High School and ADHD Meds: Our Story

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The high school secretary and I had a special friendship. If Joe or I discovered that he had forgotten to take his Strattera, he could go to the office and she would give him the missed dose. Over several months, it became increasingly obvious that Joe wasn't taking his meds, and it wasn't because he forgot. He didn't want to. So why didn't he want the medication? The bottom line was that they made him feel 'weird'. We'd tried several types, combinations, dosages, and they would work for a while, but Joe felt that they all altered the way he felt. They altered his personality, his appetite, … [Read more...]

Omega 3: A Whole ‘Nuther Meaning for Essential

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You've heard people talking about essential oils at the soccer games, your mother has given you a sample, and EO information is consuming your Facebook feed. But this post isn't about those kinds of oils, although we're going to do a post about soon. (Add your comments on the subject here, please.) This post is about another oil that is truly essential to the human body - Omega-3 fatty acids. There's been a long debate about whether or not Omega-3 fatty acids have an effect on ADHD symptoms. Last month, a brief was released that once again suggested that they absolutely do. In the study, … [Read more...]

Organizing Success!

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This week I got a note from a mom who was ecstatic over a giant leap that her son had made toward school success. He'd come home with two progress reports, and although he should have brought home six, we'll disregard that because, and I quote*... One of his reports, for English, showed a fairly low average (80%) but I quickly noticed that he had all A's on every assignment except one which was a 50. So, this convo happened: Me: "C, what is this 50? What happened?" C: "Oh, that was a classwork assignment and it was two parts. I only turned in the second part. I asked Ms. G about it … [Read more...]

Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year. Every parent is on a full-speed-ahead journey headed directly to fun size chocolates, lollipops, bubble gum and chewy candy of all shapes and sizes. But does it have to be that way? Creative parents everywhere have shared all kinds of fabulous ideas to counteract an incredible influx of sugar. Some of these ideas are plain EVIL. Bwhahahahah!! Maybe that’s why I love them! Take a look: 1. Hand out candy your kids don’t like. 2. Trade it in for money – or take to a dentist. 3. Let them gorge one night, then have only two pieces a day, and toss it out if … [Read more...]

Make up Your Mind Already!

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Every kid does certain things well and other things, not so well. I used to think that decision-making just wasn’t Lesley’s thing. Somewhere I had read that a parent should give choices where the decision’s outcome solely affected the child. Would you like orange juice or apple juice? Do you want your sandwich cut into triangles or rectangles? Lesley never took these choices lightly. She pondered the benefits of pulp-free, calcium-fortified orange juice, and she finally concluded that sandwiches cut into triangles tasted better. As decisions became more complex, she thought harder and … [Read more...]

Good Grade Wall

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Our kids run into so much negativity from other people, from situations, and - admit it - from their own head! And while we *do* have to be firm with our kids, we have to set expectations and dole out discipline, we should still be a source of support and encouragement. That's why I LOVED what one of our Facebook friends shared her "Good Grade Wall". Here's what she said: Since our daughter struggles so much in school due to her ADHD and multiple Learning Disabilites, we are always looking for ways to let her know that with extra work and putting the time in she can achieve … [Read more...]

What To Do When They Just Can’t Sit Still

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You know the type. You can easily recognize her in a classroom setting. The teacher’s talking, and he’s in constant motion. She’s drumming her fingers on the desk. His leg is bouncing up and down with a rhythm to match the tune in his head….except he doesn’t recognize that he’s moving. The good news is that often, the wiggling and jiggling is an attempt to pay attention. The bad news is that the constant movement looks like distracting and annoying hyperactivity. Aside from starting gym class a little early, what can you do? Take a look at the following tried and true tips to help the ones … [Read more...]

Memorizing Hint…In the Middle of the Night

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Just heard this memorizing hint, which probably isn't good for a younger child. But for high schoolers and college age kids - and their parents, it sounds very promising. If you have to memorize anything that can be put onto notecards, set a stack of the cards beside your alarm clock, and set the clock to go off in the middle of the night. When the alarm sounds, go through the cards very briefly, then go back to sleep. The person explaining this said that he learned it from a college professor, and that it really, really worked. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Mom, where’s my….?! Lost and Found with ADHD.

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Truly, I thought I was past the days when I was the chief locator, but this Christmas holiday proved that those days are not over. The boys may be adults, and they may successfully be finding their way in their respective chosen paths, but they are not successfully finding their: cell phone shoes iPod Kindle Fire (oh, my, the drama!) keys glasses jackets or jeans All the boys were home at one point; Joe stayed about a week, and Mike stayed almost a month. And ADHD was at home again, too! Yes, I saw wonderfully encouraging evidence that they were growing up. Joe is preparing … [Read more...]

Realistically Resolve to Reorganize

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How do you see the new year? Just another day? Or is this the year to bring about the changes you've longed for? New Year's resolutions can be tricky. While it's great to set goals, pinpointing achievable goals is a delicate balance between simple, challenging and downright unrealistic. Organizing a child or teen with ADHD-inattentive tendencies sounds impossible - like the proverbial nailing of Jello to the wall or herding cats. But finding ways to help your child is achievable. As parents and advocates, your job is two-fold: 1) simplify the task. 2) equip the child for the task. … [Read more...]