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Archives: June 2010

posted: Thursday June 24th - 8:00am

ADHD Parenting Without Guilt

...mine or any others would like to heap on me.

Do you ever compare yourself to other parents, with or without children with special needs, and, in your own estimation, come up lacking?  Do others sometimes hint that you could be doing more to help your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? I’ve learned the hard way that if I try to take on too much I tend to become overwhelmed.  ...
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posted: Thursday June 17th - 8:00am

I'm Having an ADHD Laundry Kind of Day...

White means surrender. Next time, I won't! I'm kicking myself for surrendering to my ADHD daughter's desire for a cute (but white!) Aeropostale T-shirt!

A typical day in the life of me, the mother of a 9-year-old girl with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: ...
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posted: Tuesday June 15th - 4:30pm

The Sound of Hope: A Book Review from the Mom of an ADHD (and Potentially APD) Child

I've been wondering whether my daughter has auditory processing disorder (APD, in addition to ADHD and learning disabilities. Upon reading The Sound of Hope, I've found these answers.

In a recent post, I discussed how hearing about The Sound of Hope, a new book about auditory processing disorder (APD), caused me to wonder if my own daughter, Natalie, also has APD. I shared my plan to talk with Nat’s psychologist about whether or not she should be evaluated for APD. Several people have asked since then, “What did...
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posted: Sunday June 6th - 12:00pm

My ADHD Kid's Got Gusto...Does Yours?

My ADHD daughter, Natalie, does everything with gusto.

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My daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), does everything with gusto. Need I say more? I think not. A picture's worth a thousand words. Look to the right to see what I mean. The ADHD Comedy Hour is a new ongoing feature on If you want to share your humorous parenting story, please submit a 200-word idea to to...
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posted: Friday June 4th - 7:00pm

Help for Parents of Special Needs Children

As moms, do we sometimes think we’re the only ones who can help our kids with special needs, when others could share the burden? Do we worry about their challenges just often enough, or needlessly?

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My 13-year-old son, Aaron, surprised me with some wise advice recently, which I’ve thought of often in the days since. “Mom,” he said, “you’re worrying about something you don’t need to worry about. Let Dad handle it.”  I didn’t listen to Aaron about that day’s problem -- but I did hear him.  Just before he'd arrived home from school that day,...
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