ADHD Supplies – Things that Aren’t On the List from the School

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As school starts back (sigh!), we're all scrambling to buy everything on the school list, and to stock up on those things we're going to need. (If you're not stocking up, you need to read School Supplies for the ADHD Inattentive Family.) Lately, however, we've run across some other things that you might want to consider, items that really might help your child slow down and pay attention...ADHD Supplies. 1. Cushions and Ball Chairs. We keep hearing about how helpful seat cushions and ball chairs are for kids and adults with ADHD - or not! Wiggly kids need to get wiggles out, and … [Read more...]

Smart Cube Timer. Smart Cubed.

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If timing’s everything, this little timer can become very valuable at your house. Take it to wherever the desired task is. 5 minutes of math problems for your daughter? Go! A family cleaning blitz of the playroom? Get ready and go! Use for everything from cooking to homework to quiet time (otherwise known as naps.) Simply set the timer with your time selection facing up. Get busy until you hear the loud alarm. Set the timer back to zero to silence it. NOTE: Each color has a different set of times, for example, the purple one has Choose from 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes and the white has 5, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Stocking Stuffers for ADHD Kids – and Adults

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We don't want to steal any of Santa's magic, but since he's really busy this time of year, we thought we'd give you a list of things that we've found our ADHD kids appreciate finding in their stocking! 1. Fidgets. - These cool things give a child, a teen, or an adult, something to fiddle with - instead of chewing their nails, rocking their chair, twirling their hair, poking the kid in front of them...Here's a list of fidgets for adhd. 2. Sharpies. Label everything with Sharpies. Water bottles, books (we labeled the outside pages of our boys' books even if we had to pay a fine!), … [Read more...]

A Helpful Tool to Foster Independence

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At Ketchup, we've often recommended the use of a timer to keep your child on task for a set amount of time. This one caught our eye -- it looks efficient and should help your family feel that way too. What’s nice about this particular one is that it comes with three disks. In theory, you could set up a routine for morning, after school and evening activities. For instance, a morning disk could be set so your child would have an allowed set amount of time for breakfast, dressing and teeth brushing without you reminding her of each step. You decide the important tasks, timings and a … [Read more...]

How to Help your ADHD-I Child Greet the Dawn…or at least the School Bus

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If your idea of a good morning is one where you don’t have to get your children up, you must be a parent. The same erratic sleep patterns that can wreak havoc with an established bedtime also make wake-up calls a repeated, frustrating exercise. Some folks take mornings better than others, but unless everyone in your family has agreed to take night jobs and night classes, getting up in the morning remains a necessity of life. Take a look at these tips to keep mornings more civil for all involved: 1. Pay attention to alarming details. First of all, you shouldn’t be the token alarm … [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...]

Clocks for ADHD

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When Ron was in his second year of college, he signed up for his first 8:00 class. This was a huge deal for him, as he has always been a chronic oversleeper. Lots of ADHD kids are. Nevertheless, I quit waking him up while he was in high school; when he oversleeps, it's his problem. (He has walked the four miles to school.) At the beginning of college, Ron simply scheduled later classes. But one semester a class he really wanted to take was only offered at 8:00. So he signed up. To make sure he wakes up, he has set THREE alarm clocks and his cell phone. He also has asked my husband to check … [Read more...]