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Adhd

Adhd
ATTENTION DEFICIT / HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

DearGod,
 
Thank you for this day, 
 
that you have blessed me with.
 
And, may I show someone else,
 
you're love in words you said
 
And in my life let it show,
 
that you are living there.
 
And may your light, 
 
shine through me and draw them to your care.
 
If this must be my last day Lord,
 
Lets make it all, worth  while,
 
and,  may others see new life in me,
 
since you made me your child.
 
                 Shirley McNeilly
 

NATIONAL RESOURCE GROUPS
 
CHADD
CHILDREN & ADULTS with ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
8181 Professional Place, Suite 201
Landover, MD 20785
PHONE 301-306-7070 OR 1-800-233-4050
FAX 301-306-7090
 
 
LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION of AMERICA
4156 Library Road
Pittsburg, Pa 15234
PHONE 412-341-1515
FAX 412-344-0224
 
 
ADDA
THE NATIONAL ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER ASSOCIATION
1788 Second Street, Suite 200
Highland Park, IL 60035
PHONE 847-432-ADDA
FAX 847-432-5874
 
 
NATIONAL CENTER for LEARNING DISABILITIES
381 Park Ave South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
PHONE 212-545-7510
FAX 212-545-9665
 
 

 
                        DIAGNOSIS
Attention Deficit Disorder
"A physiologically determined impairment of   concentration"
How to Understand Attention Deficit Disorders
by Harold N. Levinson, M.D.
 
Establishing a diagnosis for ADHD requires input of behaviors observed by parents &  teachers and an exam from the childs doctor.
Criteria require that symptoms have been present for at least 6 months. And must be present in at least 2 areas of life, such as at home and at school, and that it is affecting social or academic functioning. 
 
A total treatment program would include education of ADD/HD, 
behavior management, counseling, and medication when required. Parents, teachers and/or family may be included in the treatment program.
Consistency is the key to behavior management.
There is no cure and no known cause for ADD/HD.
But with the proper intervention you can learn to manage it.
 
Attention Deficit Disorder is not a deficit of attention, but an over abundance of it. 
The inability to avoid even the smallest distraction.
 
Adders are very intelligent & creative.
 
Adhd conditions can only be managed; not cured and although sometimes these children's symptoms subside with age, often they remain into adulthood.
 
Other problems that may be associated with ADD/HD
Behavioral
Chemical Sensitivities
     Artificial Flavors
     Artificial Colors
     Artificial Preservatives
     Salicylates
Copper
Calcium
Food Allergies
Deficiencies of Vitamins and/or Minerals
     Omega 3's-essential fatty acids
     Magnesium
     Zinc
     Vitamin B's
       Niacin-vitamin B 3
       Pyridoxine-vitamin B 6
       Pantothenic Acid-vitamin B 5
Memory Problems
Hyperactivity
Lack of Concentration    
Candidias
Learning Disorders
Chronic Ear Infections

There are 3 primary types of ADD/HD
 
INATTENTIVE
Makes careless mistakes
Short attention span
Does not appear to be listening
Struggles to follow instructions
Unorganized
Loses things
Easily distracted
Forgetful
 
HYPERACTIVE-IMPULSIVE
Fidgets with hands or feet
Squirms in chair
Has difficulty staying seated
Runs or climbs excessively
Difficulty being quiet
Talks excessively
Difficulty waiting
 
COMBINED TYPE
Meets both inattentive and hyperactive-
impulsive criteria.
 
Many people do not realize how serious this disorder is.
ADD/HD prevents kids from being able to focus on academic work which results in underachievement and poor self esteem.  The impulsivity, short attention, and overactivity result in poor socialization and the rejection
by others. In more serious cases, antisocial behavior and an increased risk of drug & alcohol abuse may follow.
 
Success in school may require a few minor adjustments or modifications, to help cope with the real classroom instead of a special
room. And it is recommended that all modifications are carried out in the normal classroom, unless for some reason it can not be achieved properly. 
Some of these modifications could include:
 
Special seating
Break down instructions
Break homework into 15-20 min sections
Reduce homework or give extra time to do it
A buddy
    to help them remember to be sure  to write down or turn homework  
    in or to bring books  or  homework home
A peer tutor
An extra set of books at home
One on one tutorials
Keep down distractions
Set up a check list
Tell it, show it and let do it
Don't bring attention to the special accomodations
 
These are just a few. Each child is different.
 You would  have to talk to your school to get it started.
 
 

ADHD Reference Materials
References. This page includes resources that professionals, teachers and families have told us are particularly helpful. ... for parents and children. Books/videos for Adults with ADHD. Books for Adults with ... Large group community-based programs for families of preschoolers ...

Dr Sears ADD & ADHD
 
Topics in this section are:
 
 

ADHD WHAT IS IT?

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER/ HYPERACTIVE
 

BEATING ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
 

What's It Like to have ADD?
 
under ADD and other web pages

ATTENTION DEFICIT - HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
 

http://gnc.mondosearch.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=49120562&EXTRA_ARG=&host_id=1&page_id=3156&query=adhd&hiword=ADHD+

 

What kind of Dr should I see?
 
Speciality
Can diagnose ADHD Can prescribe medications, if needed Provides counseling or training
Psychiatrists
yes
yes
yes
Psychologists
yes
no
yes
Pediatricians or family physicians
yes
yes
no
Neurologists
yes
yes
no

http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/mh/add/bladd2.htm?terms=adhd+and+caffeine

 

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Bible based, parent designed, family tested products to help you apply
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Charts, patterns, checklists and worship.

Grey Olltwit's Free EDUCATIONAL FREEWARE

The Story of D
I got something from this story, I hope you do too.
Click on the menu to read the story.
Bob has a very good website as well, I have him on my list of links.
Bob has a knack for explaining ADD/HD
 
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about ADD.....
but could never remember to ask.
 

ADHD AND THE MILITARY
 
ADHD NEWS
November 1997 issue --under subtitle "UNDER MILITARY"

FREE E- BOOK
THE ADD E-BOOK
by Martin L Kutscher MD
 
A must if you want to be thoroughly informed
 

A PARENTS VIEW
If you have a website let me know and I will add it.
 
ADHD-ABILITY OR DISABILITY
MomtoJessica
 
 

 
The Complete
ADD ADHD BOOKSTORE
 

                               CHECKLIST
Below is a checklist containing 18 items which describe characteristics frequently found in people with ADHD. Items 1-9 describe characteristics of inattention. Items 10-15 describe characteristics of hyperactivity. Items 16-18 describe characteristics of impulsivity.
In the space before each statement put the number that best describes your childs (your students) behavior (0=never or rarely; 1 = sometimes; 2 = often; 3 = very often).

___1. Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
___2. Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
___3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
___4. Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
___5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
___6. Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework).
___7. Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
___8. Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
___9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.
___10. Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
___11. Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected.
___12. Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness).
___13. Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly.
___14. Is on the go or often acts as if driven by a motor.
___15. Talks excessively.
___16. Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
___17. Has difficulty awaiting his or her turn.
___18. Interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

Count the number of items in each group (inattention items 1-9 and hyperactivity-impulsivity items 10-18) you marked 2 or 3. If six or more items are marked 2 or 3 in each group this could indicate serious problems in the groups marked.

This checklist was taken from

It's about Time: Promising Practices for Children and Adolescents with ADHD

Prepared by Harvey C. Parker, Ph.

http://addwarehouse.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/article10.html

 

The ADD-ADHD Page
 

 
ADD/ADHD What Every Parent Should Know
 

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
 
People with ADD/HD lack intelligence
 
Medicine cures ADD/HD
 
All children outgrow the symptoms as they become adults
 
You should punish your child for behavior he or she can't control
 
It is the parents fault that the child acts this way
 
The child is just being lazy
 
All behavioral problems are ADD/HD
 
Communication between the parent, teacher and doctor are not important

GIRLS AND ADHD
Girls with ADHD, don't get diagnosed as often as boys. At least twice as many boys are diagnosed with ADHD than girls.  This could be because boys are more aggressive than girls.  Girls tend to suffer in silence.  The longer either
child, whether boy or girl, go undiagnosed or untreated,  the worse they feel about themselves and the more difficulties  they have.  Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, psychotherapist, and co editor of  ADDvance, a magazine for women with ADD, specializes in girls & women with ADHD.  Dr. Nadeau, lists three categories that girls with ADDHD fall into.
 
TOMBOYS-hyperactive girls,physically active, risk takers, explorers, less attractive to girlish activities.
 
DAYDREAMERS-inattentive,try not to draw attention to themselves, forgetful and disorganized.
 
CHATTY KATHY-combination of hyperactive & inattentative.  higher activity level than daydreamers, but not necessarily tomboys, hyper-talkative, silly, exciteable, over emotional, chatter constantly, interrupts frequently, have trouble organizing thoughts, during teen year become hyper social, taking risks to compensate for poor academics.
 
checkout the ADDvance website
A Resource for Women & Girls with ADD at
 
 

THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO
 
1.Learn all that you can about  ADD/HD,   504's, IEP's, and IDEA, you are your child's only advocate
 
2.Set limits and enforce them
 
3.Be loving
 
4.Be patient
 
5.Praise for achievements
 
6.Encouragement for trying
 
7.Daily structured routine
 
8.Pace your day
 
9.Simple chores & instructions
 
10.Don't expect a perfect job
 
11.Be consistent
 
12.Too many activities lead to confusion
 
13.Don't talk about the child's problems in front of them
 
14.Concentrate on strengths, not weaknesses
 
15.Give the child a special place to show off work-
     refridgerator,cabinet,wall
 
16.Never allow your child to make fun of another child,
      AND
      never allow another child to make fun of your child
 
17.Keep communication open with the doctor and the eacher
 
18.Keep experimenting.
     If one way doesn't work, ask teachers, doctors, friends,
     join a support group, do research, ask a school counselor
     for  suggestions.
     Keep searching. Keep asking.
 
19.Reward them for effort and accomplishment
 
20.Remind them a few minutes  before time for an activity
      to start or end:  ie-in 10 minutes it will be time for bed
   
21.Set up a hand signal such as a  baseball signal as a warning
     when out in public or with friends for misbehavior -your
     purpose is not to humiliate
 
22.Break down homework or activities into 15-20 minute
     segments
 
23.Use daily checklists
 
24.If on medication follow instructions and keep all
     follow up appointments
 
25. Use lots of timers and/or alarm clocks
 
26.Have a specific place for activities   ie: tv, eating,
     homework
 
27.Have a punching bag or pillows for them to punch
     and vent their frustrations on. It can be in their room,
     or out side as long as they don't take it out on a living
     thing or damage property.
 
28.Choose your battles.
 
29.Provide unconditional Love.
 
30.Find time for yourself. Enlist  friends, family, babysitters,
      and / or daycare.
 
31.Pray, give thanks.
 
32.Make them be responsible for their behavior.
 
33.Don't belittle them, or call them names.
 
34.Be a good role model.
 
35.Cut down on caffeine, refined sugar, artificial colors, preservatives
     and add more fruits, vegetables, fish, beans and fiber.
 
36.Don't bring attention to the special accomodations.
 
37.Take a video of their bad behavior and show it to them.

             Ways to get your child
                       to open up
                    and talk to you
 
We live in the fast lane and sometimes it is hard to
spend quality time with family like we want to. We
have small talk between all of the hustle and bustle,
but do we actually sit down and talk to our children
and find out what they think, what they've done or what their favorite hobby is? Do we ask How was you're day today?, because we are really interested or just as a habit? Do we ask their opinion and really want to hear it? I know I need to work on this area so I thought I would share a few ideas on the subject.
 
It may start out slow but given time they will open up.
 
1. Take a walk with them.  Ask about the things that you see as you are walking. The birds, do you know what kind of tree that is, look at the clouds in the sky, do they remind you of something?
 
2. Invite them to help you cook, bake or do a chore. Teach them measurements, ask do they want to measure the ingredients, choose the shape, roll it out,
cut it out, what color?
 
3. Read and enjoy a book together. Get excited with the story. Look at the pictures, laugh with them.
 
4. Watch tv together. You would be surprised at the so called childrens shows that are not appropriate.
Watch a special together, share your thoughts.
What is your favorite part? Eventually they won't even miss that show that you just said they couldn't watch because of the content.
 
Children are very influential.
 
5. When they are playing, ask what they are playing, can you play? They have quite huge imaginations.
 
6. Let them decide what activity to do tonight or what game to play. Have a family night.
 

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