We don’t want to steal any of Santa’s magic, but since he’s really busy this time of year, we thought we’d give you a list of things that we’ve found our ADHD kids appreciate finding in their stocking!
1. Fidgets. – These cool things give a child, a teen, or an adult, something to fiddle with – instead of chewing their nails, rocking their chair, twirling their hair, poking the kid in front of them…Here’s a list of fidgets for adhd.
2. Sharpies. Label everything with Sharpies. Water bottles, books (we labeled the outside pages of our boys’ books even if we had to pay a fine!), backpacks, jackets, sports equipment, iPods, keys, and make note cards attractive and fun.
3. Silver Sharpies. Label everything black with Silver Sharpies. Water bottles, books, backpacks…and yes it deserves a listing all by itself.
4. Lanyards. These aren’t exactly fashion statements, but in certain instances, lanyards can save an ADHD kid. Keys, a sharpie, hand sanitizer, flashlight, sunscreen…can you tell we really use ours when traveling?!
5. Post It Notes. I could do a whole post on the usages of post it notes. But for an ADHD child, they are invaluable. Stick one on the back door with a note that BOLDLY says, “DON’T FORGET YOUR SCIENCE PROJECT!”
6. Pens/pencils. They can’t have too many. Joe’s famous lament “ADHD is being able to lose something without moving” was prompted by his loss of a pen. Bless his heart.
7. Gum. Especially mint flavors of gum can help a child focus. Read about that in Focus Pocus, 100 Ways to Help Your Child Pay Attention.
8. Index cards. For notetaking, flashcards, making labels,
9. Timers/apps. You can’t put an app in a stocking, but you can put in this little timer. Timers are an amazing help for ADHD kids.
10. Extras. ADHD kids need an extra set of everything for when they lose things. Toothbrushes, socks, keys, school supplies, Chapstick, contact lens solution…That’s why there’s Amazon. 🙂
PS After we posted this, our kids gave us more ideas for gifts for kids with ADHD.