The Magic Age

Posted August 8, 2011 by rbadd
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Cole Schotz has recently released an article about “The Magic Age” for children with special needs. You can read the entire article by clicking HERE

Here is the first part of the article:

There are certain ages in a child’s life that are benchmarks for changes.  For some children, turning age 17 is an important day, since that is when the child can obtain a driver’s license and for some age 18 is an important age, when they become emancipated and legally adults.  For children with special needs, there are also important ages when life changes occur.

Age 18 is a magic age in the life of a child with special needs…

Kindle Version of AD/HD Success! Now available.

Posted July 8, 2011 by rbadd
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As promised, Kerin’s book AD/HD Success! is now also available on as a Kindle e-version.

Click HERE for the link!

Great News

Posted July 7, 2011 by rbadd
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Kerin’s workbook for students AD/HD Success! is now available on Barnes & Noble as an e-book for the nook and the nook reader for the iPad!

Click HERE to order the B&N e-book!

(By the way, it’s coming soon for the Amazon Kindle, we’ll let you know.)

The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Posted June 26, 2011 by rbadd
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By Kerin Bellak-Adams

I have had many years of experience as a mom of a now grown and successful daughter who is a cardiac nurse, but that has struggled with learning issues all her life. I have also had experience as a former paraprofessional for children with ADD and AD/HD and as an AD/HD coach for young adults and adults.

I found the most helpful tool for motivating children and teenagers to grow and try to move towards constructive behaviors, is to simply show them that you care and that you hear what they are really saying. They will sense that you care and are genuine, with just the look in your eyes when they talk to you. Showing them an ounce more of attention when it isn’t even called for, makes an impact on them. It can be totally non-verbal sometimes. They just need to feel encouraged, and they will try that much harder at what comes is most challenging to them. As a teacher I saw a student who was too shy and unsure of himself to sit with their friends during lunch time and through some gentle coaxing on my part….. …………..he began to sit next to his one friend who on occasion made eye contact with this other student in class.

Another time, I had a student come up to me during recess who was being bullied one day. He came to me somewhat cautiously but upset and explained how the kids would get together and gang up on him. We talked about it and I reminded him that the way he said his father suggested to him that he get even with them, just wouldn’t work. I urged him to ignore them and ignore eye contact, and walk away briskly, not to do what his father said which was to throw stones at them or beat them up. I explained to him that although it felt they were after him, they were bored and angry kids, and just wanted to distract themselves so they found someone like him who was vulnerable to pick on. If he didn’t react they would simply find other kids to irritate. I reminded him of what a speaker recently said at a talk at his elementary school, where I quoted him by saying, “Hurt people……hurt people.”

That day after we discussed things out in the field, he thanked me and whenever he saw me in school he would run up and say hi there! With the kids I worked with and even those I wasn’t assigned to work with, once I showed I cared and took an interest in them they were so motivated to do the right thing in class. They even sometimes took their own initiative to go out of their way to become less distracted in class by moving to another part of the classroom where they would not act out during class time and would concentrate on their class work! How little it can take to move a stone from its place into another space where it can turn into beautiful petrified wood sometimes.

What can you do as a parent or as a teacher to make that difference in their lives, that they will always remember you for? Will it be a reassuring sentence you’ve said to them on a fairly often basis, or an act of caring from you as the teacher, showing that what they do in class matters, and that they aren’t just a student, but a person first?

Let your journey being of positive reinforcement, and see just how little it takes to help the seed of self-esteem grow!

Trudie Styler on ADD: “Don’t Give Up, Do Reach Out”

Posted June 14, 2011 by khrbadd
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Last month Dr. Harold Koplewicz interviewed Trudie Styler about her experiences growing up with (and now raising children with ) ADD. Based on her own experiences as a parent and a person with ADD, she understands that being “different” isn’t a bad thing:

To children struggling in school, she says, “As a kid you obsess on wanting to be normal. As you get older, being normal is not such a big thing. Your gifts are important. Celebrate who you intrinsically are, listen for the small voice. Instead of buying into ‘I just can’t do it,’ reach out and ask for help.”

You can read the full interview on the Huffington Post site.

Taekwondo Positively Impacts Children with ADD/ADHD

Posted June 13, 2011 by khrbadd
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A recent post on the Wellsphere ADD & ADHD blog suggests Taekwondo as a beneficial activity for children with ADD. A taekwondo program instills discipline, provides an outlet for a child’s energy, and offers a reward system in the form of belts.

In the U.S. Taekwondo has been shown to be extremely beneficial to children with ADD and ADHD. Much of this success is due to the heavy levels of concentration and discipline it takes to excel in the martial arts. Children need to learn to discipline their minds and bodies to practice martial arts, but it is a fun activity for them which help them focus and stay focused. Focusing is a key concern with parents who have children with ADHD, so giving them an outlet for their energies that they enjoy focusing on makes this issue easier to tackle.

The complete post can be found here.  While the article references a Virginia-based studio, local martial arts programs are available in most communities.

College Scholarships for ADHD Students

Posted June 12, 2011 by khrbadd
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Shire, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, is offering 25 college scholarships for undergraduate students who have been diagnosed with ADHD.  Each award includes $2000 and a year of ADHD coaching services.

To apply, visit the Shire website.