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Catch 'em Doing Good

goodby Laura Godfrey

One per minute with their parents.Two per minute with their teachers or peers in school. 0.7 per minute with their peers outside of school. What am I talking about?

In a study by William E. Pelham, Jr. and Gregory A. Fabiano in 2008, they estimated that a typical ADHD child has nearly half a million negative social interactions each year.

For children impacted by ADHD, there is nothing that they would like more than to have others, and especially their family, accept them just as they are. Sadly, these children often try to present a more positive view of themselves that is not always realistic in an effort to be liked at home and at school. They fear admitting that they are not as good as they believe they ought to be.

ADHD and Diet

adhd and dietBy Krista Forand, M.Ed.

If you look online, there is a lot of information about ADHD and diet. It can be hard for parents to make sense of all of this information, as much of it is conflicting. For parents who are considering dietary approaches to treating their child’s ADHD, it can be overwhelming, costly and time consuming to sift through all of this information and put their trust into a particular dietary approach.

The Four Best All-Natural Ways ADHD People Can Increase Focus and Productivity

Our guest blogger, Coach Juli Shulem, has provided some really great and practical ideas for older students and adults with ADHD. If you are a parent with younger children with ADHD, use these tips to help you to coach your children in developing good strategies to stay focused and productive.

productivityBy Coach Juli Shulem, CPC, PCC

Everyone gets distracted sometimes. But if you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, these distractions are constant and can prevent you from doing what you need to do throughout the day. In fact, it has been estimated that ADHD accounts for an astonishing 143.8 million days' worth of work productivity lost each year across 10 countries.

Family Matters

Family MattersFamily Tree

By Larissa Predy, M.A.

I've heard many people proclaim that they cannot or should not change who they are, or that as their beliefs and values grow and shift over time, that there is something inherently wrong with this. I do not agree. Our society has us convinced that we are to know "what we want to be when we grow up" and who we are from a very young age. But it is scientifically recognized that as humans we are ever changing, dynamic organisms. Our development is continuous and our brains are plastic (meaning changing). Change and growth are natural parts of life, and only once we accept this can we accept the change in ourselves and others. 

My ADHD Life

ADHD Time Travel Clock

By Anonymous

If you have ADHD, then like me, you might be considering a career change to quantum physics. No, not because I understand math or even really know what quantum physics is, but because I have become an apprentice at defying time. Does a life of rushing, rushing, rushing, and oh yeah, more rushing sound familiar? Do you attempt to leave for work in the morning at least twice, if not three times, returning for the items you forgot? Then, finally ready for the day with your arms full of your belongings (yes, I have a bag but I left it in the car last night so I couldn’t pack it this morning) you get in the car and – wait, where did I put my keys? So yes, I consider myself a prized clock fighter, time shifter, and “defyer” of the physical laws of time.

Technology Supports for ADHD

By Krista Forand, M.Ed.

Technology is all around us! What's Assistive TechnologyWe live in a world full of technology that is constantly changing and improving the way we live (although that may be arguable, particularly if you’ve ever experienced a computer crash or have had to navigate a complicated automated phone system!). We don’t really think about how we may use technology on a daily basis to solve our problems, but we all do it. For example, I often set alarms on my phone to remind me to do certain things, especially things that are more out of the ordinary and not part of my routine (e.g., taking chicken out of the freezer to defrost).

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First!

emotional regulationBy Krista Forand, M.Ed.

Parents often ask me for strategies to help their children with emotional regulation. One of the best strategies that I can suggest is to develop and model your own emotional regulation strategies and encourage supportive conversations about emotions among all family members. Parents play a very important role in teaching their children how to express their emotions, respond to others’ emotions, and manage their emotions in different situations. As adults, we may take for granted how influential our own behavior is on children, but it is important to understand that it starts with us.