Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 2: William Dodson: 5 Ways to Engage a Bright Child with ADHD

William Dodson, M.D.
Running time: 23:38

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  1. Angela on October 1, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Love his tips! And I agree with Brandy about how great it is that this talk was captioned very well!

  2. Sarah M on September 26, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    The strategy of using a “body double” is great. I have used this for room cleaning – after years of frustration I am realizing that I really do need to be their external frontal lobes. The challenge for me is not to do too much for them (which is easier in the moment) but to push them very gradually to do more on their own.

    I’m also going to start scoping out teachers for next year’s registration. I doubt the school will agree to give us “first dibs” on teachers as part of the IEP – has anyone ever had a school agree to this?

    thanks Debbie Reber and Dr Dodson

  3. Brandy on September 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I LOVE the fact that this video is captioned—it’s so much easier to hear and understand! The tips included here are great too.

  4. Jaime feder on September 26, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Really love the concept of the owners manual and the reminders of when they were in the zone and how to get back there. He really explained well how kids with adhd feel when they are bored. I didn’t understand the way they felt inside at that point. Very helpful

  5. Penny on September 25, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Brilliant talk. So helpful with practical tips.

  6. Raleigh David Wilson on September 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Whoa! I loooove these talks! I’m working on a mixed media painting and listening. So many of my students and my educational experiences generally, echo these ideas in profound ways. I am not alone as an alternative educator change agent! Yesssss!

  7. Олеся on September 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Loved this video. Really amazing information could be applied to gifted kids not diagnosed with ADHD.

  8. Rossana on September 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    My son (12 YO) and hubby have ADHD and they totally work hyperfocus at deadlines… stress for me at the beginning but now i know how they brains work. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

  9. Cordelia on September 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Do you have a way for people to pay monthly? I am one of those parents he talked about that cannot afford a lot of stuff.

  10. Sabrina on September 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Loved the idea of injecting interest! Reassuring to know that my daughter isn’t the only one using strong language such as ‘my evil school’.

    Our former school wouldn’t let us request specific teachers, but we could submit comments about how our child learns and what type of teacher they respond to best. That helped us avoid the strict teachers. We weren’t successful in getting the school to agree to let my daughter meet the teacher in advance. Luckily, at the new school, all students get to meet the teacher the day before school starts. Such a welcome change!

  11. J on September 25, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Wowed by Mr. Dodson’s comment that a specific teacher placement can be requested under a 504 in public school. I’m currently fighting that battle for my 7 year old. He has a very poor placement and he is struggling mightily this year. Is there a section of the legal code we can reference when advocating for our children? Many thanks for the enlightening discussion.

    Mother of PG, ADHD, SPD son

    • Lauren on September 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      That’s a great question! I am not sure what would be applicable in your state. You might want to check out any local or state special ed advocacy groups to ask that question. I have seen some parents get an outside recommendation through a 2e psychologist or other 2e professional to help build their case for this. A good teacher who gets 2e kiddos can make a world of difference, it’s just finding them!
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

    • Brian on September 26, 2019 at 9:13 am

      my thoughts on this is that a student needs to receive a free appropriate education (FAPE). A certified educator can do that and therefore there would be no right to choose a specific teacher. A 504 provides access to education. It does not provide access to the best education. I’m not saying parents will like this, or I do for that matter, it’s just how I interpret the law. I like the idea above where a district asks for student learning style, needs, etc. That would be the advocacy route I would take with my local principal or counseling department. I think this would enhance our ability to get kids into rooms that best suite their needs.
      Rather enjoyed this video and the ideas presented, just wanted to provide my two cents on this topic.
      You can find a great 504 resource guide here…

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