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ADD/ADHD

Hi! I'm Marilyn - parent coordinator and Lego club facilitator

Lego Fun & Friendship Clubs
For 6 - 11 years and middle school. Children build and practice social skills, parents meet other parents and receive support.

Kandiyohi County Parent Group
Call or email me and I'll tell you more about our groups.

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ADD ADHD


Families of children, teens and young adults living with the challenges of ADD/ADHD, you are not alone!

We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals. Plus, we want to connect you with other parents and peers.

 

Regular programming:

Parenting Special Needs Support Groups

Join our Support Groups in Benson, Litchfield, Olivia or Willmar, Minnesota.

Consider yourself cordially invited.  Do you have questions or concerns about your child, teen or young adult?  You are not alone!  By being a part of our Support Group, you will find people who may have the same concerns as you do.  You can bring your questions, concerns, or issues to our group. We are here to offer you support.  Help you connect with others.  Learn about your loved one’s diagnosis or challenging parenting moments.

Peer Connect

A monthly social skills group for teens and young adults to age 30 years.

Lego Fun & Friendship Clubs

A social skills club focusing on making friends. Parents conduct a separate discussion with topics support lessons and offer support to one another.

 

Resources:

Information, Referrals & Programming Ideas
Let us know how we can help you—
320-235-5310, ext. 206
trcp@wciservices.org

 

Weighted Blankets

Mini Grants

 

Definition

The definition of ADHD... ADD...and Attention Deficit Disorder...all mean the same thing.  It's a condition that develops within some children in their early childhood years, but can continue into adulthood.  Attention Deficit Disoder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can make it difficult for people to be able to control their behavior, as well as various other symptoms.

The current estimation is that between 3 and 5 percent of American children suffer from some degree of ADD/ADHD.  This translates to approximately 2 million children across the United States.  Similarly, between 2 and 4 percent of all adults in the USA cope with ADD/ADHD.

What does this mean in a practical sense?

It means that in any given classroom with an average size (between 25 and 30 children), there is likely to be at least one child who has ADD/ADHD, whether he or she has been diagnosed with the disorder or not.  It also means that a business employing 50 people will also have one or two ADD/ADHD sufferers.

There have been thousands upon thousands of scientific, academic, and medical papers written about this disorder, providing a sizeable amount of information about its causes, its nature, its progression, and its treatments.

A person with attention deficit disorder faces many challenges.  In order to achieve his or her full potential, the ADD/ADHD individual should use resources around them for help, guidance, and understanding.  They also need to look to family, friends, counselors, and the public education system for support.

Most people have the symptoms of ADD/ADHD at some of the time.  However, individuals with ADD/ADHD have more of these symptoms... more of the time and to the point that it interferes with their ability to function normally at school, work and social settings. People with ADD/ADHD are often noted for their inconsistencies.  One day they can "do it," and the next they can't.  They may have difficulty remembering simple things yet have "steel trap" memories for complex issues.

If you or a loved one has ADD/ADHD, you are not alone.

The Causes of ADD/ADHD

No one really knows for sure what causes ADD/ADHD, although it is certain that there is a strong genetic link.

Research has been conducted for many years and there is a distinct relationship between ADD/ADHD and the brain structure, dopamine and nor epinephrine, and parts of the brain that control impulse and attention.

Networking & Support Meetings

The Parent Netowrking Group meets monthly at West Central Industries, 1300 SW 22nd St., Willmar, Minnesota (Nov/Dec holiday exceptions) — See Active Lives Events Calendar (below) for dates/times.

Beverages and snacks provided.

Come meet others that share your life experience, let us help with locating helpful resources, and take advantage of our Lending Library as an educational resource.

The group features speakers.  We also have scholarships available for workshops, Brain Injury Conferences, and adaptive technologies.

Famous People With ADD/ADHD

Famous People with ADD/ADHD include:
Bill Gates, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Phelps, Bruce Jenner, Thomas Jefferson, Elvis Presley, "Magic" Johnson, Michael Jordan and John Lennon.

Resource Center Help

There are a number of ways that you can receive help or assistance in regards to ADD/ADHD. 

Join our ADD/ADHD Support Group in Willmar, Minnesota-- it includes others with similar challenges (like autism).  Consider yourself cordially invited.  Do you have questions or concerns about ADD/ADHD?  You are not alone!  By being a part of our ADD/ADHD Support Group, you will find people who may have the same concerns as you do.  You can bring your questions, concerns, or issues to our group.

I can help you with specific concerns or questions-- e-mailing me-- jamin@wciservices.org  or see Tammi's email under Autism.  We'd be happy to help you!

Below, I have listed a number of web sites that will provide excellent information for you.

For Parents:

www.adult-child-add-adhd.com

www.chadd.org   and   www.help4adhd.org
National ADD organization--  education, advocacy, and support.

www.ldaminnesota.org
LDA Minnesota helps kids, youth and adults with learning difficulties to learn successfully, dream of possibilities and achieve their goals.  They have many workshops throughout the year.

www.addresources.org/adhd_websites.php
Information resource.  Several in Spanish.

add.about.com
Free ADD/ADHD Newsletter

www.helpforadd.com
Very good general informaiton.  Includes a Blog.


For Teachers:

www.interventioncentral.org
Intervention Central is committed to making quality response-to-intervention resourses available to educators at NO COST!

www.schoolbehavior.com/behavior.htm
Challenged Kids, Challenged Teachers is an educators go-go source for creating a supportive, successful environment when teaching children with multiple neurological disorders.

www.ldonline.org/article/6030
Tips and suggestions for behavior modification in the classroom.

www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/pbs/pbs.htm
Individual intervention ideas and positive behavior support information.
 

Active Lives Calendar


 

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