Stim Tools Versus Toys in the Classroom

Fidget spinners seem to be all the rage these days. Parents can buy them for themselves or their kids for as little as a few bucks on Amazon. They are widely available at gas stations and convenience stores. Many people claim they are for ADHD, and that they help them concentrate or focus on the…

Assistive Technology and Reading Disabilities

Learning Disabilities (LD) manifest in multiple ways. Categories include mathematics, written expression, and reading. Within reading you have a few more categories, namely: word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Today, I will focus solely on the reading disabilities–which category is most important and how assistive technology (AT) plays a key role in interventions. Word Recognition, Fluency,…

Do I Have ADHD?

In the last post, I discussed the history of ADHD, as well as its signs and symptoms. Diagnostic materials are not created equally. The standard checklist from DSM-5 can be a little confusing and does not check for some of the common signs of ADHD (e.g., lack of social skills, aggression, handwriting). The Vanderbilt Checklist…

Does ADHD Exist?

Many people these days are questioning whether or not Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is real. Some say that there is no disorder, rather it is young parents who do not know how to control children. Others say society has gotten soft and allowed children to run wild. Doctors, educators, and advocates have debated on the…

Human Factors in Assistive Technology

If you are like me, you may not have previously known what a Human Factors Professional is–by that name. According to the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomics, a Human Factors/Ergonomics Professional is someone who “contribute[s] to the design of all kinds of systems, such as work systems and product/service systems. Using knowledge of people’s cognitive and…

Side Project: Writing a Novel

They say idle minds and hands are the devil’s workshop. Therefore, I like to stay busy. I have decided to make an attempt at writing a novel in my spare time. The book will be in the suspense, thriller, and mystery genres of adult fiction. I would love feedback from anyone that has something to…