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posted: Friday July 23rd - 6:00am

Do They Understand (the Complexity of ADHD Kids)?

As parents, we must be honest about our children's struggles with attention deficit and hyperactivity, but it's equally important for others, especially insurance companies and government-funded health care programs, to understand the many sides of ADHD.

“How’s Natalie?”  “How much time do you have?” When your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and/or other mental health conditions, like my daughter Natalie does, “How's she doin'?” can be a hard question to answer.   When I’m hoping to book a babysitter, I might give an answer with a positive spin: "She loves the new aquatic center! She'll swim for hours while I...
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posted: Thursday July 8th - 4:30pm

A Game Designed to Treat Poor Impulse Control

Tired of punishing your child for acting out on impulses they can't curb? Enter "Remote Control Impulse Control," a game that aims to use fun and entertainment to teach children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) the consequences of their behavior.

impulse control game for ADHD children
If there was an ADD/ADHD-themed calendar in which June represented the ADD/ADHD trait of impulsivity my daughter, Natalie, could star as Miss June. Oh, the no-impulse-control stories I could tell, from last month alone. Take, for example, the day Nat felt a very sudden need for artistic expression, and, in mere seconds, created an abstract representation of her inner-turmoil.  In other words, she...
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