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...]

Make up Your Mind Already!

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Every kid does certain things well and other things, not so well. I used to think that decision-making just wasn’t Lesley’s thing. Somewhere I had read that a parent should give choices where the decision’s outcome solely affected the child. Would you like orange juice or apple juice? Do you want your sandwich cut into triangles or rectangles? Lesley never took these choices lightly. She pondered the benefits of pulp-free, calcium-fortified orange juice, and she finally concluded that sandwiches cut into triangles tasted better. As decisions became more complex, she thought harder and … [Read more...]

Honing Life Skills

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For a child who’s diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive, school is all consuming for the entire family. Evening life in a typical school week is a series of doing exactly what needs to be done for tomorrow. At times when the next test, regular homework and upcoming project comes close to overwhelming, it’s easy to overlook passing on certain life skills. In hindsight, I can say we did some things better than others, so I hope what we suffered through or merely survived can help you figure out what works at your house. While household chores teach children a variety of life skills, I didn’t … [Read more...]

Why Good Manners Matter to Your ADHD Teen

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Learning to be polite and consider the needs of others shouldn’t be a hardship – even for a 14- year-old teen diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive. Your teen may not clamor to learn about manners any more than she clamors to memorize algebraic formulas, but she stands to greatly benefit from both types of knowledge. As a parent, you may find that you often return to the role of the take-no-prisoners manners police: “Don’t talk with your mouth full….Take your baseball cap off…Hold the door open,” etc., etc. The good news is that most teens behave better for someone else – anyone else – other … [Read more...]

A Roadmap for traveling with ADHD

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It's Thanksgiving time in the United States, time to travel. Although the refrain of "over the river and through the woods" has transitioned to "over the highway and through the tollbooths", no matter how far you roam, travel is an adventure. Traveling with ADHD kids, however can turn into a misadventure - if you're not prepared for it. Here are a few tried and true tips for traveling with your favorite ADHD child(ren)... 1. Timed Travel. Perhaps because their brains are all over the place, ADHD kids like the comfort of a routine. Traveling usually means they are off that routine and a … [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...]

Timing’s Everything for an ADHD Child

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Kayla may have shared with you about how she almost kept Mike out of kindergarten for a year to let him start a year later. She and I have been discussing this issue lately because many kids (ADHD or not) benefit from maturing a bit before they start their school careers. What Mike ended up doing was taking a gap year after his first year of college. It looks like Kayla’s instincts about holding him back a year were accurate – he just ended up taking the time a little later than anticipated. We have our own timing story. When Lesley was 4, she started kindergarten in Maryland. It wasn’t my … [Read more...]

Brock and Lesley

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Like Kayla told you last week, I'm Brock Myers, and I'll be writing a good bit for adhd-inattentive.com. I have a 14-year-old daughter who's ADHD inattentive, and like you, I've gained a lot of valuable tips by reading Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet? This newsletter has allowed me to learn so much from other parents! I love the new focus that Michelle shared on the blog when she started seeing "how ADHD is really a gift and not a deficit." It's so true for Lesley who's the youngest in our family. (Her brother Edison is in his second year in university, and her sister Olivia is … [Read more...]

Timers for ADHD

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Looking back over the last ten years, one piece of equipment keeps showing up - the TIMER. Timers have been essential in our house. There are all sorts of timers - free ones on the computer or your microwave. Timers that come as a function on a watch or a cell phone. iPhones have special timer applications. There are visual timers, timers that buzz/flash/beep, timers that sing. (Here's a whole post about reminder clocks.) We've used timers for all sorts of things - like on Halloween night we set the countdown for 30 minutes and let the kids eat all the candy they wanted. That is NOT a … [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...]