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Strategies for devising academic accommodations, studying smarter, building focus, keeping on top of homework, and thriving at school with ADHD or learning disabilities.

posted: Monday September 29th - 1:06pm

Enter to Win a WatchMinder!

Enter to win a WatchMinder 3 -- the discreet personal reminder system that helps ADHD kids and adults stay on task and on time.

Success @ School Tip When kids zone out during class, a simple touch or tap is often all it takes to refocus their attention. Since you're not there to look for that glazed look, and teachers are busily managing two dozen students, many parents look to electronic reminders that can subtly, effectively do the job. Meet the WatchMinder The award-winning WatchMinder 3 is a vibrating wristwatch that you can...
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posted: Monday September 29th - 6:28am

WatchMinder Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's WatchMinder contest from September 29 - October 8, 2014

Enter the WatchMinder 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 OF...
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posted: Wednesday September 24th - 6:56am

The Daily Habits of Organized Kids

Simple, effective ways to keep your family organized and stress free.

Systems and structure don't come naturally to your child with ADHD. And if you have ADD, too, you know that it takes a lot of work to keep track of all life's details. To ease the burden, here are helpful strategies for creating structure in your home so each day doesn't feel like a whole new scattered experience. Establish a morning and bedtime routine And stick to it!...
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posted: Monday September 22nd - 12:00pm

4 Easy Pieces to Getting Organized for School

These simple tools dramatically increase the odds of your child keeping tabs on school items.

Is difficulty staying organized affecting your child’s academic success? You’re not alone. Many ADHD students struggle to create and maintain neatness. Here are four easy-to-implement strategies that can make a big difference this school year. 1. Create one homework folder. Has your child worked hard to complete an assignment only to lose it the next day? There’s nothing worse than doing the work but not being...
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posted: Thursday September 18th - 7:31am

Why Aren't Schools Teaching Social Skills?

Do your child's weak social skills affect his academic progress, school performance, and overall education? If so, why isn't the school more concerned with them?

"My child is never invited to birthday parties." "She doesn't have any friends, but her teacher offers only vague suggestions." "He needs social skills in life, but the school says it can't provide instruction." "The school called again asking me to pick up my child because of problems with peers." The fact of the matter is, making friends at school is not an added bonus or a special treat —...
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posted: Wednesday September 17th - 12:00pm

Video Game Victory: “Screen Time Solved My Son’s Really Crappy Handwriting”

A mom taps into Guitar Hero to beef up keyboarding skills.

When people think of learning disabilities, they assume it means trouble with math or reading. While this is often true, there's another stumbling block to academic success that teachers often don’t consider. It's called dysgraphia, the clinical term for really crappy handwriting. When I explain this to parents whose kids don't have dysgraphia, many will commiserate telling me their kids also have the problem. But guess...
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posted: Tuesday September 16th - 7:24pm

Enter to Win a LiveScribe Echo SmartPen

Enter to win the LiveScribe Echo smartpen -- a multi-sensory assistive technology that records everything you write and hear so you’ll never miss a word. A $119.95 value.

Assistive Technologies For students with ADHD or learning disabilities, writing can sometimes feel like torture without an assistive technology (AT) designed to ease the pain and let the words flow. For students with severe spelling problems, for example, a word-prediction program that requires a few keystrokes to generate word lists are tremendously more helpful than your standard spell-checker. Graphic organizers, on the other hand, can aid students...
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posted: Tuesday September 16th - 6:00pm

LiveScribe Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's LiveScribe contest from September 16-26, 2014

Enter the LiveScribe 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 OF...
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posted: Tuesday September 16th - 6:41am

Quiet, Sustained Attention Is Not Natural for Our Kids. Here's What Is.

It's not always realistic to expect students with ADHD to sit quietly absorbing and processing information from a printed page. But here are some accommodations that bring reading — and writing and math — to life.

Reading, writing and math are difficult subjects for ADHD children for one key reason: they require sustained attention. Reading means sitting down, opening a book, and silently processing and remembering what is read over several pages at a time. With writing, your child has to generate a thesis and support it using multiple paragraphs or ideas — all while sticking to a rigid five-paragraph structue. Most...
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posted: Monday September 15th - 2:27am

Prediction: Your Child Will Probably Do Better with This Software

Word prediction programs can be the key to finishing papers and homework quicker.

There is no magic bullet cure for dysgraphia, dyslexia, ADHD, or any other learning disability. You need a multi-prong approach: Good teachers and a supportive family make a big difference. So do the right assistive technologies. These vary from child to child and, it takes a little while to figure out what’s best for your child. For my son, Henry, word prediction software was a godsend. What...
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