TAKE THIS QUIZ.  DOES YOUR CHILD:

(1) Push your buttons and argue like an attorney?

(2) Create power struggles over EVERYTHING?!

(3) Melt down over little changes, disappointments, and transitions?

(4) Control others, act bossy, and enforce “fairness?”

(5) Struggle with being disorganized, forgetful, and impulsive?

(6) Relate well to adults and younger children (and animals), but struggle with peers?

(7) Appear unmotivated and underperform academically?

(8) Insist on doing things on his own terms? Rigid in thinking?

(9) Constantly move, fidget, make noises, or chew on things.

(10) Quit, cheat, or change the rules when playing games?

(11) Lie, blame others and refuse to accept responsibility?

(12) Gets along great with one parent, but makes family outings difficult?

(13) Procrastinates with homework, but hyper-focuses on screens or Legos?

(14) Like to cuddle, be wrapped in blankets, or wears the same clothes repeatedly?

(15) Say, “I’m bored” or “I’m stupid” often?

Good! That means you are not alone and we can help you with each of these traits! Listen to the podcasts for more insights and look at the chart below.

DO YOU KNOW WHY YOUR CHILDREN BEHAVE THIS WAY?

BRAIN ACTIVITY
Inhibited neurotransmitters
don’t communicate
(busy brains)

NEED
Order & Structure


MANIFESTATIONS
Disorganized, forgetful.

Trouble following directions.
Executive function inhibited.

Difficulty with changes to plans,
transitions, being corrected.
Easily overwhelmed, slow
processors, difficulty writing.
Bossy, control others, cheat.

School taxing—afternoon meltdown

Ask “What’s the plan?”
OCD qualities, collect little things

Wear same clothes, eat same food

Enforce justice and fairness
Anxiety over tests, new experiences

Defiant, lash out.

Lie, shift blame to others.

BRAIN ACTIVITY
Reduced blood flow; brain is
under-stimulated.


NEED
Sensory pressure.


MANIFESTATIONS
Hypersensitive to touch,

sound, sight, aromas, clothes.

Hyposensitive—hug hard,
wrestle, trampolines, tree
climbers, like blankets
and sleeping bags.

Dysgraphia—difficulty with
fine motor skills and writing.

Causes frustration and anger.

Do work under desks, chair
push-ups, sensory strips

BRAIN ACTIVITY
Body does not process
sensory input.


NEED
Brain stimulation


MANIFESTATIONS
Trouble with focus and attention.

Fidget, doodle, tap, bounce legs.

Hum, sing, chew on everything.

Get distracted, zone out.

Impulsive. Blurt out.

Procrastinate.

Work in spurts.

Argue like attorneys.

Pick on siblings, take risks.

Last word, strong-willed

Oppositional/ Defiant.

Bored easily
Do things the hard way

Lay off sofa upside down

If this describes your child, that’s good! It means that you are not alone and that we can use specific, positive strategies to help with each different need.

Take some time and understand WHY your kids exhibit these behaviors. Otherwise, you and teachers will simply react to outward behavior with consequences that never work.

Listen to our podcasts and go through the Celebrate ADHD Program to learn 100+ practical strategies to help your kids be successful.