Back-to-School ADHD Resources

It’s a new school year, and while exciting, it can also be daunting for you and your ADHD student. Let us help with some amazing resources. For additional general resources you may find useful, sign up for our monthly “Positive Steps” newsletter.

Back-to-School with ADHD 2021

Download: Back-to-school update for families to give to teachers

Julie Rawe, Reviewed by Amanda Morin, Understood

Here is a form for families to use to help communicate with teachers about their child.

The best way to ease the back-to-school transition

Bob Cunningham, EdM, Understood, July 07, 2021

Here are a few ideas on how to make the beginning of school easier for your kids. Check out the Strategies & Tips link at the end of the article under Related topics.

How to find out if kids really had an academic slide

Trynia Kaufman, MS, Understood, August 23, 2021

This article will walk you through steps you can use to assess where your student is at as the new school year begins.

I Forgot My Homework . . . Again!” Fortifying Executive Functions to Solve School Disorganization

Susan Kruger, M.Ed., ADDitude Magazine Webinar & Podcast episode #368, originally broadcast on August 18, 2021, Updated on August 23, 2021

Start the new school year off right by learning how to reduce morning chaos, keeping track of papers that need to be turned in, managing emails in the inbox, and more.

Ideas for Getting Your Kids into Nature [En Español]

Danielle Cohen, Child Mind Institute, June 22, 2021

Outdoor activities are a sure way to burn off that ADHD energy and keep your child engaged.

How to Keep Kids Reading This Summer [En Español]

Rachel Ehmke, Child Mind Institute, June 22, 2021

Reading is always a good activity for children with ADHD. This article will give you ideas to make reading interesting and fun.

Summer Success Kit for Kids with ADHD [En Español]

Rae Jacobson, Child Mind Institute, June 22, 2021

Here are 5 suggestions for your ADHD Summer Toolbox to help your child.

The Benefits of Boredom [En Español]

Gia Miller, Child Mind Institute, June 22, 2021

Did you know that boredom can be a teaching experience for your child? Read on to learn how to help your child learn how to handle it.

How to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

ADDitude Editors, ADDitude Magazine, Copyright 1998-2021 New Hope Media LLC

Here are 14 ideas to help your student have fun and still keep those learning skills sharp.

Back-to-School with ADHD 2020

10 Places to Find Free Books for Your Child

Julie Rawe, reviewed by Shivohn N. Garcia, Ph.D., Understood, Copyright © 2014-2020

Reading is an activity we like to encourage in our kids. Books can be expensive. Here are suggestions to help you locate possible free book options for your family.

Download: Growth Mindset Activities for Kids

Amanda Morin, reviewed by Ellen Galinsky, MS, Understood, Copyright © 2014-2020

Here are a few activity sheets to help you work with your child to improve their thinking and problem solving skills.

6 Ways the COVID Crisis Can Help Kids Build Strengths and Skills

Jerome Schultz, Ph.D., Understood, May 25, 2020

This article will show you different ways you can help your child learn and practice important life skills during the pandemic.

What If This Is A Lost School Year? (Without Losing the Learning)

Amanda Morin, Understood, November 2, 2020

All of us are worried that students are losing a year of their education. The author of this article is asking us to take a moment to rethink our concerns.

A COVID Back to School Guide – Questions and Answers for Parents and Students

William A. Haseltine, PhD, Access Health International, 2020

Here is a guide for parents & kids who are going back to school during Covid-19 & how to do it safely. The book is updated as COVID data & information changes.

Distance Learning Meets ADHD (Again): Smooth the Transition Back to Remote Schooling

Sharon Saline, PsyD, ADDitude Magazine, Updated August18, 2020

A new school year is underway but are you finding your distance learning schedule still isn’t quite right? Here’s an article that might give you a few tips to make your school day go smoother.

Adjusting Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan for Distance Learning

Susan Yellin, ESQ., ADDitude Magazine, Updated August 31, 2020

You are probably finding your child’s IEP or 504 Plan needs are not being met with distance learning. Here is information that may help you solve your problems.

What’s your teen’s ideal study environment?

Dr. Maggie Wray, Creating Positive Futures, August 27, 2020

Certified ADHD Coach & Academic Coach Dr. Maggie Wray can help your teen get focused for learning.

Remote School Round 2: How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with ADHD

Kathryn A. Welby, ED.D., ADDitude Magazine, Updated August 25, 2020

Here’s an article with tips for teachers who have ADHD students who are doing distance learning and who have IEPs or 504 Plans.