new ADHD/Learning Disabilities discoveries

I’ve been adding lots of links to the sidebar and new blogs to my blogroll as I discover them. It just occurred to me that you won’t know there’s new information unless I point it out though. So I’m listing a few of my favorite things I’ve discovered through reader comments, Facebook comments, or the various forums I sometimes haunt.
The Twist ‘n Write™ pencil is a new PenAgain model specifically designed to fit smaller hands and bring back the fun in writing. A thick 2 mm pencil lead provides for long lasting write-out and never needs sharpening. Simply twist the tip to expose more lead. Kids simply love the PenAgain Twist ‘n Write because its fun to use and it gets them excited about writing!The wishbone shaped design forces the school taught “tripod” position. The unusual, curvy design and fun colors will make your kids want to pick up and write or doodle.

www.TheEasyEssay.com  is a free, 5 minute, automated information organization program. It is useful for students from Sp Ed (ADHD, dyslexia, TBI, mainstreaming) to college classes, plus preparation for SAT, ACT, FCAT and GED tests, homeschoolers, as well as parents, teachers, businesspeople (memos, reports, speeches, recommendations); anyone who can use help in organizing their thoughts. 
Users are prompted to enter information into a simple format and are automatically guided to stay with their main point. The Program is limited only by the capacity of the user.  The Process works in any language and the Program can be done without the use of a computer. A noted side effect is that users usually begin to communicate more logically.


This chart on ADDitudeMag.com details common psychiatric medications typically prescribed to children for ADHD, Tourette’s, Depression, Anxiety, and more. All medications listed in one place, categorized by diagnosis and type of medication, and easily understood. 

Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that assists patients without adequate financial resources and prescription coverage in obtaining free products donated by the operating companies of Johnson & Johnson. The Foundation is an independent organization reflecting the Johnson & Johnson operating companies’ long-standing commitment to helping patients access prescription medicines.
Research tells us that the best way to learn a life skill (like organization) is to practice it in real life situations under coaching direction. The H2O / Homework Organizer offers just that opportunity! Unlike other assignment notebooks, this highly acclaimed planner contains actual instruction in organization and planning skills that can be seamlessly integrated into the curriculum—on a daily basis—to routinize these skills and get homework completed. 
Use the following links to view a PDF of some of the instructional pages of the Homework Organizer:
Part A – Instructional Pages – PDF, 2 Mb
Part B – Assignment Pages – PDF, 1.1 Mb
Part C – Calendar and Index – PDF, 345 Kb
It’s much easier to manage information when you can customize the way you work.
  • Explore and manage your notebooks more effectively with an enhanced notebook navigation bar, improved tools for managing sections, and multi-level page groups.
OneNote 2010 features an enhanced Navigation bar, improved tools for managing sections, and multi-level page groups
  • Save time with an advanced search experience that shows results as you type. OneNote 2010 learns from your searches and prioritizes results. You can also add wiki links to pages, sections, and section groups within your notebook to ensure related content is always easily accessible.
This is a great organizational tool for those students who use a laptop to take notes and complete assignments due to organizational struggles and/or learning disabilities.  

This alarm clock is unique, for sure, and works hard to help the morning-impaired. Can’t wake up? You’re not alone. Stats show that 40% of people ‘abuse’ the snooze. Typical alarm clocks just don’t work well. Ours never lets you oversleep again. Clocky runs away and hides if you don’t get out of bed. When the alarm sounds, Clocky will wait for you to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand (from 3 feet), and run around your room, determined to get you up on time. 

Our Reading Focus Card is a reading and study tool that can benefit individuals challenged with tracking and focusing. The Reading Focus Card supports differentiated instruction. 
  • Enables a reader to more easily focus when reading a line of text
  • Promotes better concentration and comprehension


This is a wonderful blog about Sensory Processing Disorder. In addition to providing information and resources, Hartley chronicles the never ending chaos that is her life on the blog Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys.

Please, share your discoveries too! That’s the reason I started this website, to share what I was finding that might help our attention-different/behaviorally-challenged/learning-disabled kids.


COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom.
A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom. A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom's view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

5 Comments

  1. Fiona says:

    Penny, your work is amazing. I am slowly working through all your links and they are so helpful. Thank you for all you are doing to help children.

    I only have a couple of links to share:

    Sue Larkey's sensory shop has some wonderful products (I want the timers for myself, they are gorgeous!) http://suelarkey.com.au/Sensory_Shop.php

    And the 7 page document at the link below is WONDERFUL! It lists in dot-point form the research-based 'best practices' for providing for Special Needs in the classroom. I am using this at the moment to request 'accommodations' for learning for my son.

    http://www.aase.edu.au/index.php?option=com_rokdownloads&view=file&Itemid=196&id=277

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  2. Fiona says:

    Ah, apologies. Have just seen that Sue Larkey does not ship outside Australia. Good ideas for products, anyway!

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  3. Love that reading tool. I bet it will help Javi with reading instructions!

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  4. I love all the ideas.. not sure I understand how to contact johnston and johnston but .. I think the pen again is great.. and the clock is so funny

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  5. JD says:

    Great article, thanks for the info!

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