New Research Regarding ADHD Medicines: Guilt-Free News

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Do you medicate? Or do you hesitate to medicate? As expert opinions swing from one extreme to another, parents like you are making decisions daily in the best interest of your child or teen. While there’s no such thing as guilt-free parenting, a recent study conducted by the University of Florida should encourage you. The latest research confirms that children who take Ritalin and Adderall (stimulants for ADHD-I) are not more inclined to have cardiac problems during treatment. The study published in British Medical Journal in August decisively answers a ten-year debate regarding … [Read more...]

Perpetual Thankfulness…Keep it Going!

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You've probably seen a number of posts saying "I'm thankful for....." Personally, I love reading them, because thankfulness changes us. It allows us to see the glass half full instead of half empty. Thankfulness allows us to remember what we might otherwise forget or take for granted. I believe our perspective positively changes when we realize the gift a new day brings. Rainy day? What a great day to stay inside! Fog? What a fantastic special effect for our Facebook pictures! Hail? Hmmmm. I’m thankful it doesn’t hail every day?? You get my point – there’s always, always … [Read more...]

Good Night, Sweet Prince! How to Encourage Good Sleep Habits for Your ADHD-inattentive Child…without Losing Sleep Yourself

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Remember the days when a bedtime story and a loving lullaby lulled your little one to sleep? Me neither. My very active children fought sleep every step of the way. As proof, I have pictures of toddlers and pre-schoolers asleep with faces down on: a high chair tray, the arm of our sofa, the dining room table and the floor. That's Kayla's Joe in the picture. Unfortunately their resistance to a reasonable bedtime didn’t change much as teens. They just slept later when they could. It's a double problem for our kids. As you know, one of the symptoms of ADHD-I is erratic sleep patterns. … [Read more...]

Before and During: How Success Stories Get Started

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As the parent of an ADHD-inattentive child, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted. I know there were times at our house when life seemed to be one steady stream of prepping for the next test and whacking away at assignments in bite-sized chunks. Flash cards, IEP meetings, and peppermint tea – we were always thinking of the next strategy for ADHD. While I don’t mean to imply that we’ve arrived and have it all figured out, I do want to encourage you. Success may start slowly, but it always starts. Don’t forget to notice triumphs no matter how small. In retrospect, I … [Read more...]

What Are We Doing Today? Planning for the Long, Hot Summer

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I'm usually optimistic at the beginning of summer vacation. I envision a time when we read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud, teach fractions by writing in the sand and purge all our closets of outgrown (or "so last year" clothing). Then a few days pass, and I panic about how much the television has been on and how many rematches that the video championship tournament of the world has expanded to. I find myself wondering if learning new makeup techniques from Youtube is all that beneficial. Somewhere between our most lofty goals and simply morphing into the sofa is a healthy balance for us … [Read more...]

Make That Acceptance Speech Early: Thanking People Who Made an Impact on Your Child

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“I’d like to thank the Academy, my mother and my wonderful first grade teacher……”) Are you counting days until the end of school? Before you start prepping for that end-of-the-year party, let’s pause and think about gratitude for a moment. Now would be a great time to express thanks to people who made a positive impact on your child this year. Your child’s teacher is a good person to start with. A sincere handwritten note is a rare treasure, but email certainly conveys your sentiments. In our children’s lives, I can count several individuals who brought out the best in them. I’m … [Read more...]

Why Good Manners Matter to Your ADHD Teen

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Learning to be polite and consider the needs of others shouldn’t be a hardship – even for a 14- year-old teen diagnosed with ADHD-inattentive. Your teen may not clamor to learn about manners any more than she clamors to memorize algebraic formulas, but she stands to greatly benefit from both types of knowledge. As a parent, you may find that you often return to the role of the take-no-prisoners manners police: “Don’t talk with your mouth full….Take your baseball cap off…Hold the door open,” etc., etc. The good news is that most teens behave better for someone else – anyone else – other … [Read more...]

Walk, Run or Jump to Your Nearest Study Break

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To an ADHD-inattentive child, homework seems endless. It starts after school, stops for a dinner break and can sometimes go until bedtime. In hindsight, it's fairly easy to say the whole time wasn't productive, but at the time, the whole family can be caught up in the "crisis du jour." Maybe it's like this at your house. You hear "AHHHHH. One English lit test, a history essay and 35 math problems." That's your first clue that it's going to be a long night. "Okay, ask me these questions. I think I'm ready…." would be Lesley's usual request, but often we both realized after the first three … [Read more...]

Preparing for the SAT or ACT: A Guide for ADHD Students

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The first time Joe had a College Board test - I think it was the PSAT - we didn't know you needed to apply for testing accommodations. Joe went in expecting extra time, and he was unpleasantly surprised. Today's post is by Jenn Cohen, the self described 'Chief Word Nerd' of Jenn Cohen Tutoring. She has some invaluable tips to help you navigate the troubled waters of the SAT and the ACT. I wish I had read this a few years ago! College admissions tests are a necessity for most college bound students, but just a mere mention of those three letters S-A-T can make kids (and parents) run for the … [Read more...]

How to Raise Your Child’s Social IQ

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While your child's social skills might not be assessed on her latest report card or addressed in his most recent IEP, social intelligence matters. Some children are naturally chatty and comfortable conversing with adults or their peers while others painfully struggle thinking of anything natural to say. Think Charlie Brown and that cute little red-headed girl. Think back to the socially awkward peers of your own class. Or maybe you were one of the ones who felt awkward - like I was. While most of us outgrow feeling clumsy, initiating certain activities with your child can ease them into their … [Read more...]