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Rescheduled - 10.24.2012 at 2 PM EST: ADHD at School Web Chat

ADHD EXPERT WEB CHAT: Tools and Techniques to Help Your ADHD Child Excel at School

Help your child get off to a good start this school year! Join ADHD expert Susan Kruger, M.Ed., as she hosts the “Tools and Techniques to Help Your Child Excel in School” Web Chat on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, from 2p.m. to 3p.m. EST (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST). The Web Chat is free and open to all ADDConnect members.

This is the third of ten ADHD Awareness Week Web Chats that address topics that will help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life. They are hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude magazine and ADDitudeMag.com. See the full line-up here.

To participate, you’ll need to:

1. Like Us on our ADDitude Facebook page.

2. Go to ADDitude‘s Facebook page at 2 PM EST on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012. There will be a post dedicated to Susan Kruger’s chat where you will post your questions.

3. Have questions you would like ADHD expert Susan Kruger to answer? Post them to this discussion thread in advance. [Note: You must be a member of ADDConnect in order to post. Sign up for free here.] 

Hope to “see” you there!

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I am interested in participating in this. My question is “What type of accomodations are good for a 3rd grade ADHD boy?” His guidance counselor mentioned that we don’t want to cripple him or enable him to not take responsibility but as a parent how do I know where that difference is? I do not fully understand to what extent he should have different standards/accomodations for his ADHD.

Posted by jbuttrfli on Oct 05, 2012 at 11:47pm

I will be tuning in..

Posted by bti24 on Oct 06, 2012 at 8:15pm

I will be there

Posted by ahlavin on Oct 09, 2012 at 8:24pm

I look forward to hearing how to manage homework better. Homework is very stressful for my 11 yo twin sons who are dyslexic and ADD. We have checklists and routines, but we still need help! Thanks, Gertie

Posted by Gertie on Oct 09, 2012 at 11:09pm

I will be there. Thanks!

Posted by greenblue3947 on Oct 10, 2012 at 7:08am

I will be there

Posted by Iamgoldilocks on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:15pm

I’ll be there!

Posted by My1Deb on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:27pm

Planning to attend

Posted by alinaitkis on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:39pm

I hope to be there…..I am feeling overwhelmed and very challenged with my 13 yr old daughters struggles in school, as well as at home…

Posted by OopsMom on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:43pm

I hope to tune in.

Posted by an on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:45pm

I plan on attending

Posted by learningstrategist on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:05pm

I’ll be there.

Posted by milou2002 on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:40pm

I hope to be there!!

Posted by tlfox on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:45pm

I would like to attend.  My 10 yr old struggles with schoolwork and I’m out of ideas on how to support him while still getting him to take personal responsibility for his work.  Help please.

Posted by klruth on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:49pm

I would like to attend.  My 10 yr old struggles with schoolwork and I’m out of ideas on how to support him while still getting him to take personal responsibility for his work.  Help please.

Posted by klruth on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:49pm

I plan on attending.

As a school professional, I would like to know what teachers can do when typical accommodations (preferential seating, redirection, altered work, praise) do not work for impulsive, disruptive behavior in the classroom. What type of discipline works best in these case to help these children learn? How can teachers accommodate these kids when they have 30+ other kids in the room? What do you do when you have an ADHD child who also refuses to do the classwork (does not have learning issues, just defiance)?

Posted by fitchl on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:12pm

I will attend. Thank you.

Posted by 2wADHD on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:36pm

I will attend.

Posted by nfreem01 on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:41pm

will attend. have been thru litany of meds. whats there to help

Posted by heatherlasseter on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:46pm

will attend. have been thru litany of meds. whats there to help

Posted by heatherlasseter on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:46pm

looking forward to attending

Posted by rachelmom3 on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:52pm

I will be there.

Posted by LeslieB24 on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:55pm

I’ll be there

Posted by peguta on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:24pm

I would like to be included. Thank you.

Posted by ericabuchholz on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:29pm

I will be there! :D If you are sending out email reminders, I would like one ..  Please & Thank you!!!

Posted by jnp on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:56pm

Will try to be there.  Would like to know what to do to help 10yr old 4th grader stay on task in school.  School is pretty good about accomidations and working with him.  He has a 504 plan but he needs a lot of redirection.  His medicine was just recently increased. Don’t know what else to do except tell teacher to redirect him when he looses focus.

Posted by MAP2MAP on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:56pm

I plan on attending.

Posted by my3sons on Oct 13, 2012 at 12:00am

I will be there.  I want all the info I can get for my 2nd grade daughter with inattentive ADD & Dysgraphia.  Trying to level the playing field for her! smile

Posted by aurutia on Oct 13, 2012 at 12:26am

I will attend

Posted by NLG on Oct 13, 2012 at 12:59am

Hoping to attend- thanks for the opportunity!

Posted by hebho1 on Oct 13, 2012 at 1:15am

me too

Posted by jennail on Oct 13, 2012 at 1:21am

I would like to participate as well. My question is: What are tips and tricks to helping a student and their parent get more organized? Also, what’s the best and most effective way to build and maintain a routine? I work with families in the home, and am struggling with this particular task at the moment. We’ve tried motivation techniques, charts, and constant prompting. Any guidance is appreciated!

Posted by Krystal on Oct 13, 2012 at 1:29am

I will attend.  What if any is there a connection to ADHD and Audio Processing Disorder?

Posted by funnyworld on Oct 13, 2012 at 3:08am

I am interested after reading your website: SOAR. These are the things I do in my private practice coaching and teaching ADHD kids. Curious.
http://www.readingwritingthinking.net

Posted by kendra9 on Oct 13, 2012 at 1:09pm

I will be there.  My son’s teacher’s are concerned because he gets lost in during the lesson.  He seems to be focused on picking on a pencil until he gets all the paint off or the edge of a desk.  Then he relies on the notes they take for him but he is missing the essence of the lesson.

What can we do to keep him engaged without disrupting the rest of the class, since it is a mainstream but inclusive class.

Posted by ao920 on Oct 13, 2012 at 7:19pm

I plan to attend.

Posted by gustafson.gang@gmail.com on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:48pm

I am unable to attend but am very keen to know how I can help and support my child to excel in school.  Thank you.

Posted by Tabatha on Oct 13, 2012 at 10:16pm

I will attend

Posted by Ninajm35 on Oct 14, 2012 at 2:50am

Dear Susan Kruger, M.Ed.
My daughter was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Her school has been very supportive in providing requested accommodations. However with one of her teachers there seems to be a disconnect. He states he understands ADHD and has worked with children with ADHD, however he seems to be looking for a quote “typical picture” of what ADHD is and my child does not fit that mold. How do I help him to understand what her needs are? and help him to be able to accommodate her needs? I tried a group meeting with all her teachers and her tutor as well as her Occupational Therapist with written accommodation requests. However I don’t think I have reached him. We even did the one to one meeting. I attend to try the one to one meeting again but any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Posted by Ninajm35 on Oct 14, 2012 at 3:14am

I plan on attending

Posted by crazymom5 on Oct 14, 2012 at 8:55pm

I am planning on attending.

Posted by Carrie K on Oct 14, 2012 at 9:52pm

hoping to be there - little thing called work may get in the way. . .keeping my fingers crossed!

Posted by SAnnie M on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:46pm

hoping to be there - little thing called work may get in the way. . .keeping my fingers crossed!

Posted by SAnnie M on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:47pm

I’ll be there!

Posted by kelyn39 on Oct 15, 2012 at 9:03pm

Will attend.

Posted by jbuchbinder on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:02pm

I will be there.

Posted by ReaderLeigh on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:27pm

I will be there.

Posted by lindacarol on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:38pm

I’ll try to attend.

Posted by larsenr on Oct 16, 2012 at 12:40am

I’ll be there

Posted by Boris on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:56am

I looking forward to participating.
LD teacher & Mom of 6 year old ADHD son

Posted by VS on Oct 16, 2012 at 8:09am

I will be attending.  I am interested in suggestion for twice exceptional kids.  My older two are 2E and have 504s for ADHD, reading disabilities and anxiety.  Without a federal law in place, what strategies would you suggest within the classroom, school and district to walk this tightrope of needing challenging and not needing more stress.

Posted by ukegirl on Oct 16, 2012 at 8:52am

I will be there

Posted by bricks23 on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:40am

I will be there!

Posted by CTM on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:43am

I’ll be there!

Posted by DeAnne on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:58pm

Attending.

Posted by Monty's Mom on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:09am

Attending

Posted by Sherri J on Oct 17, 2012 at 1:50am

Please sign me up.

Posted by AtaraK on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:48am

Please sign me up.

Posted by AtaraK on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:48am

Look forward to this talk!

Posted by Dusty on Oct 17, 2012 at 12:10pm

What time is this in Sydney australia

Posted by RMG123 on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:35pm

Looking forward to this chat!

Posted by Fleisher16 on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:31am

I plan to attend

Posted by Suzan7847 on Oct 18, 2012 at 7:28am

I will attend! My question is how to help my son with organization skills for school and any ideas that would help him in turning in his homework, making sure he has what he needs for each class and rembering to bring his homework home to do it. He seems to have really serious issues with this. It is affecting his grades.

Posted by tellybeardb on Oct 19, 2012 at 1:05pm

i will attend

Posted by swirliegirlie on Oct 19, 2012 at 8:49pm

i will attend

Posted by forgetful on Oct 20, 2012 at 2:31am

Attending

Posted by Carmen on Oct 21, 2012 at 12:42am

I want to teach my son how to manage time at class and with homeworks so he is not left behind.

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Posted by CTM on Oct 21, 2012 at 6:55pm

I will be there

Posted by jhmb on Oct 22, 2012 at 9:51pm

I’m attending

Posted by Sallie on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:25pm

I’m attending

Posted by Sallie on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:25pm

I’ll hopefully be there! Is this 1pm US time?

Posted by littlelambs on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:35pm

I am really looking forward to it. I am planning on being there!

Posted by 1proudmama on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:11am

I plan to be there.  how can we be more effective in doing homework?  refocusing, streamlining?  her pace is excruciating at time…....

Posted by LJcbb on Oct 23, 2012 at 12:38am

I’d love to attend, but the instructions seem to be distracting me!

Posted by Ruth174 on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:43am

Hi all!

We just want to remind you that ADHD expert Susan Kruger will be hosting the “Tools to Help Your ADHD Child Excel at School” Web chat TODAY at 1PM EST.

To participate, you’ll need to:

1. Register. Signing up is free and easy.

2. Go to to the Web chat at 1 PM EST.

3. Have questions you would like ADHD expert Susan Kruger to answer? Post them to this discussion thread in advance. [Note: You must be a member of ADDConnect in order to post. Sign up for free here.] 

Hope to “see” you there!

Posted by ADDConnect Community Editor on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:26pm

Need help with homework management now that my ADHD daughter has entered high school - the workload is heavier and I have no idea how to get her to even start homework before I get home from work to supervise.

Posted by brockmom on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:38pm

Have 5th grade girl who does well enough in school, but with alot of reminders. How can I help her organize independent of me and constant supervision of teachers?  She does not have the hyperactive component, and her dad is dead against meds. I find she is becoming more anxious, and thus more scattered. Thanks—

Posted by Roswell075 on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:48pm

I am unable to participate today, unfortunately.  My son, a 6th grader, has ADD.  I have a 504 meeting scheduled with his 3 teachers and his counselor this Friday.  I’m a nervous wreck, as I don’t know what to expect or how to prepare.  My son is very forgetful, has time management issues and is very disorganized.  Without these issues, he’d be an A student, but his teachers give him zeros when he forgets to hand in his homework that he completed the night before.  Also, if a project is assigned to be due in a week or so, he completely forgets about it.  Very frustrating for his teachers.  Any advice regarding the 504 is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Posted by stefinthewoods on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:50pm

I will most definitely be attending. My son is a freshman in HS & I just found out he is failing 4 classes only because he does not hand in homework. This has been a struggle since 6th grade. The more we bring up missing work & homework due the more he withdraws & doesn’t do his work. I am at my wits end. This school will dismiss him from that school because it is a vo-tech school & something he has wanted for so long. I can’t hold his hand & make him write, so I am asking for help in helping him.

Posted by Sherridan on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:02pm

My son is a jr in highschool and struggling to keep up this year (he was diagnosed later than typical-end of 8th grade). He is behind on assignments and feels overwhelmed on how to get back on track. Through a 504, is there any resource that would include someone who could work with him one-on-one to help him get caught up?

Posted by RainPeeps on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:03pm

My son is a freshman with multiple diagnosis of ADHD, dyslexia, severe anxiety and recently, Aspergers.  He currently has an IEP and receives good grades.  What would you recommend when he is able to hold it together throughout the school day but comes home and has meltdowns over homework.  He also procrastinates working on projects/homework until the last minute and will not study for tests even when provided study guides from school.  Communicating this to the school has been difficult since he does well (most of the time) during school hours and will get most assignments turned in. 
Many Thanks!

Posted by dse8404 on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:04pm

Also looking for tips for high school boys. Especially around long writing assignments (like English essays!)

Many thanks!

Posted by jayflight on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:05pm

What does the law allow us as parents to do at school? I’ve been thinking to even sit down with him (10 YO, 4th Grade) through class and tests to keep him from being distracted and distracting. He’s in the gifted class and he is capable but his brain can’t stay put in what the teacher is saying.

Posted by azmother on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:06pm

My question is “What is the best way to handle MY response when my 12yo son comes home and hasn’t completed task(s) I’ve clearly outlined for him?”
I have ADD too (he is ADHD), so I’ve been able to help him in some areas where I have struggled in my life and figured out systems, but I encourage him to come up with his own if my system isn’t working for him. There are some aspects with him I struggle to relate to for several reasons, one being he doesn’t seem driven like I was/am to learn and to succeed (he looks at learning as a drugery), as well as the fact he is more a kinesthetic/audible learner, where as I am a visual learner.
I look forward to the broadcast today! Thanks!

Posted by bncsmerz on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:09pm

OH Sherridan, I’m in the same boat! I find my boy just doesn’t initiate things…even to go and brush his teeth without having to be told at least 3 times. How can I get my boy to follow a routine or schedule it he won’t even start. Yet I can see that he wants to it’s just not “clicking!”

Posted by clwelsh on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:09pm

My son is 7 years old, and a lightning rod for bullying due to his outgoing personality and hyperactivity. He is bright, but finds himself at a loss in the presence of one boy who draws him out like he’s his best friend, then humiliates him in front of the other boys. Most of the others join in, and it leaves me a total wreck. My son excels in Karate, but like I said, he’s dumbfounded around this kid. I try really hard to keep quiet in order for him to learn how to handle himself, but it kills me. Is there a better way for me to handle this? It’s occurring in Boy scouts, and the bullies dad is the troop leader- his mom says nothing either when this is going on. I don’t want to take him out of scouts because he wants to go.

Posted by karenele on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:12pm

I would like to know what are the best tools to use with an ADD/ADHD student that won’t try and isn’t motivated.

Posted by tgrant on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:21pm

I am an adult with untreated ADHD (working on that though; I have an appointment next week) with a 1st grade son who has ADHD.  I very much need ways his tantrums at school (typically in the afternoon and almost always occur either after he doesn’t get his way about something, or after being given a time-out on the side of the room after causing disruption during class) can be avoided in the first place, and de-escalated once they do occur.  What typically happens is the teacher confronts him which only serves to escalate the situation to the point he is kicking and trying to escape the room, and I get called to come pick him up then he gets suspended for a week.  I am a single mother who works full-time and I cannot keep missing work to pick him up from school and he cannot keep missing instruction time - he’s only been in a full day of school 4 days for the entire month of October so far!  :(  Thanks so much in advance.

Posted by MPrado on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:32pm

My son in 6th grade wears a watchminder which prompts him in certain intervals by buzzing/vibrating and written prompts on the watch’s display to pay attention, remember his agenda etc. He feels the vibration, reads the prompt but seldom or not at all implements what he is reminded of. How can I make sure that he actually uses the tools he has available?

Posted by PMH on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:34pm

My son in 6th grade wears a watchminder which prompts him in certain intervals by buzzing/vibrating and written prompts on the watch’s display to pay attention, remember his agenda etc. He feels the vibration, reads the prompt but seldom or not at all implements what he is reminded of. How can I make sure that he actually uses the tools he has available?

Posted by PMH on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:35pm

How do I get my 11 yr old to do his home work at home .  it is a constant battle every night.  When he actually sits down and does it it only takes about 15 minutes but he fights us for an hour or more every night.

Posted by ckhand on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:38pm

Are you planning to record and post the link to the audio recording for those of us that can’t join at this time (day job conflict grin

Posted by JulieTX on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:45pm

My question to Ms. Kruger is:

I have twin 8 year old boys (3rd grade) both excel in school and one has made it to the school’s enrichment (gifted) program. They are both on Concerta since we found out they were ADD and ADHD earlier this year. I have had no problems this year and both have straight A’s for the first nine week grading period.

However, based on past experiences I am gearing up for the “end of the school year meltdown” which seems to happen after our Christmas break whereas they both lose motivation and I begin to see the notes about behavior trickle in from their teachers.

How can I keep them on-task the entire year?

Posted by Mom_of_Twins on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:54pm

My child’s school has children complete unfinished homework or class assignments during recess. We know how important recess is, especially for kids with ADHD. If an accommodation is made to not take away recess, what else can be done to get the work done? And how can you prevent a “that’s unfair!” backlash from the other students who miss recess?

Posted by SC on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:59pm

My question has been already posted…sort of. Both my boys have ADHD. My older son has ADHD inattentive type. My younger son is concerning me right now. We have a conference at a new school on Thursday. I got the same reply…well we want to make sure he is being responsible and we are making him accountable. He needs to help develop his own plan. He is on medication (just started last spring). Meds instantly helped my older son with organization and paying attention to detail but not the 4th grader. He can control his movement and talking much more but he is soooooo unorganized (totally messy is a better description) and he is super careful on certain things but misses small but very important details on his work. He is not forgetting like he used to…he just does not see the details. He is an outstanding artist and did a fabulous job on a project but made a 65 because he failed to write out a specific part of the project. He worked so hard. I understand but what is a good modification for me to suggest in this meeting to make sure his hard work is rewarded with good grades. He needs something to help him “see” the details. It is so difficult to make someone else who does not have this understand that when the moment strikes…sometimes it really is not a matter of looking at the paper at that moment…you truly just do not see that detail and it takes years of training your brain to get past it.  I do not think a 9 year old is developmentally able to handle the discipline required to get past the “AD blackouts” without some assistance. Crazy. It can create such poor self esteem. So, to bring it all back…..my question is about modications for helping a 4th grader be more organized and “see”...recheck. I older son says “It is almost like he just blacks out and does not even remember what he just did” True.

Posted by cat herder on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:05pm

My almost 12 yr old son is extremely adhd and like most add’ers extremely smart. He, however, lacks any motivation whatsoever. He says that he wants to do well in school and make everyone proud and he doesn’t like what happens when he gets bad grades but he shows no interest in taking his time, checking his work or even looking up answers in the book because he thinks he’s always right. I can’t understand why the low F’s he keeps getting and in turn my frustration and explanation of what he can do to fix them don’t seem to be sinking in. His work makes him look like he could care less if he fails 6th grade and must repeat it. I’ve studied ADHD for years, read all the current research and try to implement the newest parenting skills but nothing seems to work….PLEASE HELP!

Posted by erinisgr8 on Oct 23, 2012 at 11:43pm

I click on the chat links but they don’t work.  What is the link for all those of us who missed it, or are there still technical difficulties that have postponed all the webinars?

Posted by Merrygoround on Oct 24, 2012 at 2:01am

Hi Web Chatters,

As you unfortunately experienced today, the overwhelming demand for ADDitude’s Expert web chat “Tools to Help Your ADHD Child Excel at School” with host Susan Kruger brought our servers to a crawl.

We have rescheduled Susan’s chat for TOMORROW at 2 PM EST on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/additudemag. Please “like us” on Facebook now in order to attend.

We are confident that the Facebook servers will be able to handle the significant number of people interested in attending this chat!

Thank you for your patience, and we hope to see you all there tomorrow at 2 pm.

Kate, for ADDitude

Posted by ADDConnect Community Editor on Oct 24, 2012 at 4:43am

My question:

We have had custody of our grandson since he was 23 months old.  He is now 10. He is in high abilities classes in math and language and gets good grades. His school counselor and I think that he needs accomodations due to “meltdowns” but I have met with teachers, principal and school psychologist together and they say that his ADHD is not significantly affecting his education that he is not eligible for a 504. Our school district has recently eliminated recesses except for maybe 15 min after lunch. How can I get a 504?

Posted by KatMac on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:48pm

Is there a way to hear/ see this webinar for those of us that have to pick up our kids at school at that time?

Posted by Sherridan on Oct 24, 2012 at 9:01pm

Is there a way to hear/ see this webinar for those of us that have to pick up our kids at school at that time?

Posted by Sherridan on Oct 24, 2012 at 9:01pm

Please help me teach my son with ADHD his multiplications.  He is 11 and math is very hard for him and I homeschool!

Thanks,
T. Jones

Posted by my2boys on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:55am

I will be there

Posted by CarmenJ on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:02am

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I will be there

Posted by CarmenJ on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:03am

I will be there

Posted by CarmenJ on Oct 25, 2012 at 1:03am

Since most of us missed the rescheduled webinars, what are the links to replay them?

Posted by Merrygoround on Nov 06, 2012 at 2:16am

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