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Question?: Adhd Lyrics

George asks…

Anyone have study tips for a high-school junior?

I feel so embarrassed asking this, but I don’t know where else to go. How do you study when you’re distracted by everything, but can’t have things completely quiet? Also, what about when your family is zero help (everything I do, good or bad, gets questions from them)? I really need some advice because I’m on my own here. Thanks.

Also, not that I’m making an excuse, but I have ADHD, if that’ll help more with giving advice.

admin answers:

Do a little bit at a time. Break big tasks into small chunks and reward yourself at the end of each with a chocolate or a drink or whatever you’re into. Make checklists each day and tick items off because it helps you to feel a sense of accomplishment even if it’s just to read one page. Study for 10 or 20 minutes and then give yourself a break but study solidly during this time. Know what times of day your brain is at it’s best depending on whether you’re a morning or night person. Use headphones with music that doesn’t have lyrics so you don’t get distracted if it helps. Reward yourself with internet time too if you find yourself distracted by it and keep it shut down while studying. Get into a routine using schedules, checklists and rewards so that you’re training your body and mind.

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speed blogging


Ready …

Set  …


I have nine minutes.


But I really, really want to tell you something.

So I’m going to give it my best shot.

In nine minutes.


Make that eight and half.

OK, here goes …

The deficit model of education sucks.

The idea of focusing on what we – or our kiddos – can’t do.

It sucks.

Because there’s so very much that they CAN do.

And so often what they CAN do gets overshadowed, particularly in the classroom, by what they CAN’T do.

And we spend so much time trying to bolster their weaknesses, help them overcome their challenges, bring them up to speed in the areas in which they tend to fall behind, that we have none left to foster their talents, support exploration in their areas of interests, feed and water whatever it is in them that, with just a little sunlight and love and encouragement, might just blossom into something incredible.

Temple Grandin said it in this fabulous article on educating kids with autism a little while ago –

In my case, I was really good at art, but doing algebra made no sense. It is important to work on areas where a child is weak, but an emphasis on deficits should not get to the point where building the area of strength gets neglected.

Kids with autism often get fixated on one thing, and it is important to expand their fixations.

I heard about sad cases where a teacher forbids an elementary school child to draw pictures. If a teacher had stifled my art ability, I would have never become a designer of livestock equipment. Half the cattle in North America are handled in equipment I have designed for the meat plants. I think that this is a real accomplishment for a child that some people thought was mentally retarded.

Damn it, I have two more minutes.



OK, I’ll cut to the chase.

This time of year we spend a lot of time talking about our kids’ challenges. Team meetings, listening conferences, IEP reviews – they’re chock-full of discussion of what our kid’s can’t do. Where they struggle. Where they are behind their peers.

There needs to be more talk in those meetings about what they CAN do.

About what they are amazing at. Or what matters to them. Or what they seem to enjoy. Or what they could be amazing at someday with some help.

My kid struggles in math. And reading. And a whole lot of other stuff.

But …

She taught herself Spanish.

By watching her Nick Jr shows on Univision on Demand, she taught herself Spanish.

Dora, Blue – they’re never in English anymore.

Like seriously, the kid is speaking Spanish.

She walked out of her flip-flop the other day and shouted, “Esperate! Mi zapato!”

You know what we talked about in her parent-teacher meeting yesterday?


French, Spanish, American Sign.

Her teacher speaks Greek. We asked if she’d teach her some.

She taught herself Spanish, people.

The kid who struggled so desperately to communicate – who had NO novel language for YEARS taught herself Spanish.

KInda ironic, ain’t it?

Yesterday, Landon Bryce reposted a really thought-provoking post entitled, Would the World Be a Better Place If Everyone were Like You? The post is worth reading for a lot of reasons, but the one that happened to strike me the most yesterday was this:

But once we have a complex society, we also have different roles that we need people to play.  We need people to be policemen.  We need people to be kindergarten teachers.  A good kindergarten teacher does not need to be able to be a cop in order to have value.

Yes, there are things our kids can’t do. Lots of them. There are also things that we can’t do. Lots of those too. But if we spend all of our time talking about what they can’t do, what happens to their self-esteem? Their sense of self-worth? And not for nuthin’, but what happens to what they *could* do?

Oh dear God, I forgot about the time.

Two minutes just became twelve and I seriously have to go. So much for washing my hair. I know. Ick.

I’ll leave you with the words of the immortal Albert Einstein.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”


Baseball caps are in, right?

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Should You Expect Your Autistic Child to Do Chores?

I have met with parent(s), caregiver(s), and many of them do not expect their children to do chores. This had me puzzled.

If you have received a diagnosis that your child is autistic, you may want to consider him or her doing little projects around the house. By you taking the responsibility and expecting your child to participate in some small task, for the household, you, your child and family will benefit.

In addition, your child will learn responsibility, grow in other areas. Such as, your child will be able to do chores when he or she gets older with age, gain self-esteem, confidence, courage, feel he or she is contributing to the family and gaining a sense of accomplishment.

As a parent(s), caregiver(s), you may realize that giving an autistic child responsibility to do chores may take a little longer to accomplish, or it may not be done the way you would expect it to be done. You know you could do the job in less time, do it better, and take more time for yourself to do other things.

The positive side of having your autistic child to do chores is, both your child and you will benefit. How? I have experienced, there are many important reasons to have your autistic child do chores.

For example:

* It gives him or her responsibility.

* They are contributing to the family.

* A feeling of usefulness.

* Self-esteem.

* Self-pride.

* Honesty.

* Sense of accomplishment.

* Teaches your child to want to do more, within the capability of your child.

* Teaches interaction with siblings and other individuals.

* Encourages your child that he or she is valued.

Some of you who are parent(s), caregiver(s), may be thinking your child is doing too much when it comes to chores. You may become nervous and feel your child is not able or capable of starting or finishing a task. Start by giving your child small tasks to do. Allow him or her to know how they are contributing to the family in a positive way. Let them know, it probably would not get accomplished if they had not helped with the chores. It is imperative when you decide to designate chores, keep them simple, not complex. By taking this action, it will eliminate stress for your child and you.

Encourage your child to feel good about the task you are giving him or her, no matter how simple it is. Reward your child with praise, a treat, an outing, an allowance, or some special surprise, that will encourage various chores to be accomplished in the future.

Are you ready to give your child chores who has autism? If so, what can he or she do? Be creative, make it fun.

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Motivating Autistic Children With a Variety of Activities

For those parents of autistic children, you are probably aware of how to motivate the child by employing a variety of activities. However, if your child has just been diagnosed with Autism you are most likely not aware of this as you may not have had the time yet to educated yourself about how this affects the individual. Children as well as teenagers and adults with Autism have a great deal of difficulty conversing and interacting with others while also having impaired communication skills.

In order to help autistic children develop behavioral, language, and social skills, you have to find ways of motivating them to pay attention and learn from this. The key to developing certain life skills may be an early intervention, but these have become easier to teach thanks to the help of some newer motivational methods that are now available. The following are some suggestions for how to motivate autistic children by employing a variety of activities to accomplish this.

Use play therapy that encourages self-expression, provides a sense of accomplishment, and teaches skills to motivate children with Autism.

Allow autistic children to choose the activity they want to engage in such as dancing or jumping and then be sure that you participate in these activities with them. Keep participating with them in these different activities until they communicate with you spontaneously and make eye contact.

Activites involving scripting or “social stories” should be encouraged as it oftentimes helps the non-verbal child with Autism to become more verbal while learning more appropriate behavioral skills. This also helps to improve their communication skills and has the tendency to decrease social isolation.

Employ positive reinforcement during their learning periods and therapy sessions in order to keep communication going. Praising correct answers or prompting another answer after an incorrect one is an excellent way to motivate them into responding more frequently.

Introduce new drills and tasks while still using familiar ones in order to make learning more fun and interesting. Granted, routine and structure are essential to providing autistic children with a comfort zone and teaching them numerous skills. However, Autism studies have revealed that when tasks are interesting and varied, autistic children are better behaved, give more correct answers, learn quicker, and stay more focused.

Incorporate activities that involve sensory integration. These will decrease or increase the level of sensory stimulation that autistic children receive. When a child with Autism is overwhelmed with sensory input, occupational therapists help them to participate in certain activities that help them to filter the amount of sensory input they are receiving.

Finally, children with Autism can also be motivated by employing music therapy and singing. In some cases, autistic children who cannot speak a single word can sing when they are exposed to tunes with repetitive and simple lyrics or phrases. This actually helps them to develop language skills that are lacking while at the same time helping them to eliminate those monotone speech patterns that are so common with autistic children.

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