Get Ready for ADHD Awareness Month
Gear up for ADHD Awareness Month this October with resources from Free Spirit! This issue of Upbeat News has everything you need to support and celebrate the kids with ADHD in your life. We’ve included tools that help children deal with distraction, be attentive, and engage in learning—at home and in the classroom.

In this months book excerpts, you’ll find:
  • suggestions for selecting effective fidgets for restless students
  • ideas for improving students’ attention in the classroom
  • tips for kids with ADHD on managing strong feelings

Below you’ll find this month’s new release, the fourth edition of Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp. This revised version of our popular stress management resource for teens includes updated information on digital stressors. In addition, we’ve included free downloads of two time management exercises from Self-Regulation in the Classroom by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., to help students with ADHD prioritize tasks and focus.
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New Release Spotlight
Teens with ADHD have to manage expectations from teachers and parents while dealing with their own unique stressors, distractions, and frustrations. Help them cope with stress and anxiety with the fourth edition of Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp.

This classic resource provides stress management techniques and exercises that can help teens with ADHD make decisions, find focus, calm down, and more. With a new section on digital stressors, this updated version (available now!) provides timely insight regarding teens’ experiences in the age of social media. 

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
School counselor Barbara Gruener describes how kids with ADHD can benefit from mindfulness and provides techniques to help them get in touch with their senses, be in the present, and find a sense of calm. Read now.
Help students with ADHD filter out distracting stimuli by using visual-teaching strategies. Ezra Werb, M.Ed., author of Teach for Attention! , provides three visual methods that can easily be implemented in the classroom: reduce visual clutter, highlight key information, and use graphic organizers.  Read now.
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Free Downloads
Students with ADHD often struggle with executive functioning skills, like prioritizing tasks. Help them stay organized with these time management worksheets from Self-Regulation in the Classroom by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. First, let students use Most to Least Important to decide how much time to devote to each task. Then, provide the Eisenhower Matrix for Managing and Prioritizing Tasks to help them organize assignments based on importance and urgency.
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September 11 at 1 p.m. CST: Free webinar presented by Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed.: Lessening Challenging Behaviors: Teachers and Classrooms as Partners in Facilitating Prosocial Development”

September 12 at 1 p.m. CST: Free webinar presented by Ezra Werb, M.Ed.: Engagement Strategies for Students with Attention Challenges: Lower Anxiety and Raise Confidence”

September 12 at 1 p.m. CST: Free School Library Journal webcast: “Where the Wild Reads Are: Picture Books for Young Readers”

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October 2–4: CASEL Social & Emotional Learning Exchange, Chicago, IL

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