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Archives: June 2011

posted: Thursday June 30th - 12:00pm

Hygiene Help for Kids With Sensory and Attention Issues

"Does anyone have advice to get attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) children and teens to practice good hygiene independently -- brush their teeth, comb their hair, and wash up?” one reader asks us. “What if they have sensory issues that make these experiences uncomfortable?"

Linda Karanzalis, ADHD expert
Daily tasks with little to no stimulation are difficult to attend to for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and even more so for those with sensory processing problems. During my years as a behavior and learning specialist, I have worked with countless ADD/ADHD children who have had a very difficult time with sensitivities to water pressure and temperature, brushing teeth, tangled hair, static cling,...
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posted: Tuesday June 28th - 1:30pm

Interview Stress

Do you get nervous during job interviews? How to overcome anxiety and stress before and during your next job interview.

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and anxiety: Do you feel overcome with stress and the fidgets during job interviews? You're not alone. "I am currently looking for a job and I just got diagnosed with ADD/ADHD," one reader tells us. "My problem is that I fidget and sometimes my hands shake when I am at a job interview. What...
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posted: Thursday June 23rd - 12:30pm

Vaccines, ADD/ADHD, and Autism

"I have heard many concerns about the risks of vaccinations and immunizations for children and that they can be the cause of ADD/ADHD," one reader tells us. "Could vaccines cause ADD/ADHD?"

Gathering the right clues can lead to an earlier ADHD diagnosis and treatment.
Researchers have tried to determine the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) for decades. Thousands of possible causes have been examined -- many debunked. Your concern about vaccines and ADD/ADHD may be an extension of the erroneous belief that autism is caused by vaccines. There is no evidence that vaccines cause either autism or ADD/ADHD. The original research from England...
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posted: Tuesday June 21st - 5:00pm

9 Tips for Blocking Out Noise

"No matter where you go in our house, there is some type of noise that makes it difficult to think and study," one reader tells us. "Are there any coping techniques or tools (like technology) we can use for blocking out noise so we can concentrate on what we'd like to concentrate on instead of focusing on external distractions?"

ADDitude's ADHD Coach Blogger Beth Main
Blocking out noise can be a challenge for adults and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) -- and those without the condition. To answer your question directly, there are several tools you can use to help you focus and avoid external distractions: Use white noise, such as a fan or vacuum cleaner. Play ...
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posted: Thursday June 16th - 2:30pm

Motivation for Children: How to Reward Behavior Without Technology

"The thing that motivates my 11-year-old son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is screen time -- whether on the computer or watching TV,” one reader tells us. “He gets one hour a day during the week and two hours a day on the weekend. Unfortunately, it's about the only thing that motivates him. I wish I could find something new."

Linda Karanzalis, ADHD expert
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) crave stimulation and immediate feedback, feeding into the use of technology. Both kids with ADD/ADHD and their neurotypical peers need to spend less time on the computer and more time in the real world interacting and communicating with others. The amount of time you have allotted for screen time is good. However, your child needs to earn this time...
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posted: Tuesday June 14th - 10:00am

ADHD Couple Arguments

"My partner, who has attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), isn't good at getting projects done on time, particularly if they are big or difficult," one reader tells us. "Can I help her without feeling like I'm parenting her?"

Melissa Orlov, a frequent ADDitude contributor with Dr. Ned Hallowell, writes about ADHD and marriage and offers relationship advice to adults with ADD.
Maybe. Spouses and partners often fall into nagging behavior or parenting mode when they instruct their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) partner about how to do something, or take responsibility for the project that doesn't get done fast enough. Your partner needs to find strategies and a reminder system that works for her. There are many resources to help her get through tough projects, such...
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posted: Thursday June 9th - 12:00pm

Parenting a Shy Child

"When my 8-year-old son was younger, he liked to be the center of attention," one reader tells us. "Lately, he gets shy when he is in a group. Is this due to his attention deficit (ADD/ADHD), or something else?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills
Most children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are at least a couple of years behind other kids developmentally, but there may be age-related developmental issues going on. In any event, I would check with your child's pediatrician or a child psychologist to see if this is the case. Preschool and kindergarten children are typically not shy and will interrupt, ask questions, and blurt out anything. As...
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posted: Tuesday June 7th - 5:30pm

Self-Esteem and ADHD

"It seems like people smell insecurity on me and I end up being a punching bag because of my poor self-esteem," one reader tells us. "My last supervisor would ream me in front of everyone and I'd just let her. Why can't I stand up for myself?"

Do you or does your loved one have poor self-esteem? Do you think it could relate to having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? In this new ADD/ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., and the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults With ADHD and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians, explains how ADD/ADHD and...
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