ADHD Rant! – Stop Calling Me!

ARGHHHHHHHHHH! 7 calls in 7 days. 7 calls in 7 days from my son's primary school! I mean is this not verging on harassment? My son is not the worst child in the world! His behaviour doesn't come close to warranting an ASBO for crying out loud! ARGGHHHHHHHH This will be my ADHD Rant!- Stop Calling Me! I'm sure you will feel me! My son's miracle meds have slowly decreased in efficacy and need to be adjusted. As parents of children with ADHD know, getting a CAMHs appointment is about as easy as licking your own elbow. Anyhow, I managed to get…

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8 things a parent of a child with ADHD will have had!

I can pretty much guarantee that if you are a parent/carer of a child/children with ADHD you will have had the majority of these eight things! Let me know which ones resonate! 8 things a parent of a child with ADHD will have had: 1. Rubbish Advice Love a bit of well-meaning advice. Often well-meaning, this advice can be anything from cut out dairy, bathing in salt water, giving certain vitamins, pillows, bed positioning to stand on one leg whilst hopping with a boiled egg on your head chanting.  Ok, maybe not the last one but you get the picture.  It’s so…


Great ADHD Books for Children

I was trying to remember the other day how I first talked to my daughter about ADHD.  I have always been very open with her on the subject. She had struggled before being diagnosed at 9 years old.   I never wanted her to feel like ADHD was something to be ashamed of because it isn’t. Like any disability, hidden or not.  I just wanted to let her know what ADHD is and how it affects people in so many ways.  I was at a loss myself at the time and, at the start of my journey as a parent of a child…


ADHD and Dyspraxia in Children

ADHD and dyspraxia are both neurodevelopmental disorders. ADHD is a condition that affects focus, attention, and impulsivity. Dyspraxia (also known as DCD, Developmental Coordination Disorder) is a condition that affects fine and gross motor skills, coordination and movement. It is often referred to as a "motor learning disability." This means that it can be difficult for people with dyspraxia to learn new motor skills, or to execute previously learned motor skills. Dyspraxia can occur in isolation, or it can be comorbid with other conditions, such as ADHD. In fact, research suggests that ADHD and dyspraxia often co-occur. One study found that 36…


10 Things I wish people understood about ADHD

There are so many things I have learned since parenting my children with ADHD. It's been a learning curve of a journey! Having children with ADHD obviously means I research, a lot. I've uncovered so many things I had absolutely no idea about ADHD. Learning about the physical differences in the ADHD brain. Connecting the many comorbidities of ADHD. and so much more. I cringe at some of the things I never knew, and thankfully now do. But, if I had to write a list of my top 10 things I wish people understood about ADHD I think this would be them.…


Top 5 Books on ADHD for Parents

There are so many books on how to parent our children with ADHD. I didn’t know quite where to start.  And with all the best intentions, I cannot find the time to read them all.  Having spoken to several parents and having read a fair few myself, I thought I would compile a list of my Top 5 Books on ADHD for Parents.  I’m sure everyone has their favourites!  This is also very dependent on the age of your child with ADHD, and their specific diagnosis.  Below are the books that came out top with parents who gave me their feedback. I…


ADHD and Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is often thought of as dyslexia with numbers.  It is a learning disorder involving numbers and concepts relating to numbers.  What was shocking to read is that about 60% of children with ADHD also have another learning disorder such as dyscalculia.  This figure is only about 5% in neurotypical (NT) children.  My daughter has ADHD and dyscalculia, so I really wanted to try and understand exactly what it is, hence this post. What is Dyscalculia? Dyscalculia is a maths learning disorder.  This involves difficulties with not only everyday numbers but also maths symbols (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication), wording (one more…


ADHD in children and sleep problems

There is not one part of our body that does not benefit from sleep.  And it’s no surprise that importantly, our brain needs sleep to function correctly.  Lack of sleep not only impacts our physical but also our mental health... I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I love my sleep.  But that’s probably because I rarely get a good night’s sleep.  Like a lot of parents, I am a light sleeper because I’m always listening out for a child who might need me in the night.  When one tiptoes in, after I’ve managed a couple of hours of sleep, my…


ADHD and Adolescents

The dreaded adolescent phase!  My twins have just turned 13!  My girl twin has ADHD my son, her twin does not.  But I now have two adolescents in my house *gasp.  I thought it would be wise to research and write this post to pre-empt what I am potentially going to experience if I am not already experiencing it.   Firstly, I decided to read up on adolescents in general.  I mean all we ever hear about is how moody they are, how they sleep all day and stay awake all night, how ‘No’, is a complete sentence in their language and…


ADHD and Emotional Regulation

Keep Moving! When we think of ADHD the first things that generally spring to mind are hyperactivity, fidgeting and/or attention difficulties.  However, one of the biggest burdens someone with ADHD must deal with is the inability to regulate their emotions.  This emotional dysregulation is extreme and largely underestimated. Whilst children with ADHD experience the same emotions as others, they experience them more intensely.  As discussed before, (The ADHD Brain) there are very real brain differences in a child with ADHD.  These differences result in delayed development of parts of the brain, one of these being delayed emotional development.  The prevalence of emotional…


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