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October 1st 2006

adders.org ADHD Awareness Week Competitions Results

Childrens Competition Winners

There were only a few children who actually entered the competition - however all those who did managed to find all 20 logo / pictures out of the 20 that were hidden around on the site.

So huge Well Done
to the following:-

Dani W
Catriona T
Kane H
Robin T
Andrew T

All have been sent a special Certificate and a small prize.

For the ADDult Competition there were a few more entries - which I must say was fantastic as we had entries for three categories:-

ADDults Tips For ADDults

Partners Tips For Partners

Parents Tips For Parents

All entries were judged by independent judges who were given a list of the Tips sent in but no names were given to them so they were totally in the dark as to who these were sent in by!

From these the judges picked a winner from each category - these are below.

ADDults Tips For ADDults Winner

Communication
Others have only finished speaking when their mouths have stopped moving and they are making no sound.


Partners Tips For Partners Winner

If you feel you are getting frustrated with your ADHD partner, best thing is to walk away, go into another room for a while. By the time you return they will have forgotten and you will feel better for not esculating the problem.

Parents Tips For Parents Winner

My tip is hard to always achieve but does work

When ever you feel your going to loose the plot and shout at your child in an aggressive way. Stop for a sec and remember that first rush of love you had for this child. Be it after the birth or however this child came to you. Mostly it makes you calmer and therefore you may still discipline the child but it will be in a much calmer and more positive way.

and yes I do sometimes struggle to use it myself lol


So a huge Well Done
to Lee, Kathryn and Julie for these Top Tips

The judges then choose one Overall Winner
from the three above which was:-

Communication
Others have only finished speaking when their mouths have stopped moving and they are making no sound.


Therefore a mega congratulations to Lee for coming up with the Overall Winning Top Tip for the adders.org Awareness Week Top Tips Competition

Many thanks also to all of those who entered the competition - Lee, Kathryn, Julie, Sandy, Mary, Monique and Julie for taking the time to enter the competition. Small prizes are on their way to all who entered - a little extra for the winners and overall winner!

Below are copies of all of the Top Tips that were sent in as personally I would not have liked the job of judging these as I thought all were fantastic and felt it would be great to pass all of these on to everyone.

Tips from an ADDult for other ADDults

hi, i'm fairly new to add/hd but i'm going to share what little tips i have so far,

1/ spending impulse/

Always keep the receipt when you buy something, you know you don't need it and taking it back and getting a refund relieves some though not all of the guilt.

2/ spending impulse/

Buy things for other people instead of yourself, that way if you have an impulse to buy something others will like you for it, and its almost guilt free.

3/ anger/

You're not angry with them, you're frustrated, the add makes you feel that way not them, remind yourself before you rip someone apart, then explain nicely that you're finding things difficult and need a timeout.

4/ forgetfullness/

Get a big write-on white noticeboard preferably in the kitchen. write things you need to remember on it straight away.

5/ forgetfullness/

Marry someone with a better memory than you, then they can remind you of important appointments, just don't forget to tell them first!

6/sex /

Just because you want to do the experimental thing you want to do does'ent mean anyone else wants to, think first, if you want someone to do something for you, would you be prepared to do it for them?.

7/ communication/

Admitting you're not always right does not make you right by default.

8/ communication /

Slow down, know one can understand what you say when you speak that fast.

9/ communication/

Others have only finished speaking when their mouths have stopped moving and they are making no sound.

10/ like yourself/

Remember you are creative and full of life and are mostly right, its ok to like yourself.

hi Caroline,

I have some tips for your competition,which might be helpfull to others if shared.

1. A calender with large numbers on and space to write, plan in advance when bin men are coming for collection,also write when to pay bills, i pay by direct debit in all at once on one day per month,(less paper work)

2. always leave pen and paper by telephone for any massages

3. leave clean washing at the bottom of the stairs to remind you to take it up

4. leave items for school ,college ,work by the frount door ,you have to move them to open the door.

5. kitchen timers ,time cooking, geting kids off pc,bed time,i have three

6. write a list the night before of things to do next day or in the week.

My Tip would be

If you need to take something with you later when you leave the house.

When I remember I put the article or stuff in a grocery bag and put it on the handle of the door I will be leaving from so that when I leave I will see it on the handle so hopefully I will not forget it.

My Tip

Have a massive wallplanner or calender and hang it on the wall, wherever you spend most of your time - mine is in the kitchen - but another good place for mine would be on the wall by my PC! AS SOON as you know the date of an appoointment, or something you have to remember, write it on there LARGE!

Every morning, get into the habit of looking at it while you are waiting for the kettle to boil (or waiting for adders.org to load LOL!!)

Tips from an Adder Partner for other Partners

If you feel you are getting frustrated with your ADHD partner, best thing is to walk away, go into another room for a while. by the time you return they will have forgotten and you will feel better for not esculating the problem.

Tips from Parents for other Parents

After an explosive episode at home or trouble in school, in order not to escalate his mood I generally say to my son "Do you feel calm enough to talk about it now?", he will then let me know if he is ready to talk.

Also this had led him to be able to say to me when I approach him about other subjects "I don't feel like talking right now". I find this avoids him being cheeky and me getting annoyed

My tip is hard to always achieve but does work

When ever you feel your going to loose the plot and shout at your child in an aggressive way. Stop for a sec and remember that first rush of love you had for this child. Be it after the birth or however this child came to you. mostly it makes you calmer and therefore you may still discipline the child but it will be in a much calmer and more positive way.

and yes I do sometimes struggle to use it myself lol



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