Thanks ADHD!

TThanks 300x207his Thanksgiving week, we get together with our families and give thanks for a variety of things. Many of us in the Play Attention family live with ADHD, so we wanted to know what makes you thankful for ADHD.  We polled our clients and this is what we heard:

1. I think having ADHD makes me incredibly creative - Mary, 22 a year old college student

2. My son has ADHD, and he has a huge sense of humor. He makes me laugh every day - Lilly, mom of a 14 year old son

3. I find at work I am more successful because I am able to think outside the box. Thanks ADHD! - Richard, 46 year old software engineer

4. In my practice I specialize in working with ADHD adults. I find my clients to be extremely passionate about the people and causes they hold dear - Dr. Zhang, Psychologist

5. My closest friend and old college roommate has ADHD. We have been friends for over 20 years. I treasure her...

Take Care of Yourself ... First

Take Care 300x222You love your bright, creative, energetic, caring child. And yes, he also happens to have ADHD which often comes with these fantastic characteristics. However, there is the other side of ADHD. The side that results in constant calls from the school, doctors appointments, arguments, tears, and nights with endless amounts of homework. This is often the source of many challenges and frustrations. You can sometimes feel simply overwhelmed and exhausted. When these feelings occur, it is important...

Know Your Rights

New guidance on the civil rights of ADHD students

Boy Student 300x201The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures protection of ADHD students under law. However, its special Section 504 often varies among school administrators.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has has issued a guidance clarifying the rights of ADHD students in light of nationwide allegations that schools were not providing ADHD students the services they need to be successful.

"Over the last five years, OCR has...

Parents, ADHD Kids & Homework

Homework 300x200New research can help this volatile mix

A new study by Dr. William Pelham, a leader in ADHD research, and his team, sheds significant light on homework skills, parenting, and medication. The researchers compared homework-focused behavioral parent training against medication.

The study found that ADHD children who did homework under the guidance of trained parents improved 10% to 13% in homework completion and about 8% improved in homework accuracy. That's equivalent to the parent treatment...

Meet the New Teacher!

Your child is nervous about the first day of school. It's normal and natural. We all want to establish a good relationship right from day one.Schoo Teacher 300x200

It's important that both you and your child have a positive relationship with the teacher. It's a good idea to ask your childs teacher if he/she would have a moment to meet with you before school begins. If time will not allow for this, write the teacher a personal letter.

Things to keep in mind for the meeting/letter:

1. Keep it positive. You may...

Top 5 Myths About ADHD that Confuse Parents

Myth 1 300x2001. Girls don't get ADHD. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that in many states, boys are diagnosed twice as often as boys. Girls often do not 'act out' or rebel as much as boys, so the squeaky wheel, i.e. boys, often get the diagnosis. ADHD does affect girls likely as much as boys.

2. Getting good grades means I don't have ADHD. Many ADHD students are bright and make good grades. However, other areas of their lives are affected including social skills, organization, and finishing...

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