ADHD is a significant topic on the minds of todays parents. Parent questions often reflect their desire to know more about ADHD issues like diagnosis, treatment, discipline, nutrition and medication. In the past we have provided some comments and resources on the topic and recently we were contacted by a representative from HealthLine Networks about linking to their site in some of our blogs. In reviewing the site and the set of material they have on ADHD I was impressed and thought it be good to let our readers know about this information resource.
- I Don’t Really Understand It, and Want to Know More
- I Want to Know if My Child Has It
- My Child Has ADHD, and I Need Help Coping
- I Want Help Living with Adult ADHD
- I Want to Know About Treatments
A couple of articles I especially liked were “10 Best Jobs For Adults With ADHD” and “The Benefits of ADHD“. I also like that they had a balance approach to medication (which we at Tutor Doctor always stress is a last resort!) and other treatments. Here is an excerpt from their article titled “Treatment Options for ADHD“:
Behavioral Interventions for Home and School
Organization – One of the biggest concerns for parents of children with ADHD is their child’s success in school, a lot of which hinges on organization—a skill with which many children with ADHD struggle. Simple interventions such as the ones listed below can be an immense help.
- Schedule. Set the same routine every day, from waking up to bedtime, including homework and playtime. Post the schedule in a visible place; if a change must be made, make it as far in advance as possible.
- Organize everyday items. Clothing, backpacks, school supplies, and play items all should have a designated, clearly marked space.
- Use homework and notebook organizers. Stress the importance of writing down assignments and bringing home anything needed to complete homework.
- Ask about using a computer in class. For some children with ADHD, handwriting is another stumbling block on the road to success. See if his or her teacher will allow for computer use in the classroom.
Positive Reinforcement – Children with ADHD often receive, and then start to expect, criticism from authority figures. If they get only negative feedback without ever hearing nice things about themselves, they’ll start to think of themselves as “bad.” If rules are followed and behavior is good—even in seemingly inconsequential situations—give small rewards and praise to boost your child’s self-esteem and reinforce good behavior significantly.
Extracurricular Activities – Children with ADHD often do very well with activities such as art class, music or dance lessons, or martial arts classes because energy can be channeled creatively and productively. These activities can be a source of positive reward for children with ADHD and can also foster mental discipline. Find out what your child is interested in, but remember not to force them into anything.
I also like the site since they are an alternative to WebMD and they included their Chief Security Officer (Gummy) and Hall Monitor (Stark) on their ‘About Us‘ page. They are the best looking ones in the corporation…Check it out! Can you guess they are a West Coast USA Corporation?
Thanks to Jennifer Brousseau for letting us know about the site. Hopefully they will include your picture soon.