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Free Support Group for Kids with ADD, LD's

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Celebrate Calm, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. Celebrate Calm

    Celebrate Calm New Member

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    Just wanted to gauge interest for an idea suggested by a couple parents of children with ADHD and learning disabilities that we work with on a regular basis.

    They thought it might be helpful for our kids to get together with other kids who share their creativity and passions every couple weeks or so...so they see that they are not alone...that there are some really interesting and fun kids who also share their unique wiring.

    We'd be happy to host this get-together and help organize it as a free service to our kids. We'd love to get your ideas as well to make the most of it. As with our regular work with the children, we want the focus to be positive and a celebration of their strengths and gifts.

    Perhaps new friendships will form and parents can get to know each other better as well. It may be that parents can then take turns hosting the group.

    Any and all ideas are welcomed.
    Anita Martin
    ADHDcamp@aol.com
    www.celebrateADHD.com


    Celebrate!ADHD: Restoring Confidence, Purpose and Joy
  2. momto3

    momto3 New Member

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    Oh Thank God! Two of my three have been diagnosed with so many disorders and issues that I've lost track. My older son (third grade) wakes up with stomach aches and keeps asking "What's wrong with me, why am I so stupid?" I have been so frustrated--the past few years have just been a huge negative. If you met my kids, you'd swear they were the most engaged, likeable kids...bright, creative, I could go on.

    I'm all for this and hope we can get a group together, like you say, to focus on all the things they are great at doing! Sign us up!
  3. kat

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    Any suggestions for Adult ADD support?
    Thanks!
  4. Celebrate Calm

    Celebrate Calm New Member

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    Wow, you read our minds, Kat! Working with parents is the other part of the education we do, which is just as important as the work with kids.

    We'd be more than happy to host a workshop and bi-monthly or monthly support group for parents. We've seen firsthand the incredible strain that ADD puts on families...it often turns peaceful homes into explosive households.

    It CAN be different and we'd love to help any way we can. Please feel free to contact us!

    Anita Martin
    ADHDcamp@aol.com
    www.celebrateADHD.com

    Celebrate!ADHD: Restoring Confidence, Purpose and Joy
  5. Zansu

    Zansu New Member

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    That's not the same as Kat's question.

    I believe she's not talking about the parents of ADD children, she's asking about Adults who have ADD (some of whom might be the parents of AD(H)D children).
  6. Celebrate Calm

    Celebrate Calm New Member

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    Good point, Zansu, thanks for making the clarification.

    The recognition of adult ADD is exploding. To be honest, the most important diversity within organizations is not race, gender or ethnicity--rather, it is diversity of thinking styles. My husband (who has ADD) is actually leading some groundbreaking work with corporations to help adults with ADD thrive.

    We'd love to host a support group for adults with ADD. Raising awareness and learning how to capitalize on strengths while minimizing weaknesses can dramatically improve personal effectiveness. Learning from each other can be incredibly helpful.

    Let us know how we can help!
    Anita
    ADHDcamp@aol.com
    www.celebrateADHD.com

    Celebrate!ADHD: Restoring Confidence, Purpose and Joy
  7. kat

    kat New Member

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    Zansu- Thanks for clarifying. That is exactly what I meant. I know that the topic of ADD in Adults is somewhat new on the acceptance scale. It is great to see people actually talking about this. You are right too, more often than not, ADD adults have ADD (ADHD) kids. Is anyone else really interested in this type of thing?
  8. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    I think I have it... sometimes find it hard to stay focused & pay attention, and don't follow complex movie plots that well either .. =)
  9. Celebrate Calm

    Celebrate Calm New Member

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    You are definitely right about that--we are seeing increasing numbers of corporations taking this seriously...not because it is necessarily a deficiency of some kind, but rather because people with ADD/ADHD have very different thinking styles.

    Think of the qualities that give flight to society's greatest trailblazers in the arts, sciences and business:
    1. Innovators energized by ideas
    2. Dreamers passionate about larger purposes
    3. Creators
    4. Intuitive, empathetic feelers
    5. Experiential doers who work independently with boundless energy
    6. Risk-takers unafraid to challenge the norm
    7. Persistent, defiant, resilient contrarians

    Many people with ADD share these qualities...which just happens to make them excellent entrepreneurs...or great candidates for developing new businesses within corporations.

    Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is the first step...then beginning to capitalize on what you are naturally wired to do.

    Our greatest satisfaction comes from helping children and adults end the years of frustration over fighting their nature and trying to think like everyone else has told them to.




    Celebrate!ADHD: Restoring Confidence, Purpose and Joy
  10. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Yeah I remember seeing something on one of the news magazine shows about the CEO of JetBlue have ADD as well. Definately not a hinderance if you can get a handle on it and know how to work with it...
  11. Celebrate Calm

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    Definitely, boomer...we believe that their natural wiring actually affords superior, advantageous skills and qualities...if you can identify your gifts, talents and passions...and then harness the creativity and energy in pursuit of those talents, it leads to incredible confidence and sense of purpose. very cool.

    works for kids and adults. we'll try to get the word out about a support group in the area and see what happens.

    Celebrate!ADHD: Restoring Confidence, Purpose and Joy
  12. kat

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    Thanks! We will keep checking back to see what happens... (if we remember ;) only kidding)
  13. Silence Dogood99

    Silence Dogood99 New Member

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    Defintely agree with you, Anita. My son has ADHD and he's one of the most insightful, creative people I've ever meet. People tend to judge him by his outward appearance and the fact that he's not like all the other kids, but he has a heart of gold...and a quick, insightful mind.

    Let us know how we can help you with this.

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