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Personal Bests in the Classroom - A Lesson from Sport

<a href="/articles/personal-bests-in-the-classroom-a-lesson-from-sport">Personal Bests in the Classroom - A Lesson from Sport</a>

Personal Best (PB) goals, often associated with the glittering achievements of sports stars, are now finding their way to the classroom, and they are making a difference in academic achievement. Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney has recently released a study investigating the role of personal best goals in the achievement and engagement of students with and without ADHD. Read full article

Not Crushing the Dreams of My Young Video Game Creator

<a href="/blogs/nikkimoff/2012/03/05/not-crushing-the-dreams-of-my-young-video-game-creator">Not Crushing the Dreams of My Young Video Game Creator</a>

For a couple of months last year my then 8 year old son had an obsession with inventing a new video game. He expected to be able to dictate to me over my shoulder for a few hours on our home computer and ‘voila!’ - we would have a brand new highly-functioning, multi-level, multi-platform video game to distribute to the market at large. Then he wanted to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest child to create a video game. Read full article

My Child has ADHD - So Now That's My Fault?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/02/08/my-child-has-adhd-so-now-thats-my-fault">My Child has ADHD - So Now That&#039;s My Fault?</a>

Recently my fifteen-year old middle son, N, said to me, "Whenever I tell my friends my mum is allergic to the cold they think I’m making it up." I’m most definitely not making it up and have a written diagnosis from a rheumatologist to prove it. However, I thought it was ironic that N brought this up, as he also has a condition which many people seem keen to claim is ‘made up’ - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD ... I get extremely annoyed when so called ‘experts’ suggest that ADHD may simply be a result of bad parenting, as in the case in this recent New York Times opinion piece. Read full article

Focusing on Strengths to Teach Children with Learning Disabilities

<a href="/articles/focusing-on-strengths-to-teach-children-with-learning-disabilities">Focusing on Strengths to Teach Children with Learning Disabilities</a>

Do you focus on how smart your children are, or how they are smart? This is a question often asked by Professor Howard Gardner. An Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Gardner is an expert on education theory and describes himself as a ‘student of creativity’... Professor Nancy Mather from the Department of Special Education, University of Arizona, says they “often feel surrounded by feelings of failure at school, and their life is consumed by the thought that ‘I’m not good enough’”. More emphasis is needed on how a child with a learning disability is smart, she says. Read full article

When Mum, Dad and Children have ADHD - an Interview

Yvette Vignando interviewed Sarah Cottman about her experience of ADHD - she has it, her husband has it and so do her now-adult children. Yet she made the best of it and now runs workshops for adults about getting organised and living with ADHD as well as teaching them about some of the upsides. Her ideas about organisational parenting strategies for children with ADHD come from years of experience and her current work as professional organiser at Heavenly Order. Read full article