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ADDitude November 2005

October - November 2005
Success At School
Determining Your Child's Learning Style

How to make the most of your child's cognitive learning style.

Learning Disabilities: Recognizing Dysgraphia in Children with ADHD

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that sometimes accompanies ADHD and affects writing skills, handwriting and spelling. How to recognize the symptoms...

Teaching Amy to Play

Six strategies for improving your child's social skills.

Term Paper Time

A step-by-step approach to creating your masterpiece.

Sample Outline for Term Papers

Outlining a term paper helps you organize, prioritize, and ultimately, create a polished piece.

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Understanding Hyperfocus

Many children and adults with ADD have as much trouble with focusing too intently as with being unable to focus. But, once harnessed, "hyperfocus" becomes an asset.

Maybe It’s Not ADD After All

Parents and doctors frequently confuse ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder. Here’s a guide to figuring out if your child has NLD — and how to treat it if he does.

Boxed In by ADD

Attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) is just as common in females as in males — and even more debilitating. So why do women have so much trouble getting an accurate diagnosis?

Putting a Stop to Toxic Thoughts

Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps reverse the negative self-talk that torments many ADDers — and prevents them from reaching their goals.

Parenting ADHD Children
Explaining ADD to Your Child

The best approach is for both the child's parents and his doctor to tell the child he has ADD. Here's how to frame the news positively.

Sample Dialogue for Talking About ADHD

If your child has questions about the disorder, keep your answers simple, brief, and upbeat. Here's how.

Helping Your Little Tyrant Avoid Outbursts

Does your child come unglued when things don't go his way? A little parental restraint can ease the pain — for both of you.

Spending and Saving Basics For an I-Want-It-Now Child

A weekly allowance is a great teaching tool. Just don't use it as a reward for completing everyday chores.

Allowance Do's and Don't's

A regular allowance can help your kids learn the vital importance of saving. Here's what you need to know.

ADD on Campus: Runaway Worry

If you let it, needless anxiety can take you — and your best intentions — on a long, winding ride.

Safeguarding Teenage Drivers

Motorists with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) - especially teens - need to be extra careful on the road. Here's how to help them minimize distractions and stay safe.

The River of Truth

I never realized how lucky I was to have a child like my son Drew - until I stopped trying to make him "normal."

ADHD Adults
Singing a New Tune

Despite some significant setbacks, Bob Carney is enjoying a sense of happiness and freedom for the first time in his life.

The Right Way to Fight

Like all couples, those coping with ADD disagree from time to time. "Fighting fair" keeps dust-ups from turning destructive.

The Goof-Proof Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Planning a party? Coach Sandy's countdown calendar will help you pull off the perfect event - without pulling out your hair.

Happy Holidays — Really!

Follow our holiday plan to start early, let go of perfectionism, and put the joy back in the season.

Avoiding Fights on the Job

Do you find yourself quarreling with colleagues? Follow these ground rules for getting along with others.

The Distractible Driver

Motorists with ADHD are more likely to be ticketed and to be involved in accidents. But it doesn't have to be that way.

ADHD Treatment
Dr. Silver’s Seven Rules for Using ADHD Medications

Your child should fare very well if you keep watch over symptoms — and watch out for troublesome side effects.

Symptom Checklist for Women

Only a mental health professional can tell for sure if you have ADHD, but reviewing this handy checklist will give you an idea.

Is It NLD?

It's common to miss a nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) in a child with ADD if you don't have a thorough neuropsych evaluation. Here are traits that might prompt one.


Nonverbal learning disorders are often misdiagnosed as ADD, or unrecognized. Identifying your child's traits may help you determine if your child have ADD, NLD, or both.

Medication Doesn't Solve Hyperfocus

Even with proper drug therapy, ADDers still need support from friends, family, and colleagues to rein in the tendency to hyperfocus.

Behavior Therapy Works Better for Kids

Behavior modification training can significantly reduce the need for ADHD medication by young children.

Do-it-yourself CBT

Like all forms of therapy, CBT involves working closely with a mental-health professional. But if formal therapy is not an option for you, you can try some of the principles of CBT on your own.

Best Clocks for Sleepyheads

An ordinary alarm clock may not be enough for many people with ADD. We pick the best of the best!