Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My Novel, Now on Kindle

One of my novels, Yeller, is now available on Kindle. It's also available free to Amazon Prime members through the Amazon Lending Library.  Yeller tells the story of Ben Lawson, a boy who's voice can bring down buildings. Imprisoned at Dr. Miller's Academy for Heroes, he must build a team of allies and escape before he gets sucked into a mad scientist's plans for world domination.

It's about 45,000 words long, and best for ages 10-14. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Could ADHD be a Benefit in the New Economy?

On Saturday, Erika Andersen published an article about the death of the MBA in Forbes online. She outlined a few skills that she sees as important for entrepreneurs and business leaders and explained why a 150K MBA might not be the best way to get these skills.  As I read her list, I was surprised at how many of the skills seemed to overlap with some of the more positive ADHD traits.  With a little bit of discipline, the new economy may prove to be a great place for your child with ADHD to explore her talents.

Andersen describes a set of traits that make someone a “Master of Mastery,” that is a person who learns quickly and adapts to changing situations. While some of the traits come naturally to ADHD people, others can be learned with practice. According to Andersen, people with the whole group of traits will be unstoppable in the new economy.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ADHD and Field Trips: 5 Tips for Teachers and other Adults

As an ADHD mom with a (mostly) ADHD brood, I’ve had a lot of experience with taking ADHD kids on field trips.  Since we homeschool, we do a lot of learning on the road at historical sites, nature areas, zoos, and museums.  

 Over the years, I’ve learned that a few tactics can make or break a field trip with an ADHD group. Teachers of ADHD children may find these especially helpful.  ADHD kids can really blossom and grow when you take them out into the field for a learning experience.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Parenting with ADHD: Avoiding Meltdowns on Outings

All kids meltdown from time to time, but it seems like my ADHD children melt down more often and more dramatically than normal children do. Over the years, I’ve developed a few tricks to prevent meltdowns and deal with disappointed kids when we’re out and about.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

5 Coping Strategies for Unmedicated ADHD Kids

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, ADHD medication does not improve academic performance over the long term. Since all of the popular ADHD drugs come with unpleasant side effects, this news may persuade some parents to hold off on the medications. It’s possible for a young child with ADHD to succeed in a classroom environment.  Here are some ADHD coping strategies that worked for me and my siblings, and that have worked for the children of close friends. (My children are currently home-schooled, so we face a different set of issues. But more on that in a different post.)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? A Glimpse Inside the ADHD Mind and Life

The ADHD Brain

“What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anyway?” a friend asks. Her son has just received a diagnosis of ADHD from his doctor, and she’s struggling to understand what’s going on in his head. I pause for a moment before I answer her. Then I launch into an explanation of what’s going on in her kid’s head, channeling my elementary-school self.

I sit at my desk, jiggling my knees. I’m trying not to jiggle too much because the kids whose desks touch mine hate it when my desk starts shaking and their neatly lined up crayons start rolling off onto the floor. The teacher is reading aloud from the book, the same thing she made us read for homework last night. I already read that. Why does she want me to sit through a rerun? I start to rummage in my desk looking for a pencil or some paper or anything interesting, but she yells at me and tells me to keep my hand on the desk and stop moving so I try really, really hard to stay still but that one light in the corner is buzzing in a different tone than the others and out the window there’s a butterfly and I wonder if it’s the kind that migrates or not, and how do they know that butterflies migrate? Do they put tracking collars on them like polar bears? They’d have to be awfully small and you could use them to track bugs then, too. Maybe you could attach them to worms and put cameras on them and use them to find buried treasure or hidden ruins. Some kid in England found a golden Roman coin in his yard. I wish I lived in England. All I ever find are old nails and stuff. Well, I found that china cup once……When the teacher calls on me, I have no idea what’s happened in the last fifteen minutes of class, and when I ask about why china is called china, she gets mad and I miss recess again.

Monday, July 1, 2013

And.... It's Up!

The ADHD Guide to Literature: Antigone by Sophocles is now available in the Kindle Store! This is the first in a series aimed at people who find most study guides too boring to read.

If you've been sitting in class, trying to pay attention, and then suddenly realize you daydreamed the unit away, you need this book.

If you're teaching Antigone for the first time, and never really fell in love with the play, you need this book.

If your fiance's family discusses Greek literature and dinner and you want to be able to participate in the conversation, you need this book. And also a wedding date, because a guy like that is a keeper.

I'm currently at work on the ADHD Guide to the Odyssey, and will post updates on its progress at this blog.