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URGENT: Tools that REALLY WORK for ADD. No pill bottles required!


Listen To This! Got deadlines? Need to enhance your productivity? Homework struggles?


These are tools Miss Sue swears by:

First, do something PHYSICAL. If you are helping a child, a trampoline, swing, bungee jumper or jump rope give best results.

Then, prepare the work or homework area:
1. Ear tool: Focus music. Scientifically produces a state for concentration and productivity. My
coworkers laugh when I want to play this at our meetings.
Read more.
2. Mouth tool: Heavy work in the mouth is a calmer. T-r-y-i-n-g to concentrate is stressful.
Many use gum. This bothers my jaw so I prefer the
ChewEase pen topper. Or, Corn Nuts and
carrots...!
3. Movement tool: Love those "wiggle cushions". My personal favorite is the one that has air
and beads in it. It is called
Concentration Cushion or Core Disc.
4.
Nose tool: My favorite is Study Buddy. Essential oils give fast results.This handy inhaler is
convenient and long lasting.
5. Visual tool: Time Timer software. Put it on the computer. Effortlessly know how much time is
left on tasks so pacing is easier. LOVE it!
6. Fidget tool: For general listening go for the user's sensory preference. Some like wikki stix,
tangles, stress balls. Doodling is acceptable too.
Do you love the "tool box" concept? Learn more about tools that work with Diana Henry as she is on aTEACHabout!

What are YOUR "must-haves" for concentration?

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Comment by Lorna d'Entremont on October 8, 2010 at 8:16am
Great tips Sue, involving and calming or alerting all the senses to get homework done. Parents with kids who love and voluntarily do their homework will never realize how difficult this aspect of parenting is.
Comment by Sue Wilkinson on October 8, 2010 at 12:17am
Brilliant, Gina! The end of the day is when focus for EVERYONE wanes. Your choices for your son's "heavy work" in the mouth is perfect. Thanks for adding healthy snack choices too. I recently fell for Carrot Chips by Hain. They have tons of calcium and the kids think they are better than corn chips(!)
Comment by Gina Costanzo on October 7, 2010 at 1:28pm
My son eats lunch early in the day and gets snack at 2pm, I try to send something crunchy that will get his mouth working and chomping. He has always been a big talker and finishes his work fast, so I hope it keeps him focused thru the rest of his day and out of trouble. I send blue corn/flax chips, chewy fruit leather, and crispy rice cakes.

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