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Archives: April 2011

posted: Friday April 22nd - 12:00pm

Does Your ADHD Child Lose Everything?

My daughter, Natalie, loses everything because of her ADD/ADHD. This week, even after she begged us for her own cell phone for the umpteenth time, she managed to forget and leave the family phone in an unusual spot.

My husband, Don, often e-mails funny stories about our daughter, Natalie, to his parents and siblings, and the humor often derives from Nat’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). I thought I’d let you hear from Don for a change. Here’s his latest story: Nat has recently been hitting us up for a cell phone. This has been an on-again, off-again discussion for some time because, as Nat...
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posted: Wednesday April 20th - 9:30am

Skin Picking: What Causes It, Can You Prevent It?

My daughter, Natalie, picks at her skin until it bleeds and becomes infected. Could anxiety, sensory processing issues, and other ADHD comorbid conditions be causing this compulsive behavior?

Natalie, my daughter who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, and sensory processing issues has developed a habit that grosses me out something terrible: picking off her toenails. Yes, you read that right. She doesn’t just pick the skin around them or rip them a little too short. She’s actually completely pulled off two nails. Natalie has always been a picker and a squeezer. She picks...
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posted: Friday April 15th - 11:00am

b-Calm Giveaway, Back by Popular Demand!

b-Calm, billed as an ADHD-friendly product, uses audio tracks with white noise and nature sounds to help students reduce distraction, improve focus, and manage sensory overload. Enter to win one free b-Calm MP3 player!

My blog recently hosted a product giveaway that garnered unprecedented interest. The product in question was b-Calm, an MP3 player loaded with specially engineered tracks -- MP3s of nature sounds and white noise -- designed to help kids with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) screen out distracting or distressing environmental sounds and to improve attention and focus. When the contest ended on...
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posted: Friday April 8th - 2:30pm

Can You Detect When Someone Else Has ADHD?

My daughter, Natalie, thinks she can spot others who, like her, have ADD/ADHD. Is there such a thing as ADHD radar?

Maybe you’ve heard of gaydar, the alleged ability to spot people who are gay or lesbian. Well, my 10-year-old daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), thinks she has ADD/ADHD radar, or ADHD-dar, the ability to identify others who have the condition. But is there really such a thing? Could Natalie have it? Not long ago a local mom contacted me via this blog, hoping...
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posted: Monday April 4th - 1:30pm

Independent Play: Activities to Keep Your ADHD Child Stimulated -- and out of Trouble!

My ADHD daughter, Natalie, needs constant stimulation, which often means I'm her playmate and source of entertainment. Luckily, I recently found some creative activities that, while messy, keep Nat entertained and out of trouble.

I suppose it’s a function of her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) that my daughter, Natalie, needs a lot of stimulation in order to be happy. Unlike some kids, who, by a certain age, can pretty well entertain themselves, Natalie usually relies on others to provide this stimulation. Even at age 10, she can’t keep herself busy and satisfied for any length of time. If she...
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