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Math Learning Disabilities and ADHD: What does it mean?

Math Learning Disabilities:  Do they exist? Students with ADHD often struggle in math.  The question is:  Are there really math learning disabilities?   Yes, but they’re tough to diagnose.   Some research contends that 26% of students with ADHD have dyscalculia.  Others say that the number is higher (71%).  Identifying when a challenge rises to something […]

Is ADHD a Mental Illness? (Research)

The diagnosis of ADHD is an ongoing controversy.  Should we use interviews?  What about checklists?  Current research extoles the importance of using medically based diagnostic tools.  DSM-5 provides a list of characteristics that must exist for the answer.  Yes…it’s the reference tool used for mental illness. Research continues…  

Girls with ADHD. How can you tell?

Girls with ADHD are more common than you think.  As many as 50% to 75% of girls with ADHD are missed, both by parents and at school.  Why? They often have different symptoms than boys. DSM-5 uses male-type characteristics for diagnostic criteria.  The power is learning the symptoms and how they manifest themselves.  Stay current.

Feel Like Torture?  15 Writing Tips for College Students with ADHD

Time out of hand, papers everywhere.  Assignments late or undone.  There are definite ways to make a change.  The question is:  What are they? College students with ADHD often have a severe impact on their studies.  Inattentiveness leads to a disorganized writing process.  They struggle keeping ideas in their mind long enough to remember what […]

What’s the Perfect Situation?  Choosing Your Teachers

Parents choose their child’s caretaker and babysitters.  It seems natural to have the same say in their kid’s teacher too, especially with ADHD.  Right?  Maybe. High teacher turnover.  Low performance.  Lack of potential of non-tenured teachers.  The controversy of choosing teachers is traveling around the world.  It is a plague for large schools and occurs […]

ADHD and ODD: An Explanation for Anger, Aggression, Defiance? Ask 65% of them.

Overly aggressive.  Bad temper.  Spiteful and vindictive.  Not all people with ADHD qualify for the Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).  But, an estimated 65% do. People with ODD can look like anyone, but the negative behavior must last at least 6 months.  A timeclock is one way.  More common is to determine the frequency that is […]

Intrinsic Motivation for People with ADHD: Reach for the Sky

A whirlwind of excitement followed by an enormous crash.  Push, push, push.  Here’s a piece of candy.  That’s our folks with ADHD.  What do we want?  Motivation.. Extrinsic motivation is the one we know.  Intrinsic maybe not.  Research has found that they differ in how effective they are at driving behavior.  Is one better than […]

ADHD: Bad Social Skills? Kill ’em with Random Acts of Kindness.

Crash!  Bam!  Scream!  What’s going on?  It’s just another round of ADHD.  Trade those tantrums into words of kindness.  Actions too.  They speak louder than words. Kindness is a virtue from which others flow, ultimately leading to happiness.  People with ADHD have been well documented for being disconnected due to their emotional challenges.  The goal […]

ADHD: Empowerment for Us All

People with ADHD have a lifelong condition.  Fortunately, symptoms change over time.  Weaknesses can transform into abilities beyond their wildest dreams. Attentiveness, impulsivity, and behavior are common symptoms of ADHD.  People with this disorder need to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of themselves.  They should be ready to combat false impressions from others. To […]

Discussions for ADHD Parents? Here’s How.

ADHD kids!  Behavior veers out of control.  Academic performance:  Confusion galore.  Nonstop noise.  Open communication is the way to find solutions. Students with ADHD struggle in the classroom.  So do their teachers.  Parents can facilitate understanding, effectively managing symptoms. Communication is important when helping students with ADHD.  Teacher interaction benefits performance through thoughtful discussions. Teachers […]

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