May 11, 2017

Do Fidget Spinners Help? 5 Rules for Finding Fidgets To Improve Focus

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By Kathy Kuhl For some people, sitting still is so hard that they can’t sit still and listen, think, or do much else. These folks need something to do with their hands to help them keep still and focus. Some people fiddle with a paperclip, click a ballpoint pen, jiggle coins in a pocket, or […]

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April 13, 2017

Life Skills for Teens with Learning Challenges

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by Kathy Kuhl Part 2 of a series on Life Skills (which began here). Recently, I spoke on helping teens and young adults with ADHD develop life skills. (The link to the audio is below.) This is important for all teens, but especially those with learning challenges. Young people who struggle with attention or learning […]

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April 06, 2017

Learning Life Skills, Part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Are your children learning the life skills they will need when they are on their own? Imagine your child, grown up and moving out. As the car pulls away, you call, “Wait! I forgot to teach you how to… file your taxes” or “…find a good repair service” or “…change a flat […]

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January 17, 2017

The Motivation Breakthrough: Book Review

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By Kathy Kuhl Review of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child by Richard Lavoie Richard Lavoie is a world-class teacher with a real heart for children and teens. For many years he headed Eagle Hill School, a school for children with learning disabilities, so he knows about discouraged, frustrated students and […]

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December 20, 2016

Teaching tips for kids with attention problems

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by Kathy Kuhl – After launching this series on attention problems (it began with “What is ADD? ADHD? What Parents need to know”), many of you asked for teaching tips. Today’s post is my gift to you–a few highlights from one of my workshops. Links are below. Happy Holidays! 18 Tips to Help a Student with […]

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May 11, 2016

Girls with attention deficit disorder

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by Kathy Kuhl When someone says “attention deficit disorder,” you probably think of that boy who cannot sit still. But girls can have attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity. (In the current official abbreviation, AD/HD, the slash reflects the idea that it can be with or without the “H,” the hyperactivity.) Kids with attention problems […]

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June 16, 2015

Just a minute: Help for distracted parents

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By Kathy Kuhl Last weekend as I spoke on helping distractible students succeed (at the Washington Homeschool Organization in Puyallup), a woman said, “I can’t let my sons use fidgets or some other strategies you suggest, because they distract me! What can I do?” asked this highly distractible parent. A father in the room, who […]

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May 05, 2015

Homeschooling a distractible child

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By Kathy Kuhl Homeschooling a distractible child can be nerve-wracking. You step away for two minutes and your distractible one has mentally drifted to a far galaxy, physically left the room, put on a favorite costume and started pretending, or all of the above. “I’m sorry!” he says. “I didn’t mean to!” “I forgot!” she […]

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April 21, 2015

Is your child time-blind?

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by Kathy Kuhl (Part 2 on helping kids be more punctual. Part 1 is here.) What’s worse: being chronically late—or having a child who is? Either way we feel frustrated and helpless. In my last post, I recommended four ways to train your children to be more aware of how long it takes them to […]

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April 14, 2015

Help your child be more punctual, part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Late again? I recently saw the Wall Street Journal article “We know why you’re always late.” I thought, “I’ve been found out!” Though I’ve learned how make myself punctual (usually), I know the looming guilt of being late again and disappointing people who think being punctual is just common courtesy. How can […]

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