Ditch the Deficit



Build up a child

This is a great article for teachers, but more than that it shows that ADHD kids are first and foremost kids–real people with real needs and real interests–maybe some that would be interesting and amazing.  so share and enjoy, and remember to build them up!!


Imagine: an education for your ADHD child that leverages his unique skills and talents…Hey, we can dream, right?

These ideas for using a child’s gifts to help him learn are a great place to start. Read and share with the educators in your life!
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Hoping this IMproves your day,
Sally Ellis

Parents, Parenting, and Science!!

world without children
Just became a Grandma again this last month--#7 actually :)!  Made me appreciate my own children and reflect on the importance of children in our lives,  Can't imagine life without them!  Hope you enjoy this fun link: 10 "Scientific" Tips for raising happy kids. Did it makes you smile and want to share it with others? 

I am also sharing 5 ways to help parent your special needs child. It has some great simple things to think about.
 Hoping this IMproves your day, 
Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com

ADHD The Catch 22

Sometimes we just need to hear that ADHD is real and there are real sources to help.  And there are sources other than medication.  For example Interactive Metronome has been shown to make a big difference for children with ADHD.  There are several other modalities that can be significant.  Theses two posts have some great helps, but mostly knowing we aren’t in it alone is rewarding.



Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis  www.imagineimprovement.com

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Movement, Parenting, ADHD It’s all here!

Today an article for preschool Moms to keep those kids on the move!!  We can’t overs-estimate the importance of motion in overall development!


We all want to be better parents.  The following article has some you already know and a few new ideas  but the bottom line is to have fun and enjoy our children!


And 10 concrete, helpful ideas for helping ADHD Kids (and really all kids) be the best they can be!



Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis www.imagineimprovement.com

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

one kind wordWhen you think of the impact a kind word or two can make you truly have to wonder why we don’t say a few more sincere things to others.  My sister who is now deceased was such a joy to be around.  She would go up to complete strangers and compliment them on just little things.  I always envied her her ability to be outgoing and honest.  When I had hung out with her I would find myself being more outgoing and complimentary with others.  It doesn’t some naturally to me, but the positive payoff is rewarding when I do.  The link I’m providing today talks about how to be outgoing to those with handicaps.  Things to do and things not to do.  I hope it gives you food for thought.



Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com,  imagineimprovement@gmail.com

Support! Support! Support!!

As foster parents we have dealt with a lot of attachment issues, ADD and ADHD, trauma, resilency, successes, and much much more.  I still remember the first time we attended a support group for foster parents.  Wow! my husband and I came away from that meeting knowing we were not alone, knowing that others could understand and relate, and with some new strategies to use in our parenting.  When I saw this article on the importance of support groups for parents with special needs it was a must share!


Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis www.imagineimprovement.com

School’s in Session A Help in Several Areas

Hope you are all doing the Hallelujah Hop with me now that school is back in session!  I have several links to share–a bit for everyone to enjoy!

The first surprised me!  It talks about the prevalency of dyslexia.  The timing on this seems especially good, because it mentions how to get some help in the classroom for dyxlexia. http://www.everydayhealth.com/sanjay-gupta/dyslexia-in-the-classroom.aspx.

For those with autistic children the following article may prove to be fascinating, especially if they have a propensity for math!


And because many children with disabilites are the target of bullies the following article has some good points to make:



Three in one fell swoop, but with school beginning it seemed appropriate.

Hoping this improves your day,

Sally Ellis   www.imagineimprovement.com