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...]

Livin’ Easy With Your Kids – Summertime the Gershwin Way

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SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVIN' IS EASY. Summertime is supposed to be an easy time, evoking images of happy children with dirt necklaces, of lounging on the front porch with ice tea, of evenings soothed with fireflies and the lullabies of crickets and cicadas. As parents of children with ADHD, this is about as close to reality as Brahms is to Ice T. Our kids often waste their time fiddling with video games, strumming the remote, and chorusing "I'm bored." If you're going to play the blues this summer, take a lesson from George Gershwin. He has composed the perfect summertime accompaniment for the … [Read more...]

ADHD, Fidgeting and Fitness

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Is ADHD over diagnosed? If you listen to parents, you may notice a recurring complaint of children younger and younger who “can’t pay attention.” When a mother laments a six-year-old who can’t sit still, one wonders: what six-year-old wants to sit still anyway? The Centers for Disease Control has tracked diagnoses of ADHD from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11% in 2011. Have children changed or have expectations of children changed? The answer is, "Both!" Children are expected to pay attention for longer periods of time. In some schools, kindergarten students are expected to sit attentively … [Read more...]

The Cost of Living in an ADHD Nation

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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...]

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 require … [Read more...]

I Call This Drivel.

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This week someone showed me an article that I forwarded to Brock with the note: "THIS is what I never want us to write..." The article was discussing how to get ADHD children to get on the band wagon and complete their chores and homework. There was not ONE concrete solution offered. Instead, there was what I will call "drivel". I'm paraphrasing, lest you take it upon yourself to Google..."Sit your children down and talk about the situation. Tell them that when they finish their work quickly and efficiently, the family will be happier and can spend more time together." Doesn't that … [Read more...]

Social Media…the New Place to Be Awkward

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Confession...in our social ineptitude (we're old enough to wear it like a badge, now!), Brock and I just about gave up on Facebook and Twitter. Neither one of us quite 'get' it. In person, we've finally come into our own when we can look you in the eye and read all the social signals...but on Social Media, it's just hard. No matter the place - Facebook, Twitter, a forum, or heaven help us Google Plus...I always feel like I'm back in 9th grade trying to get the high school seniors to talk to me! Nonetheless, Brock and I have set an early New Year's resolution. And we're giving Facebook … [Read more...]

Is Candy Dandy or Downright Dangerous?

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A few days after Halloween, the treat bags steadily dwindle as each child digs in enthusiastically. Favorites go first, and trade negotiations for the last box of Milk Duds make the latest UN efforts seem low key in comparison. While the candy goes quickly, one question remains: Does candy make them hyper or not? For three out of four boys at Kayla's house, sugar made no difference in their behavior. Ash, the one without ADHD, could simply smell the candy and would start bouncing around like Tigger. I have to admit that I worked hard to limit sugar at our house. Edison was nearly two when … [Read more...]

Growing Graciously: Manners and Your ADHD Child

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Manners are frequently discussed when they're ignored or forgotten - something ADHD children aren't alone in doing. Your inattentive one may be more prone to forget, however... When our family celebrated Olivia's 6th birthday, her grandparents had traveled approximately 400 miles across three states to celebrate the day. The day stands out because the gift of clothing was not well-received. Once the wrapping paper was happily ripped away, the opened gift box was greeted by tears and a few honest statements that were best forgotten. While preventing a melt-down is always better than cleaning … [Read more...]