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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

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.


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


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


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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.

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