Podcast on Stress

I just added it to youtube. A friend read my blog on stress listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oo9EQouxDgw.

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A great day

100+ views today. Thank you to all readers and followers for helping me reach this milestone.

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Dyslexia at its best

Dyslexia at its best

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December 10, 2012 · 5:05 am

Dyslexia is Threatened

Dear All,

I was just looking around and found an article that I found a link to on another blog to be quite a shock. The term Dyslexia has been officially eliminated from the DSM-5. The article Dyslexia is out of DSM-5: Psychiatrists voted Saturday, Dec. 1,2012 was almost a slap in the face. I have had trouble with Dyslexia all my life, on top of that I could barely read until I was  roughly in the fourth grade. However, you can help veto this vote by petitioning with the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity on DSM-5 Committee: Include Dyslexia as a Specific Diagnosis in the DSM-5 Manual. If you have Dyslexia please consider voting to put the term “Dyslexia” back into DSM-5.

Sincerely,

Aaron

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Stress

     Dear Students,

Like everything else in life there will be some stress attached to almost all work that you do. However, it has come to my attention that some individuals with AD/HD have a little more trouble dealing with the stress when it hits them. It might just be me though because I know a few that can handle it very well placing there stress into other activities before getting back to work, and I have seen those who it impacts worse then me who have total meltdowns and become very depression.  

I have never been good with stress and I have always had trouble dealing with stress and tough situations in manageable ways. My copping mechanism unfortunately is to shut down and give up. This has always hurt me especially the first year of college. To make matters worse, I foolishly refused the help that both family and friends were offering me after crashing.

If you have a similar symptoms or, you just feel like shutting down. Please try and remember that if you shut down, you not only hurt yourself but those who want you to succeed and put their faith in you. Also, if you can, try and get out of the habit of shutting down. Try and find those who will help you when you are down. Please don’t make the same mistake that I did and turn away help like I so foolishly did.

Sincerely,

Aaron

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Time Management

Dear Teens and Students,

Time management is a very important skill for those with AD/HD and even to those without learning disabilities. Time management can help with AD/HD and in particular with the procrastination. I always thought time management was an all work schedule, but done properly it will ensure you have time set aside for having fun, family, and friends.

My time management skills leave something to be desired and most of my teachers have said as much, but I have the basic concepts behind it so I can apply them. However, with the basic knowledge it can be applied to other things then just homework. Since I have very little time management I usually like working with or around people that can help keep me on track, having them watch me work to make sure that I getting stuff done and not goofing off. This coupled with taking you medication, being in a good work environment, and sufficient motivation will ensure work is getting down and getting done efficiently.

Overall time management is a skill that should be invested in even if you don’t have AD/HD. Any degree of time management skill will help in being a more productive and more efficient at work assigned. Time management would have been one of the best tools I had if I had only paid attention to my teachers in middle school.

Sincerely,

Aaron

P.S. If you have any tips please post so that they may be shared and benefit not only the other readers but me as well.

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Alpha Smart

Dear parents and students,

There were never that many tools available to help those with AD/HD while I was in grade school, it was only till senior year of high school that I got dragon naturally speaking. However, I remember the first real useful tool that I got for my AD/HD and dyslexia was the Alpha Smart 3000. I was in 3rd or 4th grade and from what I remember the schools learning specialist had me use an Alpha Smart for one of my classes writing a paper. It was so useful that I soon found my parents getting me one for school. After that I was using it all the time in class and for homework.

It was easy to use which was the best part all writing no games no goofing off. The best part was that all that you wrote on there you could transfer to a computer for editing. So I would try and write for a while and then upload it. The best part for me was that it got rid of my writers block since at the time you could only see about three lines on the screen all block print.

The best part about the alpha smart was that it allowed me to be a better student and actually take notes instead of having to always get them from the teacher. I used that thing like no tomorrow the only complaint that I had been at the time you could only have 12 files. I think in the more recent models they addressed the memory issue.

I really loved the Alpha Smart and I will always remember it. I strongly encourage the use of the Alpha Smart. But please try before you buy, I saw to many get thrown away because parents got their kids something that they would never use. For college students I saw one just recently geared toward our age group with a few more bells and whistles then I remember. This was one of the best tools that I have used to this day for my writing.

Sincerely,

Aaron

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