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posted: Wednesday July 27th - 9:30am

Label My Child? Yes, Please.

I understand why some parents fear and avoid the ADHD label, but for my family it’s provided clarity, resources, and a path toward healing. ADHD doesn’t define us, but it does help explain a lot.

Spend any time on any ADHD forum, and you’ll inevitably find a comment declaring that: “ADHD is just a label.” It’s always said with a mic-drop sort of attitude, as if it’s the end-all in ADHD discussions. Boom — that commenter sure showed us! Joke’s on that doubter, though, because we know ADHD is a label — and thank goodness for that. Where would we be without...
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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 9:30am

Lose the Shame Already!

The stigmas that those with ADHD face for not fitting into the traditional system can be more harmful than the ADHD itself.

Dr. Emily Anhalt, today’s guest blogger, is a psychotherapist and psychological consultant practicing in San Francisco, California. She completed her doctoral dissertation on “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Success Without the Use of Medication,” spending two years interviewing, transcribing, coding, analyzing, and writing about the ways in which certain people feel their ADHD has contributed to their occupational and financial success. To view her TEDx Talk,...
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posted: Monday July 25th - 9:30am

My Little Brother Is a Lovable Tasmanian Devil

"Without my brother Chad, our family would be a plain slice of whole-grain toast. With him, we’re a jalapeño bundt cake."

Claire Zasso, today’s guest blogger, is a student at Biola University in Southern California, but she is a NorCal girl, born and raised. Claire is a self-described extrovert and an aspiring writer, who loves to travel and experience other cultures. I walked into the kitchen after school to find Chad standing at the kitchen counter taking a test with a stool over his head. The underside of...
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posted: Friday July 22nd - 9:30am

In Defense of the Nap Year

My son had Post Traumatic School Disorder by the time college time came around, so we decided to let him find his way. And he has.

Rebecca Lanning, today’s guest blogger, lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina. As a former editor and advice columnist at Teen magazine, she admits that writing for teenagers in no way prepared her for the humbling experience of raising two of her own. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Sunday Reader, Southern Magazine, Haven, and Woman’s Own. This piece originally appeared...
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posted: Thursday July 21st - 9:30am

8 Tips for Calmer, Happier Kids

You don’t have to sit still or “om” away for an hour to get your child to be mindful and focused. Here are some fun activities from a top teacher to anchor your child’s mind.

Kathryn deBros, M.S., is a freelance writer and special educator based in Vermont. She works with children and teens with challenging behaviors and has contributed to Noodle. She can be found on Twitter @KathryndeBros or at kathryndebros.com. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for developing self-awareness, empathy, calm, and focus. In one study, 78 percent of participants reported a reduction in ADHD symptoms. However, many of us have...
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posted: Friday July 15th - 11:52am

When ADHD Goes to School

A college professor who had little empathy for struggling students with ADHD changes her tune when her young son is diagnosed with the condition.

Keaghan Turner, today’s guest blogger, teaches writing, literature, and women’s studies at Coastal California University. Her recent essays have appeared in Brain, Child magazine; Babble; and South Writ Large. This blog originally appeared in brainchildmag.com. It’s about that time in the semester when the first paper due date looms on the syllabus, and college students start pulling out their ADHD. They approach the lectern after class and...
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posted: Thursday July 14th - 11:33am

Bipolar at Five?!

I didn’t know what was wrong with my little girl until, unbelievably, the doctor said, “Sadie has bipolar disorder.”

Dorothy O’Donnell, today’s guest blogger, is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in various newspapers and on greatschools.org, mothering.com, and NPR. This piece first ran on greatschools.org. I wasn’t at my five-year-old’s school the day she started to rip off her clothes and twirl in the rain in front of the music room. But when her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stapp, called to tell me about...
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posted: Thursday July 7th - 4:07pm

Taking a Long Vacation from Public School Was the Smartest Thing I Ever Did

I was a parent’s (and teacher’s) worst nightmare, but, with the freedom of homeschooling, I grew into a happy, accomplished adult with a zest for learning.

Philip Whitehead, today’s guest blogger, is a former singer/songwriter-turned-Zen student and freelance writer. The son of a learning difficulties specialist and a homeopath, he is currently training to work with dyslexic children and adults. I was buying groceries the other day, when I noticed a boy in his school uniform arguing with his dad. Tired and frustrated, he held up his lunchbox and slammed it on the...
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posted: Friday July 1st - 9:30am

Beat the Summer Slide: Make a Big Splash with These ADHD-Friendly Learning Projects

A top educator gives hands-on suggestions to prevent your child’s brain from taking a two-month vacation.

Amber Chandler, today’s guest blogger, is a National Board Certified ELA teacher and author of The Flexible Classroom: Tools for Differentiation ELA 4-8 (out in September). She's a ShareMyLesson Content Partner, and regular contributor to Middleweb.com and GettingSmart.com, as well as AMLE magazine. Follow her on Twitter @MsAmberChandler and check out her teacher resources on her website doyoudifferentiate.com. Like an infomercial for summer reading, I walked dutifully...
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posted: Wednesday June 29th - 9:30am

Lessons from Crossfit: What Exercise Taught Me About My ADHD and Myself

I exercised to lose weight, but what I gained was a healthy sense of self-esteem and acceptance.

Hannah D’Angelo, today’s guest blogger, is a student at Nicholls State University working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and a dietitian’s assistant at Terrebonne General Hospital. As high school graduation quickly approached, my biggest worry had nothing to do with where I would work during the summer or college studies that would soon begin. It was, “How will...
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