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Posted by Jeff on October 08, 1999 at 21:32:23:

In Reply to: Motivation and organizattions skills for ADD posted by Dawn on September 29, 1999 at 10:16:18:

Hi Dawn,

we have a 9 year old Daughter who has ADD and is hyperactive. This is a very challenging combination, but she experienced some of the same problems. I am not sure if this will really help you because 13 is an older age, and a 13 year old is alot more independant than a 9 year old, but maybe you can modify this to work for you. We had to set up an arrangement with our daughters teachers so that all assigments were written down in a spiral notebook, every day by our daughter. The teacher then reviewed the notebook at the end of class signs it and sends it to the next teacher, the last teacher sends it home with our daughter. We then check the book go over the work after she is done and sign that it was received and completed and add our notes. The schoolwork then goes into the book and back to school. We keep the book while she is at home and the teachers keeps the book at school. Our daughter only has it to transport it from place to place and write the assignments, and the teachers know to get it from her when she comes in to class. I know this seems a bit much, but it was the only way we could finally make sure all the assignments came home, and that they made it back to school. Anything not completed properly at school is sent home attached to the book and first thing we do is get the notebook. The only way she could lose work is to lose the whole notebook and she only has it on the bus without someone around.We used a planner with a page for each day of the year made to look like a regular spiral notebook. Hope this helps

: Hi,

: My 13-year-old son has ADD. We have been struggling with him on the following issues and would like some opinions on how to overcome these from others;

: 1. low motivation (especially school work)
: 2. organization skills with school papers. We have tried various binder methods (trapper keeper).

: These are the two main issues that we are having problems with. Generally in school. He is not getting papers turned in. Papers are a mess and he is losing things before they get returned or brought home. He is on Adderall and this is helping with staying on task. I would appreciate any information, advice, referrals to other sites.

: Thanks,
: Dawn

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