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Archives: April 2010

posted: Friday April 30th - 2:30pm

Microphones: Classroom Solution for ADHD, APD, LD, and "Typical" Students?

An Iowa public school is testing out voice amplification systems, or microphones, for teachers and students to use to improve communication and focus. Results from this pilot program and other studies indicate that these devices may improve student performance, behavior, and more.

As the mother of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities, it’s natural that, while scanning a recent issue of the Des Moines Register, the word “attention” in a headline caught mine. According to the article, “Des Moines teachers get attention with microphones in class," George Washington Carver Community School, an elementary school in Des Moines, Iowa, is trying out new voice...
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posted: Wednesday April 21st - 4:30pm

Entertain ADHD Children to Teach Better Behavior?

Struggling to help your child with ADD/ADHD and other special needs manage a particular symptom or challenge? Therapist and comic book creator Jon Filitti says using positive pop culture messages and entertainment could be effective in helping teach better behavior.

As I announced in last week's post, "Comic Books ADHD Children Will Love to Read (and Learn from, Too)," two lucky ADDitude readers who enter our contest will be chosen to win copies of the "Out of This World" comics, which tackle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) children's top challenges: inattention, motivation, bullying, and anger management. Below is a conversation I had...
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posted: Tuesday April 20th - 1:00pm

Hammocks: At-Home Occupational Therapy for ADHD Fidgets

Like therapeutic swings or rocking chairs, our new hammock has helped calm my ADD/ADHD and LD daughter's hyperactive wiggles. She loves it, or does she love our hamper? Did you hear the one about the ADD/ADHD and LD child who confuses the meaning of words?

My husband Don bought a hammock last weekend, and, once he installed the hooks and hung it up in our back yard, our 9-year-old daughter Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD), couldn’t stay off of it. Natalie does some stereotypical wiggling, and her psychologist had mentioned that, like a rocking chair, a hammock would provide an unobtrusive outlet...
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posted: Friday April 16th - 5:00pm

Did You Hear the One About the ADHD Child Who Talks Too Much?

I’m thrilled that spring is here, and Natalie can spend so much more time playing outside. I’ve found that, somehow, the same childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) behaviors that would drive me crazy inside the house are no problem when Nat’s outside. For example, the other day Natalie's older brother Aaron came into the kitchen at suppertime, and, through the open windows, heard Natalie...
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posted: Wednesday April 14th - 4:00pm

Comic Books ADHD Children Will Love to Read (and Learn from, Too)

The "Out of This World" comics tackle ADD/ADHD children's top challenges: inattention, motivation, bullying, and anger management. Read this mother-daughter review of the books, and learn how you can win free copies!

max pay attention, comic book for adhd children
My attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) daughter Natalie burst through the front door after school on a recent afternoon, threw off her backpack, and blew into the kitchen. Her eyes locked in on the kitchen table. A box had arrived in the mail. Pouncing on it, she read the mailing label. “No fair! It’s for you! You get everything! ...
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posted: Thursday April 8th - 5:00pm

Can My ADHD Daughter Focus While Doing Gymnastics?

When my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) child Natalie announced that she wanted to take gymnastics lessons, I groaned. Been there, done that, and it wasn't fun -- for anyone involved. But recently her determination has helped her succeed at other formerly challenging activities. Should I let her have another try?

Parenting ADHD Children blogger Kay Marner is mother to an ADHD daughter in Ames, Iowa
When my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) daughter Natalie tried gymnastics a few years ago, her ADD/ADHD made her completely unable to pay attention. The sight of the uneven bars had the power to draw her away from warm-up stretches. She’d climb on piles of mats rather than wait in line for her turn on the balance beam. Her high energy made it...
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posted: Wednesday April 7th - 12:45pm

My ADD/ADHD Daughter's Distraction Is Contagious

Parents of ADD/ADHD children, do you sometimes feel as distracted, disorganized, and even as anxious and depressed as your kids? I do. I call this "ADHD by Proxy," and though it may not be a medically recognized condition, to me the symptoms and relief I get when I remember to treat them are both very real.

In his book CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap: Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD, psychiatrist and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) expert Edward Hallowell, M.D., theorizes that the pace, pressures, and multiple demands of modern life have created in “neurotypical adults” (Read: Non-ADD/ADHD adults) a culturally induced form of ADD/ADHD. As usual, Dr. Hallowell is onto something. As the parent...
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