ADHD Adults: Start Pre-Planning for the Holidays.

Holiday List 300x200ADHD Adults: Start Pre-Planning for the Holidays. 

Tis the Season . .

When we think of the holiday season, we think of merriment and cheer, but for some adults with ADHD, this is not always the case. The shopping, the wrapping, the planning “ all require organization, which can be a challenge to adults with or without ADHD.

The following is a compilation of great tips and tricks to stay organized, be efficient, and simplify this holiday time of the year!

Don't forget that you set the tone for your home. Pace yourself and take well-deserved breaks!

List 1: Holiday Traditions

Create family memories by first holding a family meeting to discuss each persons favorite traditions. It's what you do, not what you buy, thats important, so don't overlook small but significant family rituals. This list might include:

Buy one new ornament for the tree
Keep favorite holiday music going...

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...

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 tasks.

3. Only hyperactive kids have ADHD. ADHD is now a generic term for 3 types of attention problems. The American Psychiatric Association categorizes ADHD into three subtypes: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined hyperactivity and inattention. So, kids with inattentive ADHD tend to be easily distracted but don't display hyperactivity.

4. Most kids will outgrow ADHD. Long term...

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 that you remind yourself how important it is for you to take care of yourself.

Taking care of yourself when you are constantly focused on taking care of others can be difficult. You feel if you spend that 60 minutes at the gym or indulge in a much-needed massage, you are somehow being selfish. It important to remind yourself that taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is necessary. If you do...

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 received more than 16,000 complaints that allege discrimination on the basis of disability in elementary and secondary education programs, and more than 10 percent involve allegations of discrimination against students with ADHD. The most common complaint concerns academic and behavioral difficulties students with ADHD experience at school when they are not timely and properly evaluated for a disability...

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 group achieving an average C grade, versus an average F grade for those who didn't get the parent training. Significantly, they found medication had nonsignificant effects on homework completion and accuracy.

The major tool the parents received during training was the Daily Report Card.

According to the study's lead author, Brittany M. Merrill, The daily report card . . . is a communication tool...