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Managing the Gift; Alternative Approaches for Attention Deficit Disorder,
Written by Dr. Kevin Ross Emery
Reviewed by PSN
Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, a professional psychic, has worked extensively over the last 10 years with ADD/ADHD children and adults, and has earned recognition as a trainer through his television and radio shows with his unique and empowering approach to ADD/ADHD.
A spiritual coach and counselor, Dr. Emery wrote Managing the Gift as a therapeutic approach that will help change the way you think about ADD. The book gives alternative views and positive aspects of ADD.
Dr. Emery shows there are four levels of ADD. He explains how these levels of ADD (physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual) are intertwined. Based on research, the upswing of medication that has been prescribed, such as Ritalin, whose production has risen over 700% since 1990, shows that children and adults are being over medicated. The book offers an insightful and different perspective into the treatment of ADD.
Dynamic Wedge Cushion
A miracle wedge that your kids must have! With the option for tactile input (one side smooth and the other with bumps), the wedged shape of this cushion makes it a wonderful seating alternative for those who seek movement or have poor body awareness. Increase or decrease the amount of air for the perfect fit. An ideal choice for children with sensory processing and focus challenges since the subtle movement can filter over stimulation and encourage focused attention. So why sit still when you can move and learn! Available in 10 inch and 13 inch sizes
Price starting at: $29.99
You asked for calming weight in a deep sea design, with comfortable features like mesh — and we made this weighted sleeping bag, perfect for home, rest time or sleepovers. Mesh fabric keeps children cool, and the weights are evenly distributed. Fleece interior and bottom for maximum comfort. Choice of 45” x 60” inches (8 lbs) with deep sea graphics (WR4257) or 45” x 72” (13 lbs) in solid sea blue with red lining (WR4333).
Price starting at: $109.99
For jumping, tumbling or just relaxing: Crash Pad is always the perfect place to land! Ideal for sensory stimulation and balance activities, the crash pad is made of durable nylon and filled with soft inviting foam. The sturdy construction and ample foam filling make it ideal for home, school, or play areas. Wipes clean. Cover is machine washable. Available in two sizes, 3×4 and 5×5
Price starting at: $135.99 – $239.99
Animal Lap Pads
Help Choose from monkey, zebra or dinosaur lap pad for circle time, homework time, writing, reading or test taking. The Animal Lap pads are the perfect complement to a fidgety kid. Each pad has an incredibly unique and stimulating feel that will keep their fingers busy, their laps still and their minds focused. Features a smooth tail that doubles as a fidget too! The Monkey is soft, soothing and furry. The Zebra is so fun-to-feel with felt-like black stripes and smooth leathery white skin. The Dinosaur is scaly with leathery skin that fingers love to feel.
Price starting at: $49.99 – $51.99
What’s “APP”ening? Helpful Apps for Children with Special Needs
Teach your child proper phone usage and safety with an app that lets them actually practice it! DialSafe is designed to teach these critical skills in a “kid-friendly” manner through the use of animated lessons, skill building games, practice sessions, and even a realistic phone simulator. Children can practice this life skill in a safe environment. We love this app! Children can practice answering emergency questions as well as practice dialing the phone.
Time Timer app is a visual timer that lets kids see, visually, the passage of time. The disappearing red disk shows how much longer they have before beginning or ending an activity. As time elapses, the red-disk gradually gets smaller, creating a graphic image of time.
Simply set the Time Timer to the length of your activity. And as time elapses, the red-disk gradually gets smaller.
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This post originally appeared on our January/February 2012 Magazine