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Newsletter: Speak your truth (January 26, 2024)

NOTE: This post is part of a series called "How To Have The Best Semester Yet." Each post is inspired by the course, The Semester Success Blueprint, which is designed for parents or educators to complete alongside students with ADHD or Autism, to help prepare them for a successful school semester. Try a free preview of the course by clicking here.


If you want to go back and read the other posts in this series, click on the links below:


Part 4: How To Have The Best Semester Yet (part 3): Breaking Mid-Terms & Finals Into Manageable Chunks 🔨 (coming soon) 


How do I get my kid to talk to their teachers? 🤷🏽‍♀️

I know you've heard it from your student before:


I'll just talk to the teacher in class.


Stop worrying so much -- I've got everything under control.


Just let me take care of this.


Still, the missing assignments pile up, the teacher feedback calls for 'more effort' and you continue nagging to 'help' your student be successful. 😫


But what if there was an easier way? A way that leverages our fundamental and human attraction to simplicity, clarity, and conciseness. 😌


Lucky for you, there is, and you've stumbled upon it.


In an ocean of corporate blogs 🤖 and repetitive and cliche advice, you are about to get the inside scoop from me, Sean!


And after developing this method from my work with hundreds of students and families, I am 100% sure this will benefit you in some way.

Let me show you how.


What is the method?

The method is called PING and it is a structured approach to helping students with anxiety, Autism, and ADHD, communicate their needs effectively with teachers or other authority figures. 


What does PING stands for? 

Pleasant introduction 

Inform and inquire

Negotiate your need

Gratitude for their assistance


What will you learn? 


In this article, I am going to show you how to help your student communicate more effectively learning how to: 


  • Set up email templates (save time) 

  • Advocate for their needs (feel confident) 

  • Learn how to negotiate (be flexible) 




Stay engaged


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About the author

Sean G. McCormick is a former public school special education teacher who founded Executive Function Specialists to ensure all students with ADHD and Autism have access to high-quality online executive function coaching services. 


With this mission in mind, he then founded the Executive Function Coaching Academy which trains schools, educators, and individuals to learn the key approaches to improve executive function skills for students.


He is also the co-founder of UpSkill Specialists, a business with a mission to provide adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, access to high-quality executive function coaching services that can be accessed through Self-Determination funding.

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EFS started with one teacher deciding that kids with ADHD needed better access to quality executive function coaching services. Since then, we have grown to a team of specialists working both private students and public schools to enhance executive function skills for all students. 

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