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 clock. … [Read more...]

How Reading Shapes Us: Guiding Your Children to Good Choices

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Albert Einstein once said "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." I'm not out to give you a definitive list of books your children must read to be a model citizen or better student. I do want to encourage you to keep reading and to keep putting books in your children's hands. You never know which book is going to spark, inspire and change everything. Some of us may not be born book lovers, but most of us are born to become book lovers. For the same reason children shouldn't be served a steady … [Read more...]

Sophie, Pay Attention!

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Susan Braun is the mother of three wonderful girls, and the author of Girls in White Dresses - a wonderful blog about all things parenting. She's also a long time reader of "Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?". Without mentioning names, let's just say that Susan is very familiar with inattention. A while ago, Susan contacted me about a new children's book she had written called, "Sophie, Pay Attention!". It's about a little girl who has trouble attending. Because she's so scatterbrained, her family sometimes doesn't pay attention to everything Sophie says, either. It's a … [Read more...]

The Kindle for ADHD

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In the last post, we talked about how reading aloud to Lesley helped her with her reading assignments. But reading aloud to our kids isn't always possible - and shouldn't be something they rely on 100%. That brings us to Mike, who has a whole 'nother type of reading to tackle. In addition to his English assignments, Mike has to read lovely books about theology and doctrine. He's slightly more interested in his topics than I would be, but it's still a chore to stay on task. Kindle for ADHD Knowing about Joe's success with a Kindle, we decided to try one with Mike. Mike loved it. And I got … [Read more...]

What’s Food Got To Do With It?

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What's Food Got To Do With It? - This instructional guide to ADHD dieting gives a broad overview foods which often cause allergic reactions. The ADD Nutrition Solution offers substitutes for these and other problem foods, and a way to isolate items that aggravate symptoms. It is also very acclaimed for offering many substitutes to the drugs meant to help a case of ADHD, such as Ritalin. What's Food Got To Do With It? takes home a sweet spot on our recommended reading list, because it does more than just tell what the problem is, but it tells you how to get around it. Read … [Read more...]

Is This Your Child?

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Is This Your Child? - This book by Doris Rapp gives suggestions about how reactions to foods and environmental factors can be recognized, prevented, and treated. With this information, children with food allergies may feel, act, behave, and learn better. She offers a way to cross-examine your child's diet and the foods that may worsen a case of ADHD. Is This Your Child? is a great book to caution parents on improper diets for those children, and adults, with ADHD. We recommend it! … [Read more...]

Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World

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Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World - This book includes 10 minute a day exercises to unlock the potential of your ADD child. It is truly fascinating, and it's one of my favorites. The book warns not to criticize or be ungrateful of ADHD, but to rather accept and take advantage of the incredible characteristics that ADHD unlocks. Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World is not just great because of its exercises, but because of it's theme of accepting ADHD as a beneficial characteristic. Read it! … [Read more...]

Driven to Distraction

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Driven to Distraction -Written by two doctors with ADHD, this book is primarily about adult ADHD, but it provides good insight into the disorder, as well as ways for parents to help their child. However, the book also provides a substantial amount of information on how to assist adults with ADHD. An audio cassette is also available. Driven to Distraction is a very resourceful book for treating ADHD in children and adults alike, making it very high up on our recommended reading list.   … [Read more...]