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adhdmomma Patient Expert

Swannanoa, North Carolina
I am a mother of 2 living in the mountains of Asheville, NC. My tween daughter is a gifted student and struggles with anxiety. My son is in third grade and has ADHD, Written Expression Disorder, Dysgraphia, some SPD, and is also Gifted. What a wild ride!
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A Mother Knows by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD I knew. I knew but I didn't know. I knew but I didn't want to know. I knew my son, "Clark Kent the ADHD WonderKid," wasn't like most other kids. Reme ... Read on »
Happy Mama Conference & Retreat: Be surrounded by moms who understand your parenting experience by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Are you a stressed-out, overwhelmed, overworked, tired and under-nurtured mother of a child with ADHD, ADD, OCD, SPD, PBD, FASD, Autism, PDD, or any number of other brai ... Read on »
When Invisible Disabilities Aren't by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD I embrace the term “invisible” disabilities to describe our kids with ADHD, and other mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, or behavior disorders tha ... Read on »
FoundIt! A Safety Net for Executive Functioning Deficits by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Let's face it, individuals with ADHD have a higher tendency to loose things. It comes from the deficit in planning and organization abilities, or Executive Functioning s ... Read on »
Dream big or go home. by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Lots of you that read {a mom's view of ADHD} have young children. Not me. I've already survived the confusing "early" years and the horrendously hard "middle school" yea ... Read on »
Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh My! by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Sweaty palms, dry mouth, nervousness in the pit of your stomach. It's not only the feelings you feel when walking into an IEP meeting, but what your 9 year old feels wal ... Read on »
Tegu Mobility: The Real-Life Benefits of Make Believe Play by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Blocks connected by hidden magnets.  The wheels just snap on by magnetic force -making virtually anything mobile.  (photo courtesy: Tegu) WHAT: ... Read on »
The Ties That Bite: Sibling Battles by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD My mother has a favorite story she likes to tell. According to her, when she was in the thick of raising my sisters and me, she often experienced a phenomenon wher ... Read on »
Duck and Cover: Father-Daughter ADHD Rage by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD “God, you guys -- I’ll do my homework after I eat, okay? Stop bugging me about every stupid thing every stupid second! You make my life a nightmare!” With that, my fou ... Read on »
Adding to the IEP or 504 by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD An IEP or a 504 plan is designed to help the student with ADHD function more effectively and easily in school. Most students with special needs respond positively to th ... Read on »
School days, school days...why I love my son's non-inclusive classroom by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Today’s post was going to be about why I think inclusive classrooms are a bad idea for many kids with ADHD or other brain-based disabilities that impact behavior, lear ... Read on »
Classroom Strategies Series from My Attention Coach: #5 Encourage Fidgeting by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Fidgeting can help the student with ADHD and I would like to share a few specific ideas. I would also encourage you to check out , a book written by Sarah Wright and ... Read on »
The Dark Side: ADHD and Suicide by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Welcome to your worst nightmare: Your child says he or she wants to die, or even worse, attempts suicide. I get asked a lot about suicide, and given that it's a time ... Read on »
Interim Reports...says who? by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Interim Reports are reports that you, the parent, receive which inform you of your child's progress on making and meeting their IEP goals. Many reports show things like ... Read on »
Book Review: "Easy to Love but Hard to Raise" by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD I recently had the pleasure of reading the book, “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories” (DRT Press, 2012). Co-Edited by Kay Ma ... Read on »
It Is Love, Actually by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD It's all we need, right? Love. Love. Love. We just made it through another Valentine's Day, where a young boy's heart naturally turns to, what? Lo ... Read on »
Kids with ADHD are Hungry for Praise: Let's Feed Their Need by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD If you've visited the Easy to Love but Hard to Raise blog or Facebook page lately, you may have seen the announcement that books 2 and 3 in the “Easy ... Read on »
Classroom Strategies Series from My Attention Coach: #4 Involve the Student by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Self-Advocating Skills I know that advocating is very familiar to parents of students with ADHD and other challenges around learning. I also encourage teachers, s ... Read on »
Classroom Strategies Series from My Attention Coach: #3 Lighting by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Lighting: Can it impact your students? I believe it can help all students of all ages to consider the distraction of the bright fluorescent light. There is some ... Read on »
Keep looking out the windshield by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD "I AM NOT GOING TO SCHOOL! I AM NOT GETTING DRESSED BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO SCHOOL! YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!" "Well, I have to turn off the T.V. if you can't continue to ... Read on »