Lots of people think they can rattle off ADHD behaviors. Hyperactivity. Impulsivity. Inattention.
But like icebergs, 87% of problematic ADHD behavior is hidden beneath the surface.
Impaired sense of time. Coexisting anxiety and depression. Low frustration tolerance. Weak executive functioning. Sleep disturbance. Learning disabilities.
At our yearly professional development, therapist and ADHD specialist Dovid Becker, LCSW-CCSP, had our staff riveted by his excellent presentation and analysis of ADHD in children.
Mr. Becker walked us through a beneath-the-surface assessment (see great infographic here) of children with ADHD and unpacked the real story of their struggles. He shared with us his expert approach to intervention and treatment, and best of all left us with actionable tips to support student learning. (My favorite was the Time Timer; bought it on the spot!)
Here are some takeaways from our staff:
“He really gave us insight into the minds of students with ADHD. Definitely helped me appreciate their struggles.”
“I always felt that students with ADHD lag behind their peers in emotional maturity, which affects their personal decision-making. Fascinating to see the research tracks a 3-5 year delay, confirming my suspicions.”
“He ran through a typical school day and gave us cool hacks to implement in the classroom.”
“I liked how he emphasized the importance of strong psycho-pharmaceutical collaboration between the school, home, and medical team.”
“Left untreated, children with ADHD feel so misunderstood. It’s so important for them to be reached before they reach adulthood, broken and world-weary.”
And that’s our cue.
Our team at Ichud fills the gaps in our students’ learning by identifying and targeting their weaknesses head-on, creating confident and competent classroom learners.
Reunions are always special, but ours, I like to think, are something else.
Girls with husbands and babies and jobs and college work. It makes my heart fill knowing that with siyatta dishmaya and our well-placed support, they’ve made beautiful and successful lives for themselves.
It was with great pleasure that I welcomed staff and alumnae to our yearly reunion. We met at Toast Well Done and enjoyed “Palm Reading and a Peek into EFT” with Sashi Fridman.
I took the opportunity to share the story of one alumna’s recent, incredible accomplishment.
Back in high school, this student had a vision. She was going to create a non-profit for girls in foster care and give them the taste of home and belonging they needed to weather their turbulent lives.
As far as visions go, this was a big one.
Not that I doubted her enthusiasm and passion, but building dreams of that magnitude is difficult business. The sheer grit it takes to create an organization from the bottom up can leave the most capable and confident in near tears.
I should’ve known better.
A scant two years later, her non-profit is up and running, providing support, care, and a taste of home for disadvantaged young women in the community.
And this is not some easy-come easy-go project. She has galvanized volunteers, received endorsements from laymen and rabbanim, and cleared a hugely successful fundraising campaign.
With not much more than her dreams and steady determination driving her forward.
We adults sometimes forget how capable our kids are.
Unreserved in their passions and unlimited in their optimism, children are natural trailblazers.
And I don’t need to look past my own students for inspiration.
Seminary Bnos Aliyah trip to Panama
Far be it for me to take the seminary girls on a simple vacation; I wanted our overseas midwinter trip to be both a skill-building and spiritually inspiring getaway.
Panama (no, not Florida) checked off all the boxes.
Rather unusual, but breathtakingly beautiful, Panama is teeming with nature, culture, and rich Jewish history.
For our girls, it was an added opportunity to conquer unchartered territory from within and without.
Quite literally. Because feeding wild monkeys, wading in tributaries on horseback, visiting ethnic tribes, and grilling freshly caught red snapper while having the time of your life requires an open, adventurous mind.
Shabbos was tasteful and uplifting in our beautiful accommodations. We enjoyed workshops from speakers in the Panamanian community, including the widely-known kiruv activist, Berel Solomon.
A smashing success, by all accounts.
Purim anticipation is mounting! Bursts of spirited song, chagigas with all the trimmings, and lots of bewigged and be‘tutu’ted girls abound in every school. May we be zoche to tap into the greatness of the day with boundless joy, hope, and tefilla.
Celebrating the joy of Purim and the magic of our girls,