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Category Archives: Behavior

ADHD and Addiction? 30% – 50%

It is common for people with ADHD to turn to addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. Their attempt is often to improve abilities, help them feel better, or self-medicating.  The activities work at first, providing them with ADHD relief.  Ultimately, these high-risk behaviors can result in academic failure, incarcerations, or death from […]

Is it funny? No, it’s CYBERBULLYING?

Teens live for their cell phones…90% of ’em all.  You think that the biggest challenges come from throwing them?  No…cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the use of cell phones, instant messaging, email, chat rooms or social media used to intimidate, harass, threaten, or humiliate someone.  It has increased among teens as they have more access to electronic […]

Journaling for ADHD…Cures what ails ya!

Powerful tools: A pen coupled with paper. An impact on physical well-being.  Just a few sentences a day can reduce stress, anger, sadness, and anxiety. What could be better than that? Traveling in the WayBack Machine… Oh no! Visiting a high school where everyone is taller than me…even the freshman. How can this happen? Is […]

Experiencing trouble with following directions?  It might be auditory processing issues.

Auditory processing transfers sound into the ear and is then interpreted through mental processing.  When delays occur, breakdowns result in difficulties in following verbal instructions.  It can exasperate the ability of students with ADHD to filter out noise in the classroom. Maintain structure and routines. Provide preferential seating (front of the classroom). Present short, specific […]

What is Executive Functioning? Organizing, getting things done. Here are strategies.

Executive functioning abilities (cognitive processing) are mental skills to get things done.  They help people organize and act upon information.  These abilities are often a struggle for teens and young adults with ADHD. Planning Remembering things Paying attention Allowing someone to juggle multiple tasks These challenges become obstacles in completing tasks both in and outside […]

How do we stop bullying? Attentive teachers.

Is bullying a problem?  Set the climate.  Try day-one strategies.  Continue to infinity. The continuing adventures of EdieLovesMath… Well, I’ve already taught math so student teaching will be a cake walk.  An experienced teacher, a good-humored paraeducator, and me together…What could possibly go wrong?  Why do I keep asking that!!! Day 1, the first period […]