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March 25, 2018

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders amongst children and teens. Individuals living with ADHD may not be able to control their impulses, may have a hard time sitting still or have trouble paying attention. Unfortunately, these behaviors can affect their ability to learn, or function in a classroom environment.

ADHD is most commonly found in young children when they first attend formal schooling and are having difficulties paying attention. These children are easily distracted, have difficulties following tasks, make careless mistakes, and tend to daydream. When they are hyperactive, they squirm, fidget, talk excessively, and appear to always be on the go.

Children with ADHD are often very impulsive and will blurt out answers, interrupt or have trouble waiting their turn. This can make learning a very tedious process not only for the child but for the educators and parents alike.

Contrary to popular belief, children with ADHD are often incredible learners, as long as they can stay focused on a task.

Causes of ADHD

There are no known causes of ADHD and diagnosis is different for every individual. It is believed that many separate factors may contribute to its development. What we do know is that there are many similarities in children being diagnosed with ADHD.

Genetics are believed to play a significant role. If one or both of the parents have exhibited symptoms of ADHD, the likelihood of their child developing symptoms of ADHD increases.

Along with genetics, things that have an influence on the brain such as a brain injury, changes within the neural networks of the brain, or seizures and medications can lead to ADHD symptoms in children.

ADHD cannot be prevented or cured, but it can be treated with the right combination of education and treatment such as medication and/or therapies.

Sensory Issues with ADHD

From birth, we are hit with overwhelming amounts of stimuli. We come into bright lights, loud noises, pain, and fear. As we grow, we see more and more of the world around us, and admittedly, it’s a little busy. Even as neurotypical people, we get overstimulated and distracted. It’s impossible not to! We can sit in an office and daydream away moments, see something out of the corner of our eyes and focus on that for a moment, or hear a strange noise and get pulled away from the task at hand.

People with ADHD often have overlapping sensory issues, which means that as they are distracted, they will seek attention. They may be disruptive, have emotional and behavioral challenges, and not be able to comply with what we consider societal norms.

The meltdowns that children with ADHD have are often very loud and challenging not only in a classroom but at home and in a public setting. This can be cause for embarrassment, anxiety and depression for the child, and for their families, as they may not understand what’s driving the behaviors.

If a child is sitting in a classroom, very distracted or unable to sit still, and is given consequences for their actions, they may not understand why, due to the impulses that are not controllable, until there is proper intervention. Children with ADHD can often have difficulty making or maintaining friendships due to these challenges and behaviors.

What will help my child with ADHD?

Excellent progress has been made with the development of treatments for people with ADHD. There are many treatment choices for our children now, even more so than there were ten years ago!

When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, as hard as it may be for the child and their family, the best thing you can do is investigate and research all your options. We have also come up with some amazing technology and education to help our children function in their environment, to a level that is considered typical within our society.

Under medical supervision, medication can be helpful in many cases, but it’s not the only option. There can be adverse side effects for some children, with many families choosing not to go down the path of medicating their children, and are now seeing encouraging results from therapy and therapy products.

Behavior therapy is out there and is often effective for helping children with ADHD manage their behavior and even shift their behavior into something more positive. This therapy should be a family affair so that everyone can learn the same behavior adjustments and coping strategies.

Other treatments may include a modified diet or extra activity to make sure the child is stimulated enough to be able to focus when required. To help with sensory issues, there are new and innovative technologies that can help a child’s body regulate and provide the sensory input to help maintain focus and attention. CalmWear is one of these innovative and proven technologies!

CalmWear is a fantastic example of how calming a child’s senses can provide them with enough relief to focus on what they need, to get through each day. View our latest reviews written by specialists and parents living with a child that has ADHD who have been fortunate enough to use CalmWear. Many families are experiencing amazing, positive changes using CalmWear vests and shorts for their child living with ADHD, which in turn helps their entire family.

We have so many choices now of what we can do to help our children. Integrating as many choices as you feel comfortable with, will give your child the best opportunity to excel in life. This is just touching the surface of what we can do for our kids!

Our children may not be considered neurotypical, but that’s not such a bad thing. Sometimes as parents, when we learn that our children may have difficulties, we grieve the loss of a ‘normal’ life that we dreamed of for our children. It’s all perfect. It really is.

We are here as perfectly imperfect parents, raising perfectly imperfect children in a world that every single day, is becoming more advanced, more tolerable, and more educated. What a great time to be blessed with a little bit of difference.

That’s a win, right there. That’s a huge win for all of us parents out there working hard  to help our children become the very best versions of themselves that they can possibly be.

The reward? We learn to become the very best versions of ourselves because we chose to give our children every opportunity they could have to do their best. All that, and living in a society that is more educated and accepting of ADHD.

Creative Genius!

ADHD may not always stand in the way of having a productive or successful life. Many well known creative, innovative, and imaginative people are living with ADHD. How many of these names do you recognize of people who also struggled in school with learning and attention issues?

Actors, producers: Jim Carrey, Christopher Knight, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Henry Winkler, Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg.

Singers, songwriters: Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Harry Belafonte, Justin Timberlake, Cher.

and:

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Corporation.
Richard Branson, founder Virgin Airlines.
Jamie Oliver, Celebrity Chef.
Paris Hilton, Fashion Designer.
Michael Phelps, US Olympic Swimmer.
Stephen Hawking, Physicist.
Michael Jordan, Basketballer.
Magic Johnson, Basketballer.

From history:

Winston Churchill, former UK Prime Minister.
John F Kennedy, former US President.
Albert Einstein, Mathematician.
Leonardo da Vinci, Inventor.
Henry Ford, Inventor- Ford motor vehicles.
Walt Disney, Producer, Actor, Animator.

We are here as perfectly imperfect parents, raising perfectly imperfect children in a world that every single day, is becoming more advanced, more tolerable, and more educated. What a great time to be blessed with a little bit of difference.

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Sizing Charts

We have already allowed for the correct amount of gentle sensory compression, so please use the exact chest measurement when deciding on size.

If your measurement is between two sizes, you are best choosing the smaller size. CalmWear needs to provide gentle sensory compression to the muscles, to work effectively.

CHILD SINGLETS/VESTS & T-SHIRTS

Size

Chest

CM Inches
0 46cm 18"
1 48cm 19"
2 52cm 20.5"
3 54cm 21"
4 56cm 22"
5 58cm 23"
6 60cm 23.5"
7 62cm 24.5"
8 64cm 25"
9 66cm 26"
10 68cm 26.5"
12 70cm 27.5"
14 74cm 29"
16 78cm 30.5"
18 82cm 31.5"

 

CHILD SHORTS & LEGGINGS PANTS

Size

Waist

CM Inches
0 43cm 17"
1 45cm 17.5"
2 47cm 18.5"
3 49cm 19.5"
4 51cm 20"
5 53cm 21"
6 55cm 21.5"
7 57cm 22.5"
8 59cm 23"
9 61cm 23.5"
10 63cm 24.5"
12 65cm 25.5"
14 67cm 26.5"
16 72cm 28.5"
18 77cm 30.5"

 

CHILD BODY SUIT

Size
Chest
Shoulder to Crotch
CM Inches CM Inches
2 52cm 20.5" 44cm 17.5"
3 54cm 21" 46cm 18"
4 56cm 22" 48cm 19"
5 58cm 23" 50cm 19.5"
6 60cm 23.5" 52cm 20.5"
7 62cm 24.5" 54cm 21"
8 64cm 25" 56cm 22"
9 66cm 26" 58cm 23"
10 68cm 27" 62cm 24.5"
12 72cm 28.5" 66cm 26"
14 76cm 30" 72cm 28.5"

 

ADULT SINGLETS & SHIRTS

(Please note: For women, the chest is measured under the bust )

Size

Chest

CM Inches
XXS 80cm 31.5"
XS 84cm 33"
S 90cm 35.5"
M 96cm 38"
L 102cm 40"
XL 108cm 42.5"
2XL 114cm 45"
3XL 120cm 47"
4XL 126cm 49.5"

 

ADULT SHORTS:

Size

Waist

CM Inches
XS 84cm 33"
S 88cm 35"
M 92cm 36.5"
L 97cm 38"
XL 102cm 40"
2XL 107cm 42"