Are there tips for everyday life?
Several practical tips for childrenl with ADHD are offered in the book My Brain Needs Glasses. You will also find a host of practical tips for adultsl in the book My Brain STILL Needs Glasses. Here are a few.
Difficulties with Time ?
Certain tools have been designed to help time management. Designed by Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, best-selling author of ADD-friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Skoach® is a new time-management system rugged enough to maintain control through ADD jungles and off-road multi-tasking terrain. Do you know the visual clock, the Time Timer TM, the Ticktask TM , or the Vibration Alarm Watches, that vibrate instead of ring? In Québec, you can contact fdmt Entreprises to find sensori-motor and developmental products including some of the tools described here. ( If you find other interesting tools or know other enterprises in Québec that keep those, please contact us. The goal here is to inform, not to market. Dr Vincent has no financial interest in any products or enterprises described here).
Medication or not?
So what to do when the medical diagnosis is established? Does a child need to take or not medication? Several tips are given by the pediatrician Dr Renée-Claude Duval for parents whose child has just been diagnosed with ADHD and who say Ritalin?...No way!.
Dr Annick Vincent offers solutions to counteract the loss of appetitel caused by the medication. Sleep may also be affected in people suffering from ADHD. There are some basic tips that can help promote sleepl .
Difficulties in school?
Here is a letter to inform your child's teachers either in elementary or high schooll . The letter provides information on ADHD and tips for teachers to better supervise your child.
For adults who need counselling while continuing their schooling, here is an explanatory letter to inform teachers in post-secondary schoolsl . The letter provides information on ADHD and provides tips for teachers to better supervise the student.
Alberta Education offers on its website an interesting document that provides classroom teachers with information and practical strategies they can use to better meet the needs of students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Focusing on Success: Teaching Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Bonita Blazer, PHD and Mary Ann Ager, MD, from Feel Good Kids, www.BBlazer.org have designed an interesting document about Classroom Accommodations for Students with ADHDl . They have generously accepted to put this information on Dr Annick Vincent's website. This compilation is part of an ethnographic study of 10 school districts with over 500 teachers and responders to the question: "What teachers say helps students with ADD achieve success in school". This compilation is the prioritized consensus of their most effective classroom accommodations (finding drawn from data collection).
In collaboration with the University Mental Health Institute, Centre hospitalier Robert-Giffard, Dr Annick Vincent has developed general information sheetsl that clinicians can give to their patients. If you want an educational document of a few pages about ADHD, please do not hesitate to consult and use it to inform your family members.
Do not hesitate to consult the resources section to find general information on several support groups.