How to motivate your ADHD child to exercise

Boy On Mom Back Piggyback Both SmilingWe are constantly being told how much daily exercise will improve symptoms of ADHD. One study showed that as a little at 30 minutes of daily exercise will improve your child’s focus, mood, and cognitive functioning. Now the question is, how to get them moving? Finding an activity your child enjoys is key to consistent exercise. If they are pushed in the wrong direction it could turn them off exercise completely. Here are some helpful ideas I found at

Make a list of their interests. If everything they say includes screen time, ask them what they would do if the had no electronics available. Even if you’re just walking around the mall, it’s a good start to getting them up and moving. Get creative with sedentary activities. 

Watch videos: Have them sit on a stability ball, use a standing desk, or setup a stationary bike. 

Omega-3s may improve symptoms of ADHD plus a fun recipe

A recent studySalmon 518032 1280 shows that children and adolescents with ADHD have lower levels of DHA, EPA, and PUFAs. Giving youths a daily supplement for omega-3s improved symptoms of ADHD by increasing attention, decreasing hyperactivity, and improving cognitive function. In addition to eating more foods with omega-3s, they recommend giving your child or teen a daily supplement of 1,000 milligrams a day.

Salmon is one of the best sources for omega-3 and here is a recipe that is healthy, flavorful, and easy to throw together. It also includes eggs that are high in omega-3s and superfoods including garlic, sesame seeds, and ginger. If you want to add even more Omega-3s, add a side of wild rice, brussels sprouts, kale, or broccoli.

Sesame Salmon Burgers:

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Buckle up for the ride.

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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Children with ADHD and autism are more likely to develop anxiety

Child 696171 640If you have a child that has been diagnosed with either attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may have noticed that he/she seems to also have difficulty with anxiety.  This is very common.
However, a recent study has shown that if your child is diagnosed with both ADHD and ASD he/sh is even more likely to develop mood disorders and anxiety.
This study, performed by researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is the largest of it's kind.
These researchers, "used the data from a cross-sectional survey of children aged between six to seventeen years old with ASD. The study included 3,319 children, 1,503 of which had ADHD and were monitored by the Interactive Autism Network between 2006 and 2013.

The risk of those with both ADHD and ASD developing anxiety was more than twofold (2.2 times)...

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:

Ease Symptoms of ADHD With A Better Night's Sleep

Woman No SleepWe know that getting enough sleep is important for managing the symptoms of ADHD. A lack of sleep affects our attention, memory, mood, and cognitive processing. This is all necessary for good Executive Functioning. 

In fact,  a study involving 2,463 children aged 6-15, children with sleep problems were more likely to be inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, and display oppositional behaviors.

If you’ve managed to get into a good sleep routine but still find yourself waking up groggy, it could be because of your sleep position. Sleep experts are now saying that our sleep position can be just as important as the amount of sleep. Sleeping on your side can cause shoulder and hip pain and sleeping on the right-side can exacerbate heartburn. If you do sleep on your side, try sticking to the left and make sure your pillow provides enough support for your head...