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...

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...

Tips on How to Better Communicate With Your ADHD Child

Teacher IntervenesCommunication with a child can be difficult regardless of the circumstances.  However, communication can be even more difficult with a child who has ADHD. Individuals with ADHD often have weak executive function, making it more difficult for them to communicate. Emotional control can be a challenge.  Therefore communication often comes out as overly emotional and not always rational.

So, how can we effectively communicate with children who have ADHD? Additude magazine recently did an article on How to Talk to Students with ADHD. This article focuses specifically on strategies that are effective in the classroom; however, they are also useful strategies that can transition into the home environment as well.

The article states; "great teachers know that saying the right words in the right way can turn a defeated student into a go-getter."

Here are the five strategies provided...

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...

Activity 3 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Puzzles

Big PuzzlePlay 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, let's continue with activities for toddlers and preschoolers:

Activity 3 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Puzzles
Areas developed: Working Memory / Patience & Impulse Control / Spatial Memory

In our high tech world of iPads and X-boxes, sitting down with your child to put together a puzzle might seem antiquated. In reality, however, it is a tried and true method of strengthening cognitive skills necessary for good Executive Function, especially if you start early.

Modern manufacturers make puzzles appropriate for ages as...

Activity 1 for School-Age children: Guessing Games

Kid SpyPlay 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 1 for School-Age children: Guessing Games
Areas developed: Working Memory

 

Any family who has ever taken a road trip together with kids in the car has probably played a variation of the "I Spy" game, wherein the "Spy" calls out a single characteristic of an object they can see. The other participants have to then try and identify what that object is based on that very limited description. 

"I spy something green!", one child...