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...]

Timers for ADHD

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Looking back over the last ten years, one piece of equipment keeps showing up - the TIMER. Timers have been essential in our house. There are all sorts of timers - free ones on the computer or your microwave. Timers that come as a function on a watch or a cell phone. iPhones have special timer applications. There are visual timers, timers that buzz/flash/beep, timers that sing. (Here's a whole post about reminder clocks.) We've used timers for all sorts of things - like on Halloween night we set the countdown for 30 minutes and let the kids eat all the candy they wanted. That is NOT a … [Read more...]

Medication for ADHD Kids

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There is nothing that annoys me more than to hear someone make blanket statements about how ADHD should be treated. Our children are individuals, with different personalities, learning styles, diets, educational settings, and home backgrounds. Each child has different body chemistry, too. All these factors combined make it impossible for people to say, "If you'd just do such and so, Susie would be fine." But people do say it, and when they do, it often leaves parents like us feeling discouraged, ineffective, and insecure. I don't want anything I write to leave anyone with those types of … [Read more...]