Come learn about how to support your family member with ADHD at this community hub event.
Mary Lynn Trotter MSW RSW will be on hand Thursday Sept. 27 from 3-7:30 to meet teachers, administrators and parents who are seeking supports for students with ADHD and related learning differences.
The event is sponsored by the Toronto Danforth Ward 15 Community Hub, and includes many local agencies serving children and families.
It is also a chance to let us know what services you need in your community.
The event is at Chester ES and Westwood MS – 114 Gowan/994 Carlaw Ave. (northeast of Broadview/Mortimer).
Please bring your questions about:
- what is ADHD
- how to find out if my child might have it
- where to get a proper diagnosis
-what are the treatment options
- how to work collaboratively with my child’s teacher
- how to include sports activities as key adjunct therapies
- what supports are available in the community for free
- what OHIP won’t cover
- how to find a parent support group
- how counselling helps ADHD
- how to improve my child’s behavior
- does mom or dad also have ADHD
-IEPs and IPRCs – what are they, and how do they help
Adult ADHD is becoming more known, better understood, leading to improved lives for people affected by it. One area where ADHD can be managed is in the workplace. It can, and should be thought of as a disability. For those working for a progressive employer, it is hoped this is something you are able to share. Just like in school, you should be able to ask for accomodations.
But for others, in more traditional settings, disclosing that you have ADHD may be more of a burden than a help. This is an unfortunate reality. Adult ADHD is a disorder that still carries stigma, much like disclosing you have depression or anxiety.
So, we rarely see people taking time off to deal with their ADHD treatment. What happens instead is ADHD comes to work with you each and every day. If you are lucky enough to be in a job that is a good fit, such as sales, or something with a lot of variety, you may have managed to be effective at work despite the challenges of ADHD.
Another solution is to learn how ADHD affects the tasks of your job. For many, it means getting a handle on organization, time management, deadlines, hyper-focussing, setting priorities etc. What you really need is an assistant.
That’s where devices, such as computers, smart phones, even alarms can help. There are many new tools to help ADHD’ers better manage their work demands. To find out more, put “assistive devices” into your search engine to see what’s available. There are now many apps to help you – whatever your challenge.
For example, some of the new technologies have timers and alarms connected to the calendar. Put an appointment in, and you will be notified before that appointment comes up. What a relief…you can dive deeply into that assignment, and not have to worry that you might miss your next appointment.
Do you have a favourite? Please comment on this blog, so others with adult ADHD can see what works. And if it didn’t work for you, it might work for someone else with ADHD.
If you’re like many other individuals with ADHD, you’ve likely had difficulty developing habits – whether it is a consistent study schedule, or even remembering to put your keys somewhere you’ll always find it.
As is often the case, you may start out with high motivation and high drive to put that habit in place – this time you’re going to make it stick. But, as the days go by, maybe that motivation wavers, maybe something gets in the way and you forget to keep up your habit or decide that it’s too much trouble. Maybe you even forget that you had that great idea to begin with.
The fact is, although habit-building is a powerful way to introduce structure into your life, developing a habit takes time – it can be all too easy to become discouraged if you’re not successful at first and give up.
In developing a habit, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to create the structure and support needed for each new habit change so your chances for success are strong. Below are 5 such strategies, adapted from a great book called ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize your Life, designed to help you make that new habit stick.
1.Tie a new habit with an old one. Since most of us have ingrained habits, it’s easiest to develop a new habit if it’s tied to an old one. As an example, if you decide you want to start going for morning walks, try putting your running shoes and jacket by the door where you always go to pick up the morning paper.
2. Make the habit hard to ignore. Using the same example, try putting your running shoes in an obtrusive place, so you can’t open the door to get the paper without picking them up.
3.Put reminders everywhere. When first starting out, try putting sticky notes where you are sure to see them that remind you to act on your new habit. Want to remember to put your keys in the same place every day? Place a sticky note right by the door where you see it as soon as you walk inside.
4.Get back on the horse. Habits take time. Forgetting is not failure – it is part of developing a habit. If you forget one day, start fresh the next. Better yet, start fresh as soon as you remember – if you wanted to go to the gym in the morning, stick with a plan B and go in the evening instead. You can get back to going in the morning the next day.
5.Problem solve if it’s not working. Maybe you need a different reminder, maybe you need to tie it to a different habit, or maybe it would fit better into a different time of day. Whatever it is, take the time to look at what has been working and what has not, and go from there.
Kolberg, J. & Nadeau, K. (2002). ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize your Life. Routledge, New York: New York.