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Friday, October 20, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘attention-deficit disorder’

Fidget spinners: Is this fad a friend or foe?

It is the year of the fidget spinner — that pervasive, handheld toy making appearances in children’s backpacks, on playgrounds and in classrooms (or locked away in teacher’s desks) across the country. The flat, disc-like toy with weighted paddles centered around a small, heavy center spool spins. And spins. And spins. And that’s about it. […]

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PEN Phoenix supports families facing learning and attention differences

As a preschooler, Colin Erfle struggled to learn the names of colors. He couldn’t memorize the ABCs. Rhyming was tough. “He couldn’t memorize our phone number,” recalls his mother, Julie Erfle, of Phoenix. “I couldn’t teach him the names of the letters. He would spell his name ‘C, circle, straight line, dotted line, hump.’” Colin […]

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ROBIN BLITZ on raising kids with ADHD – “It takes a lot of energy”

As a developmental pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Robin Blitz, MD, takes care of young patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disorders. At home, while raising two boys of her own, she’s learned firsthand how to navigate the rough waters of an ADHD diagnosis. Blitz talks about coping skills, management plans and keeping […]

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Mixing mental and martial arts

In any beginning karate class, kids need help tying the belts of their gis (loose-fitting karate uniforms). Or they forget where to stand when class starts, or how to do the ready stance. Students at any martial arts class watch a series of moves and attempt to replicate them through repeated practice and observation, guided […]

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Who is your parenting guru? (part 1)

Two weeks ago I posed that question to the 15,000 readers who subscribe to our e-newsletter. It was wonderful to watch my in-box as many thoughtful responses came back. It all started when Marketing Director MaryAnn Ortiz-Lieb came to me with a unique opportunity. One of her clients has proposed partnering with us to bring […]

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Back-to-school…special?

What is so special?  I guess, like most things, it depends on your perspective. If your kids are driving you crazy right about now, you probably can’t wait to send them back to school where they can be somebody else’s responsibility for six hours a day.  But if you enjoyed a lazy go-with-flow type of […]

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Make a list, check it twice

Most people find the holiday season stressful.  Happy, but stressful.  Adults and children with ADHD are overwhelmed by this time of year.  The overstimulation, lack of routine and bombardment on the senses is palpably mind-blowing.  ‘Tis the season to….     Be totally off any regular schedule Abandon any semblance of routine Eat strange, unfamiliar and […]

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Teacher conferences

The first time that you ‘know’ something is just not right, it’s often experienced as a feeling in your gut. It’s not yet a fully articulated thought, you’re not even sure that you know what you are thinking. That’s because first you feel it.

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A new blog for families facing ADD and AD/HD

In June 2009, two Phoenix moms met each other for the first time in Pittsburgh, where they were both attending training to be peer teachers for parents facing attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). The training is provided by CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the nation’s leading non-profit organization […]

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Brain training

Our family has collected several toy brains throughout the years—brain-shaped erasers, tiny brain-shaped sponges that expand in water, even wind-up brains that walk across the coffee table. During childhood, the brain is a source of endless fascination. But the brain has really come into its own for 21st century parents, who’ve witnessed everything from the […]

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