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Lady Teen In Car Texting Cell PhoneTeen driving can be an anxious time for most parents. If your teen child has ADHD, you may be even more concerned. There are some important facts and tips you need to know before letting your child behind the wheel.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania took 60 kids, aged 16 to 17, that had recently been issued a driver’s license and put them through a driving simulator.  See news video.

They found, "That the kids who reported having problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulse control were more likely to have simulator errors and were more likely to engage in risky driving behavior, like speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.


Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, and if a child has difficulty with attention, he or she may be more likely to have trouble following the rules of the road."

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Great Daytime Snacks for Children and Adults with ADHD


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Studies have shown that eating smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day can ease ADHD symptoms by keeping your blood sugar steady. This helps with attention, memory, and filtering distractions. Here are some quick snacks to help keep that afternoon slump at bay:

  1. Hard-boiled egg
  2. Nuts (Walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, and hazelnuts)
  3. Apples
  4. Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter
  5. Non-fat yogurt

These foods contain the protein and complex carbohydrates that are suggested for ADHD. Reference: https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-diet-plan-for-kids-balanced-meals-better-behavior/

Build a Better Bedtime Routine For Your ADHD Child.

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ADHD has been linked to sleep problems in multiple studies. Many of the same brain functions that cause inattention can also negatively affect sleep. In addition, you may be battling hyperactivity, side effects from medication, and a constantly racing mind. Setting up a bedtime routine is important for every child, but especially for one with ADHD.

The following is a compilation of tips found on ADDitudemag.com to help you set up a better bedtime routine:

  1. Set a bedtime and stick to it: When setting your child’s bedtime, consider that your child may need less sleep than children without ADHD. Set a reasonable bedtime that you can really commit to. This is the most important part of their routine.
  2. No TV or screen time 1 hour before bedtime. Whatever the cause be may be, screen time before bed seems to disrupt quality sleep according to researchers and parents. Use this time for a...

Best Exercise to Ease ADHD Symptoms

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Exercise is a key recommendation from any healthcare provider.  Not only is consistent exercise good for your overall health, it can also relieve symptoms of ADHD. If you have at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise, it can improve your mood, energy, brain clarity, and motivation.  Complex exercise is even better because it requires self-regulation and mindfulness.  Studies have shown that mindfulness techniques, can also help the ADHD mind become more present and less scattered.  Here are some examples of complex exercises to consider:

  1. 1.Martial arts
  2. 2.Dance
  3. 3.Rock climbing
  4. 4.Yoga
  5. 5.Gymnastics

To make sure you are getting the most out of your exercise, you want to make certain you are:

  1. 1.Getting your heart rate up
  2. 2.Breathing at a faster rate
  3. 3.Feeling your muscles get tired
  4. 4.Breaking a sweat

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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...

Traumatic Brain Injury May Lead to Higher Risk of ADHD

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One study now suggests that "young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on."

In fact, the study found up to about one in five kids with a TBI develops ADHD, roughly twice the diagnosis rate among typically developing school-age children.

“Children with a history of traumatic brain injury, even those with less severe injuries, have an increased risk for the development of new-onset attention problems, potentially many years after injury,” said lead study author Megan Narad of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

Jack Tsao, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was quoted on psychcongress.com as stating, “Parents and the children's physicians or other medical professions and...