Notebook Checks and ADHD

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I'm not sure there is anything worse for our kids than the dreaded notebook check. In case you're not familiar with them, brace yourselves. They're headed your way. Many teachers, starting in Middle School but especially in High School, require kids to keep all papers associated with their class in an organized notebook. There are usually sections for warm-ups (the work kids do as they enter class), homework, tests and quizzes, classroom notes, and classwork. At an announced - or un-announced - time, the children are supposed to show their neat and orderly file of papers to the teacher. … [Read more...]

What We Did Wrong…the Tip of the Iceburg

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After I posted ADHD - What We Did Right yesterday, it showed up on my Facebook page. I got the most glowing comments - all of which would have gone to my head had I not know that - today was coming. So here it is...my tip of the iceburg list of all the things that I did WRONG. Trust me, this post would be way too long if I listed them all. Yelling, inconsistency, throwing a tomato (yes I did), not taking supplements, talking about it too much...Sigh. I'll depress myself if I think about it. So here are three of our TOP mistakes. Not Learning Together - Since at some point Ron did assume … [Read more...]

Ten Years of ADHD

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This year marks the ten year anniversary of our first ADHD diagnosis. Before then, I thought ADHD referred to wild, undisciplined children who couldn't be still or shut up mainly because they were hyped up on sugar and needed a firm hand. Joe was a calm, spacey child who had never (not even once) got his name on the board or been in any sort of trouble. Sure, he occasionally forgot to wear a shirt, couldn't keep track of anything, and zoned out during class. And, yes, he was pretty annoyed at loud noises, had a terrible time getting a good night's sleep, and approached learning in a strange … [Read more...]

IEP and 504 – Up for Review?

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If yours is up for review, consider asking the school to add things to the IEP or 504 that will help keep your child more organized. Some ideas: ~Keeping one copy of textbooks at home. ~Exemption from notebook checks. ~Teacher provided copies of homework and notes. ~A time/place after school to organize materials and assignments. ~An individual to assist child with organization on a daily basis. ~Taping organization cues to desk. ~An extra day to 'find' homework that has been completed by is lost. This can be without penalty or with a reduced penalty. ~Planners completed by teacher … [Read more...]

ADHD – The Initial Diagnosis

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This month I've received several inquiries about some of the basics involved when a child is initially diagnosed with ADHD. This newsletter will address some of those questions. First of all, according to the DSM-IV*, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has three subtypes: Combined Type (Hyperactivity and Inattentiveness), Predominantly Inattentive Type, and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. Children like ours were previously labeled ADD; the label has changed, even if the children haven't! ADHD is not a learning disability, although many kids with Attention Deficit also have … [Read more...]

School. Yuck!

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For some odd reason I remember being introduced to the word communication while studying Janet and Mark in the first grade. (Harper & Row was the publisher...remember that too.) I was reintroduced to the word when my own child was in his first year of school. Although communication includes the principal, secretary, and even the lunch lady, the most important dialog is between parent and teacher. Early in the school year, make contact with your teacher. As I stated in last month's newsletter, "The first week of school, write the teacher a letter introducing your child, and briefly listing … [Read more...]