I did it. I bought a weighted blanket. I liked it so much, I bought three weighted blankets. I had read about the benefits of weighted blankets for so long but never acted, so finally, I took the plunge.
Two weeks off school. Off schedules. Off homework. Off routines. Maybe even a few extra days off work for mom and dad. Sounds so good. Until reality sets in. 12 days of kids at home. No school. No schedules. No homework. No routines. YIKES!! If you or your child have ADD – double YIKES!!!
Sometimes no matter how many activities you have planned at home for your winter break, everyone gets antsy with a case of cabin fever. When you are looking to get out of the house for a couple of hours, these activities are just what you need.
Can you feel all the holiday stress in the air? It’s literally buzzing. The holidays bring a lot of extra activity for parents and kids, and it’s the kind of activity that makes things extra stressful for you and your ADD/ADHD child. The shopping, the parties and special events and the overall hype of the season mess with daily routines, healthy eating and sleep schedules. Our kids are already struggling to stay calm and focused, with all the extras ahead, they’re going to need some help navigating the season.
Every parent has experienced the frustration of trying to get their kid to listen and do what needs to be done. But when it’s a visual learner or kid with ADD, there are even more challenges. There’s a lot going on in their head, ALL the time.
If your child is struggling with focus, testing and some academic work, there is no understanding, no work around, no assistance for them as visual learners. But if your child is unfocused, distracted, struggling academically, and diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, help is available in the form of a 504 learning plan.
Approximately 11% of children 4 to 17 years of age have been diagnosed with ADD as of 2011, and it’s most commonly diagnosed in 7 year olds. That’s an alarming statistic, but we can turn the negatives of ADD into positives by understanding and applying the success strategies used with visual-spatial learners.