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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: Wednesday October 8th - 11:57pm

Enter to Win a Forbrain!

Enter to win a Forbrain -- the revolutionary auditory-processing tool (a $359 value) that helps ADHD kids and ADD adults improve their learning, attention, and retention.

Forbrain headphone system for better auditory processing and memory, focus, and attention.
Auditory Processing Disorder Studies suggest that 50 percent of those diagnosed with ADHD may also have an auditory processing disorder (APD). It's unclear whether APD is a manifestation of ADHD, or if they are separate disorders. But the fact remains that their outward signs -- hypersensitivity, distractibility, poor memory -- often overlap and can seriously impact learning and retention. Meet Forbrain The revolutionary Forbrain (a $359 value) is...
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posted: Wednesday October 8th - 11:48pm

Forbrain Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's Forbrain contest from October 9 - October 19, 2014

Enter the Forbrain 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 October 8th - 9:30pm

How to Help Children with Working Memory Deficits

Your child is not willfully tuning you out. He has a working memory deficit. And here is how you can help.

What is working memory? And why is language processing so important to our children and adolescents with ADHD? Working memory allows children to hold thoughts in memory long enough to express them, in writing or verbally. It also allows children to listen to directions and follow through with them in the classroom. Language processing alongside ADHD makes it difficult for our children to sit down long...
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posted: Tuesday October 7th - 12:00pm

Focus Factors: Beef Up Your Child’s Mental Stamina

Tips and tools for helping your child work longer and more productively.

Tony swore that he would work hard with his math tutor today. He was crushed by his last quiz grade and wanted to do well on the next one. But when the session was over, his tutor reported that, five minutes after starting work, he wiggled in his chair, made silly comments, and drifted in and out of focus. Sound familiar? Low mental stamina is frustrating for...
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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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