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Disability Information - ADD/ADHD


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Featured Children's Book: There's So Much More To Me Than My ADHD

This book was written by a child who lives with the stigma of ADHD. It chronicles both difficulty and success at school and at home. Reviews: "This story helped me understand how children are affected by the things we say and do even when we feel its not a big deal. Sebastian really is an exceptional child." - a teacher from New Jersey. "I read it to my children every school year and someone always raises their hand and says "He's just like me!" - a teacher from Michigan

New Topic: Indigo Children

Featured Website: ADD Resources

The website of ADD Resources has over 100 articles written by national ADHD authorities as well as adults with ADHD. Plenty of information for parents too. 100 plus links to ADHD-related websites. Includes the National ADHD Directory with over 1000 ADHD Service Providers listed as well as a National ADHD Events Calendar. Free monthly eNews available.

Featured Website: Focus on Learning

If your child is having difficulty in school, he/she may learn differently from other kids.  If you aren't sure what to do, visit Focus on Learning for more information.

Featured Website: The National Resource Center on AD/HD

A Program of CHADD and established with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be a national clearinghouse of information and resources concerning this important public health concern, this site will answer many of your questions about AD/HD, and will direct you to other reliable sources online.  New information and updates will be posted regularly.

bridges4kids Exclusive: ADHD Module Now Available!

Written by Tricia Bacchus Luker, this 46-page module (pdf version) has been given to us to distribute to parents, parent groups, and professionals - at no cost.


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 General Information


What types of difficulties do people with ADD or AD/HD experience?  ADD or AD/HD is apparent in those who reflect impaired impulse control and delay of gratification, constant distractibility to the point of impairing skills and the ability to complete tasks, and/or excessive activity and physical restlessness, otherwise commonly referred to as hyperactivity. 


Why do some people call it "ADD" and some "AD/HD"?  The difference is simply the confusing terminologyThe clinical diagnostic name is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD.  AD/HD is broken down into three different subtypes.  These subtypes consist of Combined Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type, and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.  Many people use the term "ADD" as a generic term for all types of AD/HD.  The term ADD has gained popularity among the general public, in the media, and is even commonly used among professionals. Whether we call it ADD or AD/HD, however, we are all basically referring to the same thing.


Identifying & Treating ADHD: A Resource for School & Home (PDF) - We are now learning that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not a disorder of attention, as had long been assumed. Rather, it is a function of developmental failure in the brain circuitry that monitors inhibition and self-control. This loss of self-regulation impairs other important brain functions crucial for maintaining attention, including the ability to defer immediate rewards for later gain.


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 Education & Classroom Accommodations


Students With ADHD Need Special Approach to Education - Teachers and parents need to learn new methods to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to a Purdue University educational researcher who pulled together 30 years of research in a new book.


Identifying And Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource For School And Home (PDF) - An excellent overview of signs and symptoms of AD/HD, treatment options, legal requirements for eligibility for special education services, and strategies for educational success.

Teaching Children With AD/HD: Instructional Strategies And Practices: 2004 (PDF) - An excellent overview of strategies and practices for teachers.


ADDitude’s Classroom Accommodations to Help Students with AD/HD (PDF)


Educating Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - click here.


Teaching Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - click here.


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 Michigan Resources, Support Groups, Listservs & Websites


Support Group: Adults With ADD
3rd Thursday of the month
BHR Office Bldg, 3630 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek, MI
For more information, call Alan at 269-963-6730.


 National Resources & Websites


ADHD Information from Healthline


Learning Abled Kids - Your child may struggle in some areas, but this doesn't have to stop them from reaching their full potential. You probably know more about your child's potential than anyone else and know they have skills that are overlooked by others. You also have the daunting task of ensuring your child receives a thorough education, but where do you begin?


Featured Website: Northern County Psychiatric Associates - Northern County Psychiatric Associates in Baltimore, Maryland has an award-winning website on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder which includes articles on medications, school success, insurance, parents with ADD, gifted children with ADD, and book reviews.


The American Academy of Pediatrics -


CHADD - Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


Information on casein (milk products, dairy) and gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats, etc.):

AD/HD Child Advocate Services - Their mission is to "provide current information on AD/HD to all kids, parents, teachers and administrators, to provide the best possible education for AD/HD children at home and school; and adults at home and work. To provide controversial thought provoking topics to help stir the mind to develop new innovated ideas for the benefit of all children and adults affected by AD/HD; and to have everyone on the same page at the same time."

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Indigo Children

What is an indigo Child?


As a summary, here are the ten attributes that best describe this new kind of child, the Indigo Child (named by those who predicted it).

  • They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it)

  • They have a feeling of "deserving to be here," and are surprised when others don't share that.
    Self-worth is not a big issue. They often tell the parents "who they are."

  • They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).

  • They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.

  • They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don't require creative thought.

  • They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like "system busters" (nonconforming to any system).

  • They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.

  • They will not respond to "guilt" discipline ("Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you  did"). They are not shy in letting you know what they need.

Resources from the book "The Indigo Children"


Hay House
The publisher of "The Indigo Children" book.

Nancy Tappe Book, "Understanding Your Life Through Color" (page 5)
How to get this book: Email: (California) or (Indiana)

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. -  (page 23)

The National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children -  (page 23) E-mail of the foundation, mentioned by Dr. Virtue.

Kathy McCloskey, Ph.D. - E-mail:  (page 25)
Dr. McCloskey's E-mail

Debra Hegerle -
E-mail:  (page 32)

Robert Gerard, Ph.D. -;
E-mail: (page 37)

Cathy Patterson -  (page 77)
Ms. Patterson's personal E-mail.

Jennifer Palmer -  (page 93)

The Montessori Schools -  (page 97)

The Waldorf Schools - (page 99) or

The HeartMath System
(Planetary LLC Publihers) (page 101)

Joyce Seyburn -  (page 104)

Melanie Melvin, Ph.D. - E-mail:  (page 112)

Rev. Joya Owl Woman Pinkham Clark, D.D -
E-mail: (page 142)
Phone 603.768.3550

CH.A.D.D. (Children with Attention Deficit Disorder) -  (pages 145 and 155)

Little Brown & Co. -  (page 154)

Keith Smith - E-mail:

NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) -  (page 165)
Karen Eck -
Phone: 541-523-0494

Nutri-Chem -  (page 186)

Video: Answers to ADD: The School Success Tool Kit -  (page 188)

Cell Tech -  (page 189)

Distributor for Cell Tech - L.Askey:

Magnetic Therapy -  (page 190)

Donna King -  (page 191)

Behavioral Physiology Institutes -;  
E-mail:  (page 191)

Kidwell Institute (Neurotherapy treatment) -
E-mail;  (page 191)

Karen Bolesky - E-Mail:  (page 193)

Ranae Johnson, Ph.D. -;
E-mail:  (page 196)

Steve and Peggy Dubro -;
E-mail:  (page 199)

Ryan Maluski - E-mail:  (page 201)

Jan Tober and Lee Carroll - E-mail:  (pages 219-224)


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