My child has ADHD - should I tell their teacher?

teacher and ADHD studentIf your child has ADHD, the question of what - if anything - to tell the school is a common one. Should you tell the teacher about the ADHD diagnosis? Is it in your child's best interest for the school to know?

Disclosing an ADHD diagnosis is personal, but our bias is toward telling the school. Here's why we think it's important for the teacher to know about your child's ADHD:

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ADHD Students: Programs to help the Transition from High School to College

university transition programs

If you're a student about to start college or university and have ADHD, it's important to think now about the transition. Yes, it's summer, but there are so many things to consider! And, many schools in Ontario actually have programs designed to help you with this. 

Many schools are realizing how much support students need to adjust to the big change from high school to college. For example, after high school, it's up to you to navigate the system and get your own accommodations set up. But how are you supposed to know where to start?

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7 tips for working from home with ADHD

Working from home with ADHDWorking from home is a great option for many people with ADHD. You can be more flexible with your time and there are fewer workplace distractions. But this can also open up a new set of challenges. With ADHD, self-directed work can be a struggle, so working from home isn't quite as easy as you'd think! Here are some common challenges when working from home with ADHD, and 7 tips to help manage these challenges:

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ADHD Students: Do this now, and "September you" will thank you

ADHD studentsAre you a student? Are you done - or almost done - school for the summer? If so, there are a few important things for you to think about before going into 'summer mode.' Yes you want to forget school and move on. You want to start your summer job, or start the important task of relaxing and NOT thinking about school. BUT, while it's fresh in your mind, this is THE BEST time to think back on the year and make plans for September.

With that in mind, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

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5 Tips for Dealing with Impulsivity at Work

Impulsivity at workImpulsivity in the workplace is an issue for many ADHD adults. Impulsivity is one of the core symptoms of ADHD that impacts both children and adults. For many adults, this isn't a bad thing - impulsivity can equate with fun and creativity. It can lead to big ideas a "typical" person might not think of. 

For others, impulsivity can be damaging. In many workplaces, it isn't encouraged to jump-in and interrupt others in meetings. Bosses don't always care about your good intentions when you take on too much and can't meet a deadline. They don't appreciate the humor in that company-wide email you sent without thinking of the consequences.

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Lessons learned from ADHD students

lecture hallIn coaching sessions with ADHD students, we often take the time at the end of the school year to reflect. We talk about what went well, what was more challenging than expected, and what they want to remember going into the next school year. Often, these students tell us how they would have started the year off better. They talk about the things they wish they had done sooner and about the support they wish they set up before things got too busy.

For students with ADHD out there, we thought we would share some of those lessons learned. At the end of the school year, here are 5 things many students wish they had done sooner:

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