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Archives: March 2011

posted: Wednesday March 30th - 1:30pm

Impulsive Behavior: What Random Acts of ADHD Impulsivity Can You Share?

My ADHD daughter, Natalie, has poor impulse control -- with sometimes hilarious, sometimes frustrating results. Our family does our best to cope with this ADD/ADHD symptom -- sharing stories is one way. How does your family survive? What are your most outrageous tales of impulsivity?

Impulsive behavior is a hallmark of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), and my 10-year-old daughter, Natalie, who has the condition, has created a cache of family stories through her impulsive antics. Here’s one we tell often. Natalie was outside, playing with squirt guns with friends. She stopped to refill her squirt gun in a bucket of water, and our cat, Smokey, happened to saunter...
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posted: Monday March 28th - 5:00pm

When Adults Bully ADHD Children

As schools work to address the bullying epidemic, I've found myself wondering how adult treatment of ADHD children affects kids like my daughter, Natalie. Are the adult role models in her life teaching others to treat her with respect?

I worry all the time about the social interactions my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), experiences at school and their effect on her ability to learn, her anxiety level, and her self-esteem. The stories she tells me about how other kids treat her break my heart. But compared to what I hear from others around the country, Natalie’s school is exceptional. They...
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posted: Wednesday March 23rd - 4:30pm

When Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms Get in the Way of Good Hygiene

Are sensory processing symptoms keeping your ADHD child from optimal personal hygiene? While we're still working on creative ways to get her to brush her teeth, I've had success in my latest attempts to get my daughter, Natalie, to wash with soap.

Many kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) also have sensory processing issues, and my daughter, Natalie, is one of them. One area where this has created challenges is in her personal hygiene. For example, she hates to brush her teeth. We’ve tried dozens of flavors of toothpaste and light-up, musical, and electric toothbrushes. Each new taste or trick is typically helpful to soothe the irksome...
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