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...]

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...]

SAT Prep for an ADHD Student

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Just when you thought high school was falling into a predictable pattern, you discover it’s time for your student to take the SAT - the Scholastic Aptitude Test. SAT Prep for your ADHD student sounds like a nightmare, but you can help him prepare so he’ll know what to expect. She may not thank you today, but one day you’ll hear about how grateful she is for your support. Start your best strategic plan early and be sure to: 1. Secure test accommodations. The College Board can grant your student special testing accommodations like extra time or more breaks, but you must apply for these, so … [Read more...]

Your Child’s Best Advocate is You

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As the parent of an ADHD-Inattentive child, you are the best advocate available. There are times when you have a gut feeling or a simple nagging thought in the back of your mind that something's not right. Sometimes problems are much more obvious, but it's tough to find a mutually agreeable solution. Here's one reader's situation (with names changed to protect privacy): My son has a school-recognized 504 accommodation for ADHD Inattentive Type. Brandon is extremely bright, and the psychologist said he should be getting straight A's just by sitting in class. Unfortunately, he only gets … [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...]