Slogging through Homework

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You eat an elephant a bite at a time. A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. These proverbs make big jobs sound easier, but in reality, they don't make much difference to our kids who are slogging through a night of math and science and social studies and that stupid book called Charlotte's Web that the teacher made them read. It's just overwhelming for our kids, truly. But what if you gave an incentive for each bite of the elephant - a small 'something to look forward to' for each milestone? What about these... 1. After every five math problems, give a sticker. 2. After each … [Read more...]

Gifts for ADHD Kids

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We were having a discussion at our house about what makes a good stocking stuffer, and the kids decided that there is one thing that every ADHD kid NEEDS. Ready for this? The one necessary thing was...peppermint gum. Gum is a fidget. Peppermint has that smell that improves focus. So there you have it, and don't you wish that meant your holiday shopping was over?! But since we have a feeling your list is a bit longer than that...here are a few more of the wishes - er - suggestions we got! We were surprised at how many things fell in the non-toy department. Games. We love Spot It for the … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year. Every parent is on a full-speed-ahead journey headed directly to fun size chocolates, lollipops, bubble gum and chewy candy of all shapes and sizes. But does it have to be that way? Creative parents everywhere have shared all kinds of fabulous ideas to counteract an incredible influx of sugar. Some of these ideas are plain EVIL. Bwhahahahah!! Maybe that’s why I love them! Take a look: 1. Hand out candy your kids don’t like. 2. Trade it in for money – or take to a dentist. 3. Let them gorge one night, then have only two pieces a day, and toss it out if … [Read more...]

Mrs. Anderson, Please Like My Child

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This letter wasn't written to a specific teacher, or about a particular child, but came from a hope that my sons would be liked by their new teachers. Since school is starting, I thought you might enjoy it - and might just want to pass it along. Dear Mrs. Anderson, My child Ben has been assigned to your class this year, and I'm glad. People have often told me what a wonderful teacher you are. You have had a lot of great things said about you. You've probably heard about my Ben, too, but I'm afraid the things said about him aren't always good. The truth is, Ben can be difficult. He's … [Read more...]

Good Night, Sweet Prince! How to Encourage Good Sleep Habits for Your ADHD-inattentive Child…without Losing Sleep Yourself

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Remember the days when a bedtime story and a loving lullaby lulled your little one to sleep? Me neither. My very active children fought sleep every step of the way. As proof, I have pictures of toddlers and pre-schoolers asleep with faces down on: a high chair tray, the arm of our sofa, the dining room table and the floor. That's Kayla's Joe in the picture. Unfortunately their resistance to a reasonable bedtime didn’t change much as teens. They just slept later when they could. It's a double problem for our kids. As you know, one of the symptoms of ADHD-I is erratic sleep patterns. … [Read more...]