A.D.D. - Attention Deficit Disorder
or Highly Spirited?
At home, he can relax in his own environment, and you can ensure
the distractions are at a minimum. You can help him to learn
in the ways that suit his style, at times when he is most eager
Born to Explore
Welcome to the other side of ADD on this site devoted entirely
to exploring positive and alternative views of attention deficit
disorder (ADD/ADHD), written by Teresa Gallagher.
Section: Attention Deficit Disorder
A set of rather negative articles, for those who feel ADD is
over-diagnosed. From Home Education Magazine.
LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake?
It's becoming increasingly common for parents to pull a miserable
LD or ADD youngster out of school in the middle of the academic
year. It's as though something suddenly snaps. by Suzanne H.
Our Spirited Children
We are the resource for parents raising spirited, high-need,
strong-willed, active alert or difficult children.
ADD - Parenting & Unschooling
Jan, who homeschools her "very active" son, offers
tips and links for others in similar situation.
Unschooling With ADD
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Once these children are at home and have "deschooled"
for a year or so, their parents begin to wonder if some large
part of the learning disability they've been told about might
not be school-induced.
Chore Charts, Schedules and Checklists
You can still unschool your ADHD child by providing some structure
and expectations to activities.
I had learned, from our pediatrician, that children like Timothy
benefit from smaller class sizes, a curriculum suited to their
level of understanding, and more opportunities for physical activities.
I spent six months searching for alternative schools which would
meet these criteria. Private schools did not offer any of them.
One alternative did meet all three criteria: Homeschooling. By
Karen Hoogland, HEM J/A01.
To Get Your Kids Off The Refrigerator and Onto Learning
While most people are aware that ADHD children possess great
volumes of energy and an inability to focus, only those of us
who live with them have come to know and love that delightfully
quality known as "Impulse Control." By Carol Barnier,
Family Times, Feb 2001.
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful powers of focus still have a tendency to move, bounce, fiddle with objects, look around, and generally want to be on the move. By Michelle Caskey, Homeschool Your Boys.
Jeepers! Why Won't These Kids Sit Still?
Once you have seen genuine hyperactivity, you will never mistake
the liveliness of the Erica's of the world for this kind of pathology.
By Dr. Renee Fuller.
Light and Learning
AN A to Z ARTICLE
If you want to see an immediate improvement in attitude in your
family, replace pink and cool white fluorescent lighting with
full spectrum light bulbs inside your home.
Ideas to Calm Hyper Children and Yourself
There's no question about it. Certain kinds of classical music
can calm down your child (and you!) faster than just about anything
and Seeing the Gift in Your Highly Distractible Child
After 6 difficult months, I stopped thinking in terms of "what
works for most children" and I finally began to find out
what works for MY child. Over the years we developed tricks and
strategies that clearly made a difference. From Carol's Web Corner.
Now You See It, Now You Don't
By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. Dr. Armstrong offers fifty non-drug
strategies for helping a child overcome attention and behavioral
problems. These include activities for increasing self-esteem
and making the most of vitality and creativity.
and Children Who Are Gifted
James Webb explains how the similarities between ADHD and Giftedness
can even confuse the "experts."
Moms With ADD
ADD Moms Homeschool?
What if I forgot to plan lessons? What if I kept switching from
one thing to another and forgot to finish any of them? What if
I just completely forgot to have school?
Support group for parents (and grandparents) of ADD or ADHD children who are interested in homeschooling or have chosen to homeschool. This list was created for those who are members of the Body of Christ,
but others are welcome as long as they respect the beliefs and flavor of this list.
I'm an ADD Mom homeschooling an ADHD son, or trying to! I'd love
to talk with others in similar situations.
For those who have chosen to homeschool their ADD/ADHD, gifted
child. Share the joys, challenges and frustrations of homeschooling/unschooling
your child with other families.
A spirited child is one who is 'more' as defined in Mary Sheedy
Kurcinka's book "Raising your spirited child : a guide for
parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent,
or Attention Deficit Disorder
Mother with ADD and active kids writes about homeschooling with
ADD in whole family. From Sassafrass Grove.
The mental giant leap seems to be not so much taking responsibility
for teaching your own child but more the thought of being around
them 24hours a day! How is it possible to do it without going
crazy? How did I do it? By Kath in New Zealand.
Notes on ADD
We can only speculate from historical evidence and anecdotal
thoughts (he was overactive and constantly underfoot) that Edison
may have been yesterday's ADD poster child. By Janie Bowman
and Perpetual Motion
Evan bounced from chair to couch to floor, asking questions or
providing a running commentary on the story the whole time. By
Kris Bordessa, HEM N/D 03.
The magazine resource site for women and girls with Attention
Deficit Disorder. The only site on the web dedicated to providing
you with the best, most up-to-date information and resources
for females with ADD.
Catalog of materials for those working with ADD kids and their
instructors and family members. Site has a number of good articles
The Nurtured Heart
Transforming the difficult child. A book about an alternative
approach to calming an ADHD child. The author, Howard Glasser,
will also be holding a series of workshops nationwide.