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You Need a Good Education – Not a Standard Education

“You need a college education if you want to get a good job.” My parents told me that. The school system told me that. And what I could see of the real world from my High School seemed to confirm it.

A university degree brings you wealth, happiness, opportunity, and success. Not having degree doomed you to menial, unpleasant, and servitude. It was obvious…

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

How to Survive “Back to School” With ADHD

Trick Question: who is school harder for? 1) A kid with ADHD. 2) The parent of a kid with ADHD. 3)The parent of a kid with ADHD who also has ADHD. Answer: YES! Any way you look at it, “back to school time” is a stress factory waiting to happen, regardless of whomever in your house is challenged (and gifted) with ADHD…

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Find Your Village

As parents, we tend to rely on the support of our “village” to help us raise our kids. We appreciate the give and take of a local support network. “Can I drop that off for you on my way home?” “Can you pick up this child for me?” It’s a kind of a dance. We learn to ask for help, and depend on each other. But sometimes – all too often – your village doesn’t quite know what to do with your ADHD child, or with you. You find yourself bouncing from village to village, or sitting on the outside, looking for a way to fit in…

Back to School with ADHD

He’s failing two classes again. The teacher keeps telling me he isn’t handing in his homework. I go through his bag and there are blank worksheets. He thinks they might be work he didn’t finish in class, but he says he doesn’t remember. I have no way of knowing. There’s a missing piece of communication somewhere. Who am I supposed to ask?…

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Parents Can Make a Difference for Smart Kids who Struggle with School

It was a joyous afternoon, filled with promise and expectation. Who knew it would be overshadowed by years of misery and disappointment?

Adorable in her little uniform shirt at 6 years old, she was home from her first day of 1st Grade. She had changed into jean shorts and was sitting tall and proud at my grandmother’s antique desk. Pony-tail bobbing, she was ready to tackle her homework, proud in that “I’m-a-big-girl-now” kind of a way….