Routines for Times of Uncertainty

Routines for Times of Uncertainty

Establishing and maintaining routines can be difficult for individuals with ADHD. They are also especially prone to being thrown off easily by deviations from routine, and often experience increased trouble getting back on task. While everyone’s experience with ADHD is not the same, it is probably safe to say that many people—whether they have ADHD…

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New Research Shows ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down: What Does This Mean?

ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down

The Multimodal Treatment StudY OF ADHD (MTA) was a large study conducted in the 1990s that compared different treatments for children with ADHD to see which was most effective. As part of this research, the elementary school children who joined the study were visited by researchers every two years until they were in their mid-twenties. There…

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Asking Powerful Questions

How to Help Kids Become Independent and Productive Over the years, my tutors and I have homed in on many strategies to help kids with ADHD in school, no matter the area. In math, we’ve taught tricks to learn the multiplication tables and games to master the Pythagorean theorem. For our reluctant writers, we’ve developed…

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How to Say the Right Thing at the Right Time

How to Say the Right Thing at the Right Time

Often people with ADHD have a history of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Maybe we make a cringe-worthy comment we wish we could immediately take back. Other times we don’t know what to say and we just fumble along. Or we monologue and stumble into inappropriate comments. This history makes us afraid…

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TOOLS: Teaching Online Organizational and Virtual Learning Skills

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TOOLS is a new video series that describes evidence-based strategies for youth with ADHD and their adult supports—parents, caregivers, teachers, and clinicians. These behavioral and organizational strategies are aimed to support learning and academic success for youth with ADHD. Academic success requires ingredients such as planning, organization, persistence toward long-term goals, and the ability to…

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Promoting Connection, Community, and Compassion: TAASG

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The Toronto Adult ADHD Support Group, or TAASG, has dedicated itself to serving the needs of adults with ADHD for over twenty-five years. Through its impressive ongoing speaker series, participants have enjoyed access to leading experts in the field—Ned Hallowell, John Ratey, and Ari Tuckman, to name just a few. Since presentations are now being…

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Getting What I Need

Getting What I Need

The Factors That Changed My Life Dear Reader: The point of this story is to share that sometimes the weird, unexpected things in our lives come together to be greater than the sum of their parts. Or, perhaps the simpler way of putting it is this: if my life thus far had a song, it…

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Black Adults Who Live with ADHD

Black Adults Who Live with ADHD

Melvin Bogard, MA, interviews Napoleon B. Higgins, Jr., MD   Black adults with ADHD face barriers when seeking diagnosis and treatment for ADHD. There are cultural concerns that need to be addressed for them to receive proper evaluation and effective treatment. Earlier this year, CHADD’s All Things ADHD podcast featured an important conversation between Dr.…

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Coping with Sensory Overload

Coping with Sensory Overload

For many adults and children with ADHD, sensory overload can affect relationships. When we are flooded with sensory information, lights feel brighter, sounds are louder, and crowds seem to close in on us. Sensory bombardment and overwhelm can make situations draining and anxiety-provoking. To reduce the effects of overstimulation, we may try to cope by going…

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