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You can learn from our experts on our Own Proud Community, which is free to all of our app buyers. This week we welcome, Cynthia Steele-Pucci, a certified counselor who helps kids with ADHD and autism.

She offers tips for parents this week on how to handle angry outbursts from their teens with ADHD. We've all been there when your teen is out with friends, you can't reach them and you start to worry. By the time they walk through the door, you are already fuming, your teen is tired and annoyed by your reaction. They see themselves as adults who don't need to be accountable for every minute. The scene is set for a shouting match. But that just escalates into yelling, slamming doors and hurt feelings. So what can you do? Join Own Proud to learn more.

When you purchase one of our ADHD Skills Booster apps in the iTunes App Store (under educational apps- Tween or Teen versions), you will find the Own Proud button on the right hand side of the app home page. Click this button to review your access code any time you need help recalling the code. Own Proud is there is support you and your family for as long as you need help. We don't just sell you an app and walk away. We are there with you hand-in-hand. We know what you're going through. Like you, we are also ADHD parents. You can get help so you can Own Proud.

 
 
 
 
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Games and Learning, a webzine, about educational games, published a feature article about how Dr Hughes, CEO of AdapTac, is fighting against all odds to bring a new solution to ADHD families who are either not finding existing solutions to be enough for their kids or who are dissatisfied with traditional offerings. 

Dr. Hughes commented, "As a small startup we know there are much bigger companies who bombard ADHD families with ads and marketing messages. Large corporations don't generally welcome new solutions, even ones that can be combined with their own offerings, and, by driving up costs of communications, they can certainly make it very difficult for underdog stories like ours to reach families. We are thankful that people have the chance to learn how we are helping and supporting families."

To read the whole article about AdapTac's story and new ADHD Skills Booster app available on the iTunes App Store, click the link: 
http://www.gamesandlearning.org/2015/06/25/personal-story-drives-game-aimed-at-helping-kids-with-adhd/





 
 
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Philadelphia, PA: May 12, 2015

The Milken-Penn GSE competition awards innovative startups that have game-changing products and services to help in education of kids and young adults or beyond.

AdapTac received a venture award for its innovative mobile app (for iPad) to help kids with ADHD improve attention and planning skills. 

The Milken-Penn competition is organized and run by University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the Milken Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on education and public health. 

Read more on the Education Week Startup Blog

 
 
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You have choices when deciding what ADHD tools to purchase for your child. Why not choose one from an award-winning company?

You may have noticed AdapTac's home page is proudly wearing a new award badge. We were chosen as one of 5 finalists for game changing innovations in education in the University of Pennsylvania's Milken-Penn GSE Education competition. 

AdapTac is greatly honored to be chosen as innovator in education in this competition sponsored by leading organizations including: the Milken Family Foundation, ACT, American Public University System, Educational Services of America, K12 Inc., McGraw-Hill Education, Microsoft, TSL Education, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.



 
 
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Helping kids with ADHD and supporting their families is our passion day in and day out at AdapTac. Not only do we devote our lives to creating tools and communities like Own ProudTM to help, we do our part to help others helping kids and families. 

Last Saturday, we supported SmartKids at their annual benefit event. CEO, Dr. Hughes smiles for the camera with Refinery mentor, Jen Gabler.

As you help us grow out of baby startup stage (1) by buying our app soon to be in the iTunes app store, 2) telling your friends about us, or 3) blogging or writing media articles about us), you'll help us become stronger and more vibrant and we can do even more to help.

 
 
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Often just getting out of the house on time for school seems like enough of a challenge. Yet as parents of kids with ADHD, this can be just one of many challenges we and our children face. Does your son or daughter struggle to make friends? Or advocate with teachers? Read Dr. Hughes' tips and advice grounded in clinical research and personal experience on her recent post on the Shared Abilities website.

Shared Abilities was founded by the mother of a special needs child to help families Share information and celebrate what their children are Able to do. Dr. Hughes is a guest blogger focusing on research and health-related topics.

 
 
 
 
The old adage "practice makes perfect" remains true. For a fun and fascinating discussion on why this is true, Dr. Hughes recommends Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers". Gladwell indicates that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at any skill.

Attention and planning are skills just like any other skill we need to learn like playing the piano or pitching a baseball. Some of us may have a natural talent or stronger base level of skill or aptitude for learning a skill than others. No matter what your child's starting level or aptitude, if he or she wants to improve that skill, they need to practice it. The more the better.

Our educational apps are designed to make this practice fun and engaging. Instead of dreading practicing planning by writing up To Do Lists for every aspect of daily life, our game apps allow learners to practice attention and planning skills through game-play.

Because learners need to repeatedly practice these skills to get better at them, playing a game once in a lifetime or even once a month, is not enough to build up skills above baseline. By making game play a regular habit each day,or at minimum several times a week, skills strengthen.

You might even feel more relaxed as our wacky characters put a smile on your child's face!
 
 
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What do you think the best apps for kids with ADHD or disabilities are? Here are 6 fantastic sites selected by Dr. Hughes. Great places to explore. Get links and read post on Shared Abilities http://bit.ly/1iMWUwe

 

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