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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Maximizing online learning for distracted students

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by Kathy Kuhl     If your child had trouble focusing in a classroom, how much more are they distracted with online learning? These days, everyone’s more distracted. Stress does that. And everyone is spending more time online, even homeschoolers. (We homeschoolers used to say, “The world is our classroom,” but we are constrained, too.) […]

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Maximizing Online Learning: a workshop for Southeast Regional ADHD Conference

by Kathy Kuhl     Resources from “Maximizing Online Learning via Best Practices of Homeschools,” my workshop for the University of Alabama & ADDA-SR, 13th Annual ADHD conference, January 28-29, 2021: Outline of workshop: 1. How homeschool addresses current needs and stressors Unlike parents managing school at home, homeschoolers determine goals; select, adapt or develop their […]

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25 Tips for Holidays with Less Stress

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By Kathy Kuhl      Feeling holiday stress? Are you as behind as I am this holiday season? I haven’t felt this far behind since I had bronchitis! Here are some things I’m doing to cope, and more ideas from others. Basics Exercise! Both you and your children will benefit. One reason I’m writing less […]

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Something to chew on, for kids that can’t stop

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By Kathy Kuhl     Do you have children who can’t stop chewing on things? Kids and teens with sensory issues and other issues may struggle with this—or give in to it without a thought. No matter how well they know that pencil has been handled by many people, it pops into their mouths. And […]

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6 Travel tips for distractible kids

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By Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids when they have to sit and travel? Long times in the car or plane can make anyone restless. It drive kids crazy, especially those who have trouble sitting still. Of course, sitting to travel is not just a summer problem. Children have to sit on the […]

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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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Suggestions for Your Child’s Homeschool Group Teacher

Mom and co-op teacher talk

by Kathy Kuhl Suppose your child with learning challenges is in a homeschool group or co-op, a scout troop, or other class. The leader or teacher has asked for suggestions how to help your child. What do you say? First, to review my post on communicating with co-op teachers regarding your child’s challenges: Remember to keep it short […]

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Distractibility, the Christmas tree, and me

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By Kathy Kuhl [Note below about last week’s prize winners.] Who isn’t distracted this time of year? Lovely ornaments, music, delicious foods—but more to do, too. It’s an especially tough time for our children and teens who are distractible or who have sensory processing difficulties: the intensity can be overwhelming. When he was small, my […]

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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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