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Archives: June 2011

posted: Monday June 27th - 11:00am

ADD Travel: Is It Possible to Relax on Vacation With ADHD Children?

Summer travel and vacation plans have been put on hold since my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) daughter has started having behavioral problems again. What can we do to stay sane on our next family trip?

My daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), doesn’t tolerate riding in the car well, and this, along with several other behavioral issues, has limited our choices for family vacations. Trips to Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri (drives of about three hours each way), taught us that we were really pushing it, so for the last two years, we’ve made plans right here...
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posted: Monday June 20th - 4:30pm

The Best Hair Detangler for Children and Adults With Sensory Issues?

For help for hair tangles and the sensitive heads of the adults and kids who hate to comb them out, consider the Knot Genie. Read a review of the hair detangler and leave a comment to win one for yourself or your loved one!

Getting my daughter, Natalie (who has sensory processing issues along with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)), to brush her hair has always been a battle, one that has led us to keep Natalie’s haircut short to avoid messy, painful hair tangles. But now she wants to grow it out again. Though I’d like to see it long too, I keep reminding her that as...
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posted: Monday June 13th - 8:00am

ADHD Positives: Helping Children Embrace Their Differences

How my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD), has learned to recognize the positives of her ADD/ADHD and other special needs.

As a parent, I believe that one of my most important responsibilities is to help my kids find their strengths, fully incorporate those strengths into their views of themselves, and then encourage the kids to build on them. For my daughter, Natalie, that’s especially true when the positives she discovers are related to her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and comorbid conditions. Recently, she demonstrated that...
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posted: Monday June 6th - 1:30pm

ADHD Medication Effects: Do You Ever Wonder If and How Meds Are Working?

My daughter, Natalie, takes several medications for her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and other comorbid conditions and I've often wondered about the effects they have on her symptoms and behavior. Several recent mix-ups about her treatment have given us the opportunity to see how well her meds work (or not).

My daughter, Natalie, takes several medications to treat her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and comorbid conditions. We’re typically very, very regular and reliable about giving Nat her meds accurately -- the right dose, of the right med, at the right time, every single day. But recently we’ve had not one and not two but three medication snafus. Luckily, none of them created significant discomfort for...
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