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Archives: December 2010

posted: Monday December 20th - 11:00am

An Anxious, Hyperactive Countdown to the Holidays

Merry hyperactive Christmas from my impulsive, anxious child to yours! Here's how we're coping with excess ADHD energy during the lead-up to the holidays. How's your family managing?

Oh boy, it’s that time of year again -- when the excitement of the holiday season renders the medication my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), takes virtually ineffective. No amount of stimulants can keep her calm during the countdown to a visit from Santa. And this year, a weeklong trip to San Diego with extended family over the ...
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posted: Tuesday December 14th - 7:00pm

ADHD-Friendly Toys

Sure, there are plenty of toys designed with our kids in mind, but have you found any "normal" ones that provide therapeutic benefits for your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? These are my daughter's favorites. (And mine, too, for their symptom-management side effects!)

After a long, warm fall, winter has definitely descended on central Iowa. Although we are still without snow, it’s very cold, and since it’s dark by 5:00 p.m., we are stuck looking for ways to meet Natalie’s need for active play and stimulation indoors each evening. Luckily, at our house, Wii has come to the rescue; Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) in particular. If kids are...
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