Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students

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Taught by
Greg Fabiano
and 10 more instructors

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University at Buffalo

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r/ADHD • post
10 points • geekythingies
New free Coursera MOOC course ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students. Starts July 16!

From the web page: This course will provide an overview of ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Course participants can expect to learn about ADHD as a developmental disorder that begins early in childhood, and participants will also learn about evidence-based approaches for diagnosing ADHD. Following that, two evidence-based treatment approaches (the Daily Report Card and Parenting Strategies) will be introduced.

r/ParentingADHD • comment
1 points • BalaclavaNights

Sounds like you are taking the right steps! My SO and I are currently in the process of registration for adoption, and we're participating in required courses to learn more about how to tackle raising children with "special needs", emotionally or physically.

A big chunk of what we're focusing on in the courses are
1) seek knowledge, support AND professional help early on,
2) focus on what each individual child needs, not societal or cultural expectations, and
3) turn-taking: OBSERVE (listen, see, body language, reflect etc.), TAKE INITIATIVE (ask, propose solutions, take action), OBSERVE and PARTICIPATE (let the child take the lead and propose solutions).

All in all, it's about looking at every possible situation from the child's perspective, with the child's past experiences and internal processing as a guideline for what its actions are. A lot of parents forget this because society is so focused on predetermined expectations.

With ADHD for example, a lot of children experience constant negative feedback (sit still!, stay quiet!, focus!, sleep!, remember!, just concentrate!) that they don't have the resources to process in a healthy way *on their own*. Our brains are differently wired, and we often lack the mental capacity to do what society expects from us.

In addition, our brain's dysfunction of the dopaminergic system means that we don't respond well to positive feedback or actions either (dopamine release, which we lack, is a key ingredient in learning and motivation for daily tasks as well). That's one of the reasons people with ADHD often go for short-term gains (stimuli, candy, PC gaming, drugs etc.), rather than long-term benefits (exercise, school work, household chores etc.). That's also why we have difficulty with emotional regulation, often resulting in tantrums and the development of depression etc.

Or as I like to put it; we have no clue of what we're doing or why we're doing it. We have "normal" intelligence, so we know how it could be done better, but we don't know why we just can't do it. It's a continuous internal battle with ourselves.

This also means that many children with ADHD grow up in what they perceive as an emotionally hostile environment, even though they have a "normal" or "healthy" childhood perceived by others.

There are a lot of different free courses online that can give you some daily tips and tricks, for example,

I wish you the best, and thanks for seeking advice to do the best for your child! He's lucky to have a parent like you!

r/ADHD • comment
1 points • hellowings

I can offer 3 (short enough) references that you can share with your parents maybe, to get them educated about the topic.

  • this short video lecture by Dr Barkley, a prominent specialist on ADHD. If you are looking for very practical advice, it's at 4:00-9:40.
  • some stuff by Dr Hallowell (he is a therapist who works with ADHD people; he himself has ADHD and isn't medicated; his books about living well with ADHD get recommended in this sub regularly — it's "Driven To Distraction" or "Delivered from Distraction):
  • "Chapter 1: The Skinny on ADD -- Read this if you can't read the whole book" it's a free excerpt from one of the books about living well with ADHD that gets recommended in this sub regularly, by Dr Hallowell (he himself has ADHD and isn't medicated). // The formatting is bad though, makes the wall of text hard to read.
  • 50 tips for living well with ADHD (free PDF), again by Dr Hallowell. It's newer version is in his Delivered from Distraction book, but the changes aren't significant.

The downside is that this content isn't recent, so maybe this can decrease the level of trust your parents will have to those materials… But you yourself will definitely benefit from reading/watching them.

Also, there is a free course on Coursera about ADHD (well, it's free in Audit Mode at least), by The State University of New York. Since it's by a legit university, your parents might take it seriously. I found this slide with some summary from that course on reddit recently. From what I see there, it repeats some points from that Dr Barkley's video lecture I linked to above.

And, for your own education, "—- MEDS" section in this Monkey's List can be helpful. It's by a published researcher & mental health professional who has ADHD.