Notebook Paper for Poor Handwriting

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I was looking for color coded notebook paper that would be good for labeling papers, and found this paper, and I love it! Abilitations is great paper for our kids who have a hard time writing. The line guides them to form their letters more precisely. The colored areas keep them from having to think about how low that loop in the letter 'g' needs to go, so they can focus on formation. They remind me of the 'red line, red line, blue line' paper that we used when I was in grade school. There are two types of paper - intermediate and beginner - with different sizes of lines. The packs come … [Read more...]

ADHD Conference

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As a parent of a child with ADHD, it can be extremely daunting to discover the sheer volume of information that’s out there and available to you. That’s why one of the voices of the ADHD population on the internet created the ADHD Awareness Expo – a virtual gathering of ADHD Experts, professional ADHD coaches, service providers and authors, gathered all in one virtual space to make your information gathering as easy as heading to a department store. The 6th annual ADHD Awareness Expo is being held the week of October 25th through October 31st and the best part about it is that there’s … [Read more...]

ADHD Supplies – Things that Aren’t On the List from the School

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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 keep hearing about how helpful seat cushions and ball chairs are for kids and adults with ADHD - or not! Wiggly kids need to get wiggles out, and … [Read more...]

Smart Cube Timer. Smart Cubed.

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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 silence it. NOTE: Each color has a different set of times, for example, the purple one has Choose from 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes and the white has 5, … [Read more...]

Book Review from a Parent: Survival Guide for ADHD Kids

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Today's post is brought to you courtesy of - you! One of our wonderful readers recommended this book on our Facebook page, and graciously agreed to write a review. What ADHD book - or any ADHD product - do you recommend? Please let us know in the comments below! For a couple of years now I had been asking myself.."How will I know it's the right time to talk to my child about her "special" qualities?" I Googled it, asked other people, I read articles and blogs. They all had pretty much the same thing to say...."You'll know when the time is right". But, being new to this whole ADHD thing, I … [Read more...]

Book Review…The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf

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The Gift in You. I love this book. I can't stop talking about it - so much of what this author says strikes a chord in me. No intelligence test can truly test your giftedness or your intelligence level. You are one-of-a-kind: no one else processes information, approaches a problem or thinks exactly like you. You are gifted like no one else! While this is written to help you discover your gift, it will also help you understand the ones you love who have very different gifts. Dr. Carolyn Leaf has researched the science of thought since 1985, and what she's found will fascinate you. … [Read more...]

The PAC-kit – Our Planner for ADHD

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We don't talk a lot about the PAC-kit, but this is the time of year that we should! The PAC-kit is the Planner, Agenda, and Calendar that evolved from our attempts to keep Ron and Joe organized. We always found that store bought planners didn't work for our guys. Here's what would happen. It's Tuesday night. Your son has a new $8.95 planner that you just bought because he lost the one he had before. You flip to today's date. Nothing is written on it. He patiently shows you where he wrote his homework - on the wrong page. Because he couldn't fit all the words onto the tiny lines, his … [Read more...]

Top Ten Stocking Stuffers for ADHD Kids – and Adults

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We don't want to steal any of Santa's magic, but since he's really busy this time of year, we thought we'd give you a list of things that we've found our ADHD kids appreciate finding in their stocking! 1. Fidgets. - These cool things give a child, a teen, or an adult, something to fiddle with - instead of chewing their nails, rocking their chair, twirling their hair, poking the kid in front of them...Here's a list of fidgets for adhd. 2. Sharpies. Label everything with Sharpies. Water bottles, books (we labeled the outside pages of our boys' books even if we had to pay a fine!), … [Read more...]

A Helpful Tool to Foster Independence

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At Ketchup, we've often recommended the use of a timer to keep your child on task for a set amount of time. This one caught our eye -- it looks efficient and should help your family feel that way too. What’s nice about this particular one is that it comes with three disks. In theory, you could set up a routine for morning, after school and evening activities. For instance, a morning disk could be set so your child would have an allowed set amount of time for breakfast, dressing and teeth brushing without you reminding her of each step. You decide the important tasks, timings and a … [Read more...]

The Kindle for ADHD

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In the last post, we talked about how reading aloud to Lesley helped her with her reading assignments. But reading aloud to our kids isn't always possible - and shouldn't be something they rely on 100%. That brings us to Mike, who has a whole 'nother type of reading to tackle. In addition to his English assignments, Mike has to read lovely books about theology and doctrine. He's slightly more interested in his topics than I would be, but it's still a chore to stay on task. Kindle for ADHD Knowing about Joe's success with a Kindle, we decided to try one with Mike. Mike loved it. And I got … [Read more...]