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Archives: October 2010

posted: Friday October 29th - 7:30pm

Am I Enabling My ADHD Daughter's Mess and Disorganization?

Help! My ADHD daughter's constant need for stimulation and ability to quickly forget what she is doing makes it impossible to her room or our house neat. But am I guilty of making her clutter worse?

My daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), is an ADHD-inspired mess-maker extraordinaire, and her propensity for creating chaos drives me absolutely crazy. But am I enabling her? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to leave the house for a walk around the block because I’m overwhelmed and fuming about the inevitable, uncontrollable mess that Natalie creates simply by living. As I...
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posted: Tuesday October 19th - 4:00pm

How ADHD Makes a Good Night's Sleep Seem Like a Dream

Even with ADHD medication, some (long) nights my daughter, Natalie, has sleep problems.

Like many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), Natalie often has trouble sleeping. In the old days, the problem was that she couldn’t fall asleep. We solved that with medication. Natalie takes clonidine about an hour before bedtime, though a lot of ADD/ADHD kids take melatonin. It works well, though she still wakes up in the middle of the night once or twice a month...
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posted: Friday October 15th - 6:00pm

Who Says Special Treatment's a Bad Thing?

My daughter, Natalie, who has ADHD and LD, may need extra attention and accommodations at school, but she doesn't always mind.

Every fall comes the time when parents of children with special needs have to break in a new set of teachers -- prepping them on the best ways to accommodate our kids' learning styles. The vast majority of the teachers I've encountered have been sincerely interested in learning how best to help my daughter, Natalie, deal with her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, sensory issues,...
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posted: Thursday October 14th - 12:00pm

Try Shopping with an ADHD Child...You Might Learn a Valuable Parenting Lesson!

You'd think I might look forward to some quality mother-daughter bonding time during the back-to-school shopping season, but going to the mall with Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), is not exactly what I’d call shopping...

Going to the mall with my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), is not exactly what I’d call shopping. It’s more like a high-speed version of follow the leader. I never get to be the leader. Natalie is growing like a weed, and as fall weather approached, she was in desperate need of new blue jeans and other long pants to wear to school...
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posted: Wednesday October 13th - 8:00am

When the Back-to-School Honeymoon Ends and ADHD Reality Kicks In

The first weeks back to school can be blissful for parents, teachers, and ADHD students, but when challenging behaviors resurface, should changing a child's medication dosage be the first option?

It’s early October and Natalie’s fourth grade honeymoon is officially over. Up until now, she has had just a couple of behavioral blips at school. She stole an eraser from another student and, when caught, had to return it, miss a recess, and pay the child one dollar in restitution. Minor stealing incidents have long surfaced when Natalie’s anxiety is sky high, and this instance...
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posted: Tuesday October 12th - 8:00am

Is Your ADHD Child Unable to Focus in Class? How to Help Teachers Understand

Back in school, it's hard for my daughter, Natalie, to focus, but that doesn't mean she doesn't try!

Each year, during the second week of classes, just as students and teachers are starting to get acquainted, my daughter Natalie’s elementary school starts with a mini-conference -- where parents get 20 minutes to give teachers a crash-course introduction to their children. Since Natalie has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, sensory processing problems, and other comorbid issues that impact her learning, I typically go into this...
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posted: Monday October 11th - 8:00am

The ADHD Back-to-School Challenge: Trying Not to Lose (So Many) Things

With attention deficit-related difficulty with memory and organization, my daughter, Natalie, needs GPS to keep track of her things.

My daughter Natalie’s elementary school is participating in “Shoes That Fit," a program in which economically disadvantaged families can register to receive free shoes and clothing for their kids. Our family is fortunate. We manage to keep Natalie and her big brother, Aaron, shod and clothed, even at the crazy rate they’re both growing (with help from neighbor Madeline’s hand-me-downs and Duckworth Wearing, a nearby...
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