Welcome to the first episode of The Exceptional Educator!
I’m excited to launch a new format for delivering actionable teaching strategies to learning specialists and parents – the podcast. The Exceptional Educator will feature master teachers, authors, thought-leaders, and researchers for in-depth discussions about the best ways to reach every student in the classroom, regardless of ability or learning difference.
I can’t think of anyone better than my good friend and mentor, Pamm Scribner, to kick off the inaugural episode of the show.
Pamm is a world-class teacher and specialist helping kids with ADHD find success in school and life. Pamm is a Board Certified Educational Therapist, and a certified PEERS Coach through the UCLA PEERS Clinic. She is also an instructor for the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Extension: Educational Therapy Certificate Program and an educational consultant for schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She has extensive experience supporting students with executive functioning disorders and assessing and treating learning disabilities. An all-around-good-person and volunteer in her community, Pamm has been an inspiration to me, and I know she’ll inspire you as well. Please enjoy!
You can also click here to listen to this episode on Youtube.
In the this episode we discuss:
- Executive function defined – what is it?
- Understanding the distinction between ADHD and executive functioning weakness.
- Red flags to look for when working with students who might struggle with executive functioning or ADHD.
- The most important factors for managing/overcoming ADHD symptoms.
- Why taking work breaks is crucial for students with executive functioning weakness.
- How to quickly and easily find the best, current research on ADHD and executive functioning.
- How to get a good diagnosis for a child with executive functioning weakness.
- Low cost solutions for families in need of a formal diagnosis for their child.
- The educational therapist’s role in supporting students with executive functioning weakness.
- Best practices for communicating with parents who’s child struggles with executive functioning.
- Getting students to “buy in” to an intervention and why this is crucial for success.
- Using technology to help students stay organized when you’re not there.
- When is medication the right option for children with ADHD and executive functioning weakness.
- The keys to becoming an effective teacher.
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Podcast
- Focus@Will – This is a great filtered music program for students who struggle to focus on tasks.
- Dr. Ned Hallowell’s Website – A treasure-trove of information about ADHD.
- Cogmed – Working memory training. This may or may not be an effective tool.
- Russell Barkley’s Newsletter – One of the best places to get current research on executive function and ADHD.
- CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a great place to stay abreast of new research.
- Masonic Center For Youth And Families – Sliding scale assessments in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Khan Academy – A free educational resource providing rich, online content in a variety of subjects from Chemistry to Philosophy.
- Time Timer – A visual countdown timer. I use this tool every day with students who struggle to comprehend timespan.
Click here to download a PDF transcript of this episode.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments. What did you like? What didn’t you like? Who should I interview next?
Thanks for listening!