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 inattentive kids sometimes need to wiggle to help them focus. The cushions act as sort of a shock absorber for the motion. Parents have told us that they buy one for school and one for home. Some kids even use them at the dinner table.

Some of the seats have textures to help kids with sensory issues. And yes, they come in adult sizes. You might need to wiggle a bit, too.
seat cushion for adhd
2. Timer. We’ve written a lot about timers for ADHD, but this cube timer
has really become popular because it’s so easy and fun to use. Just flip it over to the time you want, and – ready, set – GO!

cube timer for adhd
3. Unbelievably ear piercingly loud alarm clock that also shakes the bed! Although they are doing fine as adults (take that as a word of encouragement!), a couple of our boys are like their mother – they can sleep through anything. They can’t have slept through this alarm clock, though! We got it for Ash, and it’s not only insanely loud, but it has something that you put under your mattress that shakes it violently. We love this. clocks for adhd

4. Fidgets. Pencil toppers, textured rulers, chewable jewelry, puzzles, and velcro…things that our kids can play with to help them focus. I love the ones that sort of blend in to regular school supplies. Here are some ideas for ADHD fidgets.fidgets for adhd

5. Labels and Sharpies. I’ve always been of the opinion that you could label anything with a Sharpie. You may have heard the story about how I wrote our cell phone number on our children’s leg when we traveled overseas. No language needed. If a child got lost – they just showed the number.

A black fine tip marker can write on a tiny fabric label on a sweatshirt. A thicker Sharpie can label the pages on the side of a book. (If you have to pay a fine – it’s worth it!) A silver Sharpie will keep power cords and chargers organized – and keep your Uncle Bobby from taking yours by accident.

If you want a more sophisticated looking neater option for your clothes, you can get iron or stick on labels. I bought some personalized iron on labels for my dad’s felt hat that he didn’t want to mark up, and they were great!

So – what supplies are on your list that might not be on mine? What have you found that you just can’t do without?! Share them below.

About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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  1. One brand I’ve fallen in love with is Mabels labels, These things stick and stay stuck to ANYTHING that you need. The skinny minis I use for glasses, special pencils, the clothing tabs are stick on and have stayed on through a whole summer of washes. They have limited us to just 2 lost items for the WHOLE summer for my DD with ADHD. Amazing! I’m recommending them to our school moms for fundraising.

  2. Post-its! My nine-year old is getting into the habit of using these to remind himself of things he wants to remember… hurray!!

    Last year we also stuck a longer piece of velco under his desk so he could get that sensory experience discreetly if he needed it… nice to have a “rough” or “soft” choice, too.