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Teaching your Child the Basics of Organizational Skills

Tip 5: Importance of a Comfort Zone

Remember the cycle of Rewards and Reinforcements that I was talking about? If your child has been cooperative this far i.e. up till day 5, its now time to set them up for a reward.

Identify a corner in the bedroom that he/she can call their own. Ask them to select something that they find comfortable – like a bean bag or a lounge chair. This is where your child can unwind and relax doing things that he/she likes; for example, reading a book or playing video games. Allot a specific time and duration in the day where they can be just themselves!

Remember, that area is off limits for you – it purely belongs to him/her and they set the rules. For example, she can keep a couple of books or other items scattered in the zone if that’s what she really wants. However, be very specific in establishing boundaries – “The zone between the south-west corner of the wall to this starting edge of the study table is yours”. Any violation of that, and he doesn’t get his “me” time that day.

Note: it is extremely important for girls with ADHD to have a personal space and some personal time. Boys, may not care much but girls REALLY need it.

Lessons Learnt:
1) Everyone has a place they can call their own, now I have mine!

2) My private space is respected as long as I respect its limits
I need to earn good things in life and I can’t have them all the time.
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Day 7: Staggering Stats regarding Adult ADHD
[2015 statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)]

• 4.4 percent of the adult US population has ADHD, but less than 20 percent of these individuals seek help for it.
• 41.3% of adult ADHD cases are considered severe.
• During their lifetimes, 12.9 percent of men will be diagnosed with ADHD, compared to 4.9 percent of women.
• About 30 to 60 percent of patients diagnosed with ADHD in childhood continue to be affected into adulthood.
• Adults with ADHD are 5 times more likely to speed
• Adults with ADHD are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash.
• Having ADHD makes you 3 times more likely to be dead by the age of 45
•Anx ety disorders occur in 50 percent of adults with ADHD.

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Day 6: Adult ADHD Treatment Options
Adults with ADHD can find solutions to overcome the difficulties of their condition. Medications are helpful with managing ADD symptoms by replacing the chemicals that the ADHD brain does not produce enough (of.)

Getting organized, sticking with plans, and finishing what you started can begin with an ADHD coach who specializes in teaching you effective organizational tools and time management techniques. Therapists who are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy can also assist in behavior management.

It’s also equally important to learn how to manage stress, eat right, and get enough sleep regularly so that your body is best equipped to handle challenges.
Your doctor may also provide additional treatment options depending on your ADHD symptoms.

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Day 6: How Adult ADHD may appear in different settings
ADHD symptoms may affect adults at home, at work, or at school, and in social situations. For a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, symptoms must be present in two or more settings. Symptoms must also occur often.

At home
• Forgetful in daily activities such as running errands, returning calls, keeping appointments
• Loses things like homework, keys, eyeglasses, wallets, and mobile phones
• Difficulty doing leisure activities quietly

At work or school
• Trouble getting organized (Examples: difficulty keeping materials in order, poor time management skills, tends to miss deadlines)
• Trouble sitting still
• Fails to pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes

Social situations
• Difficulty waiting for his or her turn
• Frequently interrupts or intrudes on others
• Talks excessively

Please note: This is not a diagnostic tool. Only a healthcare provider can accurately diagnose ADHD. Be sure to review the full list of ADHD symptoms and talk to your doctor.

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Teaching Your Child How to Organize
Tip 4: Trash belongs to the Bin

Trash goes to the bin. This is what you would want to make very clear to your child – you don’t want to see a single candy wrapper underneath her pillow cushions. One of the most effective natural ADHD treatment strategies requires you to enforce discipline on your child. And making sure your child is using the bin to its full potential is perhaps the easiest way to do so. What you need to do, on your part is to make sure that the bin is readily accessible in the bedroom; if not, your child would have a valid excuse to keep using the entire room as a bin. Don’t be over-prescriptive on what category of trash goes into which type of bin. For example, don’t recommend that all organic wastes go into the green bin, stationary into the blue and everything else into the black bin. While it is a good idea (and you can certainly try this later on), it may initially confuse and put him/her off.

Lessons Learnt:
1) Discipline is not just about big things in life but also about small everyday chores.

2) Simply getting rid of unwanted junk may drastically cut down the time required to organize everything else.
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Day 5: Adult ADHD - Symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity
Recall that ADHD is diagnosed based on specific criteria. Part of the official criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD in adults state that 5 or more inattentive symptoms and/or 5 or more hyperactive/impulsive symptoms must occur for at least 6 months.

(This list is an overview of what “inattentive” symptoms may look like in adults. It is not a diagnostic tool.)
• Often fidgets with or taps hands and feet, or restless in seat
• Often leaves seat when remaining seated is expected
Example: leaves their place in the office or other workplace setting or in other situations that require remaining seated
• Often unable to participate in leisure activities quietly
• Often acts as if “on the go" or “driven by a motor”
Example: is unable to be or uncomfortable being still for an extended time, as in meetings or restaurants
• Often talks excessively
• Often blurts out an answer before a question has been fully asked
Examples: completes people’s sentences; cannot wait for next turn in conversation
• Often has difficulty waiting his or her turn, for example, while waiting in line
• Often interrupts or intrudes on others
Examples: butts into conversations, games, or activities; may start using other people’s things without asking or receiving permission; may intrude into or take over what others are doing.

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Day 4: Adult ADHD - Symptoms of Inattention
Recall that ADHD is diagnosed based on specific criteria. Part of the official criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD in adults state that 5 or more inattentive symptoms and/or 5 or more hyperactive/impulsive symptoms must occur for at least 6 months.

(This list is an overview of what “inattentive” symptoms may look like in adults. It is not a diagnostic tool.)
• Often makes careless mistakes and lacks attention to details
Examples: overlooking or missing details; completing work that is inaccurate
• Often has difficulty paying attention to tasks
Example: difficulty remaining focused during meetings, conversations, or lengthy readings
• Often seems to not listen when spoken to directly
Example: mind seems elsewhere, even in the absence of an obvious distraction
• Often fails to follow through on instructions, chores, or duties in the workplace
Example: starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily side-tracked
• Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
Examples: messy, disorganized work; poor time management; fails to meet deadlines
• Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to participate in tasks requiring sustained mental effort, like preparing reports, completing forms, or reviewing lengthy papers
• Often loses things like tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and mobile phones
• Often easily distracted by other things, including unrelated thoughts
• Often forgetful in daily activities, such as running errands, returning calls, paying bills, and keeping appointments

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Day 3: How is ADHD in adults Diagnosed?
ADHD is diagnosed based on specific criteria. Part of the official criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD in adults state that 5 or more inattentive symptoms and/or 5 or more hyperactive/impulsive symptoms must occur for at least 6 months.
(There symptoms are explained in tomorrow's and Thursday's posts.)

In addition:
• Several inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive symptoms must have been present prior to age 12.
• Several symptoms must be present in 2 or more settings, for example, at home, at work, or in social settings.
• There must be clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with social, academic, or work function.
• Symptoms are not due to another mental disorder.
(Source: American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5)

*These are not the only criteria used to diagnose ADHD. Diagnosis should be based on a complete history and evaluation by the healthcare provider. Remember, only a doctor or other trained healthcare provider can accurately diagnose ADHD.

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Day 2: Who has ADHD?
According to epidemiological data, approximately 5% of adults have ADHD.
That percentage represents over 11 million people in the US.! And get this-the majority are unaware!

In the majority of cases, ADHD persists throughout a person's lifetime. It is NOT limited to children, and since ADHD is a neuro-behavioral condition, there is no cure and the majority do not outgrow it. Approximately two-thirds or more of children with ADHD continue to have moderate or severe symptoms and challenges in adulthood that require treatment.

ADHD occurs in both men and women and while the initial clinical research studies focused on studying hyperactive, school-aged boys, we now know that women also have ADHD. Boys and men are more likely to be referred for ADHD testing and treatment, receive accommodations, and participate in research studies, which makes it hard to identify the ratio of men to women with ADHD.

Some researchers have suggested that ADHD is more common in men, but we are learning that this is likely not the case. ADHD in women is consistently under-diagnosed and under-treated compared to men, especially those who do not demonstrate observable hyperactivity and behavior problems. Usually, “the mind” is “hyperactive,” making it difficult to focus on a single thought.

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