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Saturday, 27 April 2013 11:34 | KZN
LADD 12 Week Programme
Hi Pat and Dave ....
I have no words to thank you enough for helping me and my family through doing the LADD course... May God richly bless ALLLLL you do to help others !!!!!!
Friday, 08 March 2013 07:49 | Pinetown
I have been to a number of Dave's sessions in and around Pinetown as my son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 6. It became quite clear to me that I also have ADD. I however decided that Kian's needs take precedent. So when all his medication dosages were sorted out, I decided to go and have an assessment done.
I was diagnosed with ADD on 26 Jan 2013 at the age of 35 and prescribed 20mg Ritalin LA a day and a month later the dosage was increased to 30mg. This is changing my life. Thank you for doing what you are doing and in that way educating people to open their minds
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:01
Dave, you are a star!
Hello there Dave
I have been reading your newsletters and just want to encourage you to please continue in what you are doing.
If it were not for you in those early days of my daughter's ADD where would we be?
Thank you for stepping out and taking a chance.
Thank you for persevering when everything was up in the air and you didnt know if you would make it from one month to the next
If it were not for you I wouldn't know why I am the way I am and also my husband...
Meeting you and making it my business to find out all there is to know about ADD has informed me about who I am and why I am the way I am and that I can take control and do something about it.
look where our daughter is today.
Just think of all the many many people you have helped.
Friday, 16 November 2012 07:52 | Gauteng
Importance of Teachers
I read your article 'Turning education on its head' and I wanted to share my thoughts or shall I say share my experience. I agree that teachers need to be adequately trained to deliver a high standard of education to ALL. The standard of education should be equal in all institutions. More importantly I believe its the person who is teaching that makes the difference. There may be classrooms in this country that do not have fancy computers or the world atlas pinned to the wall, some classrooms may not even have desks or textbooks. But one thing a classroom should never be without is a teacher who has comp***on for her career and the children they teach. There are far too many teachers who simply label a child, disregard a child or even hinder their progress by inflicting emotional abuse. Teachers need to realise that the role they play in our children's lives can "make or break" our child. It would be a gift for generations to come if our government could recognise the importance of our teachers, provide better pensions and salaries for them, and train them not only in subject matters but in social and psychological aspects that impact our children. ADHD, ADD, depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, etc should all be a fundamental part of their training.
Our youngest son was having enormous problems at school, his relationships were volatile, his school work was none existent and his teacher was inflicting more damage than education. He was diagnosed ADHD and we refused for months for him to have Ritalin. Instead we tried every other alternative method possible. Eventually we "caved" and I regret the months that our child could of been thriving instead of being labelled as a unruly bad mannered child. One year later and he is achieving top marks and awards, stable friendships and is involved in sports and clubs. Yes Ritalin played a huge role but so did his new teacher and us as parents. We went on your 12 week course, we read books on how we can change, we enrolled him in extra lessons and therapy and we accepted the blessing of ADHD.
Our sons grade 1 teacher was so "strict" that he was scared to ask her for help if he did not understand the work. She refused him to leave the classroom during a lesson to take a toilette break and so he sat in his chair and wet himself. The children teased him and he became angry and aggressive. He became depressed and hated school so much that he would pretend to be ill so he could stay away. The teacher told me that I need to teach my son how to go to the toilette before school and during the official break. The H.O.D suggested repeating the year because he had a learning disability and alternative education should be sought to accommodate his "disability". Turns out his I.Q is above average and all he needed was guidance and understanding (and in his case the Ritalin). His grade 2 teacher is much younger and she has changed his world. She has helped Mason overcome discrimination and she has restored his trust. She has encouraged friendships with other children and even "risked" seating two ADHD children at the same desk. These two children found they could relate to one another and confide in one another and are now best of friends. She writes to me daily informing me on how his day went and highlights concerns or achievements. She is everything a teacher should be. Its because she loves what she does!!!!
You too Pat are a great teacher. The difference you make by sharing and educating us with your knowledge on Adders is not to be underestimated. Thanks for a great article and thanks for being the link into the very much misunderstood and at times controversial world of ADHD.
Many blessings to you and your family.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:17 | Western Cape
Better Than Sliced Bread!
Where do I start explaining what our lives would be like without Dave and Pat?
We have known them for over two years now and without their help and guidance, we would be wondering aimlessly thinking if we are alone or not
We have a child, 13 years, who has been Gifted with ADHDAs we all know life can be challenging enough with a teenager but add ADHD to the mix and it becomes even more interesting
Whenever we have a question or are just inquisitive, we pop a mail, call, or even smoke signals to them and they always come back with helpful information They make you feel like you part of a family and are always there for you.
Many a time parents of an ADHD/ADD child feels like the world is on their shoulders and that they have nowhere to turn in regards to practical and useful information.
With the Living ADDventure (LADD) website we can simply go there and search through relevant information and possible solutions
Dave and Pat are our lifesavers and knowing that they are just a phone call away is the best feeling ever.
As they say they are Better Than Sliced Bread.
KZN Rem Teacher
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:06 | KZN
LADD ADHD talk in Pinetown
Dave's talk last night was outstanding! Our staff attends many conferences and talks by various medical professionals and Daves talk was up there with the best.
In terms of catering to the needs of parents our staff believe it was the best ever. Thank you! (Remedial teacher)
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 09:03 | Gauteng
Educators Workshop Feedback
Thanks to both you and Dave for the fantastic learning opportunity at the LADD ADHD Educators Workshop.
It has really been fascinating to grow and see how I can help the people in my class. Thanks so much. (Educator)
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:59 | Western Cape
Thank you Dave Pughe-Parry
You have no idea how much I really really appreciate you... truly God has equipped you with the ability to explain so well and being ADD yourself and having overcome so many problems in your life and now ministering to equip others to live a better a fuller life is truly a miracle.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 07:29 | Western Cape
LADD Group Coaching with Debbie
Debbie is fantastic!!! The course material is empowering and has enabled me to to be a better parent.
I still slip up and fall back in to the bad old habits, but the group has been so supportive in getting me back on track again and Debbie is always there with sound, effective advice.
I can honestly recommend this workshop to all parents who have tried those methods based on what works for ""neuro-typical"" children and felt like dismal failures because said methods did not have the desired results.
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 07:25 | North West
Thank you Denise
Having started the LADD ADHD coaching process with Denise Roos Gauteng LADD Coach, it has been great as she has been by my side each step of the way.
You can't do it alone! Denise has been kind caring, very patient and understanding. Thank you Denise.