What is FamilyADHD?
FamilyADHD.com, a blog largely focused on navigating family travel and daily life as an ADHD family, provides a unique and thorough outlet of information for both typical and high-functioning special needs families on a range of related topics.
Our goal is to encourage families to get out and see the world, make some memories and expose their kiddos to all that this big, wide world has to offer. With three severe ADHDers in our family we can’t sit still for long, so we put that energy to good use, traveling to new places and trying new things as much as possible–sharing them here with you! Our travel series cover topics that can be useful to families of all kinds as well as those that tend to have greater needs/concerns. WE have had amazing feedback from hotels and destinations we’ve worked with in the past, but most importantly, from families that have found our series insightful and stress-reducing when planning their getaways.
As as family with 3 extremely visual learners, we work hard to ensure that our features are picture-heavy, engaging and helpful. We want to show you what we experience, not just write about it!
Getting to Know Us
Our older son (age 11) has been undergoing testing since age 4/5 and thus far has been diagnosed with Moderate Pragmatic, Receptive Speech Disorders; Sensory Processing Disorder and Severe ADHD Combined Type. He is a whiz when it comes to building with LEGO and surprises us on a daily basis. He currently hopes to become a chef!
Our younger son (age 8) has undergone a lot of testing as well and has thus far been diagnosed with Receptive Language Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, OCD tendencies and Severe ADHD Combined Type. He is suspected of having Cyclical Vomiting Disorder, but we are in the midst of testing and have not yet received a formal diagnosis.
Liam is also a whiz with LEGO and does very well in math. He thinks his older brother is the best thing in the world! He comes up with the most amazing ideas for inventions on a daily basis and by the time he’s an adult Patrick and I will apparently be living like George and Jane Jetson–looking forward to that! He hopes to go to MIT and eventually get a job working in robotics at iRobot (very specific, but these have been his goals for a couple years now.
Patrick (Dad) grew up halfway around the world in Indonesia for most of his childhood, having traveled to many countries–a true “third culture kid”. He was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and again as an adult (Severe ADHD Combined Type). He works a full-time job in the tech industry.
As many of you know, if even one member of your family functions on a different wavelength, things change! 75% of our family struggles with ADHD in addition to other challenges. As a family, we are regularly faced with questions, frustrations and victories. We hope that by sharing them here we can help others in similar situations. We also look forward to hearing about the experiences of others. The more we build each other up, the stronger and better off we’ll all stand.
Explore All Things!
Wanderlust is definitely one word to describe this family. We (Mom and Dad) are seasoned, lifelong travelers and are thankful that both boys are anxious to travel as well. We’re currently working on maintaining active family travel guides to many of the places we visit along with more local must-see lists in hopes of helping other families better prepare to enjoy their travel adventures! We share our opinions on what works, what doesn’t, what locations are the most ADHD family-friendly and what there is out there for families like ours to enjoy.
You’ll be happy to know that our reviews are not limited to travel alone! Since we spend large amounts of time researching products for our family, we’re happy to share our findings here for others to benefit from. Whether it be a toy, game, curriculum or any other family-/kid-friendly product, if we try it you’ll probably hear about it!
If you would like to contact us directly (please be aware that we do not respond to SPAM or inappropriate emails) you may do so at: contact @ familyadhd.com