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Archives: July 2014

posted: Thursday July 31st - 6:41am

School Organization Hacks for ADHD Kids

3 simple strategies for easing the transition back to school for your ADHD child.

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! Once again, our children are modeling new sneakers and getting excited to see their friends again. And we are happy for the structure and routine that comes with the Fall. What we're less excited about: the anxiety that plagues many families as they re-orient kids and accommodations to a new teacher. The teacher doesn't yet know your child, his ADHD, or...
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posted: Wednesday July 30th - 9:40am

The First Day of Sixth Grade — ADHD Style

The story of one boy's journey from academic frustration to empowerment, thanks in large part to one teacher's unwillingness to accept the easy answer.

Crash! Bang! Ahhh! So goes the first day of school for many ADHD families. Long after the alarm's gone off, your child is still in his bedroom. Doing what? Who knows. "C'mon and eat your breakfast. The bus will be here any minute." You walk into the bedroom and stare. Complete bedlam. Let the battle begin... Let me tell you about a boy I know named Nicky. By...
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posted: Tuesday July 29th - 8:28pm

Sonic Bomb Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude's Sonic Bomb alarm clock contest from July 30 - August 9, 2014

Win a Sonic Bomb alarm clock by entering ADDitude's Sucess at School sweepstakes.
Enter the Sonic Bomb contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES...
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posted: Tuesday July 29th - 8:28pm

ADDitude Contest: Win a Sonic Bomb!

Enter to win a Sonic Bomb alarm clock with 113-decibel alarm, pulsating lights and 12-volt bed shaker that no one can sleep through!

Success @ School Tip Morning is a notoriously tough time of day for ADHD children who struggle with the transition from sleep to hurry-up-and-get-ready-for-school. To smooth the bumps, set your child's alarm clock for 30 minutes early, give him his morning dose of medication, and let him fall back asleep for half an hour. Once the stimulant kicks in, he'll be better able to focus on the...
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posted: Monday July 28th - 12:00pm

Stay in Touch with Teachers — and Keep Ahead of Trouble

Talking with your ADHD child’s teachers can mean the difference between failing and passing with flying colors.

Back-to-school displays in stores, ads in newspapers and on TV, and my children’s eagerness to get brand-new school supplies are all reminders that another school year is on its way. My mind has started making the transition and preparations for my ADHDers to head back to school. It seems like only yesterday that I walked my daughter up to meet her fourth-grade teacher on the first day...
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posted: Sunday July 27th - 9:21pm

3 Back-to-School Assignments for Parents

A successful school year often hinges on parent collaboration with the school. Here are three ways to start off the new school year prepared, informed, and involved.

You are your child's best advocate at school — and in life. Embrace that role by taking a strategic and proactive approach to the back-to-school season. Here are three things you can do in August to ensure a successful school year ahead for your child. 1. Request Meetings (In Writing) By submitting a local:http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10814.html:"formal written request for a meeting", you are communicating to your child's teacher that...
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posted: Friday July 18th - 9:00am

4 Ways to Bring Books to Life

Expert strategies for making summer reading fun, and for building retention, comprehension, and creative muscles with every chapter.

Book is practically a four-letter word for most kids during summer vacation. Yet, as a parent, you know that your child needs to maintain the important abstract skills that come with reading a story, comprehending it, predicting what’s next, and connecting with the characters. So, how do you encourage your child to read at a time when schoolwork feels like a distant and bad memory? Here are...
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posted: Monday July 14th - 12:00pm

ADDitude Contest: Win a Time Timer!

Enter to win a Time Timer PLUS -- the visual timer that helps ADHD kids and adults stay on task and on time.

Enter to win a Time Timer for ADHD time management
This contest is now closed, but the Success at School giveaways continue...> Enter to win a Sonic Bomb alarm clock! Success @ School Tip Judging and managing time is challenging for visual thinkers. To help your child maintain homework focus or get through a boring chore, set a visual timer that changes color as the minutes tick by. Meet the Time Timer The award-winning Time Timer PLUS visual timer makes...
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posted: Thursday July 10th - 9:49am

Time Timer Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Time Timer contest from July 15-29, 2014

Enter to win a Time Timer for ADHD time management
Enter the Time Timer contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES...
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