Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 8: Do More of What Works and Less of What Doesn’t

Willian Dodson, M.D.
Running time: 22:56

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  1. Andre and Willa on October 1, 2019 at 3:51 am

    #diagnostic criteria and also that has informed what the therapies are that have been tried, they are designed by and for researchers, not you and me, not clinicians, not certainly for patients”

    I think it is about high time this change – dx criteria should have the input of clinicians and those known to have the dx, especially with NeuroDiversy labels and will say bring the OT’s, Speech Therapist and specialist teachers onboard too to design the dx criteria – we might get a better picture together!

  2. Caitlin on September 26, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I wrote lots of notes from this one – it’s been the best so far with tips and strategies for understanding my DD12 and her ADHDi. She is severely disengaged from school, school refusing, and actively seeking out risky stuff – I’m sure she will be the teen who tries everything 🙁
    I don’t know how to engage her, let alone be able to teach her to teach herself how to engage on demand, so hopefully this will be followed up in further sessions.

  3. Michelle Desjardins on September 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Hi there,
    My 10 year old son has ADD, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. You mentioned medicating when hyperactivity prevented them from being able to pay attention. My son doesn’t exhibit hyperactivity but a few doctors have recommended medication. We’ve tried a stimulant and he became very depressed and angry, he’s normally quite gentle mannered. Would you suggest trying other medications even though his like of focus isn’t attributed to hyperactivity? He is very bright but not considered “gifted”.
    Kind regards,
    Ottawa ontario

    • Marjorie on October 21, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Wish he were my son’s teacher. ? This was a life-changing talk.

  4. Sabrina on September 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Thank you! This has been very insightful for me. My 4th Grade daughter has recently been diagnosed with ADHD-non-specified. She was one point short of an ADD diagnosis. She is begging me to take her out of school and to let her learn online and this is something I’m really struggling with because her new school is introducing some really great programs that I think she’ll benefit from. For example, on Friday morning, she gets to go to a Maker Space, something she chose. There are also a lot of hands on after school activities such as baking, gardening, PE club, that I just don’t feel we would get to at home in a systematic way. This school also has a gifted program and clustering of gifted students which I think my daughter will benefit from.

    I definitely struggle with how much to ‘nag’ her about all the little things she needs to do (put her lunch box away, be responsible for getting her homework done, putting it back in her bag and remembering to give it to the teacher the next day), versus just giving her a break because she has been in school all day. I find myself flip flopping on this, because after awhile, I getting frustrated with having to do all those little tasks. Definitely something to work on with her.

  5. Silmara on September 25, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Packed with good information,will have to listen again to get all the details. I loved him sharing the 5 things that gets these kids going. Very helpful….
    Thanks so much Debbie

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