On Tuesday we were playing a stupid game called "Knuckles." The game was dumb and we should have considered our environment before playing it.
I ended up making a big mistake and getting into trouble at school. Again.
But this time it was different. Here's what happened.
People get frustrated because we are very strong-willed and when we aren't challenged or interested we just don't do it.Read More
But when it comes to being 12, on this planet, not much has changed. And when you were ADHD like I was, it was a bit harder, a bit more awkward.Read More
Sam shared his speech from Grade 5 on the forum -- in it he explained how he feels about his ADHD. I think he speaks for a lot of us, in his feelings of frustration and hopefulness. After he shared his speech, he got some great input from another ADHD family who had helped their son through a similar situation.Read More
There are so many things teachers can do to make life better for kids with ADHD in their classroom. First especially now at the beginning of the school year it to get to know them. Find out what they like and who their friends are, then help them with those friendships. And kids - hang in there. You are not alone.Read More
I actually hate swimming lessons, they bore me to tears AND I'm doing them anyway. Because I lost my cousin who didn't stick with his swimming lessons.
My mom got me a private teacher this summer so I can at least get through the Red Cross program up to level 10. Then I'm doing my bronze cross and bronze medallion like my brother did last summer.
Hey guys, I just got back from an amazing conference called the World Domination Summit. #WDS2015. I've been really excited to tell you about it and wrote this before my mom and I drove home last night. I met some amazing and inspiring people at WDS -- check out some of things I learned from them in my blog. ~...Read More
Just got my report card in the mail and.... Good news -- I passed all my courses. Bad news -- some of them were pretty close to the line. Like really close. Seems no matter how hard I try or how supposedly "smart" I am, I don't do well sitting in a class for a year trying to tick off all the expected boxes to get...Read More
Communicate Your Expectations: A dear friend of mine, a duke of the ADHD kingdom is always late. I’m not talking in minutes; I’m talking in hours. My frustration would be at a 19 on a scale of 1-10. Finally I said, “I know this is hard, but when we get together, I expect you to be on time, or at least 15 minute late. If...Read More
Life is better now that I don't go to sleep with my phone.
I know, weird, huh? All the great games, movies, music, even a chance to text with friends at night... all gone.
It wasn't my idea -- it was my mom's. (Yeah, it was a consequence.) But strangely, I've noticed it's making a difference. I'm getting to school on time. I have time to eat breakfast before leaving in the morning. I'm happier. Seriously!
So, I thought I'd share it. I think it qualifies as an ADHD Hack because for those of you who don't know, most of the kids at school are going to sleep with their phones. It's become pretty normal stuff.
It's kinda funny, when I look around at my Tae Kwon Do school I'm thinking lots of us have ADHD.
I started Tae Kwon Do to learn how to defend myself against the bullies when I was 12. I don't know if I ever used it against any bullies, but I know I had more confidence knowing that I had a few moves up my sleeve if I needed them.
Now I'm too close to earning my black belt to quit. Here's what's good about Tae Kwon Do for kids with ADHD -- in my experience.
One thing that's making my days easier and better is building up a few"life hacks" for my ADHD tendencies. Let's call them ADHD Hacks. This post is the first in a series I'm going to put up on hacks that make my days run smoother. I'm going to look at some of the regular derpy things I've solved with hacks, and share them with you. It's kinda fun to come up with hacks that really work. It would be way more fun doing this together, though. So, here's what I'm asking for: I'm hoping some of you will write back in the comments and share your ADHD hacks with me, and even share your the things you haven't hacked yet. Because you never know -- someone might have a hack for that! I'd love it if you'd even write me a guest blog post -- if you're interested, email me for deets. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Little kids are supposed to be full of energy and fun. They jump on things, annoy parents and teachers -- and you know, act like kids! Kids can go forever, talk faster than a freight train, and make huge messes just having fun. So how is a kid with ADHD different from a "normal" kid being really active? The Difference Between...Read More
So I could have lied on my McDonald's job application and said I've always been on time but it wouldn't pass what we call around my house the Rotary 4-way test.Read More
In the last few years, school has been way better because I have been working with my parents and school district to get high school credits for doing things I am more interested in. That's right -- I said I'm getting school credit for learning things my way. And it's working. I've picked up extra classes, learned some awesome new skills, and figured out some things I'm good at. ADHD brains do great when it's something we are interested in. It's just how we are wired. Can we change the way we have to work in school for the better?Read More
Teachers, I'm glad you're reading this blog. Your interest proves that we can make a difference by talking about ADHD. Did you know that kids with ADHD have the highest drop out rate on the planet? I think our experience with other students and staff at schools can make a huge difference in keeping us at school. Here are seven things to think about you teach a child with ADHD, and the impact that some of these things have had on my life. Teachers, I know you have it hard. I promise if you learn more about kids with ADHD and how to manage us better, then your life — and for sure, our lives — will be better.Read More
I had a really rough time in Boy Scouts. So bad that I quit. Kids with ADHD often have a hard time in clubs, groups, teams and other community activities. Most often the leaders are volunteers and don't know or don' t have the patience for our goofing around. So that is why I quit Scouts. I loved being there but they didn't love me. Today I'm a Venture Scout and loving it. I have been given compliments on my leadership skills and have a blast running around with the younger kids. (I fit right in)Read More
Waking up for school in the morning has to be the hardest part of my day. They say waking up is hard to do. Have any of you noticed that it's that much harder to wake up for school when you're a kid with ADHD? I'm not a morning guy. Not sure why but getting up in the morning is SO hard. Mostly I hate it when my...Read More
Help me get my phone back guys! I just got in trouble again because I couldn't seem to find my bedroom... again. My room is messy pretty much all the time. I don't like it messy because then I can never find anything. My mom hates it when she can't even walk to the closet to put clothes away. (I appreciate that she does for...Read More
Are you still slogging through tests and homework up to the last day of school? Some of us are. Here's some inspiration for studying if you're slogging through right up to the Christmas break this year. 1. Take a Break! Okay, it's not quite the holidays and I don't mean it's a time to go play XBox (it will be soon, though!). But...Read More
"Aright so, I'm Jeff. I have ADHD. I can be really silly." Those are usually the first words I say when I'm with a new teacher or coach or whatever kind of adult I'm going to be working with. It's one of the advocacy strategies that's working for me. I let these guys know what to expect right up front. They might ask a...Read More
Even though ADHD medication can significantly help, it's not necessarily easy to get the right medication and get it to work smoothly for a kid. Here's how it happened for me. It took trying a few different ADHD meds and some scary fails before finding the best fit. Looking back, I realize we could have come up with a medication...Read More
Contributed by Andrew Lawrence Transparent Solutions Bio: Andrew Lawrence, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Owner of Transparent Solutions in Burnaby British Columbia Link to his site: http://www.transparent.ca/ First off I should say that I never really thought of myself as somebody with ADHD. It wasn’t...Read More
When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, my doctor sat me down and told me something that has stuck with me and helped me realize how I can be productive with my time. He said, having ADHD doesn't make you have less attention than everyone else, it makes you have a LOT more attention. If you can learn to channel all that attention...Read More