posted: Thursday October 20th - 7:12am

Parent-Teacher Peace: 6 Rules for Better Cooperation

The hardest part of any teacher's job? The parents. Here's how teachers of ADHD students can encourage teamwork, unearth solutions, and make a difference in the life of an ADD child.

When were you first called to teach? Were you inspired and impacted by a teacher in elementary or high school? Did you dream of joining a movement to solve society's problems? Regardless, here's hoping you didn't just do it for the summers off! Too often, making a difference -- in the classroom and in life -- is grueling work. And even more often, the very people who...
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posted: Wednesday September 14th - 9:00am

How Parents of ADD/ADHD Children Can Build Good Relationships With Teachers

Teachers are an important factor in determining your ADD/ADHD child's academic success. So what can parents do to help teachers help their children?

A couple of weeks back, I was in Texas, enjoying some outstanding BBQ prepared by the football coach of a school I was visiting, when a few teachers and I had an illuminating chat. It was clear to me from the conversation that the teachers sitting at my table licking Sweet Baby Ray's from their fingers were looking forward to another opportunity...
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posted: Wednesday August 24th - 12:30pm

What Failure Can Teach Our ADHD Children

As parents and teachers, we want our students ADD/ADHD to succeed. So much so, that we often intervene (doing their homework, finishing their chores, and more) before letting them learn the following valuable lessons that failure can teach.

Before the summer started and I was inundated with work teaching weeklong summer camps, my girls and I decided to put together small LEGO kits. The same kits would be available at my camps for students who want to tap into their creativity and build. My previously mentioned love for LEGO building bricks, the Pick A Brick Wall at our local LEGO store, and my love...
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posted: Tuesday August 16th - 1:30pm

It's Back-to-School Season: Has Your Child Been Diagnosed, Treated?

Do you or does your child's teacher suspect your son or daughter has ADHD? If so, what's holding you back from getting an evaluation? Securing a proper ADHD diagnosis could do your child a world of good.

It's back-to-school time and that means that many kids, particularly those who struggled in school last year, are really wishing that summer would never end. A lot of these kids have either attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), a learning disability (LD), or both. But not everyone who has the conditions has been diagnosed, and not everyone who has been diagnosed is getting the...
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posted: Tuesday July 12th - 2:00pm

ADD Learning: The Power of Repetition

For children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), repetition can be one of the simplest and most effective tools for learning.

A few years ago, I took up boxing. Some people take naps to relax. As an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), I have a lot of energy and like to punch things. Even though I’ve been at it for a while, the majority of my training still consists of doing the same drills over and over. It makes perfect sense to improve over time,...
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posted: Wednesday June 8th - 5:00pm

What Does ADHD Mean? How to Explain Attention Deficit to Children

Explaining what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) means can be confusing. That's why I often stress that the most part of explaining ADHD — to children or adults — is keeping it simple.

For the last 16 years, I have been blessed to have one of best jobs for an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’m a public speaker and a performing artist. I get to travel all over the country and even to different parts of the world, each gig offering a different location, a different crowd, and a different vibe. I get to stand on...
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posted: Friday May 13th - 2:30pm

The Thing ADHD Kids Crave the Most Is...

In a world where ADD/ADHD kids are often criticized, parents of children with attention deficit and learning disabilities must remember that positive reinforcement and praise are often the thing ADDers crave most.

Hi! My name is Ben. I am 37 years old, and I play with LEGOs. For a while, I used my kids as an excuse to play with my beloved bricks, but no longer will I live a lie: I confess, I’m a LEGOs maniac, and I’m proud of it! I have kept my love for LEGOs at bay for years due to a relentlessly busy...
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posted: Friday April 1st - 10:30am

Managing Impulsive Behavior: An Argument Against Special Accommodations

As an adult with ADD/ADHD and LD, I am still prone to angry outbursts -- I nearly exploded while waiting in an endless line during a recent trip to the store -- but I don't get any special treatment to help me calm down. So how can we help prepare special-needs kids who will one day live in my reality?

The universe has a great sense of humor. I know this for a fact because of what happened the other day when I went shopping. I had a short list and had planned to be in and out of the store quickly. With the Nerf guns under one arm and the giant bag of Chex Mix under the other, I was anxiously trying to find the...
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posted: Wednesday March 9th - 10:00am

ADHD Impulsivity and Consequences

Trying to teach an ADHD child who struggles with impulse control how to think before she acts? The next time you give instructions, instead of focusing on negative outcomes or punishments, try these strategies.

When I was a kid, my mom gave me a Choose Your Own Adventure book. As a dyslexic child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), reading was always a struggle. My mom was trying to spark my interest by making it more fun, and I immediately saw the appeal of jumping around in the book, choosing "my adventure," and possibly not having to read the entire...
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posted: Monday February 14th - 6:00pm

Help ADHD Children Cope With Life With ADHD

Is it tough for your ADHD child or teen to see the big picture -- what their particular challenges are and how to live, and thrive, with them? Here's how parents and teachers can help.

It was early on a Saturday morning in December 1991. I crawled out of bed knowing that I had to brave the cold to get to my weekend basketball practice. I was tired and late, so instead of waiting for the car to warm up and for the windows to defrost, I scraped a small hole in the front windshield -- just big enough for me...
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