Using the summer months to prepare for college

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The transition from high school to college is a challenge for even the most well-rounded student. Factor in ADHD and there are a whole new set of challenges. Parents should use the summer months to prepare their students for life at college. It's a great time to test the waters while having the safety net of home to help them through.

Play Attention is a great brain training tool for both children and adults with ADHD. Use Play Attention over the summer months to help your college bound student develop the skills necessary to be a good, independent learner. Play Attention strengthens skills such as attention stamina, working memory, visual tracking, task completion, impulse control, and more! Start now and give your child an edge as he/she departs for college.

Here are some additional ideas you can use this summer to help with the transition:

Make Organization a Priority Since...

ADHD & Meal Planning

Grocery App 150x150Meal planning. It seems like such a simple task. We eat 3 times a day, every day. So this should be something we can all just inherently do. However, if you are an adult with ADHD, you know how difficult this seemingly simple task can be. This can lead to a lot of missed meals and fast food.

What makes meal planning so difficult for people with ADHD? If you break down this task it is very involved. You must be able to plan ahead. This is a hard skill for many with ADHD. Even though we eat daily, the inability to plan ahead causes many ADDers making a trip to the grocery store every single day. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Once you get to the store, you must be organized. Not being organized and lacking a list of items that must be purchased, leads to forgetting necessary items and more time lost. Once you do have all of these ingredients in front of you ready to prepare...

IEP Accommodations for End-of-Grade Testing

It is hard to believe that for many of us end-of-grade testing is Test Taking 150x150just around the corner. This can be a very difficult time for students, parents, and teachers alike. If you have a student with ADHD, you know this can be an especially stressful time. Many students with ADHD struggle with testing for a variety of reasons; distractibility, anxiety, sleepiness, impulsivity, and carelessness, just to name a few.

Most of these students are highly intelligent, but their poor test results seldom indicate this. However, there are some accommodations that can help your student really show what they know!

Selecting appropriate accommodations for students with ADHD in order to equally and successfully participate in testing is an essential component of developing a students Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Testing accommodations must be identified in the students...

Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating

Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating
Lack of control increases risk

Many medications taken for ADHD result in appetite loss, so its hard to fathom that binge eating could be related to ADHD. Yet a new study from Johns Hopkins Childrens Center reveals that children with ADHD are significantly more likely to have an eating disorder.

The researchers term the disorder, loss of control eating syndrome and find it quite similar to binge\eating, a disorder commonly found in adults. The disorder is defined by an inability to stop eating at times with lack of control to stop at will. ADHD children were 12 times more likely to have this disorder than children without ADHD.

The findings of this research indicate a possible link between ADHD and a lack of control for binge eating. However, Dr. Reinblatt, lead author of the study, says the roots of the underlying connection remain unknown...

What you can learn from a marshmallow!

What you can learn from a marshmallow.

- It will change your life!

It's an age old dilemma; we stare at a plate of chocolate chip cookies after eating just one. We know well that's all we should eat, but the impulse kicks in and we have another. And another. Science tells us how this lack of control will affect us long-term, and it's not just about your waistline.

Impulsive behaviors are often associated with children and adults with autism or ADHD. At times, they lack self-control. Impulsiveness is simply acting without forethought. There is no cause-and-effect rationale with impulsivity; in most instances, this population does not understand the consequences of their impulsive behaviors. The importance of developing self-control or self-regulation has been studied for more than 50 years.

In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel from Stanford University did an experiment on...

Brain Food!

BrainFood

Top 10 secrets to get your family eating better - for the brain!

We have all read about the recommend foods for healthy brains. But lets face it; brain foods usually arent too kid-friendly. Omega-rich fish like salmon, vegetables like spinach and kale, and oatmeal are not typically your childs favorite things to eat. They may not be even some of your favorite dishes! When it comes to integrating these foods into your familys diet, it will take some ingenuity. Here are some ideas:

Oatmeal Instead of the traditional bowl of gruel that most kids turn their noses up at, consider making a granola bar packed with oatmeal and other healthy ingredients.

Spinach Slightly wilting leaves in olive oil make this brain food much more palatable. Also, consider baking spinach leaves into chips.

Iron Rich Foods Beef, chicken, and turkey are kid-friendly sources of iron. Since there has been a...