Educational Therapist for ADHD

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  • I have a 16 year old (sophmore) son who's had an IEP since preschool. He's been in general ed with some pull out/push in support. He's a great reader (decoder), pretty good with comprehension, strong in math but can be very unfocused (ADD) and disorganized when it comes to things he's not interested in.  

    My son keeps his grades up (mostly Bs and Cs) by turning in homework and completing shorter assignments effectively but when it comes to end of chapter tests/finals in subjects with lots of facts and nonfiction reading material (e.g science, history), he has a hard time preparing a comprehensive study guide (looking through the textbook and finding the main idea) and then effectively studying the material, usually  scoring Ds on these kinds of exams, even though he "studied". He also struggles with writing.   

    We are looking for an educational therapist who can help him with executive functioning (working memory, time management, planning/prioritizing etc.) and  study/test taking skills.  He gets supports at school through his IEP but it's not enough. We live in Lafayette and traveling to the Berkeley/Oakland area is too far on weekdays unless we find a therapist who can work on this side of the tunnel.

    I would love some feedback from anyone who's used Strategies for Learning, SOS (Student Organizational Services), Bella Menti (Danville) or any other coach/tutor/ed therapist who you can recommend.

    Thank you so much!

    Try Nancy Chin nancy [at] (510) 384-1909 or SOS 4 Students (510) 531-4767

    I work at Orinda Academy and we have SOS on campus to work with students with executive functioning weaknesses--they come to our school and I've heard positive things about Beth Samuelson.  Nancy Chin has come by and left materials as well. She does 9 week-12 week programs in Oakland and Walnut Creek.

    Here's the link to SOS summer programs (being held at Orinda Academy)-you can contact Beth at (beth [at]

    We love Sydney Metrick! She is an experienced coach who works with teens and adults helping them develop structures and strategies that address their specific executive function challenges. My son worked with her. Sydney not only helped him create and implement habits and routines that help him with time prioritizing, setting boundaries, and managing time effectively, but also helped him discover and utilize more of his unique strengths. It was such an empowering process! My son enjoyed working with Sydney. She made him feel special and confident about himself. Sydney's email: sydney [at] Or phone: (510) 223-3882. 

    A happy mom 

    You might want to consider virtual Academic Coaching as well, which increases your options. 

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Therapist for Adult ADD/ADHD

August 2010

Can anyone please give me a recommendation for a therapist who can help me with procrastination and organization? I have diagnoses of and take medication for ADHD (inattentive type) and depression/anxiety. Would especially appreciate someone with an understanding of the particular problems of academic careers and parenting--special bonus if they can do medication management along with therapy/coaching. Appreciative

Alena Hutchinson, LMFT, is fabulous: (415) 397-8300. I've been seeing her for half a year for ADD coaching and have also appreciated her deep compassion, concrete tools for daily living, and personal experiences with ADD and raising a family. Her website: I can't recommend her enough. I only wish my health benefits would allow me to see her more frequently! Adult Happily Adjusting to ADD, Now

I am adult diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. I can highly recommend Linda Lawton ET/P for whom you can find other references on BPN Linda has been instrumental in helping me establish sound, workable solutions to my procrastination, lack of organization and lack of time management. I believe she also has experience in education and ADHD parenting which may address your other concerns. Working with Linda has been an important part of my overall ADHD therapy which, in addition to her coaching, has included counseling, diet, exercise and is soon to include medication. You can reach Linda at (510) 559-3110 or easy4you [at]

Have you also looked into CHADD (Children and Adult with ADHD)? It is a wonderful resource for discussions, literature, professional references, local support groups etc. ( Anon

Educational Therapist for 6th grader w/dyslexia & ADHD

July 2010

Looking for Educational Therapist for sixth grader with dyslexia and inattentive type ADHD in the Berkeley Albany area. There are not many recommendations in the archives, so if you have a great ET that can help our son with reading and writing, organization and self esteem around school, we would appreciate having the reference. Thank you

If you need an Educational Therapist, I highly recommend Richard Sugerman ( He is an experienced teacher, with an MA in Developmental Psychology, and 30 years of experience working with kids. Been there

Try Jamie Keller ( She is wonderful! Rosie