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...]

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...]

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...]

Off to College! Another Success Story from a Reader

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As always, we're grateful to parents and students who share their stories and hints. And - as always - we're protecting the privacy of this mom and daughter by changing names. Our ADHD-I student is heading off to college in August. We attended orientation and each of us was overwhelmed by all the information coming at us. At the end of the first day, I immediately began organizing all the paperwork in a 5” 3-ring binder! I made exhaustive notes on what to accomplish the next day. Armed with my notebook and ready to go by 6:00 am the next day, my husband and I met up with Selina at … [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 … [Read more...]

How to Help an ADHD Child with the SAT

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Our last post gave you some important tips to help your ADHD child with the SAT. One of our readers emailed us additional insight and wisdom that she has gained from experience with HER daughter. For those of you with younger children, don't skip this! There is also an amazing piece of advice I've never heard that you need to start on NOW. We've changed up some of the facts, below to protect privacy, but we've been given permission to share the following... Every year from 9th grade on my child took the PSAT---Preliminary SAT—to give her practice for the time in her Junior year of high … [Read more...]

Congratulations…

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Brock and I both are celebrating graduations this week. No we aren't graduating, but Ash and Olivia are finishing high school. And we all know that a child's graduation doesn't happen without a lot of effort from the parents, too. Ash nor Olivia have required the parental assistance (persistence, nagging, nudging, coaching, yelling, crying, encouraging...) that some of our other kids have needed, but there is still a keen sense of shared accomplishment. Congratulations, Ash! Congratulations, Olivia! May God's blessings follow you wherever His path for you leads. And congratulations, … [Read more...]

Balancing Success in the Classroom with Everything Else

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The good news is that Lesley's focus has greatly improved. Her grades are good - mostly A's. Another piece of good news is that she auditioned for the school play and got a fairly good role. Life is busy. I thought we were all fine, but unfortunately, Lesley was stressed. She made straight A's for the year in 8th grade, and her expectations were that she should continue doing that in 9th grade. With the demands of play rehearsals, drama club and piano lessons, her schedule didn't allow as much time for homework and study. Her grades were moving from an A to a B in a couple classes, but I … [Read more...]

Update on Kindle for ADHD

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Well, Joe reports that he broke his Kindle, and sent it back for a refund. I've never heard of anyone else breaking one, but whatever. BUT Joe really enjoyed it while he had it, and said he read Michael Crichton and Star Wars books. (Does that make you laugh as much as it does, me? He's 22, remember.) Despite his experience, I still think it's a worthwhile option to explore. If you want to test out an e-reader, I've learned that you can actually loan Kindle books, and the borrower does not need to own a Kindle, because Kindle books can be read using free Kindle reading applications for PC, … [Read more...]

The Gift of ADHD

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In this holiday season, it seems that I keep re-discovering the lesson that thankfulness changes us for the better. In my quest to be truly thankful for the gift of ADHD at our house, I've come across some interesting personalities who also live (or have lived) successfully with either diagnosed or undiagnosed ADHD. Politicians like Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso weren't diagnosed with ADHD, but when we read about their lives and their characteristics, it sounds like classic ADHD. The same is true for Galileo, Leonard Davinci, … [Read more...]