As school starts back (sigh!), we're all scrambling to buy everything on the school list, and to stock up on those things we're going to need. (If you're not stocking up, you need to read School Supplies for the ADHD Inattentive Family.) Lately, however, we've run across some other things that you might want to consider, items that really might help your child slow down and pay attention...ADHD Supplies. 1. Cushions and Ball Chairs. We … [Read More...]
Many years ago, I wrote the following letter to "Mrs. Anderson". The letter wasn't written to a specific teacher, or about a particular child, but came from a hope that my sons would be liked by their new teachers. Since school is starting, I thought you might enjoy it - and might just want to pass it along. Dear Mrs. Anderson, My child Ben has been assigned to your class this year, and I'm glad. People have often told me what a wonderful … [Read More...]
If timing’s everything, this little timer can become very valuable at your house. Take it to wherever the desired task is. 5 minutes of math problems for your daughter? Go! A family cleaning blitz of the playroom? Get ready and go! Use for everything from cooking to homework to quiet time (otherwise known as naps.) Simply set the timer with your time selection facing up. Get busy until you hear the loud alarm. Set the timer back to zero to … [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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