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    Author Name: Sandra Rief

    Posted: February 19, 2019

    Course(s): ADD/ADHD Strategies and Interventions for the Classroom


    I have been an educator for over 40 years.  Prior to the years I spent consulting to school districts and presenting teacher workshops/seminars nationally and internationally on best practices for helping students with ADHD and LD succeed in school, I taught in San Diego Unified School District as a resource specialist.    I have authored and co-authored several books and other teacher resources that provide practical strategies and key information for teaching students with learning, attention, and behavioral challenges.  I am happy to learn that one of my books, How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with ADD/ADHD, 3rd edition (published by Jossey-Bass) is used in a course offered at Professional Development Courses from the University of La Verne.  

    Unfortunately, many students with ADHD are struggling in school due to their lack of identification and effective treatment/intervention, as well as the misinterpretation of their behaviors by teachers and others who don’t really understand this brain-based disorder and its impact on their functioning.  Of all the books I have authored, this one is my favorite.  It has my heart because of the numerous contributions from other teachers, parents, and teens/adults who generously shared their personal stories, insights, and strategies with me, and granted me permission to be able to share with you. I am sure that you will find the interviews, case studies, and particularly Section 5.1: A Parent's Story...What Every Teacher, Clinician, and Parent of a Child with ADHD Needs to Hear to be compelling and enlightening.    The message I would like you to take away from this book, above everything else, is that it is never too late to help a child or teen, and often the kind of help that can make a huge difference doesn’t take a lot of effort.  Sometimes it's even small changes, such as the way we respond to a student ’s behavior, or a few supports and accommodations provided by the teacher that can lead to significant improvements.  Those teacher efforts go a long way in building a close home-school relationship, as well.  Don’t underestimate the power of your encouragement, guidance, and support.  A quote on a plaque my friend saw summed it up nicely: “Teachers affect eternity.  One can never tell where their influence ends.” I am truly delighted that my book is being used as one of your textbooks and hope you will find it to be a valuable resource. Thank you!

    This is fantastic! I really enjoyed reading a personalized description from the author. Looking forward to the next blog!
    commented by Jenny H. - February 28, 2019

    I completed this course last semester. I loved the books, this one in particular. Great resources for my classroom and students. I highly recommend to anyone who has encountered a student or family member who is struggling with ADD/ADHD.
    commented by Tim - February 20, 2019


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