ADHD? Tips for Better Sleep, Diet, & Exercise Routines

The end of summer is near and back-to-school time is here. If your family’s summer consisted of lazy days and sleeping late, it's time to get back to a healthy, structured routine. This can be especially difficult if you or your child have ADHD.

Routines are critical to individuals with ADHD.  Without routines in place, chaos can ensue.  Here are some tips to help you establish routines for good sleep, diet, and exercise habits:Cooking With Dad

Sleep

  • Meet as a family and develop a school-night routine.
  • Allow for 30-minutes of downtime before lights out.
  • Reading, listening to soft music, or talking about the day are a few ways to help get settled before bedtime.
  • Get daily exercise to release energy and ensure deep sleep.

Exercise

  • Sign your child up for a school sport, dance class, or martial arts.
  • Schedule a time for exercise (walking, riding a bike, playing outside...

ADHD - Friendship Destroyer?

Social skills and building relationships can be a challenge for children and adults with ADHD.  Issues with social skills usually stem from the inability to pay attention to social cues that others take for granted. They also are challenged with impulsivity that leads to a multitude of difficulties, from hurting someone’s feelings unintentionally to acting out in a physical manner.  These challenges can cause turmoil in the school, home, and workplace. Lonely Child

ADDitude magazine discusses how the lack of executive function can have a negative impact on social skills.

How ADHD’s Executive Dysfunctions Impact Behavior

"Certainly there are times when a child seems stubborn or selfish, but neuroscience suggests that it is a lack of skills, specifically the brain-based “executive function” skills, that hold him back — not willfulness or laziness. Executive...

Why does my child seem so angry?

The ADHD - ODD Connection

Ever find yourself wondering why your child with ADHD is sometimes aggressive, has emotional outbursts, or is constantly argumentative?  We know that there are behavioral issues associated with ADHD.  However, many parents have to deal with more severe discipline issues on a daily basis.  Angry Teen

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a reported link between having ADHD and developing ODD. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD. People with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. The CDC also reports: "Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight...

How teachers can motivate students with ADHD

It's back to school time!  Let's focus on student success.

Play Attention can improve student motivation and success.  We will develop a customized plan for your child/student that will improve attention, self-regulation,Elementary School Classroom Children Students Teacher Helping Girl and executive function.  Your Play Attention plan will guide your child/student to success!  Call 800-788-6786 for your free assessment and consultation.  Or simply click here to schedule a time to chat with a Play Attention advisor.

Rick Lavoire, posted an article in ADDitude Magazine, How to Motivate (Not Demoralize) a Student with ADHD. Lavoire provides tips specifically for teachers to help with motivation. The following list provides teacher strategies that can be used to increase motivation.  These tips are great for students with ADHD but can really be applied to all students:

  • Provide a structured and predictable...

Back to School & Motivating your ADHD Child

Summer is ending and it's time to go back to school.  This time can present motivational challenges for any student, but it is especially difficult for students with ADHD.  There are some strategies you can use to help your child. PsychCentral has provided some tips that can be used by both parents and teachers.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster from YourTango.com provided PsychCentral with 5 ways to motivate a child with ADHD:Back To School

  • Set Clear Expectations - Not only are your instructions clear but do they understand these instructions. Here language, attention and specific are important
  • Get Agreement from Them - Ensure they acknowledge your request, repeat it, and if necessary put the agreement in writing
  • Use Positive Reinforcement - Use words of encouragement and motivators. A rewards program can be a great form of positive reinforcement using both long-...

Healthy Eating for Teens with ADHD.

How to motivate your teen to make healthy choices.

Getting your teenagers to make healthy food choices can be a challenge. You want them to be independent, but you also want to guide them in the right direction. If your teen has ADHD they might also be struggling with impulse control and binge eating. Let’s face it, most kids would rather grab a bag of chips than spend time cutting up fruits or vegetables.Teen Food

Here are some strategies to help your teen make healthier choices:

Knowledge is power

Bring awareness to how certain foods affect our mood, performance, sleep, weight, and long-term health. Your teen might find their own reasons to change their diet when they know the side effects of different foods.

Set an example and share the struggle

Lifestyle changes can be difficult therefore, it helps to get the whole family involved. If you are struggling with eating right, share that...