Monday, July 25, 2011

Better late than never-ADHD study

I NEED to get back on here!  I NEED to start blogging on here. With the information that I got 2 weeks ago at our genetic study I will be starting to write on here more.

Having said that, I got this e-mail from The Drama Mama about an ADHD study that is being conducted.


My name is Abigail Mintz, and I am a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am conducting a research study to learn more about fathers who have children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) so that we can eventually use this knowledge to improve treatment for families of children with ADHD.  I am contacting you because you come across families of children with ADHD often, and I am hoping you might be able to help me recruit biological fathers of 5 - 12 year old children with ADHD or undiagnosed significant attention/disruptive behavior problems. Participation in this study would consist of completing online questionnaires (asking about parenting, behavior and emotions, and their child's behavior) which will take approximately 30 minutes.

Participants will be entered into a drawing with a 1 in 50 chance of receiving a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Those who are interested can follow the link below to the study. This link will direct you to all informed consent documents and the study.


Please note that mothers of children with ADHD can help us as well by forwarding this study information to their child's father. Questions about the study can be directed to me via email: University of Maryland at College Park IRB Protocol # 10-0678.

All the best,

Abigail D. Mintz, M.S.
Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park
(301) 405-4606

Friday, March 4, 2011

What does Glee have to do with March 2nd?

March 2nd is "Spread the word to end the word" day.  It's a campain to end the use of the "R" word.  I have to tell you that in this house we have banned the use of words like "R".  My husband knows that I will not tolerate it.  My oldest son has spread the word and told his friends he doesn't like them saying the word.

As many people know Glee is a favorite of mine.  I was thrilled to see Glee having a person with a special need on their show.  The actress has teamed up with AbilityPath to help spread the word about how hurtful the use of the "R" word can be.

This may be late in helping to spread the word but we we were in NYC on March 2nd.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Do you love a tubie?

February 6-12 is  Feeding Tube awareness week.  There are many reasons why kids have feeding tubes.  Although my boys may not use them I have friends whose children do.

I would love to honor all the Parent Warriors Mamas whose babies have feeding tubes for whatever reason they may be.  Stop by leave me a message.  I'd love to start a reader support system!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The winner of Tiny Tim is?

Number 4!  Please e-mail me so I can get your info to mail you your felt story!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stress relief

I find myself snapping lately at everyone.  I'm stressed! 

 We're having medical and physical problems with Matthew that could lead to him having a tethered cord.  He's having an MRI tomorrow to find out if he does or not.  I believe he has the same syndrome Christopher has and although the bloodwork showed it didn't we learned it isn't always reliable.  Some people have this 16p syndrome and it isn't showing up on the bloodwork on the first try. 

I have a few stress relievers and have been doing them more and more.  I bake when I'm upset.  I also eat when I'm upset.  I've been baking up a storm lately.  I'm sure my kids aren't complaining since they have been asking to help me.  Eating my creations hasn't exactly helped my waist-line.

What do you do to relieve your stress?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Do you know Tim?

Felt stories are a great way to aid in language development for all children not just children who have language delays.  I've used them before while teaching preschool.  We would use felt board stories as resourse to have children respond expressively (through talking) and receptively (through understanding of language).

I found GlitterfulStories while searching on etsy.  I ended up buying a felt story to give to Chris' autism teacher and am offering the same one as a giveaway.  The song "Tiny Tim"  is a simple song that I've used while teaching preschool.  This is an adorable felt story.  The quality is amazing and I will buy here again for my kids' teachers. 
This giveaway will end one week on Friday February 4th.  In order to win it you need to do one thing, leave a comment on this page.  To get another entry, follow me on facebook, a third entry for following my blog.  Following me on twitter will get you a fouth entry.  Don't forget to tweet about the giveaway as well!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the Winner is

Lucky Number 1!  I'm going to be sending it out to you as soon as it stops snowing here.