used When Treating Adult ADHD Online

SLPs use many different strategies to address adult ADHD issues. The following are examples of treatment approaches.

ADHD Social Skills

Often, adults with ADHD have an inability to read social cues. Effective social interaction relies on attentiveness, responsibility, and impulse control. Adults with ADHD often demonstrate inattentiveness, forgetfulness, and a lack of impulse control.

SLPs can provide social skill training. Strategies for promoting social success include the following.


The individual may need specific instructions. This allows them to learn about acceptable behavior.


The person with ADHD must feel positive and open to improving their skills. This helps them hear and appreciate feedback from others.


Choose one goal to work on. Focusing on one skill at a time helps decrease distraction. The SLP may steer the individual back to the skill when they start to wonder.

The Echo

Many people with ADHD miss chunks of information due to poor attentiveness. The SLP may have an interaction with the person and then ask them what they heard. The client should practice echoing with others to ensure they avoid social errors.


SLPs often role-play with their clients. This allows for the modeling of appropriate interactions and for feedback. Practicing this skill, like with other skills, can improve competency.

Role-playing can also increase the person’s self-confidence in social situations. They now have a “playbook” to follow.


SLPs may teach the client to use prompts to maintain focus on their social skill goals. Prompts may include an index card. A watch or other device that vibrates every 4 minutes can act as a reminder to stop talking. A trusted partner can gesture or tell them to be quiet to help with mastering social skills.

Difficulty Finding Words

ADHD can contribute to trouble remembering the word you want to say. SLPs use some of the following strategies to help with this problem.

Keep Talking

When you forget the word you want to say, it’s normal to pause or stop talking. You may even forget the point you were trying to make. Instead of pausing, think of other words to describe what you mean and keep talking.

This strategy gives yourself time to add the word later if you remember it. You also keep a social connection in your conversation.

Use a Synonym

Choose another word or group of words that describe the same thing. For example, if you were trying to say, “sublime”, you could say “superb” or “spectacular” instead.

Using words with the same first letter sound activates the part of the brain where the word is “hiding”. This can help you remember it quicker.

You can also use other words like “excellent”, or “amazing”. The listener most often won’t even notice.

Repackage the Word

Once you remember the word, repeat it several times a day to make it easier to find. You may also use strategies such as imagining a picture version of the word. For example, think of a submarine and a lime to recall “sublime”.

Practice Brain Health

Exercise, eating a healthy diet, and managing stress build a healthier brain. The natural stress response causes the brain to focus on the perceived threat. Keeping your brain healthy and relaxed will increase its ability to work for you.

Expressive Language Disorder in Adults

Expressive language disorders (ELDs) cause:

  • difficulty speaking
  • using grammatically correct sentences
  • converting thoughts into speech

The SLP may use one or more of the following treatment approaches.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

In severe cases, speaking or writing can be enhanced or replaced. The person may use pictures, line drawings, and tangible objects. Manual signs, gestures, or fingerspelling can also help.

Computer-Based Instruction

There are many computer technologies and programs used for speech development. They can focus on language skills, social skills, and social problem-solving. These services may occur with your therapist using internet communication apps

Video Modeling

Video modeling can take the form of a pre-recorded format or a live, interactive format. The therapist models the desired behavior. The client watches the behavior and then performs a return-demonstration.

Executive Functioning Training

Executive function exercises focus on improving working memory, impulse control, and cognitive flexibility. Working memory allows a person to remember the steps needed to complete a task.

Impulse control gives people the ability to stop doing something that’s inappropriate. Cognitive flexibility allows people to switch to different mindsets quickly.

Do You Need Help With Speech, Language, or Hearing Problems?

Some adults experience negative effects of ADHD. Yet, all is not lost. Effective therapy can help improve skills and functional ability.

Great Speech offer online speech therapy sessions. This is beneficial to those who can’t meet personally with a therapist for a variety of reasons. We use web-based video conferencing technology for real-time sessions.

Pre-scheduled sessions provide opportunities for clients to practice therapeutic activities and exercises. You’ll receive follow-up resources to help you practice your skills between sessions. Request a free consultation today.

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Sometimes Skills are as Effective as Pills

Is your son’s desk a disaster?

Has your daughter’s teacher mentioned she has trouble focusing in class?

You may have seen subtle signs in your child suggesting ADHD. Sometimes I think our culture of multi-tasking and the constant barrage of text messages is a factor in our inability to concentrate. But while you are checking out the right professional to help you explore the origins and scope of the behavior in question, there are skills you can reinforce at home which can improve behavior and concentration. While medication ultimately may be required, pills are only effective when taken. Skills on the other hand, last a lifetime.

Here are some of my favorite organizational skills:

  • Create a designated quiet and organized environment for schoolwork. Have supplies available and keep distractions to a minimum.
  • Introduce the process of time management. Discuss together when projects are due and create a timeline to keep your child on track.
  • Use a timer and have your child work in blocks of time, with built-in breaks designated at the end of each block. The amount of block time will vary with each child as will the type of activity you can encourage each child to do during their break. Some kids need a physical activity while others may need to respond to texts or emails.
  • Demonstrate helpful organization skills like writing assignments in a designated agenda or pad and crossing off (or highlighting) assignments that are completed. The satisfaction of seeing a page of highlighted tasks can be a reward in itself.
  • Reward organizational efforts! Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement. Even simple praise can be effective.

What great organizational skills have you found helpful? Let’s share and learn from each other!

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Is ADHD Real? Your Guide To Adult ADHD

Is ADHD Real? Your Guide To Adult ADHD

In the mid-2000s to the late 2010s, our understanding of ADHD increased tenfold. That understanding led to more people being diagnosed than ever, as physicians had more research-backed criteria to go off of.

That increase in diagnoses, however, was questioned by the general public. They felt doctors were over-diagnosing and over-medicating, but they weren’t. In fact, it’s more realistic to say that before the 2000s, ADHD was underdiagnosed, as it still wasn’t well-understood.

Thousands of people, adults, and children, never got diagnosed before 2000, and most still haven’t gotten an official status report today.

All that to answer the question, is ADHD real? Yes – there’s neuroscience to prove it.

What is ADHD and How Does it Operate in the Brain?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is related to the chemical “Norephinepherine” in the brain.

When researchers looked at the functioning of ADHD brains vs. Neurotypical brains, they found lower levels of norepinephrine ni ADHD brains.

That chemical is directly related to dopamine, which you know as the “pleasure chemical,” which controls the reward center of the brain.

While the interaction between those two chemicals is too complicated to explain in detail, it’s thought to be the reason for impaired activity in ADHD brains.

The ADHD Brain: Affected Parts

Your brain has different regions. The biggest sections are called cortexes, though each cortex has its own smaller parts.

There are four different brain regions that show impaired function in the brains of people with ADHD. They are …

The Frontal Cortex

Your frontal cortex is one of the last things to develop in utero, which is one reason we see a link between premature infants and ADHD status.

It’s in charge of something called executive functioning, which is the “planning” center of your brain. When executive functioning is impaired, that, in turn, affects the person’s ability to organize thoughts and information as well as their capability to concentrate.

The Limbic System

Deeper in your brain, closer to your brain stem or “lizard brain” is the limbic system. It’s partially in charge of regulating emotions and attention.

Reticular Activating System

One thing many people don’t know about ADHD is that it increases impulsive thoughts and behaviors. Scientists think that has to do with impaired executive functioning, but also deficiencies in the Reticular Activating System.

You can think of the RAS as a subway station of sorts, where information comes into and out of the brain. Researchers believe that impaired function in the RAS plays a role in the hyperactivity aspect of ADHD.

Basal Ganglia

Another part of the brain that helps govern impulsivity is the basal ganglia. It’s a small part of the brain, located deep between the cerebrum, which is probably why you’ve never heard of it.

Its job is to help the brain communicate within itself, between the different cortexes and lobes.

In brains with ADHD, this function often “short-circuits” or forgets to deliver a message. You can see that happening directly when someone with ADHD suddenly gets distracted when they seemed “focused” before.

Is ADHD Real? What About ADD?

It’s hard to argue with the science above, though few people bother to learn how ADHD works in the brain.

ADHD is just as real as any other mental functioning disorder, such as depression, anger issues, dyslexia, and any other medical issue rooted in brain chemical dysfunction.

Now that you know that ADHD is real, let’s talk about its sibling ADD.

ADD is just as real as ADHD and functions almost exactly the same. The only difference is that those with ADD don’t have (as much of) the hyperactivity part.

A child with ADD will appear calmer than a child (or adult!) with ADHD, though both of their brains are moving a mile a minute. People with ADD still have trouble sitting still for long periods of time but are usually better at it than those with ADHD

The two disorders are so similar, in fact, that Scientists are beginning to classify it as “ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type.”

Adult ADHD: Don’t You Grow Out of It?

There’s a misconception that ADD and ADHD are children’s issues. And that’s partly true – about 30% of children grow out of childhood ADHD, but that still leaves 70% of the population that carries their diagnosis into adulthood.

70% is a staggering statistic in the medical field, making those that don’t grow out of their ADHD/ADD the majority.

Why Do We Hear About Adult ADHD Less?

There are two reasons you don’t hear about adults being diagnosed with ADHD/ADD as often as children.

One goes back to how recent our understanding of ADHD is. Chances are if they grew up in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, their physicians didn’t diagnose them with ADHD as a child, and they never knew they were living with the disorder.

The second reason is that many of those adults, who didn’t get diagnosed as children, have learned to live with the different way their brain functions and don’t seek answers or ADHD treatment.

The data supports this – 16% of adults are thought to have ADHD, but only 4% of them get diagnosed every year. That means that 3/4 of the population (that didn’t get diagnosed as children) are living without treatment or awareness of their very real condition.

Combatting ADHD in Adults

Now that you know the answer to “is ADHD real?,” you may be wondering what you can do about it, especially if you just got a diagnosis. Medication is an option, but it’s not your only one.

You can also look into executive functioning training, which involves brain games specifically developed to strengthen the neurologically impaired parts of the ADHD brain.

Interested? You can find all our services here. It can only help – so give us a try!


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A Complete Guide on the Link Between ADHD and Stuttering

A Complete Guide on the Link Between ADHD and Stuttering

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults throughout the US and around the world. But when the doctor hands you this label, what makes up the ingredients of the diagnosis?

Most people understand the basics like excitability and difficulty focusing. But, many do not know about ADHD and stuttering.

Understanding ADHD and Stuttering

Is there a link between the two? Research over the years makes a strong case to suggest it.

One speech study revealed that 50% of the participants who stuttered also had ADHD. To better understand this link, let’s take a closer look at stuttering and ADHD.

What Is Stutter?

Stutter refers to a type of speech impediment where the flow of communication gets disrupted. This results in broken speech.

With a stutter, you will hear:

  • Abnormal stoppages (silence)
  • Repetitions (re-re-re-peti-tions)
  • Prolongations (prooooooolongations)

This can disrupt social life and make the person very self-conscious. It is one of the many ADHD struggles.

ADHD Overview

This neurodevelopmental disorder presents with three main characteristics, hindered attention span, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. People who suffer from it may find it difficult to follow directions, ignore distractions, complete tasks, or think prior to acting,

They often fidget and talk excessively without listening. At times, they may exhibit signs of aggression. These ADHD struggles impair them at home, in school, and in other social settings.

The three subclassifications include ADHD predominantly inattentive type, ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, and a combined type. How do these affect the brain?

Stuttering and the ADHD Brain

Though doctors typically diagnose ADHD based on symptoms, you can physically see signs of it in the brain. This is the focus area of the disorder.

The ADHD brain contains smaller structures in the frontal lobe. Some of these areas include the amygdala, thalamus, and hippocampus, and contribute to socialization, impulse control, concentration, and emotional regulation.

Aside from these physical differences, researchers have also discovered functional disturbances in the Broca’s area of the frontal lobe in participants with ADHD. This might cause speech issues and poor articulation seen in people with ADHD.

Research indicates that a lack of blood flow to the Broca’s area causes people to stutter. Somehow, these abnormal brainwaves connect to this lack of blood flow affecting ADHD social skills.

How to Cope

Moving through life with a stutter, especially when also dealing with all the other effects of ADHD can be challenging. For young children, it can disrupt their ability to learn and make friends.

Adults may also face serious problems with normal socialization. It can affect their relationships and working life.

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent stuttering. Specialized programs designed for preventing a stutter significantly improve learning, socialization, and overall quality of life.

You can also try some of the following tips on your own in conjunction with the program!

Breathing Exercises

Stress will only increase your stutter and worsen your other symptoms of ADHD. Learning to control your breath will help you calm yourself, slow down, and focus. It can also help regulate your emotions.

For one good exercise, sit or lie down comfortably. Start breathing in the air slowly through your nose at an even pace until your lungs feel full.

At this point, pause for the count of three. Take one large inhale to top it off and then hold for the count of 5.

Slowly exhale from your lips with them only partway open. When you feel like you let out all of the air, pause for 3 seconds.

Blow out one more time with force and then pause for 5 seconds. Repeat.

This will also help you practice the following procedures, another struggle for those who suffer from ADHD.

Speak Slowly

When you speak quickly, the tongue can get tied. As you speak, the brain signals can get crossed easily.

Make a conscious effort to speak slowly. Practice this at home.

Read your favorite books out loud and make purposeful pauses when you feel the stutter coming on. Over time, you will notice a big difference in your speech.

Avoid Bad Words

This does not necessarily mean to avoid swearing. Just watch what you say.

Whenever possible, write down the words that brought on your stutter. If you notice a pattern with any of them, avoid those words altogether in social situations.

But, at home, practice saying these words slowly. This may help.

If certain words persistently make you stutter even with practice, then look up synonyms in the thesaurus. Raising this awareness for yourself can also help you regulate some of the other symptoms of ADHD.

For the Parents

Watching your child struggle with everyday activities and normal speech can feel overwhelmingly heartbreaking. But, you are not completely powerless.

Children especially benefit in specialized therapy for kids when dealing with stuttering and the other effects of ADHD. Also, work with them at home on the suggestions listed above.

To help minimize their frustrations, try out the following tips.

Stay Calm

Negative reactions to your child’s behavior or speech will only impede their progress. This includes anger, frustration, and even sadness.

Of course, it is normal to feel these things, but try your best to express them in private.

Or, calmly talk with them about why something they did made you feel that way. You can also benefit from some of the breathing exercises.

Attentively Listen

Your child may feel a lot at once and not know what to do with it all. This can create an overwhelming sense of anger and frustration.

Listen to them, even when they say things in a way you do not like. Explain a better way to express it later.

Listening will also reduce frustrations with their stutter. Needing to constantly ask them to repeat themselves will only make them feel frustrated and embarrassed.

This means staying patient. It might take them a long time to say something.

This time will only increase if you get antsy or start doing something else as they speak. Give them the time they need whenever possible.

Reach out for Help

ADHD and stuttering can significantly affect life, whether you suffer from it yourself or are a parent. Know that you are not alone.

We offer a number of specialized therapy programs to help people with speech difficulties because we know that what they have to say is important. Schedule a free consultation today!


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6 Ways To Help Language Disorders for Kids with ADHD & Dyslexia

6 Ways To Help Language Disorders for Kids with ADHD & Dyslexia

Dealing with a child who has a language disorder can be a difficult experience for everyone involved. Not only is the child easily frustrated inside of a learning environment, but you too can often feel helpless in the situation.

Figuring out ways to help a child deal with their vocabulary development can be quite taxing, to say the least. And in order to get the results you’re looking for, you have to have a decent idea of what to do, and what not to do, so you don’t make things worse.

But what tips and tricks are worth knowing when dealing with a child who has a language disorder? And what can you do to make the entire process easier for everyone involved?

If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll give you 6 ways that you can help a child dealing with language disorders learn new words and phrases more easily.

Now then, let’s get started.

1. Speak Slowly and Be Patient

Above all else, it’s important that you speak slowly and be patient when dealing with a child who has a language disorder. Your calm and patient demeanor can go a long way in helping them relax, and thus, make it easier to communicate and work with them.

The child is most likely going to be very easily frustrated, especially within a learning environment. It’s your job to make that environment calm and relaxing, so they can focus on the task at hand.

2. Exaggerate and Use Gestures

When communicating with a child who has a language disorder, it’s imperative that you exaggerate when pronouncing new words. This makes it easier for them to hear the various sounds that make up those words, which in return makes it easier for them to learn how to say them.

Using gestures that relate to those words also helps the child learn what different words mean, and helps keep them focused, too. And anything that you can do to make it easier to learn, and easier to focus, is worth trying out.

3. Use Objects and Pictures

As we touched on briefly, visual learning cues are extremely helpful when dealing with children who have language disorders and learning disabilities. And while gestures work well, objects and pictures take this approach to the next level.

Spend some time gathering various objects and pictures that you can use to make teaching that much easier. And when you find a word or phrase that the child has a hard time saying, come up with a picture or object you can use to make it easier to understand.

This is a great way to make learning fun, so try and find some funny pictures that relate to whatever it is you’re trying to teach them. Because if you can make the experience feel more like a game than a chore, you’ve got a better chance of getting positive results.

4. Ask If They Understand Often

Because learning new words and phrases is difficult for children with language disorders, oftentimes they will want to get through a session as quickly as possible. That means they will often lie about whether or not they actually understand what it is you’re saying, which of course isn’t a good thing.

That’s why it’s important to confirm with the child they do indeed understand, and often, so you can keep them engaged. Again, don’t be afraid to ask them if they’re grasping new things every few minutes.

They may get annoyed, but it’s not a good idea to have them just sit quietly while you do all of the talking.

5. Play the “Repeat Back to Me” Game

One of the best ways to confirm that a child is picking things up clearly is to ask them to play the “repeat back to me” game. Because if they can repeat back whatever it is you’re trying to teach them, there’s a good chance that they’ve grasped that new information.

If you can, try to get other people involved in the process, too. Having your child repeat something that they have learned to someone else is, again, a great way to confirm that they’ve picked it up.

And having someone celebrate with you both is a great way to encourage them to make the entire process fun.

6. Utilize Positive Reinforcement

To further build upon that last point, it’s important to utilize positive reinforcement whenever you can. Celebrating even the smallest of wins can go along way in keeping the child engaged during learning sessions.

If you can find ways to make the child want to learn new words or phrases, you can more easily get the results you’re looking for. And best of all, celebrating those wins together will be both a rewarding experience for you and the child.

Helping Children with Language Disorders

Well, there you have it! Those are 6 ways to help children with language disorders learn new words and phrases more easily.

As we mentioned, patience is without a doubt the most important thing you have to have to be successful. Speak slowly, exaggerate your words and use gestures, and stay calm and relaxed throughout the process.

Confirm that the child understands what it is you’re trying to teach them. Ask them to repeat it back to you, or someone else, so you can confirm that they understand.

Have a child with ADHD? Check out our article on how you can help them succeed in school.

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How To Find The Best Executive Functioning Training For Treating ADHD

An In Depth Guide On How To Find The Best Executive Functioning Training For Treating ADHD

ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that can affect speech and mundane social interactions.

A person suffering from this disorder can find difficulty in focusing and has an inability to sit still and have self-control. It is important for parents to learn about this disorder and find the right treatment.

The best executive training for treating ADHD is important in order to maintain balance in life. ADHD has far-reaching effects and can affect a child at home as well as in a school.

What Are the Signs of ADHD?

It is quite often to see children struggling to sit still, wait for their turn or pay attention.

However, children with ADHD find it harder to do such tasks. Therefore, it is important for caregivers to pay close attention and look for signs of ADHD.

Apart from this, the following are some easy ways to detect the presence of this disorder in a child.

  1. Inattentive: kids who have this disorder find it hard to pay attention and focus. They often leave the task unfinished and lose interest easily. They might be seen dawdling and daydreaming too much.
  2. Hyperactive: kids who are hyperactive can get bored easily and are restless and fidgety. They can make careless mistakes and often rush through things to get it done quickly. Without any intention, they may act to disrupt others.
  3. Impulsive: kids who are impulsive act quickly without thinking much. They are often seen interrupting and grabbing people for attention without thinking much.

These are some signs that can help parents in diagnosing the disorder. Executive function and self-regulatory skills are not present at birth but with time they can be developed for better social interactions.

From infancy to adolescence there are a series of activities that can enhance the development of these skills as well as help your child learn new things at different levels. This 16-page guide has a series of activities and games that can help your child to support and strengthen various components of executive function and self-regulation.

How to Find the Best Executive Functioning Training for Treating ADHD?

The effect of ADHD on an individual’s life and his/her family is great. For this reason, you must find the best executive training for treating ADHD. Help your child so that he/she can develop social skills and find it easy to interact with others as they mature.

Following are some of the ways that can help you reach the right executive training for your child.

Understand the Executive Function

Children or adults who are suffering from this disorder are likely to suffer from the following core executive functions.

  • Self-motivation
  • Verbal working memory
  • Self-awareness
  • Inhibition
  • Non-verbal working memory
  • Planning and problem solving

These functions are tied to ADHD and the disorder tends to affect these functions making simple interactions difficult.

Enforce Accountability

Look for a program that encourages accountability and this should go both ways. Parents should have the freedom to ask the trainers about the progress of their child.

Children, on the other hand, should be held accountable for their actions. If they are suffering from this disorder, it does not mean that they are not accountable.

Parents should keep a close check on the actions of their children so that they know and are aware of it. With time you can help your child in learning the right ways. Accountability can help you in enforcing the right skills.

Write Things Down

In order to help your child with working memory, you can write things down. Make use of notes, sticky notes, journals or anything that you find convenient. If he/she sees things written, it will be easy for him to jog his executive functions.

This would help you build your child’s working memory. Language learning is a big task that is present from a very tender age. If you are concerned about your child’s vocabulary then there are ways that can help you in your child’s vocabulary development.

Offer Rewards

Those who struggle with ADHD find it hard demotivate themselves. You can inculcate the sense of motivation by keeping rewards. This would help your child to learn new things and he/she will motivate himself to get through.

These rewards would encourage your child to be aware of his actions. He would have a goal and simple motivation can help him in achieving it.

Make Learning Easy and Fun

Training programs that make learning fun and easy help children to learn more. You can use physical and tangible things like beans and other items for problem-solving problems. In addition to this, this can also help him to stay focused.

Programs that make learning fun are the best executive training for treating ADHD. You must go for a program that offers such fun sessions.

Offer Breaks

Learning a simple task can be strenuous one for a child who is suffering from this disorder. Ig your child works too hard for a short time, the energy is drained, and he feels like quitting it.

In order to keep the level of fun and excitement up, you should offer breaks to the child. This would help them to refuel and he can find encouragement to begin the task again with the same level of excitement.

Have Pep Talks

Children with ADHD find it hard to communicate properly. This is the reason that social gatherings make them anxious.

In order to help your child, an executive program must have a pep talk session. This would encourage your child to have long conversations once time has elapsed.

If you have difficulty in taking then voice therapy can become a mean to help you improve your speech/talking skills.

These are some of the aspects of a training program that makes it the best executive training for treating ADHD.

The Best Executive Training for Treating ADHD

ADHD affects the social skills of the child. A simple task becomes an ordeal for a child who is suffering from ADHD.

As a caregiver, your job is to find the best executive training for treating ADHD. This would help your child in developing the right skills for having social interactions.

To help your loved one and to find the best executive training for treating ADHD you can contact us here.

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How to Help a Child With ADHD Succeed in School

How to Help a Child With ADHD Succeed in School

When it comes to children with ADHD, school can be a struggle. It’s hard for them to focus and learn but there are ways that you can help them if you’re a teacher.

One of the best things is being compassionate but that’s not the end of what you can do. It’s all about morphing your classroom into a place that can stimulate their learning and allow them to thrive. If you’re not sure how to do this, then just talk to the child in question.

In this article, we’re going to go over more on how to help a child with ADHD so you can ensure that none of your students are left behind.

1. Create a Reward and Consequences System

You should work closely with a child’s parent to develop a reward and consequences system for the child. Children with ADHD often have problems with thinking about future rewards vs. consequences so the best way to go about this is a goal chart.

It can be a notebook with the child’s goals for the day with multiple checkpoints like get up and start another task within a few minutes of being told. When they’ve met a certain amount of goals for the week, they can have a reward. It gives them something to focus on and look forward to.

2. Focus on Planning and Organization

A lot of children with ADHD have problems with basic organization which can cause them to not judge the time they have left to work on a project very well. This can lead to them to not turning in assignments on time. If this is an issue it’s time to work with the parents to come up with a system.

Come up with certain expectations and make those expectations known. Put their assignments on a system that will promote organization. It’s very important that this system is implemented at home and at school or else it won’t stick.

3. Reduce the Amount of Homework

Speaking of assignments, homework is a huge struggle for children with ADHD. If you pile it on during the week, you’re setting them up for failure because there is a good chance they won’t be able to get it all done.

It’s known that a normal child should spend 10 minutes on homework a night depending on their grade level. For example, if the child is in second grade, then they spend 20 minutes on homework each night. You can’t hold a child with ADHD to these same standards.

Instead, offer these children alternative assignments that play more to the child’s strengths. So, instead of making them do an oral presentation or a paper allow them to do something more creative or won’t take as much time like a poster or shoebox display.

4. Have Realistic Expectations of the Child

Again, you can’t hold a child with ADHD to the same standards you would hold children without. The more stressed these children feel towards their academic lives, the worst they’re going to perform.

While it’s ideal for every child to make straight As and Bs it’s going to be a struggle for these children to do that without your help. It’s possible though, but it’s going to take work. You have to have reasonable expectations for them instead of trying to mold them into what the other children in your classroom are.

5. Limit Distractions

As you probably know children with ADHD are very easily distracted. To help the child succeed, you’ll need to limit distractions in the classroom. The best way to do it is to allow the child to wear things to cancel out the noise like headphones during tests.

You can allow the child to face a blank wall while they take tests, but make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t make them feel like they are being punished.

6. Use Novelty to Engage Curiosity

If you notice the child’s attention dropping, do something bazar and out there to help them realign their focus. This could include doing a funny dance or putting googly eyes on the back of your head and walking backward.

You can create a comfy place in your classroom that can allow the child to grab hold of their focus like beanbag chairs. Anything to break up the monotony.

7. Plan Transitions in Advance

Children with ADHD have problems adjusting to sudden change. This is why it’s important that you don’t just spring sudden transitions on them. Partner up with the child to plan these transitions in advance.

This advanced planning will make the child more comfortable and allow them to make adjustments a lot easier.

8. Simplify Instructions

It’s a good idea to simplify your instructions for children with ADHD. Give them their assignment instructions in convenient steps rather than throwing all of it on them at once.

You can also give the assignments to them in fun and creative ways like through dance or charts.

How to Help a Child with ADHD Succeed

A child with ADHD to succeeding all starts with a good teacher who can pave the way. You have to adjust your curriculum to get the information to them in fun and creative ways and allow them to do their tests in a way in which will minimalize distractions. Keep in mind that you can’t expect them to do their homework in the same way a child without ADHD would.

Use these steps on how to help a child with ADHD to give someone deserving a bright future.

Every once in a while children with ADHD have issues in other areas of learning which cause them to need speech therapy. If this sounds like something one of your children need, go here for a free consultation.

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