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Medication and Schedule Reminders
"Our 19-year-old son recently moved back into our home after leaving and struggling to survive in NYC. He was diagnosed with AD/HD when he was 8 years old. He took medication until he was about 14, and stopped because it was difficult for him to make doctor's appointments because he played sports, and also difficult for him to take medication in High School. Now, he is going to an Adult High School program at the community college and working part-time. My question is should we follow up with medication now? He is very unorganized and doesn't follow through." - DLD
If your son is going to school and working part time and the concern is remembering to take the medication and be on time for appointments and classes, a planner is essential to stay on top of things.
Spectra Planner makes an age-specific daily organizer for students. Many of my clients like it, as it is color coded for the days and has plenty of room to record assignments. There are other features that make it easy to use, such as space for weekly and monthly "to do" lists and stickers for appointments. For more information, call 987.682.1579 or visit their Spectra's web site at AndoverCounseling.com.
No planner will help unless you know where it is and to use it! Two great tips for keeping track of it:
Medication reminders come in many varieties and formats. These include:
As for specific medication issues and concerns, they are best discussed with your physician.
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.
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