Monday, January 13, 2014

Diagnosis: ADHD/ODD

I've mentioned before how my daughter has been struggling with third grade math concepts and fighting with me doing homework. It's been a headache for all of us to say the least.

She's recently been diagnosed with ADHD with the bonus diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, which has made me a little nervous. But it explains a lot of why we've been at our wits end with her the past few years. We've always attributed it to sibling jealousy, immaturity, a phase, etc. I'm not sure it's a serious case of ADHD/ODD, unless I'm in denial, but it's still a relief to have a diagnosis.

My older brother was a similar menace when I was growing up, so that's why I'm extra annoyed and frightened by the diagnosis. He's had a tough life of delinquency, crime, anti-social behavior, alcohol/drugs, homelessness, etc. He's a wreck; a 'man child'. I don't want that for my daughter.

So I'm being proactive and found her a tutor, a counselor and started to get an IEP (individualized education plan). I've got her in karate, soccer, guitar and Adventure Guides. We've adjusted her diet and working on teacher her calming/focusing/organizational skills. I'm trying to be more positive and empathetic. She won't be taking prescription drugs though.

One thing that has helped her is the tablet she got for Christmas to play learning games. She really loves the interactive elements of the math games on the tablet. One of the apps she loves is called 'Nommons: Math Universe' by Yummy Yummy Yummy Inc. - $2.99.  It's only for Apple products, so she uses it on my iPad.

Nommons: Math Universe

Nommons: Math Universe is geared for 6-8 year olds and has fun outer space graphics that would appeal to both boys and girls. They can practice basic math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and build their own universe and take space ship trips to gather candy.

When I asked my daughter how she liked it, she told me, "I love driving the space ship to get the candy." I think it definitely helps her learn the math concepts that are so boring on paper worksheets from school. I highly recommend downloading some fun, creative math apps if your child struggles with disinterest in math at school and is more of a creative learner.

More about Nommons: Math Universe:
The Nommons are looking for their home and you can help them by rebuilding their spaceship with the power of math! Kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division solving math problems to fix the ship. After the ship is repaired, you can fly through the universe by swiping the screen. Look for yummy candy pieces and watch out for silly enemies like Potato Unicorns while helping the Nommons find their home.

Candy pieces can be used to get items to create your very own universe. Change the graphics from the Milkshake Way to a Dinosaur World or switch enemies like Astro Bear to Ninja Cookie. There are over 1 trillion worlds to create in Nommons: Math Universe and no in-app purchases.
Disclaimer: I was given a free trial of Nommons: Math Universe in exchange for a review. All opinions and feedback are authentic.

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