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Archives: February 2011

posted: Wednesday February 23rd - 4:30pm

MP3 Player Parents of ADHD and Autistic Kids Will Love: b-Calm Giveaway!

b-Calm, billed as an ADHD-friendly product, uses audio tracks with white noise and nature sounds to helps students reduce distraction, improve focus, and manage sensory overload. Help your child learn to be calm -- enter to win one of two free b-Calm MP3 players!

In December 2009, I caught the last few seconds of a local TV news report. I heard just enough of the story to know that I had to learn more. An Iowa entrepreneur had developed a new gadget intended to help kids with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I scribbled down the product’s name -- b-Calm -- before I could forget it and headed...
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posted: Monday February 21st - 9:00am

Celebrating 8 Years With My ADHD Child

Eight years ago, we brought our adopted ADHD daughter, Natalie, home from Russia. For the first time, I'm not just celebrating the anniversary. I have finally embraced the symptoms and treatment of our medicated, hyper, disorganized lives.

February 12, 2011, was my daughter Natalie’s Gotcha Day, the eighth anniversary of her adoption. We adopted her at 2 and a half from an orphanage in Russia, and she came to us with a variety of special needs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and sensory processing disorder among them. In a sense, Natalie’s eighth Gotcha Day is a first anniversary for me. You see, on...
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posted: Friday February 18th - 1:30pm

Your Cure for Overdue Books, Library Late Fees, and ADHD (OK, 2 Out of 3)

Has paying fees for lost and overdue books become your ADD/ADHD family's library tradition? Take comfort with this from a former library employee and mom to one forgetful, disorganized ADHD child.

Have you heard the one about the library patron who complained that she could never find books on the shelf about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? They were always overdue! Keep your ADD/ADHD child from being the butt of this ADD/ADHD joke with these tricks and tips that I learned in my years working at our local public library. 1. Make going to the library a...
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