Monday, March 27, 2017

Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilities

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article with encouraging, positive news! "The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities in one of the most significant special-education cases to reach the high court in decades."

"In its unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said that a child’s “educational program must be appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances” and that “every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives” even if the child is not fully integrated into regular classrooms." 

For years Linder Education has been working with students with ADD, ADHD and other learning disabilities, behavioral issues and problems with executive functioning. We think that every child should be given the chance to succeed so this news from the Supreme Court is very uplifting!

If you have a child with learning or other disabilities and want help, contact Kristin today at: (703) 270-9129 or visit to learn more!

To read the rest of the article to learn more about the Supreme Court's ruling, visit the article link here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

ADHD and Gender Differences

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an older, but still relevant, article on gender differences of children with ADHD. As we have touched on in recent weeks, ADHD is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. Even when it has been properly diagnosed each child still requires a unique approach to learning and treatment. These approaches especially differ greatly between boys and girls. 

"For the longest time, with focus on hyperactivity, ADHD was considered to be a boys’ disorder. The initial criteria used to diagnose ADHD focused on hyperactivity until the late 1960’s, when inattentive and impulsive behaviors were added. As we know, girls have a higher prevalence of inattentive behaviors. However, until recently, major research studies, especially those following ADHD across the life span, have focused on boys. As a result, our information on how ADHD impacts girls is evolving, slowly but surely." 

What are some of these differences between boys and girls? Here is a brief list:

-"More often demonstrate Inattentive tendencies
-Diagnosed at older ages
-Greater likelihood of internalizing problems
-Have more difficulties with friendships
-May have increased feeling of self-doubt
-Societal expectations of girls may result in less tolerance from adults
-Estrogen may impact effects of medication
-Symptoms often become worse in adolescence
-May work harder to “hide” their symptoms in an effort to meet expectations
-May exhibit more covert behavior like lying
-Are more likely to engage in self-harm, like cutting or suicide
-Higher rates of co-existing disorders like depression

-More frequently demonstrate Hyperactive tendencies
-Easily spotted at younger ages
-More externalizing, acting out problems
-More easily accepted by peers
-Self-concept may not be as affected
-Behaviors caused by ADHD may be tolerated because they are typical “boy” behaviors
-Less obvious impact of hormones
-Maturation may result in improvement in symptoms
-Less concerned about what others think
-May exhibit more overt, aggressive behaviors
-Less likely to internalize difficulties
-Higher rates of co-existing disorders like Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder"

How can we help your child with ADHD? Unlike large impersonal subject tutoring firms, we are a small business focused on bringing the highest quality and satisfaction to our clients. Our specialty is working with students with ADD, ADHD, other LDs, behavioral issues and problems with executive functioning.

We provide a comprehensive answer to families with students. We provide three main areas of service: private coaching, an after school program called The Hub, and workshops. In all of these areas we focus on organization, planning for the week and month, study skills, test-taking skills, subject comprehension, and independence.

If you are looking for help and a unique approach for you child visit us at:

To view the rest of the article and learn more about these gender differences visit the link here. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Why ADHD Isn’t Due to Bad Parenting

Good morning,

Today's article hits close to home for us here at Linder Education. As you know by now, we cater to students with ADD, ADHD, other LDs and behavioral issues. A lot of parents can feel frustrated due to the stereotypes out there about ADHD and being associated with "bad parenting." However we know that usually isn't the case. "There’s a lingering sense that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially among children, is in part due to poor parenting or parents who aren’t disciplining their children enough. People with ADHD have a difficult time concentrating and often act out in in appropriate ways in frustration."

This article talks about a recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry which goes into further detail on children with ADHD and their brain development.

"The people with ADHD showed slower development of five brain regions. Some have been identified before and make intuitive sense; they involve parts of the brain responsible for controlling impulse, attention and other cognitive functions. But the researchers also found two new regions that were smaller in people with ADHD than in controls: the amygdala and the hippocampus. These areas are primarily involved in processing emotions and shed new light on some of the non-thinking aspects of ADHD."

To read more of this article and the findings from the study click here. 

If you have a child diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and want help, we are here! Contact us today at: