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Do You Have ADHD?


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Adults with ADHD may have difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work within time limits. If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause associated behavioral, emotional, social, vocational and academic problems. But, what are some common behaviors and problems associated with adult ADHD?

* Persistent lateness and forgetfulness
* Anxiety
* Low self-esteem
* Employment problems
* Difficulty controlling anger
* Impulsiveness
* Substance abuse or addiction
* Procrastination
* Chronic boredom
* Depression
* Relationship problems

Helping Kids Understand ADHD

Today, more children than ever are diagnosed with ADHD and the disorder is widely researched and accommodated in schools. However, a lot of children do not necessarily understand ADHD – whether they or their friend is the one suffering from the disorder. To that end, I wrote a children’s book about ADHD, My Friend, The Troublemaker, to help children better comprehend what is going on in the classroom with themselves or their classmates.

The book follows Nochum, originally dubbed “the troublemaker.” When Nochum calls out in class, cuts in line, and loses the place in his sefer, everyone assumes he is irresponsible and unmotivated. However, with the help of his teachers and parents, Nochum realizes that his scattered behavior results from ADHD. With a few adjustments and renewed understanding, Nochum transforms from troublemaker to focused friend and student.

If you or your child are suffering from ADHD, it’s not too late to get it under control and start enjoying life to its fullest. Just think about how much more you could accomplish if you learned how to channel all that energy into positive pursuits!

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation,, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@verizon.net. Visit her on the web at rifkaschonfeldsos.com.


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