Monday, December 18, 2017

Learning Disorders and the Kindergarten

Learning Disorders and the Kindergarten Child

Some things observed in your child at the Kindergarten level may indicate a need to check out possible perceptual learning problems. Not all of the things that I talk about will be found in any one child nor does the presence of any one of these things, or a few of them, necessarily Read the rest...

Heaven’s Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from earth
“It’s time again for another birth”
Said the angel to the Lord above,
“This special child will need much love.”

His progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishment he may not show.
And he’ll require extra care
From the folks he meets way down there.

He may not run or laugh or play… Read the rest...



As an educator for over thirty five years, I have taken special notice of the number of children who are labeled “learning disabled” “dyslexic” or are placed in “special education classes”. In most cases the problem is an inability to read.

Professionals tell the parents that a brain abnormality “dyslexia” is the cause of their child’s reading Read the rest...

I was just thinking

Random Thoughts and Pithy Platitudes about ADD

  1. It’s only a disorder if it’s messing up your life.
  2. If it’s not messing up your life, then it is not a disorder.
  3. Do not allow a label to control your life.
  4. Labels are useful for identifying groups of people. They are useless when discussing an individual person.
  5. I’ve seen Normal. I’m not
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The Annotated Symptoms of ADD/ADHD

The Annotated Symptoms of ADD/ADHD


A Typical ADD person . . . . .

1. The ADDer is unable to get organized.

For a child, this might mean that he cannot find his pencil, or his homework or his coat or anything else that is not attached to his little body. In fact, sometimes even having the object attached Read the rest...

Is there any biological basis for ADD/ADHD?

The search for a biological basis is the heart of the debate on whether or not ADD is a legitimate diagnosis. The problem has been that until recently, results have been inconclusive and in some cases contradictory.

Research by Zametkin, who pioneered the use of PET imaging in ADD patients, seems to indicate that the ADD brain has a strong Read the rest...

What are the Symptoms of ADD?

What Are the Symptoms of ADD?

Symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months. Some of these symptoms need to have been present as a child, at 7 years old or younger. The symptoms also must exist in at least two separate settings (for example, at school and at home). The symptoms should be creating significant impairment in social, Read the rest...

Is it ADD or ADHD?

What’s in a Name?

Is it ADD or ADHD?

In a recent issue of Attention Magazine, CHADD says that from now on they will be using the name AD/HD when discussing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They state that since this is the official name, and they are the “largest organization for people with AD/HD” they feel that they should Read the rest...

A Brief History of ADD

A Brief History of ADD


The first doctor to do research about Attention Deficit never actually knew the disorder by that name. George Fredrick Still described the syndrome in a series of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in 1902. In these 20 lecture, Still spoke of children who were aggressive, defiant, resistant to discipline, excessively emotional or Read the rest...

FAQ: A.D.D./A.D.H.D.

Frequently Asked Questions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) consists of two basic symptoms:

  • Poor attention span
  • Weak impulse control

Hyperactivity may or may not be present. ADD Without Hyperactivity, or ADD/WO is also known as “ADD Inattentive Type”. ADD W/O is more common in females. … Read the rest...

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