Build Executive Functioning Skills During Summer Break

By Kari Jo Wagner Summer, yep, summer break is one of my favorite times to help my students build and strengthen their executive functioning skills. I often hear parents worry that without homework or school activities it will be difficult to maintain or build on executive functioning skills. On the contrary, summer can be a...

Help with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functions in Bloomfield Hills Michigan

By Kari Jo Wagner As an Educational Therapist, I am often asked how I can support students with executive functioning skills, particularly students diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder. Ages ago, when I was in school myself, no one talked about Executive Functioning skills.  We were just expected to “get it.” However, executive functioning skills...

ADHD Help and Support in Bloomfield Hills, MI

When your child is diagnosed with an attentional disorder, it can feel overwhelming at first. At the same time, it can also bring some relief because it offers an explanation about why certain things have been so challenging at home or at school. The question I am often asked after a diagnosis of ADHD is...

Educational Therapy/ADHD Coaching

What is  Educational Therapy and what does an Educational Therapist do? Educational Therapy provides intensive individualized interventions for students with learning differences that might be the result of neurological, cognitive, developmental, language and emotional issues. Educational Therapy can address academic issues as well as contributing factors. What is an Educational Therapist? Educational Therapists have at...

IQ testing in Bloomfield Hills

We frequently receive calls from parents enquiring about IQ testing for their child. There are different reasons parents may want to obtain this information. The most common reason we encounter is to meet the admission requirements to enroll their child in a school for gifted students. Often, such schools will want a formal assessment of...

Sleep Problems Can Look Like ADHD

Did you know that distractibility, impulsivity, and inattention are core symptoms of ADHD but also of lack of sleep? I remember during my training that one of my professors suggested that we think of ADHD as a ‘diagnosis of exclusion’ meaning that, other possible reasons a child or person is struggling with attention should first...

What is a 504 Plan?

This is a question that parents often ask me at some point during the assessment process. More often than not, this topic is brought forth when we go over results from their child’s neuropsychological assessment. I might suggest, depending on the findings, that they consider requesting a 504 Plan through their local school district to...

College Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

While most individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD are diagnosed as children or adolescents, some are diagnosed with these issues later on as adults, frequently while in college. While they may have been struggling with reading, writing, or math skills over their entire academic careers, they compensated adequately through hard work, extraordinarily high levels of...

‘I Think It’s More Than ADHD’

Quite often, parents tell me that they suspect that while their child has a diagnosis of ADHD, they ‘feel there is something else’ interfering with learning or with their child’s ability to socialize. While teachers and even family members often agree with them, everyone finds it hard to ‘put their finger on it.’ For a...

Donna’s Blog: Being Prepared for IEP’s

Before I started working at Oakland Neuropsychology Center, I was a parent trying to navigate the special education world. Through this, I have experienced highs and lows. I am sharing some of the things I have learned along the way. First and foremost, each parent is their child’s first teacher in life and their best...

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