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Is It ADD or ADHD? Attention Deficit DisorderThe term ADD attention deficit disorder is a common one today as is ADHD. In fact it is so common because the incidence of attention deficit disorder in 2007 of 4 year- old's to 17 year-old's was 9.5%. That is almost 1 out of every 10 in a classroom. As an adult it is rare that I am out socializing and another adult refers to their own ADD. This happens at the park, coffee shop, even on cruises.The actual term ADD is now considered the "old" term for Attention Deficit Disorder. It was generally used for those of us who have ADHD without the hyper activity component. ADHD was ADD with the hyper-activity. Nowadays the 'proper term' is ADHD with the specifics added. Remember, there are a variety of specific types of attention deficit problems. Each child will deal with the problems slightly differently because each child is unique.
What Is Combined Type Attention Deficit Disorder?A combined type of attention deficit disorder is someone who has all the diagnostic criteria for both the HI type and the I type. The diagnostic criteria for HI type are very different than for I type. You can find the diagnostic criteria for each type by simply doing a google search for DSM IV and ADHD.
Important Points to Remember About ADHD
- Attention Deficit Disorder has been recognized as a disorder for over 150 years.
- ADHD has gone through over 50 name changes in those 150 years, some of those names were pretty nasty.
- It is likely that there will be more tweaking of the diagnosis when the next revised addition of the DSM IV comes out.
- This is due to the debate about the difference in people who are inattentive versus hyperactive.
Here are 9 of 18 common symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder
- Not following through with instructions.
- Not paying attention appropriately to what they need to attend to.
- Seeming not to listen.
- Being disorganized.
- Having poor handwriting.
- Missing details.
- Appearing to be easily distracted.
- Appearing fidgety.
- Being verbally impulsive.
Diagnosis of Attention Deficit or Is It a Learning Problem or Is It Both?One other important point that has to be made is that a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder is not the 'end of the world.' In fact, there are many successful business persons with attention deficit disorder, so your child does have a lot going for them. In fact, there is much you can do at home to help your child. Additionally, there are often other issues that may compound the difficulties of attention deficit such as problems in one or more areas of visual, auditory, or tactile/kinesthetic processing. And, sometimes a child is misdiagnosed due to problems in so many areas of perception. when one are is overwhelmed, it shuts down. This 'shutting down' can be mistaken for inattention. Identifying and addressing the underlying causes of any of those problems will make coping with any of the types of attention deficit easier.
Family Activities to Improve Learning SkillsOther things you can do to help your child is to incorporate learning games into their learning. This is because when your child is playing a learning game it is appropriate to move around while they are learning. They are also learning skills of getting along with others, cooperating with others while playing. Some great games that are very successful with ADHD children that teach learning skills at the same time are The Sentence Zone, The Comprehension Zone, and The Math Zone.
Summer Learning Activities to Improve Learning Skills TodaySummer Vacation has just started and as you know, it is the perfect time to give your child a boost in their learning skills, but you still want to have fun… Join Bonnie Terry, the nation's learning expert, and find out what you can do in just 20 minutes a day to boost your child’s reading, writing, and math skills and have fun at the same time. Some of the activities can be done in as little as 5 minutes and you still improve learning skills! Plus there is a surprise family bonus for being on the call, and trust me, you don't want to miss out on it! You will learn what you can do in the next 24 hours that will improve learning skills.
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FREE Surprise Gift to Improve Learning Skills While Having FunThose that attend the Live Webinar will also receive a surprise FREE gift. And, of course, if you can’t make it live on the call, you will get access to the recording! Join The Nation's Learning Expert Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET Wednesday June 8th Webinar 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, and 5 pm Pacific. Space is limited. You can attend via phone, skype, or the internet! Reserve your space for the Webinar now at: Title: What Schools Don't Tell You: How to Help Your Child Learn With Ease and Still Have Fun! Time: Wednesday, June 8th at 5pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern. Listening method: Phone, Skype, + Web Simulcast Learn About:
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Over the SummerEven though the school year is winding down, as a parent you are thinking about how to improve your child's learning skills. You know learning shouldn’t end with the end of school. Learning is something that continues throughout life. I know your children don’t want to hear that, but you know that is the reality. You have the opportunity to improve your learning skills throughout life. My children were always excited when summer vacation started, but within a few days they were bored. I wanted to be sure that my children had fun, but also keep their learning skills up or even improve them over the summer. I found that if I set up a daily/weekly routine they actually improved their learning skills and blossomed.
There are 6 Steps to Take to Improve Your Child’s Learning Skills Over the Summer
Improve Learning Skills by a Trip to the Book Store or LibraryThe day or day after your child gets out of school take a trip to your local library and check out a minimum of three books for each of your children. When you check out three books they seem interested in, they will typically read at least one of them. You know as well as I do that when you bring a book home it isn’t always as good as you think it might be. So, with three to choose from you will have at least one that your child will read.
Improve Learning Skills by Setting Up a Daily Routine. Do this with your child’s input.Every morning after breakfast spend 15 minutes either reading or doing some math - get a reading & math workbook from Longs, Kmart, or Target. If they are behind in their reading skills, get workbooks that are from their current reading level, you want them to be stretched but not overwhelmed. Review the schedule once a week to be sure the schedule is working for you.
Improve Learning Skills with Reading Fluency PracticeFluency training is one of the most ignored reading skills and the easiest one for parents to do with their kids. Time involved is just 5 minutes per day, and you make great improvement even if you only do it twice a week. An easy program for this is Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills.
Improve Learning Skills with a Weekly Field TripGood readers are people who know a bit about everything, so they have prior knowledge to connect to when they are reading. So, go on a weekly field trip, providing rich experiences for your kids. These trips can even be just a walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store, park, or mall. The important thing to do after the trip is to take notes or write a summary of what you did. You can do this easily with Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills. Then, keep all of your notes or summaries in a notebook – the summer family trip notebook.
Improve Learning Skills by Reading a Book Together as a Family.Pick out funny books or mysteries and take turns reading. This can be done every night or just once or twice a week.
Improve Learning Skills by Playing Games With Your Child.Have a game day or game night once a week.
- The Sentence Zone Game (English Grammar)
- The Comprehension Zone (Reading Comprehension Game)
- The Math Zone (Math Calculation practice Game)
Improve Learning Skills with Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET…Bonnie has been teaching for over 35 years and has created numerous books, games, and guides to help students reach their full potential. She specializes in helping parents and teachers identify and address learning problems. Bonnie is know as the nation's learning expert as well as a contributing author to numerous educational journals and magazines including: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Homeschooling Parent, Parent's Monthly, and The LINK Newspaper, CEC Today, Education Update, and LDA-CA. Bonnie, mom to 3, was a girl scout leader for 10 years, a cub scout leader and assistant cub master for 8 years, and boy scout troop committee chairman for 5 years. http://www.bonnieterrylearning.com
Stay tuned for more information on summer activities...Bonnie is doing a FREE webinar on Wed June 8th where she will show you specific steps to improve your child's learning skills and still have fun.
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Does Your ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Child Dread Going to School?In my 37 years of experience as an Educator, a Learning Disabilities Specialist, and an Educational Therapist, I have found that kids struggling with ADD/ADHD often feel stupid, like a failure, and dread going to school. They may get frustrated with schoolwork because they missed out on instruction due to the difficulties caused by their attention deficit disorder. They may feel that their work isn’t going to be good enough so they stop trying. They may even get to the point of hating school. Ultimately they may not be able to get into the college of their choice or get the job of their choice. At times it can be extremely clear to a parent and teacher that a child possibly has ADD/ADHD. This is the child that won’t sit still, may jump out of their seat, and is disruptive in class as well as at home.
However, there are times when an ADD or ADHD child isn’t disruptive in class, so it may take a long time for teachers to notice their problem.They are often thought of as the ‘day-dreamers’ or ‘absent-minded professors’. For instance, Eric wasn’t disruptive in class. He sat quietly; his behavior didn’t cause any trouble for the teacher. His teacher realized that he was a bright student, but he had failing grades. He was found to have ADHD without hyperactivity. An accurate diagnosis of attention deficit disorder is helpful when dealing with the child that exhibits ADD/ADHD symptoms. However, the actual label of ADD/ADHD isn’t as important as being able to know and recognize the symptoms and to know how to treat or deal with the symptoms.
The following symptoms or signs can be indicators of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)The DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD has provided this modified form for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat attention deficit disorder. I have provided this form as an indicator to parents, however, a trained health provider is needed to officially diagnose and treat ADHD. I. Part A: Having six or more of the following symptoms of inattention for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level: Inattention Do you have children that:
- Do not give close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities?
- Have trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities?
- Do not seem to listen when spoken to directly?
- Do not follow instructions and fail to finish schoolwork or chores?
- Has trouble organizing activities?
- Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time?
- Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)?
- Is often easily distracted?
- Is often forgetful in daily activities?
- Fidget with their hands or feet or squirm in their seat?
- Get up from their seat when it is expected that they should remain in their seat?
- Run about or climb when and where it is not appropriate? (Adolescents or adults may feel very restless.)
- Often have trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly?
- Often is “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”/
- Often talks excessively?
- Often blurts out answers before the questions have been finished?
- Often have trouble waiting their turn?
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)?