Childhood aggression linked to deficits in executive function

You may have heard it from teachers and counselors, "Your child has ADHD and weak Executive Function."  

Executive Function is a term used to explain brain processes needed to plan, prioritize, and organize. Executive Function helps us avoid procrastination, make good decisions by avoiding impulsive behaviors, and remain on task. Research has now linked childhood aggression to deficits in Executive Function.

"The study, published in open-access journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, shows that primary school children with lower Executive Function were more likely to show physical, relational and reactive aggression in later years, but not proactive aggression. The increased aggression -- which was observed in both boys and girls -- may be partly due to an increased tendency for anger in these children. The findings suggest that helping children to increase their...

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

We have all heard it many times - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This is especially true for people with ADHD. “If you don’t eat properly, you can become distracted, impulsive, and restless,” says Ned Hallowell, M.D.  

 

Therefore, we should make certain we are serving up the right kind of breakfast! Simple starches and sugary cereals won’t fuel the brain and often cause a crash in energy by early afternoon. Since time and picky eaters are usually the show stoppers to a healthy breakfast, here are five quick and delicious ideas:

 

  1. Overnight Oats -  Prepped the night before and only four key ingredients: rolled oats (1/2 cup), Greek yogurt (1/3 cup), unsweetened milk (2/3 cup), and a pinch of salt. Throw all these ingredients in a small jar or Tupperware overnight for an on-the-go meal. You’ll find all kinds of recipes online, but...

ADHD & Auditory Processing Problems

ListeningIt's not defiance but it sometimes appears that way

ADHD is not just an inability to sustain and direct attention. It often involves a variety of other cognitive problems. Attention is a critical component of processing information we hear with our ears. This process can become disrupted when ADHD is present. The ADHD person either hears only bits and pieces of the information, or sometimes the information may seem garbled like multiple radio stations playing over each other.

An ADHD child with an auditory processing condition can also be frustrating; you actually may interpret his/her behavior as defiance. For example, you ask him to go to his bedroom, put his pajamas on, brush his teeth, and get in bed. You go to his bedroom an hour later and he's sitting on the edge of the bed playing a hand held video game. He never put on his pajamas, never brushed his teeth, and he's obviously not...

Is it ADHD, ODD, or Both?

We have received many questions from concerned parents asking: "Does my child have ADHD or ODD or BOTH"? 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports: "Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight, but no later than early adolescence."

ADHD as defined by the Mayo Clinic: “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of problems, such...

The Importance of a BFF

Everyone wants to have friends. At an early age, forming friendships allows a child to develop a multitude of skills needed throughout life: teamwork, cooperation, sharing, dealing with conflict, competition, etc.

If your children or clients are struggling with ADHD, they may need your guidance to help develop successful, long-lasting friendships. Here are some tips to help.

*  Keep Play Groups Small – One or two friends at a time will allow your child to be successful without being overwhelmed.

*  Form Friendship Groups – Attitude Magazine says that if your child is having a difficult time forming friendships, a friendship group may be the answer. The article also goes on to caution parents that running the group themselves is not the best answer and should be left to professionals.

*  Plan Play Dates – Scheduling specific...

Humans Have Less Attention than a Goldfish

Microsoft study finds technology a key factor

Read More: http://www.medicaldaily.com/human-attention-span-shortens-8-seconds-due-digital-technology-3-ways-stay-focused-333474

A goldfish has an average attention span of 9 seconds, but a new Microsoft study concludes the average human has only 8 seconds before losing focus.

The study cites that technology has changed the way our brains function, stating, “Heavy multi-screeners find it difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli — they’re more easily distracted by multiple streams of media.”

The study also cites that on the positive side, our ability to multitask has greatly improved. But is this true? Not likely. Numerous studies concluded that the human brain does not multitask well. It takes twice the time to complete a task as it would if one did not multitask. Secondly, a great example of our brains’ limited capacity to...