Q & A Friday

Fridays are the days I’ll answer questions sent in by the readers. So send ’em on in! If I don’t know, I’ll tell you who does.  Oh – and you can get personal too.  I’m in this with you.

Robin said: Yea for you – I’ve always thought of doing something like this. As a former teacher there are LOTS of websites geared for teachers (which is great) but very little for parents. You beat me to it!! (I was actually working on an outline last week!) I like the site and organization of it!

Robin, thank you. But! DO IT ANYWAY! There needs to be more sites for parents, and if you got so far as an outline… Go with your gut and do it. You must have something to say, so say it. This here’s about the kids, and not a competition. Just do me a favor and let me know the link so I can blogroll you here. Good luck, and thank you.

LuAnn writes: Super idea for a blog, M! Not sure I understand the Blogroll bit, though, …

LuAnn – I’m not sure I understand the question… What a blogroll is in general? Or what I mean to do with my blogroll here? In general terms, a blogroll is meant as a running list of the blogs/sites that you are constantly reading. If you have a site yourself, you can show that blogroll (list) to others as well. In terms of what I’m doing here, I’m putting everything from education and medical resources there, to other bloggers who have kids with special needs. If you’re a blogger with special needs kids, and want on the blogroll, let me know. Or, if you have a great resource you think should be there, let me know.

Tools That Rule

OK parents it’s time for interactivity…  You tell me what you need to see here…  You comment and tell me what tools do you need?  I’ll search them out on Thursdays.

Looking for the latest in hospital beds?  Latest learning tools?  Wheelchairs?  Books?  Magazines?

What could you use?

Definition Wednesday

This week’s definition: ADD and ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3%-5% percent of all American children. There are several types of ADHD: a predominantly inattentive subtype, a predominantly hyperactive-impulsive subtype, and a combined subtype. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years.

Definition source: WebMD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the country-regionplaceUnited States. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD.

Definition source: LDOnline

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity. It affects between 3-7 percent of schoolage children, and between 2-4 percent of adults.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is the current diagnostic label for a condition that has been recognized and studied for over a century. Over the years, it has been known by several other names inlcuding “brain damaged syndrome,” “minimal brain dysfunction (MBD),” “hyperkinetic impulsive disorder,” and “attention deficit disorder (ADD).”

Definition source: National Resource Center

More information:

Portsmouth School Board’s ADHD Flier Draws Fire

A few acronyms spelled out for you that appear in the article so you’re not lost in alphabet soup:

  • ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a national non-profit, tax-exempt (Section 501 (c) (3) ) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD.
  • AMA: American Medical Association
  • AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics

Portsmouth School Board’s ADHD flier draws fire, by Cheryl Ross, The Virginian-Pilot

Last month, the School Board sent a warning to parents about the “harmful effects” of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Much of the flier’s information was taken from the Internet, including from a Web site run by a group founded by the Church of Scientology.

This week, six national organizations and eight local groups sent a letter requesting that the School Board retract the flier and send a new one stating that ADHD is a disease that requires treatment.

Read the Full Article Here

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How This is Going to Work

In order for this site to be a functional resource for others, I’ve devised a schedule I plan to adhere to.  It’ll take a week or so to get into the swing of things, but I’ll get there.

  • Monday:  Headlines
    • A news story on children with disabilities I find interesting with some commentary.
  • Tuesday:  Featured Blogger
    • I’d like to feature a blogger who has a child(ren) with disabilities.
    • This may turn into an interview situation.
    • If it does turn into an interview situation, it may turn into a monthly feature as I would need to “depend on the favors of friends.”
  • Wednesday:  Definitions
    • Focus on the definition of terms, tests, diagnosis etc.
  • Thursday:  Products That Help
    • Not necessarilly product reviews, as I’ll certainly be looking at products that kids can use that my children don’t need personally.
    • This will merely function as a pointer…  More of a “did you know this?” kind of thing, such as specialty beds for children with physical disabilities, learning tools for children with learning disabilities, etc.
  • Friday:  Questions and Comments
    • Got a question on that upcoming IEP?  Don’t know who to ask about your kid’s teacher?  Just what is ADHD?  I’ll do my best to find the layman’s (remember, that’s what I am) definitions to help you out.
    • Got a comment?  I’ll respond here.

Furthermore…  This is about our kids!  We’re their biggest advocates!  That’s why I’m doing this.  To hopefully give you encouragement, let you rant, rave, weep, or jump for joy, and most importantly give you tools.  We all need to keep on keeping on.  So jump in here and talk to me.  What do YOU want to know?  What do YOU want to see here?  What do YOU want talked about?

Child No. 2

My youngest child, Logan, has special needs in a completely different category from his brother. Logan’s now 5 and just started kindergarten. Continue Reading

Child No. 1

I thought I’d tell you about both my kids, and what we live with with each of them, to give you an idea of where I’m coming from. Today, I’ll introduce you to Joseph, my first born. Continue Reading


So, who am I and what am I doing here?

Some basic stats about me… I work-outside-the home in the entertainment industry. I’ve been married since 1998 to a wonderful and crazy-making husband (Poe). I’m mom to two special needs kids (Joseph & Logan) currently 5 & 7. I help take care of my parents who are aging – and living next door. Continue Reading