Back to School Supplies for ADHD/Dysexia

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It’s the same drill every year—check lists of generic school supplies.

But your kids deserve a special list… not something generic. Their unique needs need unique school supplies.

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Everything your child needs to succeed this year—from time management to motivation to confidence! This is the list you need.

Check out these gems… you may realize your kid can’t live without them.

Focus & Calm

Essential Oils

Every plant contains compounds known as essential oils. These oils keep the plant healthy, protect it from harsh environments and insects, and help it pollinate.

We can use essential oils to naturally support our own health—even our emotional health.

When you smell an essential oil, it physically changes your emotion. That’s because your olfactory system (your sense of smell) connects to your limbic system (your emotions, motivations, and memories).

“The olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect with limbic structures that process emotion (the amygdala) and associative learning (the hippocampus),” says Rachel S. Herz, professor of psychology at Brown University. “No other sensory system has this type of intimate link with the neural areas of emotion and associative learning.”

That’s why certain oils can calm you down, wake you up, help you focus, or increase your motivation… can you see how this could be instrumental during a test or homework time?

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Rescue Remedy

These all-natural tablets help take the edge off if you’re feeling anxious or nervous.

More and more research shows the dangers of chemicals and synthetic medications. We believe the more you can treat with nature, the healthier you’ll live.

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Motivation

iRewardChart

Put chores or behavior goals into iRewardChart and track your child’s progress each week. When he completes an action, he earns a star toward a reward.

This app gives kids positive visual reinforcement of their progress and rewards.

Reading Strips

Help motivate your student to read. These reading strips keep your eyes tracking across the page properly. They highlight one line at a time. This protects you from transposing letters or words.

Guess what that means… you’ll actually start to enjoy reading.

Here are a couple different options on Amazon: Ashley Productions reading strips and See-N-Read reading strips.

You probably noticed that they come in various colors and sizes. That’s not just for fun.

According to the Irlen Effect, certain colors help your brain concentrate, refocus, and process information more accurately. Some colors help improve reading fluency, comprehension, attention, and concentration. Read more about the Irlen Effect here.

Putty

Keeping your hands busy can help your mind focus.

Playing with putty (under your desk, of course) can absorb your jitters so your mind can concentrate.

Note: Please check with your child’s teacher before bringing putty to school, and make sure your child doesn’t use it as a toy or a distraction.

Mints

Sucking on a mint can help you perk up, stay focused, and ignore distraction.

Note: Please use the same precautions as above before bringing mints to school.

Desk Exerciser

This may be the most expensive item on our list, but depending on your child, it could be some of the best money you spend.

Keeping your feet moving and burning excess energy will help you sit quietly, focus, and think more critically and creatively… especially if you struggle with ADHD.

As an added bonus, exercise reduces anxiety.

Here’s one option we like.

Organization & Time Management

White Boards

White boards are fun for all ages! The texture of writing on a whiteboard with colored markers keeps students engaged and gives visual reinforcement. Feeling skeptical? Try it—you’ll be surprised how much more you’ll engage with your homework.

Personal size white boards are especially helpful for math.

We love ZenZoi dry erase markers because they come in beautiful, bright, neon colors and they last longer than other markers. Use these markers for color-coding ideas and steps.

Believe it or not, white boards and markers really enhance interactive learning.

Planner

Staying organized does wonders for eliminating anxiety and distractions.

Plus, planners are a great way to express creativity. Choose one that works best for you. It could hang on your wall, fit in your binder, or slip into the front pocket of your backpack.

More into video games than paper planners?

Try EpicWin. It’s a cross between a digital organizer and a role-playing video game. You choose an avatar character that appeals to you. Then select a task you want to accomplish. As you complete tasks, you earn points, “treasures,” and loot.

Your biggest challenge here: prioritizing. If you enter all the things you need to do on one list, your brain naturally freezes—you can’t decide what to do first. Here’s an article that can help.

Mindfulness

We saved one of the most powerful helpers for last.

Mindfulness—understanding and accepting your current feelings, thoughts, and sensations—is a great therapeutic technique. We are big fans.

Instead of dwelling on the past or anticipating the future, think about the present. It will help calm anxiety. Plus, it’s a great way to practice concentrating… and you know what they say about practicing…

If you stop for 5 minutes a day to practice mindfulness, you’ll get back far more time by being more focused and productive.

What to learn more? Check out our other posts on mindfulness here and here.

Homework Support

Apps

The right apps can be hugely beneficial.

One of our favorites is IXL because it’s organized by grade and covers core subjects. It’s an easy and quick tool that you can use to reinforce difficult concepts. It walks you through the process you need to solve each problem.

We know time can be a challenge so check out Timetimer. This app makes time visible so you can watch time elapse and monitor time in the morning or after school when during homework time. This app is SO worth the $2.99 cost.

MathPapa is another one of our favorite apps because it is easy to use, and it shows the step-by-step process of solving for an equation. A calculator can give you the answer, but MathPapa shows you how to get the answer. So, the next time your child says she doesn’t understand her math homework, use this tool! It builds confidence and certainty.

See our complete list of recommended apps here.

Spark Charts

These handy tools are available for almost every subject. The chart summarizes key rules and facts for easy reference. They cut down on the time needed for homework by helping you remember the building blocks so you can move forward.

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