Most of us know by now that kids with ADHD face legitimate challenges of Executive Function based on the way that their brains are developing. This can make it particularly difficult for them to get important things done when it comes to school and life. Teaching kids to navigate a challenged nervous system and to play to their strengths is as essential as breaking tasks down them chunks and helping them learn to plan long term.
According to student guides Seth Perler and Gretchen Wegner, what kids need is not necessarily what parents think they need. So, it’s important for parents to do their own work in learning to let go and empower their kids to become independent. Listen and learn what your kids wish you knew!
Gretchen Wegner is an Academic Life Coach who inspires students to uncover their true identities as capable, clever, and creative learners in school and life. She is an internationally recognized expert in how to destressify school by building their executive function skills, teaching teens a unique system for time management, organization and studying called The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying™.
Not only has Gretchen coached hundreds of students in middle school through grad school, she now trains educators all over the world in her unique, powerful, and research-based system for transforming students into voracious, organized learners through her signature courses The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically and the Anti-Boring Approach™ Coach Training Program. A former Fulbright Fellow, Gretchen has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and was a credentialed middle and high school teacher.
She is also the inventor of the MuseCubes™, a productivity toy that helps people — quite literally! — shake their brains free when they’re feeling stuck. Always an advocate of playful rigor in school and in life, she is also a public speaker, improvisational performer, lindy hop dancer, backpacker, and proud resident of Oakland, California.