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Zebra Stripes for ADHD
A monthly newsletter of stories tips and news for those concerned with ADHD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, No. 13
Sarah Jane Keyser : ADHD Coach
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joey
High up in their favorite tree, Chip and Chap, Joey's monkey friends, were whispering quietly punctuated with an occasional guffaw of monkey laughter. Then they separated. Chip went off to the great muddy pond to see Mama Tamus the hippopotamus. "Hmmph, hmmph, for that ruffian? Hmmph", she replied. Chap found Eeyore, the visiting mustang, who listened to Chap's message and replied with a hearty yeigh, yeigh. They made the rounds and talked to all the friends in their little community, even Miss Zebette the teacher and Mama Giraffe. Later, Joey came out of school by himself. Koko and Sammy, his zebra friends, had disappeared. He wandered alone wondering where they had all gone. Mama Giraffe wasn't under her favorite acacia tree; even Eeyore wasn't grazing on his preferred Bermuda grass. Sammy arrived at a gallop, "Joey, Joey, come on. I told you to meet me down at the water hole. We're all waiting." "You did? Oh! I guess I forgot!" "You forgot again! Well, now, come on!" "Yea, yea, I'll come in a minute." "No, now!" and Sammy gave him a little kick. Sammy came down the path to the water hole, "He's coming". They were all there; as Joey appeared, they all shouted, "Happy Birthday, Joey". Joey stopped. His white stripeless hide blushed bright red. He opened his mouth and brayed a loud "Heeee Haww". He gave a big buck and started running around wildly, bucking and kicking. "Joey stop, stop". But Joey wasn't listening, he was just so excited he couldn't stop running around. He nearly ran over the smaller guests and knocked over the table with the presents. Finally Mama Tamus put her large body square in front of Joey. Chip jumped on his back and yelled in his ear, "Stop, Look, Listen!" (See the September issue http://www.coachingkeytoadd.com/newsletter/newsletter-no5.html ). Joey came to a stop, looking a bit sheepish. "Gee whiz, this is all for me? I thought you'd all forgotten my birthday. I don't know what to say. Well, er, um, Thank you all." They all laughed and cheered. And a good time was had by all.
Birthday Party Tips for children with ADHD
Many years ago when my children were of that age I organized quite a few parties, I don't remember how many. In those days there were no theme parties or professional organizers to run children's parties for you.
At the time my kids got pretty hyper, they weren't as out of control as some get, but as I knew nothing about ADHD in those days, I was always perplexed about why my kids got so excited while the neighbors could handle it so nicely.
Now I know that birthday parties can be a big problem for children with ADD or ADHD and also for Moms who have ADD (ADHD). It's a made to order overwhelm situation. More people, more movement, more food than any of them are used to. Children who are hyper can go through the roof and if they are hypo they can disappear into space.
Here are some tips which could help you have a great birthday party with ADHD whether or not you are having a professional organizer do the work.
Before the party:
Sugar does not cause ADHD, but we do know that a high intake of sugar can aggravate hyperactive behavior and even make some kids who are not really ADHD act hyper.
Many children with ADHD have difficulty making and keeping friends. A birthday party is an opportunity to practice some basic social skills for being accepted in a group.
If you have a child who is inclined to be oppositional and knows what to do but does the opposite, tell him about Joey the Zebra who has no stripes. http://www.coachingkeytoadd.com/newsletter/newsletter-no1.html).
These ideas are not guaranteed and I haven't even tested them because I didn't know then what I know now. They are based on current knowledge of what works for managing ADHD. If you have some experiences, pro or con, I'd love to hear about them.
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