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Below are links to three great articles for parents of ADD ADHD teenagers and children. Parenting a child of any age with Attention Deficit Disorder is hard, so we hope that these brief articles with give you some encouragement for the days ahead.
"These findings offer the parents of America a blueprint for what works in protecting their kids from harm," said Richard Udry of UNC Chapel Hill.
The article was about a recent study called The National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health, a survey of about 90,000 teenagers (age 12-18). The sub-headline was "Study debunks belief nothing works with teens." (Whose belief is that?)
Dads, please let me encourage you to change some things in your life. Another recent University study found that the average father in America spends less than sixty seconds per day in conversations with his children! The actual number was 47 seconds per day. Where is the investment in the life of the child? In our work? Our paycheck?
READ the brief article "A Call to Fathers" here...
HOW DO YOU DEFINE "SUCCESS" ? As many of you know, my wife and I home schooled our children for several years. Then we enrolled both in a small private school through our church. This school requires a lot of parental involvement, and as a result I taught a class to junior high and high school students three days each week. I taught an English class where we began the year studying the theme of "Success," or rather "What Is Success?" It has made me much more aware of the concept of "Success."
Read the article: "SUCCESS" here...
If we are to define self-esteem as "having feelings of worth or value," then people with adequate levels of self-esteem should display a sense of realistic confidence in their abilities and performance. People with low levels of self-esteem would be expected to display feelings of inadequacy, a fear of failure, a sense of being unworthy, and perhaps depression.
According to researchers, most children enter school with a good sense of self-esteem (at least as defined by psychologists) and yet leave high school with a poor sense of self-esteem. What happens in between?
Read the article: "SELF ESTEEM" here...
Encouragement comes when you focus on your child's assets and strengths in order to build his/her self-confidence. See the positive. Even failures can be outstanding learning experiences. Encouragement sounds like this, "I like the way that you did that," or "I know that you can do it," or, "It looks like you worked very hard at that." Encouragement is NOT giving compliments for work poorly done, but under those circumstances it IS inspiring your child to work harder and do better.
Read the entire article: "Encouragement, Praise, Acceptance and Responsibility" here...
Back in 1998 we asked our readers to submit information on Nutritional approaches to helping their children with ADHD. This is the collection of dozens of replies. Please take the time to look them over as there is a lot of great information, and some of it just might help you! Here is our Readers Respond Index Page.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD
There are several great resources on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - that we recommend for parents and teachers.
BOOKS: visit the Complete ADD ADHD Bookstore at www.ADD411.com for hundreds of selected books on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD. This site has 100 recommended books on ADD ADHD. Product is provided through Amazon.com, the Internet's largest book-seller. There are books for parents, teachers, and professionals.
PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS: visit ADD-Products.com for information about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD - products. This site includes unique research comparing the effectiveness of stimulant medication to EEG Neurofeedback training and to the nutraceutical medicine called ATTEND. Yes, stimulant medication wins, but not by as much as you might think. This is a great site to visit as you consider your treatment options.
ADD ADHD NEWSLETTER: by Dr. Doug Cowan, our clinical director at NewIdeas.Net. This is a free resource for both parents and teachers who work with ADD ADHD children and teens. Monthly newsletters.
LINKS: The ADD ADHD Links Project has 700 Links to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADD ADHD sites, service providers, neurofeedback providers, and related links on learning disabilities or other disorders. This is an outstanding resource. We use it for our own research on ADD ADHD. Check out the Further Study section for very helpful links to research search engines. Bookmark this site!
ADD ADHD EATING PROGRAM: Want to try a diet for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Here are our recommendations. We have provided this resource for free to parents in our practice, and over the internet, for years. It doesn't work for everyone. In fact it only works for about 25% of those who try it. But if it does work for you, you will think it is the greatest thing in the world! Give it a try. You will know within a month if it will help or not.
ATTEND is the best natural alternative to Ritalin.
NUTRACEUTICAL MEDICINES: VAXA International makes, and sells, all of our recommended nutritional products. They have a great product line of advanced nutraceuticals for men and women too. Our Clinical Director, Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., serves on their Medical Advisory Board and has a great deal of input into the design and production of VAXA's products for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.EEG BIOFEEDBACK INFORMATION: To find a provider in your area, try EEG Spectrum, or if you are in Los Angeles, phone them at (818) 789-3491. They have a number of affiliated providers around the USA using their equipment (which is very good equipment). Tell them Doug Cowan sent you. Sue and Siegfried Othmer are old friends, and very nice people.