Children with ADHD and ADD

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As many as 7 percent of school-age children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or attention deficit disorder, and/or dyslexia. what do we know about their struggles and how to help? Today we’ll talk with three experts: the headmaster of a local school, a life coach for adults, and a parent, who also represents an advocacy group for children and adults with ADHD and ADD.

Guests:

  • Nancy Ratey (ADHD expert and author)
  • Earl Oremus (Marburn Academy Headmaster)
  • Kelly Schmidt (Columbus CHADD)

Read More:

Marburn Academy Website

CHADD Website

 

Join The Conversation

  • David Grace

    A book was written about ten years ago called “Our Stolen Future” which describes the chemicals infants & children are exposed to causing many of these conditions. Benzine, common in plastics and carpets is considered a major disruptor. They have since kept a website with all sorts of peer-reviewed studies on many related issues.

  • Gail

    My husband and I have four children.  Our oldest was diagnosed  with ADD, dyslexia and a perceptual learning disorder when she was nine.  She was right handed and right eared but when she put a clydoscope up to her eyes, it went to her left eye, not her right.  Her hand writing was sloppy (and still is).  Info would enter through her eyes into her brain and once there, got jumbled.  Elementary school was tough, especially grades 1-3.  Tough on her socially and emotionally), tough on us, UNTIL, we went to Montgomery Institute of Neurological Development.  She was tested and one of the treatments was that when she read, she would wear a pair of glasses that had a red filter in the left eye and a green filter over the text.  This forced the right eye to do the work of reading the words.  Her left eye was dominent and not her right.  Reading with these filters forced the right eye to do more of the work.  It worked.  Her 
    yo- yo grades went up and stabilized. Self esteem improved. Her reading level was always high, but her Math and Science grades were low.  The Special Ed teacher created an IEP that her teachers HAD TO follow.   Junior high comes and we fight with the teachers to follow the IEP.  Some have no problem, others just don’t get it.  Grades are up and down and Math and Science are still hard for her.  HIgh School comes.  IEP follows her.   Some teachers cooperative and others don’t have a clue.  By this time she is figuring out how to cope with her learning behaviors and is starting to truly make it her own.  However because she wants to receive a standard high diploma, teachers can only modify her assignments ie, instead of writing  a full term paper, she gave oral presentations on her paper.  Or instead of doing all 35 english questions, she only did 20.  Stuff like that.  She was better in the oral presentation, than she was in the written presentation.  She is 26 now is will finish college next December with a degree in Science education.  It has taken her a while, but we are proud of her.  It’s been quite an experience.    

  • Gail

    I also forgot to mention that she was put on oral medication in elementary school which helped her focus during school.  When she got to ninth grade she refused to take it any more.