Focus Pocus

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"Focus Pocus" was Ron's Facebook status the other day. I didn't ask him about it, but I can only imagine why he posted. Maybe in the throes of studying, Facebook beckoned. More likely, in the throes of Facebooking, his conscience called him to study. Anyhow, it's a great title. There are many little 'magical' strategies that help improve focus. None of them work all of the time - nothing works all of the time for our kids! All of them work some of the time, and chances are one of the following will work for you today: Limit the Viewing Area - Cut down on distractions by limiting what the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD

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So often books about ADHD are just full of fluffy, pie in the sky suggestions that remind me of an episode of The Brady Bunch - all conflicts can be easily solved in 30 minutes. Parents and educators aren't given any practical solutions. The book Getting Schooled: 102 Practical Tips for Parents, Teachers, Counselors and Students about Living and Learning with ADHD, isn't like that. Written by Margrit Crane, it's a down to earth, you can do this today sort of guide that is easy to read and absolutely do-able. Quotes from the book:     • Parent's section: … [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...]

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...]

Can’t Sit Still?? Maybe you need a new seat!

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If there’s someone in your life who has trouble sitting still, give them a seat that encourages movement! Take a look at these chairs, both of them really good alternatives to the ball chair, that leaves some people (like Kayla) with a hurt back.: 1. Kore Wobble Chair. Available in teen, child and toddler sizes, the Kore Wobble Chair provides an outlet for pent up energy and is designed so it can’t tip over. Popular for homework or computer time – even in some classrooms – kids love them. 2. Hokki Stool . Available in four sizes, the ergonomic design of this lightweight but sturdy … [Read more...]

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...]

Book Review from a Parent: Survival Guide for ADHD Kids

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Today's post is brought to you courtesy of - you! One of our wonderful readers recommended this book on our Facebook page, and graciously agreed to write a review. What ADHD book - or any ADHD product - do you recommend? Please let us know in the comments below! For a couple of years now I had been asking myself.."How will I know it's the right time to talk to my child about her "special" qualities?" I Googled it, asked other people, I read articles and blogs. They all had pretty much the same thing to say...."You'll know when the time is right". But, being new to this whole ADHD thing, I … [Read more...]

Book Review…The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf

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The Gift in You. I love this book. I can't stop talking about it - so much of what this author says strikes a chord in me. No intelligence test can truly test your giftedness or your intelligence level. You are one-of-a-kind: no one else processes information, approaches a problem or thinks exactly like you. You are gifted like no one else! While this is written to help you discover your gift, it will also help you understand the ones you love who have very different gifts. Dr. Carolyn Leaf has researched the science of thought since 1985, and what she's found will fascinate you. … [Read more...]

The PAC-kit – Our Planner for ADHD

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We don't talk a lot about the PAC-kit, but this is the time of year that we should! The PAC-kit is the Planner, Agenda, and Calendar that evolved from our attempts to keep Ron and Joe organized. We always found that store bought planners didn't work for our guys. Here's what would happen. It's Tuesday night. Your son has a new $8.95 planner that you just bought because he lost the one he had before. You flip to today's date. Nothing is written on it. He patiently shows you where he wrote his homework - on the wrong page. Because he couldn't fit all the words onto the tiny lines, his … [Read more...]