Focus Pocus

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"Focus Pocus" was Ron's Facebook status the other day. I didn't ask him about it, but I can only imagine why he posted. Maybe in the throes of studying, Facebook beckoned. More likely, in the throes of Facebooking, his conscience called him to study. Anyhow, it's a great title. There are many little 'magical' strategies that help improve focus. None of them work all of the time - nothing works all of the time for our kids! All of them work some of the time, and chances are one of the following will work for you today: Limit the Viewing Area - Cut down on distractions by limiting what the … [Read more...]

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...]

Gifts for ADHD Kids

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We were having a discussion at our house about what makes a good stocking stuffer, and the kids decided that there is one thing that every ADHD kid NEEDS. Ready for this? The one necessary thing was...peppermint gum. Gum is a fidget. Peppermint has that smell that improves focus. So there you have it, and don't you wish that meant your holiday shopping was over?! But since we have a feeling your list is a bit longer than that...here are a few more of the wishes - er - suggestions we got! We were surprised at how many things fell in the non-toy department. Games. We love Spot It for the … [Read more...]

Spelling Success for Back to School

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Back to school. Whether you approach this time of year with anticipation or dread, it's about to happen. New teachers and classes, different rules and expectations, leave children and parents overwhelmed with excitement and anxiety. Below are six ways to send your child back to school with success. Supplies - Most schools provide a list of essentials for each child to bring on the first day of class. Make sure your child has exactly what is requested, and save enough cash for those supply needs that crop up the first week of class. Stock up on all types of paper, writing utensils, art … [Read more...]

Can’t Sit Still?? Maybe you need a new seat!

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If there’s someone in your life who has trouble sitting still, give them a seat that encourages movement! Take a look at these chairs, both of them really good alternatives to the ball chair, that leaves some people (like Kayla) with a hurt back.: 1. Kore Wobble Chair. Available in teen, child and toddler sizes, the Kore Wobble Chair provides an outlet for pent up energy and is designed so it can’t tip over. Popular for homework or computer time – even in some classrooms – kids love them. 2. Hokki Stool . Available in four sizes, the ergonomic design of this lightweight but sturdy … [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...]

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...]

Joe’s Reading!

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Wonder of wonder. Joe is reading. He's deployed at the moment, and boredom may have something to do with it, but I suspect that the biggest difference is that he bought a Kindle! Once again, electronic devices have won out with him. Have any of you tried a Kindle with your ADHD child? UPDATE: Joe is out of the NAVY now, and by his admission, he reads a lot less. But when he reads, it is on a Kindle. Another one of our boys is overseas working and studying, and he depends on his Kindle. And they have me hooked, too. I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I love. … [Read more...]

How Do You Organize Your Time?

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I'm working on rewriting an article that was posted several years ago, and I sort of got stuck on #2, Order, Order which talks about getting organized. The original post talks about how my husband and I use Palms to organize our busy households. Funny how the Palm - which was the cutting edge back then - now seems so dated. And it's amazing how we went from being totally dependent on a PDA (when's the last time you heard that term?) to not needing it at all. Since our kids have started to drive, they basically keep their own schedules. And I work at home, so I've just been using the Outlook … [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...]