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Any experience with executive function disorder training for ADHD/OCD kid?

dg5052dg5052 702 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 778 Member
edited May 2006 in Parents Forum
We are trying to do our best to help our very bright but disorganized, inconsistent stubborn, and resistive 10th grader so that her grades won't decline for yet another year.

She has briefly tried and rejected individualized tutoring to address these issues. There are some other workshop type resources iwith weekly followup available to us--but we somehow have to get her to buy in to the need for this sort of comprehensive help.

Has anyone had experience with this sort of training? How did you get your kid to go for it???
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  • huskem55huskem55 4230 replies54 discussionsUser Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 4,284 Senior Member
    has she tried cognitive-behavioral counseling? its the absolute best way to treat OCD. For ADHD, the most effective treatment is meds, but i know many people arent crazy about taking pills.
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  • 2mch2sn2mch2sn 55 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    I found a local group dealing with ADD/LD etc. on Yahoo groups and signed up. I now get multiple emails a day with questions from parents and suggestions/referrals on resources and coaches. I have to admit I haven't really had time to attend any events, but here is a sample of what they offer:

    Executive Dysfunction and Daily Life
    Please join IDL (Individual Differences in Learning), Inc. to hear
    Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. speak about executive dysfunction in our
    daily lives. Dr. Cooper-Kahn will also discuss some intervention
    approaches, short-term strategies, goal setting and example modifications.

    Perhaps there is a group in your area (I am in MD). I know parents on the board have exchanged lots of info on particular coaches, doctors, etc. The information seems to span many types of issues, and is often focused on those with relatively high achievement whose issues have been missed or overlooked by schools (that was my S's situation).
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  • rabbitrunrabbitrun 17 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 22 New Member
    dg-- my 11th grade son w/ OCD had a rough 10th grade year with what we now know was too tough a schedule, courses & EC's. He scaled back to only 5 courses in 11th grade & that made a big difference. We "forced" a tutor upon him for his AP Physics in the latter part of 10th grade to get him over the organizational hump for AP & SAT 2 tests....this helped greatly, and he came to appreciate the help, but does not want to repeat the experience.

    I must say that my resistive, stubborn & unorganized, yet bright, child is incredibly challenging....other than being persistently annoying (parents that is) about getting work done & getting organized, in the face sporadic motivation, I have few other proven techniques to share with you. I see wisps of hope & spurts of self motivation on improving studying & test scores, etc., now that the college chase is on & his friends are talking about college admissions.....

    As social life is quite important to my son, we "negotiate" his weekend freedom based upon his commitment to organize his work & get it done. This is certainly an imperfect technique & is only ocassionally 100% successful. My OCD son requires MUCH more oversight time like this than my other kids.

    So regarding grades, 9th grade was great, 10th grade went down, & 11th with a slightly lighter load has so far been better than 10th.
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  • pyewacketpyewacket 1568 replies114 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,682 Senior Member
    We have dealt with other IDLs. General advice: network with other parents whose children face the same diagnoses- - their trial and error experiences can be very valuable and give you greater insight into your child's needs and how to handle them. Internet should get you started on finding e-groups.
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  • dg5052dg5052 702 replies76 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 778 Member
    Rabbitrun, have you investigated getting your son into some sort of executive function training? Our daughter takes so long to get her school work done--and then doesn't get the grades that her true intelligence should produce--that she doesn't really do any EC's at school. What we are worried about is not so much getting her through high school, but what will happen when she's in college and has to take care of everything herself? We are very worried about this .
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  • rabbitrunrabbitrun 17 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 22 New Member
    dg-- our worry also about leaving the nest without the support. We haven't broached the executive training idea, although I will now check it out. Frankly, we were so relieved that his medication got him largely out of the worst of the OCD, along with behavioral therapy, we haven't gone any further. Thanks for the suggestion.
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