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When Kristen Caven’s son was diagnosed with attention deficit, inattentive type, she had no doubt about where he'd gotten the gene. She writes about her creative and comedic ADHD family, being a patient mother with a brain built for speed, and her sudden enrollment in what she calls “ADD School.”

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Archives: January 2014

posted: Tuesday January 28th - 10:44am

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The last week of the marking period is always when we wish we had more traction.

Tire marks on the street
This will sound like a familiar scene to those of you with teenagers. It's the last week in the marking period, and we check the online gradebook, and then our heads explode. Suddenly, the teachers who haven’t used the system for a month have gotten caught up, and lo and behold, there are some terrible surprises. This is the week when I start kicking myself for having...
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posted: Monday January 6th - 9:57am

Life Is Derpful

Is it ADHD? Or just high school?

Stick figure with question mark, confusion
After spending a weekend catching Enzo lost in one screen or another, calling him over and over to come to dinner, reminding him four times to pick up his towels, and nudging and poking him to complete the tasks on his whiteboard, I get a text Monday morning. “Blindsided by binder check in Chem.” Blindsided? How so? It was right there on the whiteboard: Go over Chem...
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posted: Thursday January 2nd - 10:38am

Mastering the One-Track Mind

Harnessing the power of obsession.

Kid playing with a truck
Since Enzo was barely out of babyhood, he’s had long-term obsessions. First it was construction machines. He could tell the difference between a street sweeper, a paving machine, and a combine harvester. We had to read Byron Barton’s Machines At Work and say “Goodnight Guys” every single night. At three he built his first collection: all of the Bob the Builder toys. He would go to...
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