Slogging through Homework

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You eat an elephant a bite at a time. A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step. These proverbs make big jobs sound easier, but in reality, they don't make much difference to our kids who are slogging through a night of math and science and social studies and that stupid book called Charlotte's Web that the teacher made them read. It's just overwhelming for our kids, truly. But what if you gave an incentive for each bite of the elephant - a small 'something to look forward to' for each milestone? What about these... 1. After every five math problems, give a sticker. 2. After each … [Read more...]

Notebook Paper for Poor Handwriting

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I was looking for color coded notebook paper that would be good for labeling papers, and found this paper, and I love it! Abilitations is great paper for our kids who have a hard time writing. The line guides them to form their letters more precisely. The colored areas keep them from having to think about how low that loop in the letter 'g' needs to go, so they can focus on formation. They remind me of the 'red line, red line, blue line' paper that we used when I was in grade school. There are two types of paper - intermediate and beginner - with different sizes of lines. The packs come … [Read more...]

What To Do About Too Much Homework

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I don't have to tell you that your kids have too much homework. It's a rare parent that thinks that the nightly chore of reviewing and previewing and rehashing the day's work is as necessary as the government seems to think it is. Throw a dose of ADHD into homework time, and...well, it can be a nightmare. My kids and I both loved school. We generally had great teachers, good instruction, and lots of fun. But I still dreaded the start of the year because of the homework. (Okay, and because we couldn't sleep late, but don't tell.) There is supposed to be a homework standard. Children … [Read more...]

ADHD Supplies – Things that Aren’t On the List from the School

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As school starts back (sigh!), we're all scrambling to buy everything on the school list, and to stock up on those things we're going to need. (If you're not stocking up, you need to read School Supplies for the ADHD Inattentive Family.) Lately, however, we've run across some other things that you might want to consider, items that really might help your child slow down and pay attention...ADHD Supplies. 1. Cushions and Ball Chairs. We keep hearing about how helpful seat cushions and ball chairs are for kids and adults with ADHD - or not! Wiggly kids need to get wiggles out, and … [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...]

The PAC-kit – Our Planner for ADHD

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We don't talk a lot about the PAC-kit, but this is the time of year that we should! The PAC-kit is the Planner, Agenda, and Calendar that evolved from our attempts to keep Ron and Joe organized. We always found that store bought planners didn't work for our guys. Here's what would happen. It's Tuesday night. Your son has a new $8.95 planner that you just bought because he lost the one he had before. You flip to today's date. Nothing is written on it. He patiently shows you where he wrote his homework - on the wrong page. Because he couldn't fit all the words onto the tiny lines, his … [Read more...]

Helping Your ADHD-Inattentive Child or Teen: How Much is Too Much?

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"You do too much! She should do it herself." This was the unsolicited advice our 19-year-old daughter gave me when she found out that her 16-year-old sister Lesley continued to ask for my editing help for an English essay. I immediately replied: "She still has ADHD-I, you know. That's not changed." Olivia was adamant: I helped too much. At the same time, I felt strongly that Lesley needed the help. My older daughter is majoring in English at her university, and any sort of writing project continues to be her strength. Meanwhile, Lesley's taking her first Advanced Placement English … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

A Hangman Spelling Nightmare

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Colin is a seven year old first grader who is displaying some inattentiveness, and recently I was able to help Colin and his mom with a homework nightmare. It was spelling - an online hangman game that had to be completed and submitted via the school's homework system. (At least there was no book to bring home - right?!) Anyhow, the particular problem Colin was having was a game of hangman. There were twenty words, and students could only guess incorrectly a few times before being penalized. So Colin had a sheet of words, and every time he got one correct, he was marking them off. … [Read more...]