Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, November 3rd; 6:30-8:00 PM (HKST)

Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic tool to make things happen at home, but there is wisdom to be gained from a combination of knowledge, creative experiments, and tracking what works. FOCUS executive members, Cheryl Raper, Aurora Aritao, Rick Smith and Yulia Elman bring both professional training and personal experience to this month’s panel discussion on home support strategies. 

In this practical session the team will discuss reasonable expectations, share support techniques to try at home, and provide examples of how to shift the dialog to lower stress levels. Talking points will focus on the home support challenges we hear the most frequently including: 

  • Creating routines
  • Negotiating the non-negotiables
  • Getting them started/staying on task
  • The importance of coordinating between home and school
  • How much help is too much help
This session will be interactive with participants sharing their own challenges and offering examples of what has worked for them. 
Date:     Nov 3, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time:     6:30 - 8:00 PM (HKST)
Format:  Live Virtual (Zoom)
Cost:      FOCUS Members (free); Non-member (HK$200)


Cheryl Raper
FOCUS Co-Chairmen
SEN Teacher
Aurora Aritao, PCC
FOCUS Executive Committee
Executive Coach
Rick Smith, Ed.D, M.Ed
FOCUS Executive Committee
Educational Therapist
Yulia Elman, B.Ed
FOCUS Executive Committee
SEN Teacher


Making Differentiation A Habit: Teachers
Date:  Thursday, Nov 18, 2021
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM (HKST, Live Virtual)

Featuring Dr. Loretta Giorecelli, OAM, one of Australia's foremost education experts, covering strategies for accommodating different learners in the busy classroom. More details to come, visit our website

FOCUS is a Hong Kong-based non-profit whose members include parents, educators, counsellors and medical professionals.  We are a volunteer-led organization whose “FOCUS” is to positively influence the quality of education and support available to students with ADHD and specific learning difficulties (SpLD), and to improve understanding of how these mainstream learning differences impact youth both emotionally and academically.

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