[Seminar] Taming the chattering mind through art, with Ms. Aba Lluch Dalena

Art therapy makes use of drawing, painting, and even sculpting to improve the well-being and confidence of kids, based on the notion that self-expression can be used to address emotional problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, and increase self-awareness. Learn how art therapy can help improve the confidence of your child with AD/HD, and be a good […]

Why it’s important to discuss adult AD/HD: Some key points from the adult support group program

It finally happened. In February 2013, during the  AD/HD Society of the Philippines (AD/HDSP) general assembly, two people who were not parents were elected into the Board of Trustees. See, the AD/HDSP had always been a parent-run organization. But in its 13th year of existence, two adults who are diagnosed with AD/HD became part of the […]

Throwback: Growing up as a father

Editor’s note:  This article was first published in Kodak Philippines’ company newsletter, Larawan, on July 1987. My son, Mino, is now a nineteen month old toddler who has become harder to catch on the run. He still can’t beat me in the 100 meter dash, but he can make me pant and rant when I run after him to make sure that he doesn’t break […]

Reading Matters: Why children need to read, and keep reading

“I don’t want to read!” “That’s too long!” “It’s so difficult!” “’Wag, boring ‘yan!” These were the common complaints I heard from my students diagnosed with AD/HD in the center where I previously worked in as a reading clinician. Choosing a book for them had always been a struggle. This was especially true when they were already transitioning from reading short […]

Mindfulness: A promising, inexpensive approach for managing AD/HD

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in ATTN, the official magazine of the national conference of the AD/HD Society of the Philippines, on October 2012.  Apprehensions regarding drug-based treatments for AD/HD exist, especially here in the Philippines. Family members, educational specialists, teachers and counselors often have second thoughts about placing students with AD/HD on medication. Even […]

Passions & Distractions: The story of an artist with ADD

Alone time? Why, that’s my favorite part of the day! During alone time, I put myself “in the zone.” This is the time I forget about the rest of the world and just dive deep into creative writing, drawing and painting. In this state, I feel like I’m in a place where no one else can ever be in. This is my world. […]

The different types of AD/HD, as told through three siblings

According to the DSM-V, there are three types of AD/HD: Inattentive Type, Hyperactive Type, and Combined Type. According to my parents, their peers would often ask them, “How were you able to raise three children with all three types of AD/HD?” But twenty years after being diagnosed, my siblings and I have grown up and learned to do our own thing. At least, that’s what […]