Best ADHD Blogs, Continued
A resource for those who want to learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD), and related topics
by Shane Hawk
When this stay-at-home mother’s son was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities, in 2003, Hawk says, “I knew nothing about either. I immediately began reading and researching to learn everything I could. I decided to share what I had found with other parents who were facing the same issues and questions that I had. I wanted to make their search for information easier.”
In addition to traditional posts, Hawk’s blog has news, product reviews, surveys, and polls. Hawk even sells low-cost used books on ADD and LD on her blog.
“When my son started kindergarten, I realized how far behind he was academically. His peers could all recite the alphabet and count past 10. My son could not. He has problems associating the sounds of letters with the actual letters. His handwriting was illegible. I thought something wasn’t right, but his teachers encouraged me that he would ‘catch up.’ I wish I had known then what I know now. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, right? We, as parents, know our children better than anyone. Therefore, if you believe your child may have a learning disability, please do not hesitate to have him tested.”
The challenges of raising our ADHD son
by One Tired Mama
This blog wins points for its honesty, creativity, and ironic humor. The pseudonymous cast includes Fast Boy, an eight-year-old with ADHD; One Tired Mama, who is, well, one tired mom; The Boss Man, Dad, who also has ADHD; and Princess, Fast Boy’s five-year-old sister.
Readers will commiserate with Tired Mom as she relates Fast Boy’s ADHD shenanigans. Even though Tired Mom hasn’t posted since November 2007, she remains among the best blogger-moms on the Web.
“Dear Fast Boy,
Thank you for acting up in front of the LMHP [Licensed Mental Health Professional] today. You have done a perfect job of demonstrating the type of behavior that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Usually people look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them how tired you make me. But not today. Today, they got to see, hear, and feel what I live with.
"Your screaming, arguing, running, and confrontational, almost-aggressive behavior was a perfect example of our lives together. The fact that you still had on your pajama top and underwear at 2 o’clock in the afternoon was icing on the cake. Lucky for her, she only had to stay for two hours.
One Tired Mama”
Coaching, education, and support for women with AD/HD
by Brenda Nicholson
Brenda Nicholson’s blog is polished and professional, warm and welcoming. Nicholson, who has ADD and has raised three children with the condition, offers specific, road-tested strategies for managing daily life with ADHD. Listen to her podcasts, “Tuesday Ten Minute Tips,” raid her virtual pantry for meal-planning ideas, and try her day-planning system on this user-friendly site.
Riding in and out of the fog on the roller-coaster of life called ADHD
by Bryan Hutchinson & friends
This social networking site for adults with ADHD allows users to interact and contribute without committing to a blog of their own. Founded by Bryan Hutchinson, author of One Boy’s Struggle: Surviving Life with Undiagnosed ADD, this Web community is small-town America, with an ADHD twist. Each resident has his own Web page, and everybody chats about everything — and nothing — over the proverbial backyard fence. The “townsfolk” of ADDer World range from straight shooting and esoteric to eccentric. Everyone is welcome here.