Advocating for ADHD

For kids with ADHD, you are your child’s best advocate. To be a good advocate for your child, learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations.

Book Suggestion: Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween

Halloween

Halloween, by Jerry Seinfeld is a great Halloween story. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
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Reading together is better comprehension

Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”
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Visit your local library.

Visit the library monthly and choose a book to read together as a family.

From: LifeTips.com

Scheduled reading time

Set aside at least one regularly scheduled time each day for reading. Make it a part of your toddler’s routine.

Also take toddlers to the library or bookstore for story hour.

From: RIF.org

Read to your child from the earliest age

Read to your child from the earliest age, and not just at bedtime.  Buy board books and cloth books as some of your child’s first toys. Carry them around with snacks in the diaper bag.From: YourParentingsSolutions.com

Reading is all around us

The written word is all around us. We don’t only read books – we read shop names, road signs, shopping lists, advertisements, birthday cards…. All are a chance to show your child how reading works.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?

From: childliteracy.com.

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repetitive reading tip

Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again.

Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.

From: readingrockets.org.

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Enjoying the reading experience

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.

Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.

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ryming

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. source

Routine reading

Make reading part of children’s routines. Always include a story at Circle Time, or close each home visiting session with a book. source

Exploring books

If tot grabs the book from you to explore it on his own, let him-just hold him on your lap and cuddle with him as he looks. source

Active Reading

Engage your child so he will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening & answer questions. Source

Again and Again

Read stories again and again. Your toddlers enjoy repetition Source

Snuggle up to read

Snuggle with your child with her favorite blanket or toys as you read. Source

Reading & writing

Draw attention hoe writing works. In books point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated Source

Reading in spurts

Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day. Source

Rhythms and Rhymes

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. Source

Repetition

Parents get frustrated when child wants a book read 3X in a row, but this is an essential part of how tots process information. more info