Practical Classroom Supports

Actual accommodations and adaptations that help neurodivergent students thrive While every child’s needs are different, and some accommodations or supports may be complex, there are some that can be implemented right away, or at least fairy quickly and without great expense. What about you, your child, or your students? What supports and accommodations are mostContinue reading “Practical Classroom Supports”

Stop Gaslighting Children

Being bullied is never the fault of the victim Whereas approximately 25% of non-disabled and neurotypical youth experience bullying, children with disabilities are twice as likely to be victimized. It’s estimated that 60% of Autistic children and 40% of children with ADHD experience bullying in school. Why are we singling out the victims of bullyingContinue reading “Stop Gaslighting Children”

Questions To Ask Prospective Schools

Considering moving your child to a new school? My advice? Take. Your. Time. If your child is unhappy at their current school, if you feel you have tried everything to work with that school to help them meet your child’s needs, or if you feel there is little chance of improvement, it may be timeContinue reading “Questions To Ask Prospective Schools”

Education Planning

A compilation of my articles specific to education planning for neurodivergent students and students needing accommodations or adaptations in the classroom. Is Your Child’s IEP Useless? Children’s needs must come first. They have the right to accommodations that put them on a level playing field. The goal is to support them to be successful. ManitobaContinue reading “Education Planning”

Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing

Twice Exceptionality (2e): Gifted is not the same as high-achieving Have you seen memes and videos on social media about “gifted kid burnout”? I was that kid, and so was my son at the ripe old age of 7 years old. It’s not what you think. My son was reading chapter books at age sixContinue reading “Why Gifted Kid Burnout Is A Thing”

When The School Keeps Calling

If your child’s school repeatedly calls you about behaviour problems, here’s what you can do about it. We frequently see posts in ADHD/parenting groups with caregivers desperately asking “The school keeps calling about my child, what can I do?!”   Given that children are at school 30+ hours per week, usually without their parent(s) present… Continue reading “When The School Keeps Calling”

I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying

If a child tells you they are being bullied: Believe the child and take them seriously. Listen and provide a safe space for the child to talk. Let them know it’s not their fault, you’re sorry this is happening, and that you will help them. Tell them you care about them, they do not deserveContinue reading “I Survived Years of Relentless Bullying”

More Empty Proclamations From Our Minister of Education

All talk and no action, but in a fancy form. Manitoba’s Education Minister, the Honourable Cliff Cullen, has officially declared October to be Dyslexia Awareness Month here in Manitoba. Great! That means more resources for schools, and better supports for students, right? …Right? No? Well, what does it mean, then? Oh. Nothing? I don’t even have aContinue reading “More Empty Proclamations From Our Minister of Education”

ADHD Treatment Has Nothing to do With School

…And everything to do with self-worth, daily functioning, quality of life, and mental health. Many children with ADHD are identified as struggling with focus, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and other symptoms when they start school. This is because the demands of our traditional school system are often unrealistic even for typically developing children, let alone children withContinue reading “ADHD Treatment Has Nothing to do With School”

Effective Education Planning for Neurodivergent Students

Individual Education Plans can be extremely helpful or a waste of time: they usually fall somewhere in between. Sadly, it is the children who suffer the consequences when things go wrong, leading to poorer academic and social outcomes, as well as lower self-concept and self-worth. In our meetings, we must ask: practically speaking, what willContinue reading “Effective Education Planning for Neurodivergent Students”