Activity 1 for Adults: Crafting a Feelings Folio

Adult 1850177 640Play Attention improves the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong Executive Functioning, but many of our clients would like to know other activities they can do outside of their Play Attention sessions to improve cognitive skills even more.  In the coming weeks, we'll be giving specific examples of such activities divided into age category.  This week, we're going to talk about adults:
 
Activity 1 for Adults: Crafting a Feelings Folio
Areas developed: Introspection, Emotional Self-Regulation/Self-Control
 
At first glance, this exercise might seem to serve the same purpose as a journal or diary, but it is actually quite different.  To begin you'll want to decide on a way to record your work.  This can be anything from a piece of paper to a Word document on your computer.  Preferably, however, this should be something...

Autism and ADHD -- Do They Run in Families?

GenericResearchers recently reporting in an article by HealthDaily News; Autism, ADHD in One Child Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings, that autism and ADHD are so closely linked that they not only run in families, but each increases the risk of the other in future siblings. Researchers found that younger siblings of children with autism have a "30-fold increased relative risk" of being diagnosed with autism themselves and are nearly four times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. In addition to the sibling connection, researchers found that later-born siblings have 13 times increased odds of being diagnosed with ADHD.

Lead researcher Meghan Miller states; “This really provides support for the idea that there are shared familial -- probably genetic -- mechanisms that underlie these two conditions and link them together.”

The article goes on to describe more of the specific results and tests...

Activity 2 for Teens: Music & Dance

Acoustic Guitar 15598 640Play Attention improves the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong Executive Functioning, but many of our clients would like to know other activities they can do outside of their Play Attention sessions to improve cognitive skills even more.  In the coming weeks, we'll be giving specific examples of such activities divided into age category.  This week, we're going to talk about teens:
 
Activity 2 for Teens: Organized Musical/Artistic Expression
Areas developed: Attention, impulse control, working memory, cognitive flexibility.
 
Learning how to play a musical instrument is often an excellent way to strengthen cognitive skills.  The same is true with organized singing and/or dancing instruction.  Such tasks have multiple, complicated processes that must be negotiated simultaneously.  These include rhythm, cadence...

ADHD and Perfectionism

PerfectIt may be difficult to comprehend that ADHD and perfectionism can go hand in hand.  However, a recent article by Psych Central, ADHD With a Side of Perfectionism, discusses how the two can not only be found together, but the combinations can also be debilitating. Petersen states in his article, “What makes ADHD and perfectionism a disastrous duo is that perfectionism can exacerbate many negative side effects of ADHD symptoms.” He lists some common symptoms of ADHD that may include;

  • Taking longer to complete a task
  • Procrastination
  • Ineffective time management
  • Starting projects and not finishing them
  • Inability to plan and organize

All these symptoms relate to weak executive function which can also result in deficits of attention, motivation, and self-regulation. But how does perfectionism play into these symptoms to make it more even difficult for people with ADHD to...

Ketogenic Diet may reduce ADHD symptoms

BrainFood SMThe Ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Most ADHD diets tell you to increase healthy fats and protein and reduce refined carbohydrates which can regulate blood sugar. This can also reduce mood swings and improve attention. ADDitudemag.com recently published an article reviewing whether the Keto diet should be considered for ADHD.

According to ADDitudemag.com, the Keto diet has been used to reduce epileptic seizures in children since the 1920s. Scientists suggest that the diet changes certain gut bacteria that affects neurotransmitters in the brain. John Hopkins University published a study which states the children who maintained the Ketogenic diet to reduce seizures also had improved attention and social functioning.

While there is no solid research on whether a Ketogenic diet will reduce ADHD symptoms, there are certain factors that indicate it is a...

3 solutions that solve math difficulties for children with ADHD

2018 12 27Math can be complicated for many students, it requires the ability to break problems down, conduct operations in your head, and sometimes requires the answer to be given in a specific amount of time. This is even more difficult for children with ADHD; they often lack the executive function skills that allow them to sustain their memory, apply reasoning, task switch, and plan ahead. In addition, sometimes math tasks or tests in school are timed.  With all of these factors, it is understandable why children with ADHD struggle with math.

Recently an article in Jewish News, a publication from Arizona, provided solutions to implement for children with ADHD to help with math!

Within this article, three issues were presented, and three solutions offered:

  • Word Problems require more memory function because of the combination of words and numbers. Children with ADHD often lack strong...