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posted: Monday August 15th - 12:15am

Enter to Win Play Attention!

Enter to win a Play Attention learning system — the focus-building technology worth $1,795.

If Only Learning to Focus Were Fun Like any muscle, the brain only grows stronger with exercise. For our kids, this means that better focus and concentration can't be willed into existence. (In other words, "Try harder!" doesn't work.) Stronger focus comes from practice — lots of it. But unlike piano or flute practice, brain strengthening can be fun with video game-inspired tools like the Play Attention. About...
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posted: Sunday August 14th - 11:55pm

Play Attention Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Play Attention contest from August 15-28, 2016.

Enter the Play Attention 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 26th - 4:47pm

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Get Accommodations for the SAT/ACT?

"What is the best way to request additional time for standardized tests like the SAT or ACT for a high school student with ADHD?"

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers In order to receive additional time, or any other accommodation, when taking the SAT, you must get approval well ahead of time. This process can take up to two months, so be sure to request accommodations far enough in advance. You will need documentation of your child’s disability and the need for specific accommodations. For the SAT,...
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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 3:33pm

Dear ADDitude: Is a Modified Schedule a Reasonable Accommodation?

"We'd like my son's 504 Plan to include a stipulation that his most difficult core classes be scheduled for the morning, when he's most alert. The high school is dragging its feet, and his grades are suffering. Is this a reasonable accommodation?"

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers If you are not satisfied that the school is following the 504 Plan, the first step would be to write a letter to the Section 504 Coordinator in your school district. This is often enough for the school to stop “dragging their feet” and implement the accommodations in the 504 Plan. If you aren’t satisfied with the...
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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 2:57pm

Enter to Win a Time Timer!

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

Success @ School Tip Judging and managing time is challenging for visual thinkers. To help your child maintain homework focus or to help you 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 it easier to stay focused on a task, anticipate transitions and take turns because its...
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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 2:20pm

Dear ADDitude: Helping an Immature Child Follow the Rules

"My daughter is immature for her age and doesn't seem to fully understand what it means to be a responsible student and follow classroom rules in school. How can we put these important lessons into terms she'll grasp?"

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers Kids with ADHD often lag behind their peers in maturity, as much as 30%. The teacher might need to adjust expectations accordingly. Or you might need to request an IEP or 504 plan to establish accommodations. At home, try to shift focus from what she’s doing wrong to what she’s doing right. Set up rewards for 1-2 goals...
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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 2:02pm

Time Timer Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Time Timer contest from August 1 - 14, 2016.

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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posted: Tuesday July 26th - 11:12am

Dear ADDitude: My Son Stopped Taking His Medication

"My son, a senior in high school, recently stopped taking his ADHD medications. As a result, his grades have crashed from As to Ds and he's suffering from debilitating depression. I think an emergency intervention is needed, but the school is acting indifferent and his IEP case manager is offering no support."

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers Call an IEP meeting to review and modify his IEP now that his circumstances have changed and he’s no longer on medication. Continue calling IEP meetings until things improve—they incentivize the school to take action. Ask for a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) to be held with a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to determine strategies for improving his...
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posted: Wednesday July 20th - 5:48pm

Dear ADDitude: My Child Doesn't Have Any Friends

"My 8-year-old is happy and friendly, but he doesn't play with anyone at recess and doesn't like to work in groups. Should I worry about this? It doesn't seem to bother him."

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers About half of kids with attention deficit disorder also have friendship problems. The things you named are some of the ways that parents can tell their child is running into trouble with friends. They report being alone at recess or they have friends sometimes and not others. They get along well and then poorly. Their acquaintances are...
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posted: Wednesday July 20th - 4:31pm

Dear ADDitude: Can We Lessen the Homework Load?

"My 12-year-old works for hours every night on homework. We try to break up assignments to avoid exhaustion, but it still takes forever. How can we persuade her private school to scale back the quantity of work?"

Sign up to receive our new Dear ADDitude newsletter. ADDitude Answers First, do a little research. Are other parents complaining about the amount of homework? Is it a standard, school-wide policy to give a lot of homework? Is it just this teacher’s workload, or is your child having difficulty because of ADHD? Having this information before talking to the teacher or the administrator will help you know what...
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