Activity 1 for Teens: Journaling

Play 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 Child 360791 640even 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 1 for Teens: Journaling
Areas developed: Self-Reflection

Every Play Attention session ends with the Journal, which is an electronic opportunity for self-reflection.  Asking questions like, "what I learned" and "what I'm proud of" prompts an individual to internally evaluate the experience they just had, which in turn facilitates a better understanding of the experience they had.  Part of the process of learning certain cognitive skills is understanding how...

ADHD and Exaggerated Emotions

Children with ADHD often exhibit exaggerated emotions.  How can we help them develop emotional control?

Smiley 2979107 1280Recently an article in Additude magazine; Exaggerated Emotions: How and Why ADHD Triggers Intense Feelings, focused on reasons why this happens.

When looking at ADHD, it is often a lack of executive functioning that makes it difficult for individuals to complete mental functions and self-regulate their behavior. Emotional control is part of executive function and for one to be able to control their emotions they must be able to; pay attention to the situation, process the situation, control their impulsivity and respond appropriately. For individuals with ADHD this is almost impossible; thus, we often see the emotional outburst or exaggerated emotions as a result.

Thomas Brown, Ph.D., explains why ADHD sparks such intense anger, frustration, and hurt, “Challenges with...

Lack of Sleep and the Effect on an ADHD Teen

Sleep is a vital component to life, and when we do not get enough it impacts our body. However, what are the effects on individuals with ADHD?

Teen SleepingRecently a study looked at How Sleep Duration Affects Daytime Function in Teens with ADHD; stating insufficient sleep may cause impairments in daytime function among teenagers with ADHD. This information is provided according to findings from a crossover sleep restriction/extension study.

Stephen P. Becker, Ph.D., of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a 3-week sleep protocol study with youth ages 14-17; the protocol had a stabilization week, one week of sleep restriction (6.5 hours) and one-week sleep extension (9.5 hours). This study was done to investigate whether sleep duration was casually associated with sleepiness, inattention, and behavioral...

Activity 2 for School-Age children: Classic Board Games

Big Board GamesPlay 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 school-age children:

Activity 2 for School-Age children: Classic Board Games

Areas developed: Various

Though perhaps not enjoying the widespread appeal they once did, board games used to be a staple of entertainment for many families... and for good reason!  Classic board games combine fun with learning, while simultaneously strengthening family bonds through interaction.  In today's Coach's Corner, I'd like to mention a few classic board games from my childhood that are...

How and Why to Make a Family Media Use Plan

As we are becoming a society that so heavily relies on digital media, how do we use that media toward the healthy development for our children? Also, how do we know when it is too much?

Kids Playing Video GamesRecently a new recommendation for children’s media use was given by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The full article can be read at American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use.  We are continually immersed in digital media, through television, video games, cell phone apps etc. There are both positive and negative effects on healthy development. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides new recommendations and resources to help families navigate this epidemic and create a healthy media diet.

Help is provided through an interactive online tool that families can personalize call the Family Media Use...

6 Exercises to improve communication with your ADHD Child

Large TennisChildren often come home from school worn out and stressed from the long day.  Since children with ADHD often struggle with the cognitive skills necessary for academic and social success, they are especially susceptible to feeling stressed after school. This can make it difficult to communicate with your child in the evening and to get homework done in a timely manner.

Harvard Health states that exercise helps us to relax by reducing stress hormones, producing endorphins, improving self-confidence, and distracting the mind from our daily struggles. If you block out some time for your child to get exercise after school, you may see improvements in their behavior and their ability to follow through with tasks at home. ADDitudemag.com suggests that individual sports are more effective for children with attention challenges. The list includes:

  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Martial...