Solutions for Smart but Struggling Students

Session 1: Roberto Olivardia: Finding Breakthroughs with Bizarre Strategies

Roberto Olivardia
Running time: 24:27

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  1. Rebecca on October 17, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Yes I did all the same things myself. My 8 year old, can only read whilst bouncing around, sleep with background music.

  2. Andre and Willa on September 27, 2019 at 1:07 am

    His bizarre strategies are quite bizarre strategies but make me feel less bizarre for letting my child jump on a trampoline while introducing new concepts :-), but is his bizarre strategies really that bizarre or simply just a different path to learning / getting things done? Either way – I love his bizarre strategies!

  3. Marguerite on September 26, 2019 at 1:30 am

    I love this, it gives me so much hope for my 8yr old ADHD (undiagnosd) son, who dislikes school, is bored, wants to be the class clown……

  4. Patti on September 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    My husband & I were just telling our bright, but scattered & musically talented, daughter last night that she couldn’t listen to music while she did her homework, unless there were no lyrics, because it would be too distracting. After watching this interview, we’ve decided to give her the choice and see how it goes. Her homework can’t possibly take any longer, anyway, because she just makes up her own songs & lyrics instead! 🙂

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on September 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Way to keep an open mind, Patti. It’s all about experimentation!

  5. Sabrina on September 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Loved the talk! This is helping me understand my husband better! He definitely needs the noise, and I need the quiet. Now I need to figure out what works best for my youngest.

  6. Carlene on September 25, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I love the fact that unorthodox methods helped you. I am a parent with ADHD whom also happens to have an 11 yo son also with ADHD. I had many bizarre strategies that assisted me as is the case with my son, our strategies differ but works for us. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Thank you ?

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on September 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the interview, Carlene! To think that different strategies work for different kids, opens up a lot of possibilities!

  7. Silvana on September 25, 2019 at 11:38 am

    So interesting!

  8. Jennifer on September 25, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Interesting first person + parent + clinician account! I wish there had been more bizarre strategies discussed.

    • Олеся on September 25, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Agree with you, Jennifer. Title that attracts attention, but the whole thing is more like an encouragement for people with ADHD to keep looking for their “Element”. I was listening impatiently when he would finally get to strategies. In the past I used them both ( reading during commute and listening to music while doing schoolwork). Never thought of them as bizarre as if you live far away from college it is what you would naturally do if you are not a driver.

      • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on September 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

        I think the main idea is that no idea is off limits, no matter how ‘kookie’ it may seem, especially if it helps your uniquely wired brain to engage.

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