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ADHD blogs from ADD adults, parents of ADHD children, and ADHD experts -- helping you cope with the challenges of and delight in the benefits of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Are Good Accommodations for My Hyperactive and Sensory-Seeking Child?
"At least once a week, my son gets in trouble for intentionally pinching, pushing, or pestering another child. What accommodations could we introduce to stem this type of impulsive, sensory-seeking behavior?"
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The Experts

High-Risk Behaviors for Kids with ADHD: Is This Normal?
My 18-year-old son has had driving accidents and a couple of run-ins with the law. Is this normal for a kid with ADHD?
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The Experts

How Can I Keep My Child's Bedroom Free of Clutter?
We have put my eight-year-old son’s mattress on the floor to eliminate his under-the-bed clutter, but the rest of his bedroom is a disaster. Any suggestions?
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The Experts

How Can I Get Started Homeschooling My Child?
I want to homeschool my daughter. She is a fifth grader, and it breaks my heart to see her struggle in the classroom. How should I get started?
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Be Our Guest

I Am That Kid.
I was more or less oblivious to my ADHD. Then third grade hit and, with it, a new school in a new state and kids who said I was annoying. If I could sit down and explain my brain to them, here is what I would say.
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The Experts

Screen Gems for Getting Homework Done
My 15-year-old gets sucked into distracting things on the Web when she turns on the computer. This is bad. She does her homework on the computer, too. Help.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Long Should an IEP Take?
"A full month after our IEP meeting, I still don't have an updated version of the IEP reflecting changes we discussed. With only 50 days of school left, I want the corrected version in my hands ASAP. Am I wrong in demanding this turn-around?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Is There a Sample Letter to Request Accommodations?
"I need to request an evaluation from my boys' school. Is there a template letter I can use containing all the important info?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Can We Overcome His Fear of Public Speaking?
“My son is gearing up to enter middle school, where the new Common Core standards require kids to demonstrate a proficiency in oral presentation. He is self-conscious and hates public speaking. How can we work on that over the summer?”
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Mom Is the Word

Sensory Processing Disorder in Kids Is Not the Parents’ Fault
Too many adults don’t understand ADHD, and even fewer know anything about SPD and sensory meltdowns.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Weave Math Lessons Into Our Summer?
"I'm worried that my daughter will lose the math skills she worked so hard to build up all year long. How can I keep her mind fresh without forcing math worksheets on her?"
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The Experts

In Sight, In Mind: Remembering Objects with ADHD
"I am a 42-year-old ADHDer. When objects are put in drawers or closets, I forget about them — out of sight, out of mind. So I keep a lot of things out in plain view, which defeats my goal of de-cluttering. How can I solve this?"
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The Experts

Tired of the Cleaning Routine
"I have a friend diagnosed with ADHD who does a different chore every day — Monday is laundry day; Tuesday, vacuuming day; Wednesday, dusting day. The problem is, some weeks I feel overwhelmed by committing to doing something every day. Is there any way around this heavy schedule?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Does My Son Need a Diagnosis for a 504 Plan?
"Do you have to have a diagnosis to get a 504 plan? We had a meeting yesterday with my son's teachers and principal, and they said he should have one. What does this entail?"
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ADHD News Feed

New Extended-Release, Orally Disintegrating ADHD Medication Released
Adzenys XR-ODT, a new ADHD stimulant medication that dissolves in the mouth, is now available in the United States and approved for patients 6 and older.
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Be Our Guest

Mom or Medical Detective?
When new symptoms crop up, I go into ‘medical detective mode,’ following one clue to another until I have a working theory to test. But sometimes I just want to be my kids' mom — not pretend I'm Dr. House or a clinical case manager. Is that so much to ask?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Set the Stage for Middle School?
“My son is entering middle school in the Fall. For the first time, he'll have multiple teachers and lots of transitions during the day. How can I best prepare him for this over the summer?”
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Will My Dyslexic Child Ever Read for Fun?
“My daughter has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Motivating her to read during the school year is especially difficult; during the summer, it is downright impossible. Do you any recommendations for motivating a child with weak language skills?”
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Can the School Reject Documentation from my Doctor?
"Can the school refuse to acknowledge or accept medical documentation from our psychiatrist? The principal told me that the psychiatrist will 'say whatever Mom wants.'"
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Family Guy

Oh, No, Did I Really Just Say That?!
When my lips fail to echo what my brain is thinking, I’ve learned how to undo the damage.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Should I Prepare for an IEP Meeting?
"The school has completed its testing and filed a 33-page report, which recommends an IEP with special education help for my child. This Friday is the actual IEP meeting with the director of Special Education. How should I prepare? What else is considered when determining next steps?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Should I Worry About Video Game Addiction?
"My 14 yr old is addicted to playing video games. He takes Concerta when he is attending school, but is off of it for the summer and seems to be self-medicating with video games. His behavior is good and he performs all of his chores. Am I concerned over nothing?"
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All Together ADHD

Post Office-itis: Dealing with Government Authority Makes ADHDers Anxious, Sweaty, and Scared
Why does getting a passport, social security card, or mailing a box to a relative strike terror in my ADHD heart?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Is an ADHD Camp Worth It?
"My 14-year-old son is entering high school next year and doesn't have many friends thanks to his ADHD, anxiety, and immaturity. I thought that camp would help him build some life and social skills. Any recommendations?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Why Has My Child's IEP Been Denied?
"What criteria do most schools use to determine if a student with documented ADHD is eligible for an IEP instead of a 504? My son has a 504, and really would benefit from a higher level of resource support, but he has been denied an IEP twice."
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