(214) 532-7158  Shannon Thornton, M.A., LPC

 
 Specializing in Executive Function Difficulties, Parenting, and Family Dynamics 

RESOURCES FOR ADD/ADHD


Awesome ADHD APPS


LISTASTIC Lists items as active, later or completed.  Color coded.  Shareable.

LIFE Positive reinforcement with sticker charts.

FINISH Select a due date for short term and long term projects.  Sends you reminders.

2DO Simple reminders, checklists, with embedded audio tones.

30/30 Set sequential countdown time to walk you through tasks you set up each morning.

TEUX DEUX Task manager, view of 5 days, syncs with computer.

EPIC WIN Digital organizer and role-playing video game.

EVERNOTE No paper clutter.

MIN TO GO Timer with alarms and notifications.

PRIORITY MATRIX Categorizes tasks into 4 quadrants depending on their criticalness and immediacy.



Cool Websites for ADHD

www.help4adhd.org

www.chadd.org

www.ADDitudemag.com 


Sleep Issues www.tuck.com


Is It an Executive Function Deficit? 

Is It a Behavioral Issue?

Is It a Processing Disorder?

Contact Dr. Shannon E. Taylor to discuss the benefits of a full, neuropsychological assessment.



My Faves About ADD and ADHD:


Driven to Distraction by Hallowell and Ratey

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Green, Ph.D.

Smart but Scattered by Dawson and Guare

Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD by Brown

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD by Taylor

Other Awesome Psychology Help:



 















 RESOURCES FOR PARENTING  


My Faves About Parenting:


Parenting with Love and Logic by Cline

Try and Make Me! by Cline

The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman and Campbell

Bonding with Your Teen Through Boundaries by Hunt

Making Children Mind without Losing Yours by Leman

The New Strong Willed Child by Dobson

Different Children, Different Needs by Boyd

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber

Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber




Tips on Keeping Your Cool:


The last thing you want to hear when you're angry is "Calm down, honey, it's not that big of a deal."  So why would your child like it any better?  Instead of placating their feelings or yelling right back at them, try this.


A. Acknowledge feelings.  All we want to do in life is be heard and feel validated. Just be a mirror and reflect their feelings back to them.  "Wow, it sounds like you had an really rough day!"  or "Man, you are really angry?" or "I totally get why you are so mad about that."


C. Communicate limits.  It's okay to be mad, but it's not okay to mean.  We all have different limits and rules in our homes, so remind your child of yours.  "But telling me how much you hate me/knocking over your sister's blocks/destroying your room is never okay."


T. Target a choice.  It is important that our kids know they hold the key to their future.  There are consequences (good and bad) to every choice they make.  So, offer them some choices you can live with, then walk away. "You can take it out on your pillow or go scream in your room.  When you are ready to talk about what happened, I am ready to listen."

Then did you see that last part?  WALK AWAY!


From Practical Parent Education


From your homebased mom:


I am not your friend, I am your parent. 


I will stalk you, FLIP OUT on you, lecture you, and drive you insane.


I will be your worst nightmare.


I will hunt you down when needed because I LOVE YOU.


When you understand that, I will know you're a responsible adult. 


You will NEVER find someone who loves, prays, cares, WORRIES about you more than ME.


This is my promise to you.