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  1. Better Reading & Writing with the World’s BEST Grammar Checker

    We all know that the ability to read well is an all-important keystone for success in the classroom and in life.  The right strategies and tools can significantly improve one’s reading skills, particularly when learning to read is a challenge (i.e., ADHD, dyslexia and other issues).

    Writing skills, on the other hand, have traditionally relied more on one’s ability to apply what has been learned through reading.  This includes a host of important skills, especially in the area of proofreading: knowledge of mechanics, proper spelling, appropriate grammar usage and more.  Yes, there are strategies for learning the rules and methods of proofreading a body of text, but having a reliable tool at-the-ready for a writer can provide needed support and reinforcement of such rules and methods.  Unfortunately, it has been more than a little challenging to find a worthy tool that provides both accurate and comprehensive proofreading assistance for writers---until very recently.

    Although we have very competent writers on our staff here at Brennan Innovators, we have been less than impressed with the traditional spell checkers and poor grammar checking tools found online.  However, just a few months ago, we discovered Grammarly.com, a great site that we believe offers reliable tools for proofreading letters, papers and other documents with a surprising amount of accuracy.  Although its resources may not be a direct replacement for a professional proofreader, Grammarly.com does offer writers a second set of eyes for their proofreading needs. 

    The Grammarly software actually scans text for more than 250 types of grammar mistakes in six distinct writing genres. Grammarly also provides informative flash cards to help a writer transform weak areas into strengths.  In fact, Top Ten Reviews, an independent provider of reliable information for consumers, says, “Everything about Grammarly centers on not only improving written texts, but also developing the writers themselves.” This is one of the reasons it has earned the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for 2015.  

    We think using the award-winning Grammarly tools now gives individuals the proofreading support they have been needing and wanting for a long time in order to help them significantly improve their writing.  They only need to visit Grammarly.com to make it happen!

    Resources

    Grammarly.com
    Grammarly improves your emails, social media posts, and documents by checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. FREE and various paid account options are available.
    https://www.grammarly.com  

    Top Ten Reviews
    Here is the link to the online review of Grammarly.com provided by Top Ten Reviews.
    http://online-grammar-check-review.toptenreviews.com  
  2. BEST Organizational Apps for ADHD

    It is Back-to-School Season!  As the new school year approaches, many parents of children with ADHD can become more than a little anxious.  The relaxed days of summer offered a welcome respite from the prodding to complete homework assignments, the scheduling of school activities and the daily challenges of ADHD.  Now with the pending return to school, it is easy to see that these parents and their children are reluctant to leave behind those lazy, hazy days if summer.

    We can help you, your child or teen manage some of these challenges, however.  Because our Reading Focus Cards work well with e-readers (shorter size) and e-tablets (longer size), we continue to receive quite a number of requests for lists of apps to help students of all ages with many of these ADHD challenges.  In fact, there are currently a significant number of apps available that can help "tame the ADHD tiger" or at least manage some of the issues and symptoms often experienced with this disorder.  

    Organizational skills are usually at the top of the list of issues, as these skills can frequently impact many of the other ADHD issues.  For example, if a student's study area is always in a state of chaos, it is often very difficult to find homework assignments, class notes and even text books or other learning materials.  

    For this reason, we have gathered together here a few apps to assist you (or someone you care about) with these organizational challenges.  We hope you will find that these app resources will help start your new school year on the right foot.  Have a GREAT school year, everyone! 

    Links to BEST Organizational Apps for ADHD

    Evernote (FREE)
    Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear and things you see.  This application works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device available today.  Evernote makes remembering easy!
    VIDEO:  https://evernote.com/video/
    Download:  http://evernote.com/download/
     
    Google Calendar (for Android---Updated August 1, 2013) (FREE)
    The Calendar app displays events from each of your Google Accounts that synchronizes with your Android device.  You can also:
    -Create, edit and delete events
    -View all your calendars at the same time, including non-Google calendars
    -Quickly email all event guests from a notification with a customizable message.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar&hl=en
     
    Things (for Mac, iPhone and iPad) ($9.99)
    This is a task-management tool that's easy to use, yet has all the power when you need it.  Projects, tags, repeat tasks – will all be at your fingertips.  No matter what device you're on, Things Cloud keeps your to-dos updated across them all - automatically.
    http://culturedcode.com/
     
    ADHD Organizer App for iPhone ($1.99)
    by Creative App Development, Ltd
    ADHD Organizer is the first app of its kind.
    It allows you to:
    - Keep yourself organized
    - Keep track of progress in reaching your goals
    - Realize your strengths
    - Realize repeated errors.
    This app can help you lead a better life with ADD or ADHD.
    http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/adhd-organizer/id436366972
  3. ADHD Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Adults

    ADHD is not just a challenge that affects children and teens.  Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can affect adults as well.  In fact, current statistics indicate that approximately 8.1% of the U.S. adult population is challenged with some form of ADHD (Source: National Institute of Mental Health).  However, this is certainly a condition whose symptoms can be managed with success. It just might take the right strategies and resources to help make it happen.  It might also mean learning to “channel” that ever-present energy in the right direction.
     
    We have gathered together here a short list of just the right resources to help adults who are truly MOTIVATED to manage these symptoms so that they can have more control over their daily lives.  Not only will these offerings help improve daily life at home and at work, but they will also improve the self-esteem and level of confidence for an adult challenged with ADHD.  We hope you find them helpful!

     
    Tips, Strategies & Resources for Adults with ADHD
     
    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Adults---Statistics for U.S. adults with ADHD from National Institute of Mental Health--- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood.  Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).
    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ADHD_ADULT.shtml

     
    12 Tips for Getting Organized for Adults with ADHD---article by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    There are small steps you can take to organize your space and your life.  Attention and ADHD coach Laura Rolands and clinical psychologist and ADHD expert Ari Tuckman share their strategies for getting a handle on clutter and creating a clean space.
    http://psychcentral.com/lib/2011/12-tips-for-getting-organized-for-adults-with-adhd/

     
    How I Got My Groove Back ---by Gina Pera
    Top 10 tips for putting the brakes on the ADD/ADHD roller coaster

    http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/7218.html

    VIDEO: Tools for Managing Adult ADHD---by Dr. Abigail Levrini (Length: approx. 24 minutes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE2nakvjNes

    Adult ADHD: 50 Tips of Management---by Edward M Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
    Excellent article with practical strategies and written by the physician team, Hallowell and Ratey, renowned ADHD specialists
    http://www.addresources.org/?q=node/253

     
    Have a GREAT week with these new ADHD strategies and tips!
  4. ADHD Tips, Tricks & Strategies for Teens & College Students

    As promised this week, we are providing our readers with a good list of helpful tips for teens and college students with ADHD.  Some students in this age group often develope their own strategies to overcome or manage many of the symptoms of ADHD by the time they reach late high school or college.  However, there are many who are not able to do this or who have tried to adapt but in vain.
     
    There are specific learning strategies and study techniques that can make a measurable difference for teens and college students who really want to enjoy more academic success. We have compiled a short list of these for you to try as you begin this new semester.  Just attempt to do one at a time to see how it fits in with your own personal learning style.  You may find that 1 or 2 of them are good strategies for you where others are not as helpful. 
     
    Please let us know which ones work best for you and why.  We’re interested in your learning success.  We also would like to know if there are successful strategies you use that are not listed here.  Please feel free to share these in the comment box to follow. Your good ideas could help others who are working hard to manage the many symptoms of ADHD---just like you!

    List of ADHD Tips & Tricks for Teens & College Students
     
    1.  First , Learn to Be a Good Advocate for Yourself 

         a.  Requesting time to talk with teachers, instructors and tutors can be a good first step on the road to more academic success.  Always be respectful and courteous when describing your learning needs.  This approach will result in having many more of those needs met.  Also, remember that as a new student, you are establishing a “reputation” in the school or on the campus.  Keep in mind that first impressions can last a lifetime.

         b.  Always ask for additional assistance BEFORE getting behind in your work.  It is so much easier to take care of a problem early before it becomes a BIG issue.  The bigger the problem, the more time and effort it will take you (and perhaps others) to resolve.
     
    2.  Plan the Term or Semester

         a.   Purchase or create a large desk calendar and plan for the study of each subject AND the specific chapters or units for each of your classes---BEFORE the semester or term begins.

         b.  “Map out” how much time and on which days you will study or work on projects, assignments or test prep.  Be as specific as possible in this “mapping”.  Describe what and how much you will do at a specific time.  Allow plenty of time for quality research if that is expected for any assignments.

         c.  For long-term assignments, commit to starting such projects immediately instead of waiting until much later or when it’s almost due.

         d.  After a test, assess if enough time was allotted for each task, making adjustments for future units and assignments.
     
    3.  Use Graphic Organizers

         a.  Graphic organizers can help when trying to sort out information AND remember it.  They help to visually categorize facts, dates, events, etc. so the facts are easier to understand AND remember.

         b.  Several resources offering a variety of FREE graphic organizers are:

              1.)  UDL Tech Tool Kit:  Offers both low-tech and high-tech graphic organizers
     
              2.)  Creately Templates: Web-based software for creating interactive and colorful graphic organizers - Venn Diagram, Storyboard, Mind Map, Cycle Diagram, Fishbone Diagram, KWL Chart, T Chart, Y Chart and more.
     
              3.)  38 Examples of Graphic Organizers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: A FREE service for college students
     
    4.  Flash Cards Keep Content Organized, Retained & Remembered!


         a.  When studying history or science facts and working memory is an “issue”, consider creating informational flash cards from ruled or unruled 3” X 5” index cards. 
         b.  Write or type (on a computer), print, cut out and paste definitions or dates on 1 side of a card and the terms or events on the reverse side of the cards.
     
         c.  Punch holes in the upper, left-hand corner for a loose leaf ring to keep the cards “together” and flip them as you master each one’s information. 

         d.  Although, they usually are available in white card stock, think about using colored index cards with a particular color for each chapter, content or other category of information.

         e.  Recycle shoeboxes as “file cabinets” for storing each chapter’s set of flash cards (use rubber bands to separate and keep organized).  That way, when a semester test or exam is looming, pull out the needed flash cards and begin your review ahead of time.
     
    5.  “Change” White Page Backgrounds for More Reading Comfort

         a.  Try using colored but transparent acetate of polycarbonate overlays placed on white book page backgrounds, as the “whiteness” can be visually stressing and cut short your study time.  Choose a different color of transparency each week, stopping when you discover which color provides the most comfort for your reading and study.

         b.  Consider using customizable Reading Focus Cards to also change white page backgrounds to a more comfortable and less visually-stressing color. However, these sensory-appealing tools will also help your eyes focus on 1 or 2 lines of text and block out more surrounding text to diminish distractions caused by too many words/graphics on a page.  If you have ADHD or dyslexia, these tools can be particularly helpful.

    All the BEST of learning SUCCESS to our teens and college students!

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