COPING WITH CHANGE: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Other “Issues”

“Our children” are often identified as being “creatures of habit”, they tend to be highly regimented and rigid in their ways of thinking and acting. Virtually any type of change in environment and routine can become a massive dilemma for all children and teens, especially “our children” with “varied needs”.

Our children will have many new experiences to encounter as the school year winds down, summer vacation begins, and then the summer winds down and the school year begins again. Many parents experience either “selective forgetting” or feelings of “dread” as our children transition through these changes year after year.

So what’s a parent to do to help their child transition through times of change? Here are some suggestions based on my decades of teaching, training, and counseling children, teens, young adults and their families with special needs:

  1. Parents can and should use “modeling and role-playing” to help their child prepare for the ending or beginning of a new routine.
  2. Parents can spend time, along with siblings “training” their child how to create new routines and especially how to have some level of flexibility in these time of transitioning.
  3. Parents can develop a clear-cut timetable for the transition so their child will know what to expect and how they will still be able to have time to do preferred tasks. Even though little occurs perfectly, knowing what to expect will bring comfort to our children.
  4. Parents typically get best results by explaining Who, What, When, Where, and How factors play into the transitioning events and activities their child will experience. How this information is presented is just as important as when and where. During times of stress and turmoil is NOT the time to discuss potential changes, wait until our child and their environment are at peace to have these discussions.
  5. Parents need to have their child be part of the decision making process to establish better buy-in.
  6. Parents who create a “reward schedule” for a relatively smooth transition are most likely to see a less traumatic transition period.
  7. Parents who understand that it will take time and work for their children to get acclimated to a new routine and that they will likely experience some struggles as they go tend to be happiest. We are looking for “progress not perfection”.
  8. Parents who keep routine as times of change occur tend to be happiest. Parents who continue with light academics and various types of therapies that the child typically experiences throughout the school year tend to have a smoother time at transitioning and experience the least amount of regression of skills throughout the summer months. Social skills groups, camps, and activities where our children can experience successes lead to better social, academic, and behavioral development.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Cert., is a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist and the President of the Support for Students Growth Center in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Nach Online Launches New Online Innovative Learning Platform For Student SuccessBoca Raton, FL 33486 – 2/27/2017The Dr. Nach Online, a leading organization offering online courses that empowers students to excel in their personal lives as well as their educational and business lives have just launched their online platform.

The platform provides self-paced online courses targeting both “Soft Skills” and “Executive Functioning Skills” with topics such as Organizational, Time Management, and Managing Anxiety skills to mention a few. These courses were developed by Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D., to prepare students for High School, College and Career success and are available to users anytime, anywhere using their own technology upon registration.
Dr. Nach Online brings a diverse combination of knowledge, experience and expertise in the fields of education, psychology, and business. The Dr. Nach Online takes great pride in its focus to provide real, life-long skills.

Addressing questions from applicants, regarding how the program works, Eric Nach commented, “Those who choose to take Dr. Nach Online’s online course stand to benefit in a number of ways. First, they will get the benefit of extensive scientific research, as it is the basis for the company’s courses along with practical application from high school, college, and university classroom experience. Secondly, they have an opportunity to analyze real case studies for every module and engage in tasks to utilize the new skills.  They will also be able to download and print the online workbook to gain superior comprehension to support generalization of different strategies for a variety of life improving topics.”

Above all, the Dr. Nach Online guarantees client’s full enjoyment of the courses as the students will find their immediate application in life once they begin implementing them in their day to day activities.

When considering the Dr. Nach Online for Innovative Learning, the founder added, “Our educational courses are unique from any competition in that we apply different strategies. We consider a distinctive combination of knowledge, familiarity and skill in education, psychology and business fields in designing our courses. Our primary focus is to instill innovative techniques and perspectives that enhance one’s capabilities and develop “real world skills” as participants further their academic and/or work life transitions.”

The Dr. Nach Online gives their students the opportunity to engage in courses that are designed to be worthwhile, interesting and relevant to the real-world. Those who enroll in Dr. Nach Online’s classes will find themselves to be ahead in life since the institution focuses more in practical experience rather than in theory. The Dr. Nach Online avails these online innovative learning benefits to not just local, but to students across the entire globe, enabling those living far from their Boca Raton Headquarters to experience them too.

About Dr. Nach Online for Innovative Learning
It is an online learning platform designed by Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., ASD Cert, Developmental and Behavioral Specialist,  using scientifically based research in addition to decades of experience in educating and working with children, teens, and young adults in diverse academic environments, Dr. Eric Nach decided to develop these  courses to target key life issues associated with “Soft-Skills” and “Executive Functioning”  development.

Contact Details
Dr. Eric Nach Ph.D
Telephone: (561) 361-3070
Fax: (561) 465-3564

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Take my hand and come with me, I want to teach you about ADHD.
I need you to know, I want to explain, I have a very different brain.
Sights, sounds, and thoughts collide.
What to do first? I can’t decide.
Please understand I’m not to blame, I just can’t process things the same.

Take my hand and walk with me, Let me show you about ADHD.
I try to behave, I want to be good, But I sometimes forget to do as I should.
Walk with me and wear my shoes, You’ll see its not the way I’d choose.
I do know what I’m supposed to do, But my brain is slow getting the message through.

Take my hand and talk with me, I want to tell you about ADHD.
I rarely think before I talk, I often run when I should walk.
It’s hard to get my school work done, My thoughts are outside having fun.
I never know just where to start, I think with my feelings and see with my heart.

Take my hand and stand by me, I need you to know about ADHD.
It’s hard to explain but I want you to know, I can’t help letting my feelings show.
Sometimes I’m angry, jealous, or sad.
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and mad.
I can’t concentrate and I lose all my stuff.
I try really hard but it’s never enough.

Take my hand and learn with me, We need to know more about ADHD.
I worry a lot about getting things wrong, Everything I do takes twice as long.
Everyday is exhausting for me…
Looking through the fog of ADHD.
I’m often so misunderstood, I would change in a heartbeat if I could.

Take my hand and listen to me, I want to share a secret about ADHD.
I want you to know there is more to me.
I’m not defined by it, you see.
I’m sensitive, kind and lots of fun.
I’m blamed for things I haven’t done.
I’m the most loyal friend you’ll ever know, I just need a chance to let it show.

Take my hand and look at me, Just forget about the ADHD.
I have real feelings just like you.
The love in my heart is just as true.
I may have a brain that can never rest, But please understand I’m trying my best.
I want you to know, I need you to see, I’m more than the label,
I am still me!!!!

~Author Unknown