Set Up Routines

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Set Up Routines

When working with a child with ADHD success often comes from setting up routines and sticking to them. It helps establish consistency and expectations. Many times your ADHD child may know what needs to be done, but has a hard time prioritizing the tasks at hand.

It's important to understand that it takes time to set up routines that are consistent. Normally, changes in behaviors take 21 to 30 days before they become habit.

Think about a routine that you tried to establish for yourself. If you were successful, it's probably because you established the routine, executed on it, and were consistent.

So let's just say you're setting up a morning routine for your child. As it stands now, things are chaotic in the morning, always looking for the lost shoe, homework left in the bedroom, teeth rarely brushed, etc. To establish a consistent routine, you may...

Happy Holidays!

The excitement of tearing open gifts under the tree, the anticipation of visiting family and friends, staying up Christmas SM 300x200late to see if there really is a Santa - all of this can be overwhelming to the average child. It's especially overwhelming to a child with ADHD. All of these holiday events can easily turn from joy to tears in a matter of moments. There are strategies you can employ to make certain all stays calm and joyous....

Children with ADHD thrive with consistency. They work well in a structured environment.  With the disruption of daily schedules, your child may suffer in school and their behavior at home may be disastrous.  Children that are normally hyperactive may become even more so. Children that are distracted easily will find it even more difficult to stay focused on the mundane school tasks. Children that are impulsive may find their impulsiveness increase.&nbsp...

Thanks ADHD!

TThanks 300x207his Thanksgiving week, we get together with our families and give thanks for a variety of things. Many of us in the Play Attention family live with ADHD, so we wanted to know what makes you thankful for ADHD.  We polled our clients and this is what we heard:

1. I think having ADHD makes me incredibly creative - Mary, 22 a year old college student

2. My son has ADHD, and he has a huge sense of humor. He makes me laugh every day - Lilly, mom of a 14 year old son

3. I find at work I am more successful because I am able to think outside the box. Thanks ADHD! - Richard, 46 year old software engineer

4. In my practice I specialize in working with ADHD adults. I find my clients to be extremely passionate about the people and causes they hold dear - Dr. Zhang, Psychologist

5. My closest friend and old college roommate has ADHD. We have been friends for over 20 years. I treasure her...

ADHD & Sleep: During the Holidays

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Can't get them to sleep because they're too wired during the holidays? It's important to take a few minutes at the end of the day to sit in a quiet spot and talk about how the day went. Take that same time to review the schedule for tomorrow. Remember, fewer surprises mean smoother days to an ADHD child. You can review the days schedule (both successes and failures) verbally and visually. Post successes on the fridge.

Doing this on a regular basis may seem a chore for both of you at first, but adhering to this will settle their minds for a full nights sleep and get them prepared for the following day. Additionally, it teaches them effective time management while helping you maintain your sanity!

Take Care of Yourself ... First

Take Care 300x222You love your bright, creative, energetic, caring child. And yes, he also happens to have ADHD which often comes with these fantastic characteristics. However, there is the other side of ADHD. The side that results in constant calls from the school, doctors appointments, arguments, tears, and nights with endless amounts of homework. This is often the source of many challenges and frustrations. You can sometimes feel simply overwhelmed and exhausted. When these feelings occur, it is important that you remind yourself how important it is for you to take care of yourself.

Taking care of yourself when you are constantly focused on taking care of others can be difficult. You feel if you spend that 60 minutes at the gym or indulge in a much-needed massage, you are somehow being selfish. It important to remind yourself that taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is necessary. If you do...

ADHD Adults: Start Pre-Planning for the Holidays.

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Tis the Season . .

When we think of the holiday season, we think of merriment and cheer, but for some adults with ADHD, this is not always the case. The shopping, the wrapping, the planning “ all require organization, which can be a challenge to adults with or without ADHD.

The following is a compilation of great tips and tricks to stay organized, be efficient, and simplify this holiday time of the year!

Don't forget that you set the tone for your home. Pace yourself and take well-deserved breaks!

List 1: Holiday Traditions

Create family memories by first holding a family meeting to discuss each persons favorite traditions. It's what you do, not what you buy, thats important, so don't overlook small but significant family rituals. This list might include:

Buy one new ornament for the tree
Keep favorite holiday music going...