Sailor Joe: An ADHD Success Story

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Today, since it's Veteran's Day in the United States, I thought I'd give you an update our our family's favorite Veteran - Joe. Joe was the most inattentive of our inattentive bunch. He was the reason we heard about the inattentive type of ADHD. His teacher told us that she suspected he had ADHD and we laughed at her. But after researching it, we discovered she was spot on. Fast forward to high school, when Joe looked at me one night and said, "What will I do without you in college?" And then he enlisted in the Navy. His high ASVAB score landed him in a program that gave him over a year … [Read more...]

Organizing Success!

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This week I got a note from a mom who was ecstatic over a giant leap that her son had made toward school success. He'd come home with two progress reports, and although he should have brought home six, we'll disregard that because, and I quote*... One of his reports, for English, showed a fairly low average (80%) but I quickly noticed that he had all A's on every assignment except one which was a 50. So, this convo happened: Me: "C, what is this 50? What happened?" C: "Oh, that was a classwork assignment and it was two parts. I only turned in the second part. I asked Ms. G about it … [Read more...]

Perpetual Thankfulness…Keep it Going!

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You've probably seen a number of posts saying "I'm thankful for....." Personally, I love reading them, because thankfulness changes us. It allows us to see the glass half full instead of half empty. Thankfulness allows us to remember what we might otherwise forget or take for granted. I believe our perspective positively changes when we realize the gift a new day brings. Rainy day? What a great day to stay inside! Fog? What a fantastic special effect for our Facebook pictures! Hail? Hmmmm. I’m thankful it doesn’t hail every day?? You get my point – there’s always, always … [Read more...]

How to Help an ADHD Child with the SAT

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Our last post gave you some important tips to help your ADHD child with the SAT. One of our readers emailed us additional insight and wisdom that she has gained from experience with HER daughter. For those of you with younger children, don't skip this! There is also an amazing piece of advice I've never heard that you need to start on NOW. We've changed up some of the facts, below to protect privacy, but we've been given permission to share the following... Every year from 9th grade on my child took the PSAT---Preliminary SAT—to give her practice for the time in her Junior year of high … [Read more...]

Update on Kindle for ADHD

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Well, Joe reports that he broke his Kindle, and sent it back for a refund. I've never heard of anyone else breaking one, but whatever. BUT Joe really enjoyed it while he had it, and said he read Michael Crichton and Star Wars books. (Does that make you laugh as much as it does, me? He's 22, remember.) Despite his experience, I still think it's a worthwhile option to explore. If you want to test out an e-reader, I've learned that you can actually loan Kindle books, and the borrower does not need to own a Kindle, because Kindle books can be read using free Kindle reading applications for PC, … [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...]

Joe’s Reading!

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Wonder of wonder. Joe is reading. He's deployed at the moment, and boredom may have something to do with it, but I suspect that the biggest difference is that he bought a Kindle! Once again, electronic devices have won out with him. Have any of you tried a Kindle with your ADHD child? UPDATE: Joe is out of the NAVY now, and by his admission, he reads a lot less. But when he reads, it is on a Kindle. Another one of our boys is overseas working and studying, and he depends on his Kindle. And they have me hooked, too. I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I love. … [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...]

Encouraging an ADHD Child

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Let's face it. ADHD can be discouraging. Even though they're wonderful, our children often end up feeling less than perfect. They march to a different drummer, their problems often overshadow their successes, and their sense of overwhelm often eclipses the simple joys of life. How do you encourage your ADHD child, and help her to develop and maintain a positive self image? Share in the comments below. Homework can be one of the most discouraging times for our kids. Find out how to "Wake Up from the Homework Nightmare". … [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...]