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Tag Archives: ADHD

ADHD and Food: Friends or Enemies?

  64% of diagnosed cases of ADHD are impacted by food.  It can cause physical or behavioral symptoms.  These chemicals accumulate to create “bad days.” Food allergies?  Food sensitivity?  They’re not the same.  Classic allergies (IgE) cause serious symptoms like hives, swelling, and anaphylaxis.  Food sensitivity (IgG) is not a true allergy and cannot be […]

ADHD in Adults: There are millions!

About 4% to 5% of adults have ADHD.  That translates to 10 million.  Some say that adults with ADHD can determine their diagnosis.  Few are treated. ADHD is known as a childhood disorder.  Some outgrow it, but more than 60% still show symptoms as adults.  In contrast, if you have it as an adult you […]

Autism & ADHD: A match made in heaven?

50% of people with Autism also have ADHD.  They are both a disorder of self-regulation and executive functioning.  Social development is a stressor that interferes with both.  Care must be taken to address both. Traveling on the WayBack Machine… “Hello Doug.  My name is Miss Edie.”  Nothing.  “Hi.  What’s your name?”  Nothing.  “What’s your favorite […]

ADHD + Math…Yikes!

Math Anxiety.  It’s a vicious cycle.  Skills go up.  Skills go down…all the way down. Traveling on the WayBack Machine… 2009 rocks.  I have 2 sections of honors algebra.  No IEPs to be seen.  Really? 1st period comes, so does the shock.  ADHD for sure.  How do I know?  Comes in screaming, slams down books, […]

ADHD Literacy: Talking about Talking

Let’s Talk!  Wait, we want students with ADHD to stop talking.  Here’s why they should. Let’s define 21st Century literacy.  In the past, it was simply made up of reading and writing.  Now it’s grown to include listening and speaking too. Oral literacy and speaking skills are important in order to convey personal needs and […]

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How Teachers Teach Matters, Especially with ADHD

It goes without saying:  Students with ADHD have challenges beyond paying attention.  Teacher-directed, student-centered strategies create an environment for academic success.  Increasing involvement and responsibility for learning is key. ADHD is a disability that impacts physical, mental, and emotional components of an affected person.  ADHD in teens and young adults is further impacted in academics, […]

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ADHD folks: Looking for flexibility? Try Universal Design for Learning.

UDL isn’t the same ol’ thing. Flexible environments accommodate individual learning differences. This scientifically valid framework is especially beneficial to students with ADHD. Universal design is an educational process based on cognitive neuroscience research. It is a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments. Especially important for students with ADHD, UDL is designed […]

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ADHD folks: Wrangling with reading troubles? Cast out the spell.

Mystical, magical ways to improve reading?  Think big.  It’s metacognition. Metacognition helps readers to become comfortable in learning tasks.  It assists students with ADHD focus their attention on the task at hand as well.  The process facilitates making adjustments in errors as soon as they occur. Looking back in time… Yea!  I’ve been invited to […]

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ADHD kids questioning authority? It’s inquiry-based learning.

Question, after question, after question is annoying. Reduce the obnoxiousness. Student curiousity is seeking the the truth, information, and knowledge. Inquiry-based learning combines student curiousity to enhance critical-thinking skills. The process seeks resolutions to questions and issues while constructing knowledge. They gather information and manipulate data, through applying the senses (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling). […]