Memorizing Hint…In the Middle of the Night

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Just heard this memorizing hint, which probably isn't good for a younger child. But for high schoolers and college age kids - and their parents, it sounds very promising. If you have to memorize anything that can be put onto notecards, set a stack of the cards beside your alarm clock, and set the clock to go off in the middle of the night. When the alarm sounds, go through the cards very briefly, then go back to sleep. The person explaining this said that he learned it from a college professor, and that it really, really worked. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Before and During: How Success Stories Get Started

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As the parent of an ADHD-inattentive child, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. I know there were times at our house when life seemed to be one steady stream of prepping for the next test and whacking away at assignments in bite-sized chunks. Flash cards, IEP meetings, and peppermint tea – we were always thinking of the next strategy for ADHD. While I don’t mean to imply that we’ve arrived and have it all figured out, I do want to encourage you. Success may start slowly, but it always starts. Don’t forget to notice triumphs no matter how small. In … [Read more...]

Preparing for the SAT or ACT: A Guide for ADHD Students

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The first time Joe had a College Board test - I think it was the PSAT - we didn't know you needed to apply for testing accommodations. Joe went in expecting extra time, and he was unpleasantly surprised. Today's post is by Jenn Cohen, the self described 'Chief Word Nerd' of Jenn Cohen Tutoring. She has some invaluable tips to help you navigate the troubled waters of the SAT and the ACT. I wish I had read this a few years ago! College admissions tests are a necessity for most college bound students, but just a mere mention of those three letters S-A-T can make kids (and parents) run for … [Read more...]

How to Raise Your Child’s Social IQ

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While your child's social skills might not be assessed on her latest report card or addressed in his most recent IEP, social intelligence matters. Some children are naturally chatty and comfortable conversing with adults or their peers while others painfully struggle thinking of anything natural to say. Think Charlie Brown and that cute little red-headed girl. Think back to the socially awkward peers of your own class. Or maybe you were one of the ones who felt awkward - like I was. While most of us outgrow feeling clumsy, initiating certain activities with your child can ease them into … [Read more...]

Divide and Conquer – ADHD and the Morning Routine

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Mornings can be particularly difficult for parents of ADHD kids. The usual rush, sleepiness, lost shoes, and "nasty" oatmeal plague all families. But add distractability, spaciness, maybe meds and/or special ADHD diets, and you have an hour of stress that helps noone. And if you have more than one kid... Last week, a mom posted a comment about the morning routine that gives an ingenious way to handle the multi-kid dilemma. She wakes up one child, gets him completely ready from start to finish, then wakes up the second. On so many levels this is a wonderful solution. And yes, she … [Read more...]

The Gift of ADHD

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In this holiday season, it seems that I keep re-discovering the lesson that thankfulness changes us for the better. In my quest to be truly thankful for the gift of ADHD at our house, I've come across some interesting personalities who also live (or have lived) successfully with either diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. Politicians like Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso weren't diagnosed with ADHD, but when we read about their lives and their characteristics, it sounds like classic ADHD. The same is true for Galileo, Leonard Davinci, … [Read more...]

Helping an ADHD Child Succeed

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Our ultimate goal in life is for our kids to be successful. Someone once said, "There are just as many opportunities for success in school as there are failures." It's a cliché but there is truth in it. What are the best ways that you help your child to succeed academically, personally, athletically, spiritually...? Share your thoughts below. PS Yes, that is Ron in his college graduation cap. Definitely an icon for success - don't you think?!! … [Read more...]

Respect – The Foundation of Good Boundaries

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Recognize the need for good boundaries. Aretha Franklin was right - R-E-S-P-E-C-T - is the foundation for any relationship. Respectful children who know good manners and recognize the boundaries in place are more pleasant to be around. "No, thank you" and "Yes, please" will take your children far - no kidding. Respect for authority and abiding by the rules are just as important to a teen learning the rules of the road as they are to a pre-schooler shopping with you at the grocery store. I'm at that point in my life where the nest is steadily emptying. Ron has just finished college, Joe … [Read more...]

Ten Years with ADHD – What We Did Right

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As promised, here's part one of the lesson we've learned since our son was diagnosed with ADHD ten years ago. Lowering Standards - I had to learn to ask one question over and over. "What's more important?" What was more important, pristine rooms or an environment where I wasn't stressed about it?* Straight A's or kids who weren't stressed (too much) about grades? Boy Scouts or three more unscheduled, laid back hours in a week? Legibility or learning? Over and over, I had to relax standards, lower expectations, and let go of preconceived notions. What was left were the essentials. *I'm … [Read more...]