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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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reader's story: Desiree by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD an interview with:  Desiree Maddox ADHD child(ren):Keenan, age 13NON-ADHD child(ren):Quinton, age 6 Who are you? I'm a working single parent t ... Read on »
Dinner Table Discoveries: On [Also] Parenting Typical Children by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Last night we decided to have breakfast for dinner: eggs, turkey sausage, sauteed kale, grits, biscuits and homemade jam. Who would think this setting would illustra ... Read on »
Easing the Grip: the Clark Chronicles by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD He swears he meant to look this confused in his self-portrait.  But we still got a kick out of it.  "Yes!  That's our boy!" Every year of my kids ... Read on »
reader's story: Samantha by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD an interview with:  Samantha Wiles ADHD child(ren):Ryan, 10 years old, 4th gradeNON-ADHD child(ren):Danielle, 22 years old, College (away from home) Brian ... Read on »
Super Heros, Guest Post from Robert Tudisco by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD You would think that after 10 years, my emotions would not still be so raw when I think back to that time.  But for me, and for my little man, that time is bound b ... Read on »
The first time I finally saw ADHD as a disability by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD For the last almost three years now, I have claimed over and over again that I see ADHD as a difference and not a disability. And I did truly believe that. When Luke, my ... Read on »
Helping Our Children Navigate Activities by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Like clockwork, when my ADHD son is confronted with a problem he doesn’t know how to solve, he quits in frustration. Well, often he just says he is quitting, not goin ... Read on »
reader's story: Rosetta by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD an interview with:  Rosetta DeLoof-Primmer ADHD child(ren):Roger, 11, 5th grade, ADHD, R/O dx of Bipolar & Aspergers Vincent, 4, Pre-School...R/O dx of ADHD ... Read on »
The 4 -ates of Effective Student Advocacy: Guest Post by Robert Tudisco by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD (This article first appeared in ATTENTION Magazine August 2007.) In advocating for the educational rights of children, I have found that, legal representati ... Read on »
HELLO! MY NAME IS: Eve, Part 4: Nothing Works by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD In part 3 of this series , I wrote about how Eve, the archetypal parent of an “Easy to Love but Hard to Raise” (ETL) child, struggled with her toddler-aged son Eli’ ... Read on »
It's school time again. what are you most worried about for your child with ADHD? by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD August is not my favorite month. In fact, it's probably my least favorite. It's hot. It's muggy. And it's the start of a new school year. Oh, the school traumas! Th ... Read on »
Book Review: "The Shiny Little Pebble" by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD Today's book review is a bit different. This isn't a scholarly manuscript or a memoir about ADHD or Sensory Issues or Learning Disabilities -- this is a children's book ... Read on »
Back-to-School with ADHD by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD My daughter, Natalie, started fifth grade last week. Thankfully, she’s settling in quickly—much better than she has in the past—as you’ll see when you read the post belo ... Read on »
What we did this summer. By Adrienne B. by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD When you were a kid do you remember writing that first essay of the school year, always called “What I did this summer?” I do. I actually have a bad memory of one of ... Read on »
reader's story: Kris by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD an interview with:  Kris Major ADHD child(ren):Maddie, 8 years old, 2nd grade (probably now 3rd grade)NON-ADHD child(ren):Nik, 6 years old C-J, 2 years ... Read on »
creating calm: what our occupational therapist taught us to help with ADHD by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD {Reposted and updated from 2009 as part of the Best of the Best on SOS Research Blog .}  I think I've said this before, but I'll say it again... I love occupati ... Read on »
How do you help a sensory-seeking child with ADHD? by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD My eight-year-old son, Luke, has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in addition to ADHD. Kids with SPD are either sensory avoiders or sensory seekers. Luke is most defini ... Read on »
9 Back to School Behavior Tips: How to Set Up a Structure That Works by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD by Janet Lehman, MSW It’s that time again—all around us, TV ads and store posters depict happy children and teens in back–to–school mode. But if the thought of ... Read on »
Back to School Book Review: “Helping Boys Succeed In School” by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD It’s funny that I’m posting this piece today, because it’s my son’s 12th birthday. TWELVE. Going into seventh grade, he is now past the halfway mark of his scho ... Read on »
We Need To Ask For Help! by adhdmomma Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in ADD & ADHD I broke my leg on Saturday. I won't bore you with all the gory details, but let's just say that the last week has been a tough one for everyone in my family. I've ha ... Read on »