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Q: The School Says My Teen Is Too Bright for ADHD

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “How can I get my son diagnosed with ADHD without incurring any medical costs? His school will not give him the diagnosis, even though I have been trying to get him diagnosed since 1st grade, and now he is in 8th grade. His is not a behavior problem. He is a people pleaser, but school is affecting his confidence...

How Music Saved My Son’s Life

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Can attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) respond positively to the healing power of music? My youngest son, Michael, is living proof that music can change lives — and brains.

Michael was 10 days old before I saw him for the first time — his tiny, blue body lying limply in the incubator as he...

The Professional Organizer’s Guide to Getting Rid of ADHD Clutter

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Authors: ADDitude.com

As a professional organizer, I try to help my clients change how they think about their “stuff.” Magazines are often a clutter item. We buy them or subscribe to them, and we intend to read them some day.

Last week, I was ready to launch into my magazine spiel with a client when she almost stumped me. I was looking...

Clinical Fellow (and Setting-Switching SLPs) Survival Guide in the Schools

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

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image It’s early August, and that means that the start of a new school year is just around the corner.  It also means that many newly graduated clinical fellows (as well as SLPs switching their settings) will begin their exciting yet slightly terrifying new jobs working f...

I’ll Be Kinder and Gentler — to Myself

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Authors: ADDitude.com

I’d spent a lifetime behind a screen of witty self-deprecation. I made people laugh. It was a part of my personality — the quips popped from my mouth in a narrative I couldn’t control. But, at 45, freshly divorced and struggling, I found myself in a therapist’s office. In our third session, she asked,...

Q: My Child Hates Brushing His Teeth!

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “Any tips to improve tooth brushing? My son with ADHD hates it and his gums are swollen and teeth covered in plaque. I’ve tried bribes, gifts, money… nothing is working.”  –Ann Arbor Mom


Hi Ann Arbor Mom:

Boy, did this question resonate with me. When my son was young, it was difficult...

Lazy Days of Summer? For ADHD Moms, That’s Not a Thing

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Authors: ADDitude.com

My ADHD life coach once told me that changes in routine are particularly difficult for a person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). This definitely explains why I sometimes feel like my grip on the mountain of family life goes from firm and reliable to sweaty and millimeters away from sending me...

Is It Just ADHD? Comorbidities That Unlock an Accurate Mental Health Diagnosis

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Authors: ADDitude.com

A mental health diagnosis is based almost entirely on the discussion of symptoms between a patient and his mental health provider. You might think being the diagnosis expert is your doctor’s job alone, but if you don’t thoroughly understand the diagnosis for yourself or your loved one, you may not get the treatment...

Grocery Chain Rolls Out Adaptive Shopping Carts

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Thanks to one mom, a supermarket chain is the first to provide carts in all of its stores designed for children with special needs who are too big to...

Compensatory Strategies to Disguise Autism Spectrum Disorder May Delay Diagnosis

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Compensatory Strategies to Disguise Autism Spectrum Disorder May Delay Diagnosis

First scientific study of compensatory strategies-techniques to camouflage autism-finds that they have positive and negative outcomes, increasing social integration, but possibly also resulting in poor mental...

Troubleshoot Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Many parents find it hard to get the best ADHD accommodations for their child with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), and, if they do get them, to make sure that they are being implemented.

Here are fixes for four common problems with an IEP or 504 Plan:

After a month, I realized that the ADHD accommodations my daughter...

Why Won’t Employers Take a Risk on Different Thinkers?

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Authors: ADDitude.com

After graduating from high school, I attempted to join the workforce. It didn’t go well.

At the ripe age of 18, I thought I was ready for the big, bad world. It turns out the big, bad world was not ready for me.

The problem? For starters, I was completely honest.

I have learning disabilities, but I can do any job as well...

Q: My Son Left College, and Now He’s Stuck

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Q: “My 19-year-old son is textbook ADHD — not doing chores, messy room, and difficulty problem solving. He has had to leave college twice. He says he cannot concentrate to study, but he can play video games for hours. He is going to be starting therapy soon. How can I help him? My husband just gets angry. He wants...