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Help for Children with A.D.D.

Learn practical ways to help your child, yourself and your family turn a “disorder” into a chance for great discoveries and an extraordinary life. Share your experiences, resources and questions.

 
 

Information and Discussion about Attention Deficit Disorder

Decision Making

 

Even the simplest decisions can be a nightmare for an ADD’er of any age. So, keep things simple. Narrow the choices to “Do you want this game or that game?” Even with my high school ADD art students I am very careful about not deluging with too many choices of materials or approaches. As for myself, I narrow down my choices too. I treat shopping as a mission. Small lists and very specific. Sometimes, it is worth the extra trip or gallon of gas to make a few small focused trips rather than one huge overwhelming, exhausting safari. Do you have any suggestions or ideas about decision making? Care to share a story from your life?

One Response to Decision Making

  1. Phil says:

    I’ve found ADD kids know they’re easily distracted, so it’s good to break projects into small tasks with short, finite timeframes and concrete outcomes. Kids facing hours of work sometimes get discouraged knowing they might get distracted before they get far enough to reap any reward.



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My Observations

I think it is very worthwhile to closey observe the behaviors of your child that may trouble you.  I often try to connect the dots and see if there is a connection between my sons’ behavior and mine.  Most studies concur that the brain wiring called “ADD” is in the genes.

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A.D.D. – Connecting the Dots

 

There are so many sites on the Internet with information about ADD / ADHD. And, so many books radio programs, documentaries etc. so why am I blogging? The abundance of information is the point; ADD is not once-size-fits-all. The brain wiring that is called ADD and is considered a “disorder” may have many common characteristics (which makes it clinically diagnosable). But, ADD is highly nuanced.

As an adult with ADD, a mother of two adult sons with ADD, and a high school art teacher whose students are ADD/ADHD, I have personally experienced a wide range of nuances that are often overlooked. Seeing these nuances and variations can make a big difference in the way we perceive ourselves and others and how we cope and compensate.

So, I hope to share my experiences observations resources and strategies. For me, ADD is a way of life. I’m constantly making new discoveries about myself and the world around me. It’s not always easy or pleasant but it is never boring.

I am a Baby Boomer. ADD was not on the radar when I was growing up, and finding myself overwhelmed and anxious when choosing my socks. Pictures of me at summer camp show all the other campers with white shorts and white socks for picture day. I am conspicuous – black socks and mismatched shoes. Who knew? 30 years later, my young son was late to school everyday, because he was in a tizzy over his socks. However, that was the 1980′s and ADD was just coming into the collective consciousness. I had not yet connected the dots.

So many things are clear in hindsight, but at the time, we are so clueless.

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