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Jennifer Gay Summers, a teacher for 13 years and mom to a daughter with ADHD, is dedicated to helping other parents and teachers of ADHD children survive the rough moments and savor the wonderful ones.
posted: Thursday May 28th - 3:01pm
Taking Chances Pays Off for My ADHD Daughter
Don’t let ADHD stand in the way of your child meeting a challenge. There’s always a silver lining.
posted: Tuesday May 19th - 9:15am
Writing Fix: How My Daughter Got Beyond Dysgraphia
Poor handwriting skills affect my daughter’s writing between the lines, but not the creative stuff outside of them.
posted: Tuesday April 7th - 1:48pm
Sensory Overload: “Loud Noises Make My Daughter Run for the Hills”
One mom applauds (quietly) as her hypersensitive teen learns how to manage her challenges with sounds.
posted: Friday March 13th - 9:00am
“My ADHD Daughter Can’t Drive Until She’s 18”
Sometimes a mom has to drive home the truth by saying, “Because you have ADHD.”
posted: Monday February 23rd - 9:53am
When I was afraid to tell my longtime friends about Lee’s ADHD, they reached out with their hearts.
posted: Monday January 12th - 9:00am
"If Only Little Robots Could Keep My ADHD Child On Track"
When "I forgot" became her daughter's mantra in school, a mom takes things into her own hands.
posted: Thursday December 18th - 8:43am
A Day at the Museum: My Daughter, on Exhibit
A sugar high, combined with ADHD, makes for a spirited time and disapproving looks at the museum.
posted: Tuesday October 14th - 2:04pm
Think Before You "Dys" a Kid with Attention Deficit
Why aren’t there nice neat labels for “creative artist” or “deeply intuitive child,” or my child’s other strengths, just as there are for her challenges?
“Mom!” I need another pencil!” Lee slumped down in her chair at the kitchen table, an angry red flush spreading across her cheeks. Then she flipped two broken pencils onto the floor and kicked them across the room. I brought over a sharp pencil and put my hand on her shoulder. “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” “But I hate writing essays.” “Of course you do. You have...
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posted: Friday September 19th - 2:44pm
Mom's Cool with Staying Calm
One mother has finally learned to back away from overreaction when her ADHD daughter sparks it.
After a long day at school, Lee usually yanks open the door and throws her backpack into the car. She jumps in after it and yells, “Let’s go! Hurry!” So, on a Monday afternoon, when she slid in quietly, backpack on her lap, I knew something was wrong. “Are you OK?” I asked, pulling away from the curb. She was silent for a minute. Then she said, “Don’t...
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posted: Tuesday June 10th - 4:36pm« Mom Is the Word
When Dad Stepped Up
When my husband stepped up to help out with Lee's ADHD challenges, they grew even closer.
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