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10 reasons for getting up on a cold Monday

10 reasons for getting up on a cold Monday

Posted by Michel Fitos on Jan 5, 2014

The ADHD brain generally doesn’t do mornings. Getting up is hard!  I’m generally not very bright until I’ve had some coffee and taken my stimulant medication – I spend about an hour every morning sitting on the couch in flannel pajamas and wool socks, reading Twitter and checking my day’s schedule. I’m just not good for much else. Doubly so on Mondays. Here in the Boston area, we have an additional helping of morning complication: most of the school-age kids have had two weeks off. TWO WEEKS OFF. That’s a lot of family togetherness time. read moreShare this:Like this:Like...

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School Organization Tips for Parents

School Organization Tips for Parents

Posted by Michel Fitos on Aug 13, 2013

School Organization Tips: what about all those permission slips? When kids are in elementary school, there are SO MANY little pieces of paper that need to go back and forth.  Permission slips.  Homework.  Graded tests.  Artwork.  Report cards.  Progress reports.  Lunch menus.  School supply lists.  Photo signup sheets.  Class fundraiser materials.  So many things! There’s a definite workflow involved here.  Your child comes home with a backpack stuffed with papers.  You need to empty it, sort through it, figure out when everything is due, and put it somewhere safe.  Then, when the time is right, you need to send it back with signatures, money, or whatever else is required.  Lots of steps there, for certain. read moreShare this:Like this:Like...

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Almost Back to School

Almost Back to School

Posted by Michel Fitos on Aug 12, 2013

It’s nearing the middle of August, and that means, of course, that it’s almost time for school to start.  Fear is lurking in the hearts of students and parents, as they contemplate a return to routine, obligations, and stress. I work with a lot of students and parents, and this is most definitely the time of year where people are gearing up for hard work.  It can be incredibly hard to figure out what worked and didn’t work last year, what needs to change, and how on earth to get there with everyone’s composure and energy intact. read moreShare this:Like this:Like...

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Beyond IQ Executive Functions Presentation

Beyond IQ Executive Functions Presentation

Posted by Michel Fitos on Apr 8, 2013

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to speak at the Beyond IQ 2013 conference.  It was full of brilliant and enthusiastic kids, parents, and professionals, and I am incredibly excited to see what next year’s conference will bring. I’m including the text of my talk below, with links for further explanation. The Paradox of Giftedness:  When potential doesn’t necessarily predict performance What are executive functions? Here’s one definition:  self-directed actions functional to self-regulation and the coordinated planning of present and future actions and goals toward distal objectives. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3488938/) read moreShare this:Like this:Like...

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