Book Review: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD

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So often books about ADHD are just full of fluffy, pie in the sky suggestions that remind me of an episode of The Brady Bunch - all conflicts can be easily solved in 30 minutes. Parents and educators aren't given any practical solutions. The book Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD, isn't like that. Written by Margrit Crane, it's a down to earth, you can do this today sort of guide that is easy to read and absolutely do-able. Quotes from the book:     • Parent's section: … [Read more...]

High School and ADHD Meds: Our Story

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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, combinations, dosages, and they would work for a while, but Joe felt that they all altered the way he felt. They altered his personality, his appetite, … [Read more...]

Be SuperParent for Your Child’s School

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Sometimes parents can champion a cause that helps the school and earns them superhero status. ..using parental muscle. Step into the phone booth, and I'll tell you the story. At the beginning of the school year, one of our readers was concerned that the school wasn't providing Occupational Therapy for her daughter as was written into her IEP. They asked the teacher about it, and discovered the problem - the district hadn't hired a OT for the school. The school was every bit as concerned about it as the parents. Tugging on Superman's Cape. So at the fall IEP meeting, the parents used … [Read more...]

What We Did Wrong…the Tip of the Iceburg

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After I posted ADHD - What We Did Right yesterday, it showed up on my Facebook page. I got the most glowing comments - all of which would have gone to my head had I not know that - today was coming. So here it is...my tip of the iceburg list of all the things that I did WRONG. Trust me, this post would be way too long if I listed them all. Yelling, inconsistency, throwing a tomato (yes I did), not taking supplements, talking about it too much...Sigh. I'll depress myself if I think about it. So here are three of our TOP mistakes. Not Learning Together - Since at some point Ron did assume … [Read more...]

Modification for Classwork – Helping Kids Stay Focused

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"With math homework we modify doing odds or evens if there are more than 10 questions. Also we just implemented a "dot" system. When she is doing classwork, she has to check in after doing X amount of problems and if she stays on track and finishes it in class she gets Dots. This encourages her to keep focused and helps the teacher know when she is struggling and needs help. The Dots are then sent home for us to use on assignments. We then use the dot's on homework. One dot for one question she doesn't have to do. For example, if she has ten math questions, but earns five Dots in class, she … [Read more...]

Helping an ADHD Child Remember

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I Facebooked back and forth a couple of weeks ago with a mom. She told me a story that is so textbook ADHD-Inattentive, that I asked her if I could share it with you. Tonight, I sit here feeling like I am failing as a parent of an ADHD child. My daughter is such a good kid, but her forgetfulness, impulsiveness and disorganization has become an all time high. She has just received her 3rd after school detention for the same thing-not turning in her homework. She is in middle school and they are teaching them about being more responsible to get them ready for high school next year. They … [Read more...]

Getting An ADHD Child Started

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In your quest toward homework independence, your child might just need a jump start. When she begins a subject, do the first problem or two with her, or help write that first sentence, or have her read the first paragraph aloud. It's like riding a bike - sometimes you just need a push-off. Just a little hint to get you started. … [Read more...]

Those Stress Balls for ADHD are…Balls

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Another mom wrote: "My son has inattentive ADHD. His teacher at school has had success with the ADHD kids in her room handling stress balls that they can manipulate while doing their work or thinking. Unfortunately the stress balls are just that...balls that lend themselves well to being thrown. Do you have any tips or advice on what works well or better than stress balls and where to find such items?" My first thought was to get a stress ball attached to a keychain so you could tether it to the desk, or at least a non-rolling squishy. I then remembered a teacher telling how she attached … [Read more...]

I Get By With a Little Help from My Mom

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A reader writes, "It is so good to know I am not the only mom of an ADD child who sometimes get exasperated with their lack of following process (with predictable chaotic results)! But there are those rewarding moments. This morning, I took time off work to go with my son to the high school counselor's office to ensure that he was signed up for the mandatory classes he needed for next trimester. He argued with me all the way to school, that I was treating him like a 5 year old, that he was completely on top of this, that he had already coordinated. I calmly replied - good, if that's … [Read more...]

IEP and 504 – Up for Review?

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If yours is up for review, consider asking the school to add things to the IEP or 504 that will help keep your child more organized. Some ideas: ~Keeping one copy of textbooks at home. ~Exemption from notebook checks. ~Teacher provided copies of homework and notes. ~A time/place after school to organize materials and assignments. ~An individual to assist child with organization on a daily basis. ~Taping organization cues to desk. ~An extra day to 'find' homework that has been completed by is lost. This can be without penalty or with a reduced penalty. ~Planners completed by teacher … [Read more...]