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Dr. Steven Richfield provides articles on many different aspects of raising a child with ADHD.                                   

Each month we our advocate will be answering questions from our visitors about yours and your children's rights in the educational system.    

A mother is trying to help her teenage son learn anger management.   

Five great ideas for motivation, including The Shoe Race, Trading Places and more.  

Organize your child at home, and maybe find some tips that will help you as well.  

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Study on ADD and TV
The recent study published on watching television between the ages of one and three and the possible link to ADD/ADHD did not take many considerations into account. The author of the study even admits that he cannot conclude that television watching and ADD/ADHD are linked.

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Renewing Your Love

Okay, so it has been a harrowing day. Your child had a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store with half the town watching you, your house is a wreck, you feel like nothing was accomplished except for yelling, talking and otherwise trying to make your child understand why you just need a few minutes.

So now this little child is asleep.  This tip is for you. Quietly enter their room and sit for a few minutes. Watch your child sleep, stroke their hair, renew your love.  Take a few moments to remember the angel they can be, the angel they are at this very moment.

The next morning when you wake, it will not be the experiences of the day before that jump before you, but the angel lying sleeping in the bed.  Renewing your love each night just might give you the strength to make it through one more day. Tell your child you love them, no matter what!! 

Pick a Goal

Write down different goals on slips of paper. Goals like, (Getting ready for school, handing in your home work, doing chores without being reminded etc.) Put them in a hat and have your child pick one each day. If he or she achieves the goal for that day, they win a prize. Cash works very well for this tip  

The Puzzle Game

Use an age appropriate picture: clowns, animals, race cars, etc. and cut into pieces, as if making a puzzle.  The younger the chld, the less pieces. Each day that their bed is made before school, they get to put up a piece of the puzzle. When the puzzle is completed, there is a reward.

This is a good game to play with the whole family, and when all the puzzles are completed, take them to their favorite restaurant for dinner.  

Using The Computer

I reward my son with extra computer time when he gets his clothes laid out for school the night before and has his backpack all together, zipped up & by the front door. This is important as I work late at night and our mornings here

are hectic for him and I. It helps us both if he has his stuff ready the night less thing for him (and me!) to have to worry about in the AM... Kim

Up The String We Go

Spring Time, the weather is nice, the days are longer and children want to be outside. Homework, many times a struggle for children with ADD/ADHD becomes that much more difficult.  With windows open, the sounds of outside can be distracting, especially if other children are out playing. 

Use a string and tie knots in it at regular intervals.  Cut out a figure that your child can relate to, it could be a picture of an action hero, a ballet dancer, or a teddy bear. Glue the picture onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out to the shape of the picture.  Poke two holes at the top and insert a twist tie.

Use the string and attach to the wall from the floor to the ceiling (or as high as you comfortably reach).  Attach your figure to the string at the bottom knot.  

For each 5 minutes that your child stays focused on the homework, move the figure to the next knot.  Use a kitchen timer to keep track, and quietly move the figure.  Do not disturb your child but let them see you and see that you have noticed how well they are staying focused.   

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