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Rights and Resources for those with ADHD

A diagnosis of ADHD in your family can be unsettling. It is important that families understand the impact of a new diagnosis. This section will help you understand your (and your loved one’s) rights, as well as the general impact of the disorder. Understanding Your Rights There are several federal laws that may provide help to individuals with ADHD. A good starting place to understand the rights of your child is to learn more about the following three laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Prohibits programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against children with...

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Tips for Home and School for Children with ADHD

This series of tips may help your child succeed both at home and at school. Writing/Language Problems: ADHD students often have difficulty writing, including poor handwriting, grammar, and spelling errors. The sequence of listening, taking in information, processing it, and then writing it down is very challenging for them. They may also have trouble understanding what they are told or expressing their thoughts effectively. Classroom: More than anything, children with ADHD may need extra time. Teachers should develop abbreviated assignments or provide extended time for children with ADHD. Taking points off for poor handwriting or grammar will require your...

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ADHD Symptoms

Symptoms of ADHD are divided into two main categories: Inattention and Hyperactivity/Impulsivity. A diagnosis of ADHD is based on the number, persistence, and history of ADHD behaviors, and the degree to which they impede a child’s performance in more than one setting. Inattention A child may be exhibiting symptoms of Inattention if he or she often: ignores details; makes careless mistakes has trouble sustaining attention in work or play does not seem to listen when directly addressed does not follow through on instructions; fails to finish has difficulty organizing tasks and activities avoids activities that require a sustained mental...

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ADHD and Joining Athletic Teams

children with ADHD are often the last ones chosen — and the first ridiculed — on the team. While their behavior may not be intentional, it can antagonize teammates and coaches. By mid-season, children with ADHD are often outcasts ready to quit. It’s especially unfortunate because being on a team serves a positive developmental purpose: Children learn how to work cooperatively with others, play fair, and win or lose graciously. Be Your Child’s Sportsmanship Tutor For children with ADHD, social skills — including good sportsmanship — have to be taught just like math and spelling. Parents must also maximize external opportunities for success. Here’s how to help: Rehearse stressful Encounters: Role-play situations in which your child reacts poorly. Develop and rehearse appropriate responses. Practice Losing: Ask your child, “What’s the plan if you lose? How can you be a good sport?” Together, develop and rehearse acceptable reactions. Practice Playing: Playing catch or shooting hoops between practices will improve your child’s athletic skills. When it’s just the two of you, the pressure is off. When skills improve, he’ll be more relaxed with peers. Keep Them Busy: Idle time is when children with ADHD get into mischief. Make sure your child isn’t sitting in the dugout waiting for trouble. Talk to the coach about keeping him occupied with homework, serving refreshments to teammates, or organizing equipment. Maintain medications: Some parents discontinue...

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ADHD and Homework

children with ADHD may forget to hand in homework or long-term assignments, even though they may have completed the work. Completing homework and turning it in actually represent many different tasks. Somewhere along the way, children with ADHD get interrupted and may forget where they are in the process. What Helps Children with ADHD need supervision and structure, and a system to help them get from the beginning to the end of a project. Make a checklist of the tasks required to help your child keep track of where he or she is in the assignment process. Put a...

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