You eat an elephant a bite at a time. A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. These proverbs make big jobs sound easier, but in reality, they don't make much difference to our kids who are slogging through a night of math and science and social studies and that stupid book called Charlotte's Web that the teacher made them read. It's just overwhelming for our kids, truly. But what if you gave an incentive for each bite of the elephant - a … [Read More...]
We were having a discussion at our house about what makes a good stocking stuffer, and the kids decided that there is one thing that every ADHD kid NEEDS. Ready for this? The one necessary thing was...peppermint gum. Gum is a fidget. Peppermint has that smell that improves focus. So there you have it, and don't you wish that meant your holiday shopping was over?! But since we have a feeling your list is a bit longer than that...here are a few … [Read More...]
The high school secretary and I had a special friendship. If Joe or I discovered that he had forgotten to take his Strattera, he could go to the office and she would give him the missed dose. Over several months, it became increasingly obvious that Joe wasn't taking his meds, and it wasn't because he forgot. He didn't want to. So why didn't he want the medication? The bottom line was that they made him feel 'weird'. We'd tried several types, … [Read More...]
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ADHD Inattentive Type
Children with ADHD Inattentive or Distractible type often:
- make careless mistakes because they aren't paying attention to their schoolwork or chores.
- are academically inconsistent. They may understand a subject or concept, but be unable to make a passing grade because of unfinished work, missing assignments, or misunderstood directions. Often their grades range from very high to very low.
- seem "spaced out". They may appear to be paying attention, when in reality they are miles away.
- don't finish work at school or home, not because they are being disobedient, but because they are distracted. Adults often call them lazy or irresponsible.
- are extremely disorganized in their environment and activities. Their book bags, rooms, and desks are always a mess, and they spend inordinate amounts of time looking for things.
- have difficulty beginning activities because they cannot decide which thing to do first.
- lose things. Many times these things are important to academic success: pencils, books, homework, notes, and gym clothes are tops on the list.
- are distracted by noises, movement, or even thoughts.
- wet the bed.
- do not sleep well, and are "up and down" all night.
- have poor handwriting, especially in cursive.
You cannot diagnose your child with ADHD. If you suspect ADHD in your child and feel that it is interfering with academic or social success, contact your physician.
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