This last week has helped me understand so much of what my son (with ADHD) deals with at school. I have used many of the strategies suggested and have been so happy. All the examples given in the reading made me feel as if I was reading about him. He loves video games and hockey is his favorite sport. Now I can use the specific strategies that were suggested. I am careful now on questions I ask him. I am so pleased and realize he is giving it his all. I can hardly believe I used to tell him to focus. I understand now that he was focusing.
Your course has given me tools that help me feel empowered. I often cry out loud (half laugh, half cry) as I read your lessons as I can relate to so many examples and you make me feel so hopeful for my own children and for my students. After almost two years of continually trying and searching for strategies to help my 6-yr old son (even with medication and multiple adjustments for him), I have often felt ready to give up. I have been using many of your suggested tricks (multiple dining room table seats and guided questions) and feel you have given me ideas for strategies to use as he grows and becomes more able to self analyze. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Ellen for a great course. Even though this was an online course, your kind and approachable manner all made us feel as if we were in a classroom with you. We really appreciated your timely replies to discussion topics and assignments. Thank you for sharing all your personal insights and strategies, they will definitely be used by all of us on our teaching journey. I think if we strive to be half the teacher you are, we'll be touching childrens' lives in the same positive way.
Ellen, I loved this course! You brought so much light into a dark and unknown world. I can not thank you enough for all your dedication to such a difficult disorder and for sharing all of your knowledge with your class. I knew nothing about ADHD and now I feel as though I have the tools to help my son succeed and become the best person he can be, despite having ADHD.
Thanks so much. I am almost ready to take my final exam. This has been such a valuable course for me. I have taken many courses over the past 20 years, and this has been my favorite because I actually learned real-life practical strategies to use with my son and in my classroom. This is what professional development is supposed to be!
This is an excellent class. I learned so much about ADHD and was able to use the knowledge immediately in my class. I was so excited about what I learned that I asked my principal if I can share some of the classroom strategies during one of our teacher inservice sessions. My students with ADHD will have a much more knowledgeable teacher who will use the strategies taught to make my classroom more friendly and appropriate for all my students. This is one of the best classes I have taken. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.
Thank you for developing such an excellent course. Although I am not a teacher, as a parent of a 15 year old son with ADHD, I found this information to be invaluable! My son read every lesson and learned a lot...we are both in a much better place as a result of this information.
Thank you, your materials and references are superb...At the beginning I said I felt frustrated, now I feel empowered with knowledge that both my son and I can use to help him.
Thank you for creating such a wonderful course, Ellen. I have read countless books/articles on ADHD, but this course was by far the best resource. From the detailed lessons with concrete information and practical strategies, to the discussion groups and additional sources to explore, I am thankful to have participated in this meaningful and pertinent course.
So far, this is the best online course I have taken. Ms. Arnold's responses to her students' queries are always thoughtful and useful. This course has provided me with helpful strategies to use for my daughter and myself. Thank you!