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“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Delightfulness is how I prefer it.  Everyone else calls it a disorder,” says Dav Pilkey, the popular children’s author of the Captain Underpants series.  When Pilkey was in second grade, he was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Dyslexia.  Like many children with ADHD, Pilkey had a difficult time focusing, staying still, and “behaving properly” in class.  He was constantly criticized...

“I have ADHD. That’s what they call some kids who are pretty smart – and sometimes really smart – but have trouble paying attention and sometimes act wild and crazy.” That’s what it says on the first page of the book and as a mother of a seven year old child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), I can attest that this statement is 100% accurate and sums up children with ADHD in a nutshell. Sometimes I Drive My Mom Crazy, But...

This is a sponsored blog post for Someone Special Books. There is nothing worse than a child feeling different. It can make them feel insecure and see themselves as inferior to their peers. Because of their difference, they may not even want to socialize with their peers in fear of being ridiculed, embarrassed, and rejected. Giuliana, my seven year old daughter has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and I admit she is different from her peers in many ways. Her...

I just got back from McDonalds.  My three year old didn’t have preschool today, so I thought I’d take her out for a little Mommy and Me lunch date.  I was surprised when the cashier didn’t ask me if the Happy Meal was for a boy or a girl (which is something I hate in itself… but I’ll save that rant for another day).  When my daughter opened up her Happy Meal box, I could see why I wasn’t asked. McDonalds is giving away books instead of toys in their Happy Meals through February 15th.  They are Valentine’s...

Instead of putting your child in “Time Out,” try creating a Calm Down Space for them.  My daughter has ADHD and as many of you parents of special needs children know, our children have a lot of feelings, which can result in a lot of emotional meltdowns. Even if your child doesn’t have special needs, having a calming and comfortable place for them to go to when they are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated is a very good idea. Where should the Calm Down Space be? Decide with your child where their Calm Down Space will...

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