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Archives: November 2010

posted: Tuesday November 30th - 11:00am

Is an Accurate ADHD Diagnosis Really Possible?

The difference between an ADHD diagnosis and a related condition can be negligible. How do you use overlapping symptoms and treatment to your benefit?

Diagnosing our kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), its common comorbid conditions, and learning disabilities is like putting together puzzles.* Some kids are like a 25-piece floor puzzle; their pieces (symptoms) fall into place fairly quickly, and before you know it, you see the complete picture. Others are 1,500-piece challenges -- putting the tiny pieces together takes time, and the pieces are so similar in...
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posted: Wednesday November 24th - 9:00am

Does Your ADHD Child's Teacher Understand Fidgeting to Focus?

Though it seems counterintuitive, fidgeting can help ADHD students focus. How has your child's teacher responded to fidgets in the classroom?

In a previous post, I wrote about children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) who crave oral stimulation and how to address that need in school. The topic grew from comments on a post about fidget toys (this month’s giveaway). A second theme running through the discussion about fidgets is that some teachers find fidgeting to be too distracting to benefit the student. I agree that...
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posted: Saturday November 20th - 4:30pm

Help for ADHD Children with an Oral Fixation

With her teacher's approval, my daughter, Natalie, chews gum to stay focused. How do you meet your ADHD child's need for oral stimulation?

I’ve been reading the responses to my recent post, "Tell Us How Fidgeting Has Helped Your ADD/ADHD Child and Win a Set of Classroom-Friendly Fidgets," and I see a couple of themes emerging that deserve their own conversations. The first is the fact that some of our kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) have a need for oral stimulation. Next time, I’ll tackle the other...
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posted: Wednesday November 10th - 5:30pm

I'm Still Looking for a Magic-Bullet Treatment for ADHD -- Are You?

I get excited about every new ADHD alternative therapy discovery. Some natural remedies are great, but it's important to remember to keep reasonable expectations when evaluating treatment possibilities.

Recently, I read and reviewed a great new book -- Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Ellison -- for the Winter 2010/11 issue of ADDitude magazine. It’s a funny, interesting read, and I recommend it. As chronicled in the book, Ellison dedicated a full year to focusing her attention on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) in an effort to reconnect with, understand,...
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posted: Monday November 8th - 4:00pm

Tell Us How Fidgeting Has Helped Your ADD/ADHD Child and Win a Set of Classroom-Friendly Fidgets

Natalie's innate desire to wiggle and fiddle has helped her improve focus, classroom behavior, and reduce anxiety. Share your experiences for the chance to receive a free set of fidgets.

ADHD child plays with fidget toy
My daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), is a born fidgeter, and rather than wasting energy trying to sit still and keep her hands quiet, she’s learned to harness that trait to her advantage. How Fidgets Help ADD/ADHD Over the years, she’s gained an awareness of how fidgeting helps her ADD/ADHD and will seek out appropriate objects ("fidgets") to fiddle with...
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posted: Thursday November 4th - 8:00am

How to Seek Assistive Technologies for Your ADHD Child in the Classroom

Your ADD/ADHD child may have a right to educational assistive technology. Here's one idea for approaching your child's IEP team about gadgets in the classroom.

One of my favorite things about writing an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) parenting blog is having the opportunity to offer monthly giveaways of books or products related to ADD/ADHD, its common comorbid conditions, and learning disabilities. Our latest contest -- for a free MotivAider, a vibrating behavior-change gadget that kids with ADD/ADHD might use in the classroom -- generated an unprecedented amount of interest for...
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