ADHD Morning routine 101

healthy fruits morning kitchenDo you have a morning routine? If you have ADHD and you have never asked yourself this question, you probably don’t have one! You might not even realize that people have “those”. You might be shaking in your boots at the thought of such a rigid regime! Before running for the hills, and telling yourself “you don’t need one!”, read through our top tips for setting your day up for success. You might just find these tips will change your life.

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Book Recommendation - Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8

blur blurred book 46274 SmallNaoki Higashida breaks barriers of silence by sharing his beautiful and layered voice with the world. Diagnosed with severe nonverbal autism, he has learned to “type out” sentences with an alphabet grit and a QWERTY keyboard. He has been tireless in his resolution to share his story. He has given words that resonate with so many, especially those who are impacted by autism.

What is so profound about this book is Naoki’s ability to take you into his world. He encourages us to avoid setting limitations for individuals with mental health diagnoses.

 

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5 Tips to Stimulate Summer Learning

pexels photo 551581Guest post from Joanne Sallay of Teachers on Call

The sun is shining, summer break is here, and students are enjoying time off from school. While they definitely deserve a much needed break, the entire summer is a long time to go without educational enrichment. This can be challenging for the best of students, but can definitely impact those who are currently behind and struggling.

Preventing learning loss over the break, popularly referred to as the “summer slide” is on the minds of many parents.

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Have you lost music in your life? 4 ADHD mistakes to avoid

adult beautiful blur 374703 smallIf you have ADHD, you might find you are extra sensitive to sensory experiences around you, particularly in your auditory environment. You might feel easily overwhelmed by certain sounds or types of music. On the other hand, you might also find that music can move you deeply, almost dramatically. If this is true for you, you will find that strategically placing music in your life, can make a legitimate difference in your ability to focus and manage tasks.

Here are the top 4 mistakes to avoid if you have ADHD and have (temporarily) lost music in your life.

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Are you addicted to your own brand of “chaos”?

black and white city crosswalk 842339 smallIf you have untreated ADHD, you might feel like you can only get things done once they become urgent in your mind. You might struggle with decisions and task management over and over again in a day. And you might assume that this is the way everyone lives - from rushed thing to rushed thing. You may be so used to this way of thinking that you don’t know how it could possibly be different. Perhaps most importantly, you may not even be aware of how often you are bringing stress on yourself in order to get what you need done, or to get to the place you are going.

It can be so exhausting to live in a state of chaos.

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Friendships and ADHD

adult affection beads 371285 SmallTaking a step out of the “now” to see who’s around...

If you have ADHD, it likely impacts your friendships (whether you realize it or not). Perhaps you struggle to keep up with the logistics and organizational parts of staying in touch with those close to you. Or, maybe you haven’t had a chance to really think about which friendships feel healthy and rejuvenating for you.

Many people with ADHD describe being “stuck in the now”, which means that that they might not be very conscious or aware of their own wants and needs and this might get in the way of finding a crew that brings out the best in them.

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