Tips to help kids with ADD and ADHD

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Tips to help kids with ADD and ADHD

There are a few practical, easy tips you can do at home right now, to help your child with dyslexia, ADD, or ADHD. First of all, as a parent, understand that when they think you said something and you know you didn't say it; they really thing that's what you said. They are not, necessarily, being disobedient. If you need to get their attention because they are very visual spatial in their thinking; get their initially, don't have them look at you in the face the whole time because the face is the most expressive thing in the universe. Let them get eye contact, let them look away, and then give instruction. Also, don't be the kind of parent that yells for them in the house, "Hey Johnny, go get your jacket." Because if Johnny is in his space somewhere, Johnny didn't hear anything you said or thought you said, "Mom said I can go play computer games a little bit longer." What you want to do is get there, get eye contact, let them look away for a second, and tell them what you need. Also, what you can do if you need to give multiple steps of information, or a multiple step command, like, go get your shoes, turn off the television, and meet me at the door. What you want to do is say, "Hey Johnny, can you make a picture of this? I want you to see this in your mind. I'd like you to go get your shoes. Can you see that? I'd like you to go get your jacket. Can you see that? Then meet me at the door. Okay. What are you going to do?" "I'm going to do this and this and this." "Do you see it?" "Yes." Watch and see how this child who could never follow anything you said, can now follow commands easily.

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Angela Gonzales, MD

Dyslexia & ADD Specialist

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis Facilitator, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Renaissance Mind in Norco, CA.  Renaissance Mind is a Learning Facility where Dr. Angie uses both her Davis Facilitator License and medical expertise. Through Renaissance Mind, she is able to help clients, educators and parents learn skills and techniques that help overcome the obstacles of learning that accompany the unique thinking styles of those with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renaissance Mind programs utilize multiple, non-pharmaceutical, techniques that are tactile, fun, and unique to each client.  The programs also include help with focusing, comprehension, math skills, reading and handwriting skills.  As a transformational and instructional speaker and educator, Dr. Angie has dedicated herself to helping others, of all ages, to find joy and peace in their lives.  Through Renaissance Mind she offers multiple educational courses and workshops that aid individuals on their path to total wellness of mind, body and soul.

Prior to running Renaissance Mind, Dr. Angie received her BA in Physiology from the University of California at San Diego and then went on to obtain a doctorate in medicine from Drew/UCLA School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Martin Luther King Hospital and then spent an additional year as Chief Resident to aid in teaching pediatric residents. Following her medical training she worked in Downey, California as a general pediatrician for seven years.  During this time she served on multiple committees both at the clinic and hospital.  

As Dr. Angie's family grew she transitioned her time from the clinic to time with her children, trading her full time practice for part time work covering other physicians’ practices when necessary. As her youngest child’s school experience increased in difficulty, she left medicine to aid in his education. Despite her efforts at homeschooling, her son continued to have learning challenges.  It wasn’t until she found a Davis® Facilitator that her son began to have success in school. She saw the success in her son defined by increasing reading ability, appropriate coping mechanisms and improving self esteem and confidence.  Her son’s success was her inspiration to go back to work, but not as a physician, as a Davis® Facilitator. As she began her journey, providing answers for those with learning differences, she realized that the sum total of the individual was far more than just their ability to learn.  She began to work with the total individual to promote total wellness.  This led her into her other passion: helping to heal the whole person. 

Dr. Angie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She currently resides in Riverside, CA with her husband of 23 years, her four children (including her nephew) and three dogs.

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