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April 2015

The simpler and easier you make their rooms the better off they are.

  • That means get rid of all the little knick knackie things that are laying around their room.
  • Obey the rule of three. (You can keep your favorite three but the rest must go.)
  • Respect the one in one out rule. (One object comes in, one object goes out.)
  • Toys need to be in a different area so they do not get distracted by them.
  • Kids should be able to clean their rooms in 5 minutes. Putting everything where it belongs and making their bed.
  • The bed should have a quilt or thicker blanket on it so the kid doesn’t have to worry about having every wrinkle out of the sheets but looks good enough when they are done.

Structure, structure and more structure is what these children need to soar! Change is hard and overwhelming. Kids with ADD think outside the box, so when organizing for them, it is best for the person doing the organizing to think outside the box. Talk to the person to set up a system that works for them.  .

Starting on ADD

March 2015

     I have been reading a book on ADD and ADHD (which by the way, are both classified the same disorder since the last medical book came out on it).  The book is Driven to Distraction by E.M. Hollowell M.D. (who by the way has ADD himself) and J.J. Ratey M.D.  

Do you know that Dr. G.F. Still M.D. in 1902 described a group of twenty children who were defiant, excessively emotional, passionate, lawless, spiteful, and had little inhibitory volitions. There was three boys to every girl. And all started before age eight. That was over one hundred years ago and it has only picked up since the 1990's.

     Some famous people you may know that have had or currently have ADD are Einstein, Mozart, Edison, and Dustin Hoffman, so if you yourself have ADD you are in grand company.

     " In 1904 The world's most prestigious medical journal, the British journal Lancet, published a little doggerel verse that might be  the first published account of ADD in medical literature."  

                                                                            The Story of Fidgety Philip

"Let me see if Philip can

Be a little gentleman;

Let me see if he is able

To sit still for once at the table."

Thus Papa bade Phil behave;

And Mama looked very grave.

But Fidgety Phil,

He won't sit still;

He wiggles,

And giggles,

And then I declare.

Swings backwards and forwards, 

And tilts up his chair,

Just like any rocking horse-

"Philip" I am getting cross!"

See the naughty, restless child

Growing still more rude and wild,

Till his chair falls over quite.

Philip screams with all his might,

Catches at the cloth, but than

But that makes matters worse again.

Down upon the ground they fall,

Glasses, plates, knives, forks and all.

How Mama did fret and frown,

When she saw them tumbling down!

And Papa made such a face!

Philip is in sad disgrace...

     " The trail of Still and James was picked up in 1934, when Kahn and Cohen published a piece called "Organic Driveness" in the New England Journal of Medicine. Kahn and Cohen asserted that there was a biological cause for the hyperactive, impulse-ridden, morally immature, behavior of the people they were seeing who had been hit by the encephalitis epidemic of the 1917-1918.  This epidemic left some victims chronically immobile and others chronically insomniac, with impaired attention, impaired regulation of activity, and poor impulse control. In other words, the characteristics plaguing this latter group were what we now take to be the diagnostic triad

of ADD symptons: distractibility, impulsivity, and restlessness."

     At about the same time, C. Bradley was developing another line of evidence linking ADD like symptons to biology roots. Bradly reported using a stimulant to calm down hyperactive children and they became less stimulated.  

     IN 1937 it was called MBD (minimal brain dysfunction) and treated with Ritalin.  By 1957 it was called "hyperkinetic syndrome."  By the 1970's It was called ADD.  They thought they knew but couldn't prove ADD had a biological basis and that it was genetically transmitted.  " Alan Zametkin's study in 1990 found that overall the ADD group metobolized glucose at rates 8% lower than the control group.  In addition it gave support to Chelone's hypothesis and supported the 1984 work of H.C. Lou and colleagues who found decreased blood flow in the frontal regions of the brain in people with ADD. Lou's study also indicated a deficit in blood flow in the right hemisphere of the brain.

     That is all for my first post of which I hope there are many more.  I hoped it helped you some how knowing how they think ADD of ADHD started and how long it has been around.  Next post I will give some pointers on ADHD or ADD.