How do I read if I have ADHD?

The ability to read and reading comprehension is critical to all areas of our lives.  However, reading can be especially difficult for children struggling with ADHD. These difficulties may stem from their inability to pay attention to low stimuli activities.  However, there are many other cognitive skills that are necessary to be a strong reader such as processing speed, impulse control, memory, etc.  These skills are also often weak for children with ADHD.Reading Struggle

In Verywell Mind, Keath Low states that even if your child with ADHD reads fluently and accurately aloud, they may continue to have trouble understanding and remembering what they just read. This is likely caused by difficulties with sustained attention. Low points out that with inattention comes boredom and fatigue.  This can certainly cause the reader’s attention to wander elsewhere.

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The Best Exercise to Help Improve Impulse Control

Children and adults with ADHD are often caring and sensitive individuals. However, poor impulse control can often make it difficult for them to interact appropriately with their peers, teachers, or family. Impulse control is part of executive function and allows us to stop, think, and then act. Without the ability to control your actions, you might be labeled unruly, inconsiderate, or aggressive. The good news is that impulse control can be learned with the appropriate tools.

Exercise is one approach to improve impulsivity. A small study published in the Journal of Behavior Modification found that exercise may improve self-control.

When deciding which exercise you should use to help control the symptoms of ADHD, consider Taekwondo. Here are some of the reasons why:Karate

  •     This martial art has an element of meditation which calms the mind.
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Impulse Control, Binge Eating & ADHD

If you have ADHD, you probably find that you have to work twice as hard as your peers to produce the same results. Losing weight is no Binge Eating Boy SMexception. In order to lose weight and eat healthy, you need to have impulse control and the ability to stay consistent with your diet plan. A study from the University of Toronto found that almost 30% of overweight individuals had ADHD symptoms. 

The ADHD brain is often looking for ways to trigger more dopamine.  This can make it difficult to control our impulse to eat more simple carbs and sugars. Dopamine creates a feeling of reward and helps us feel motivated and focused. The chemical also improves our memory and ability to learn.

Here are five tips from Healthline to help you increase dopamine without hurting your waistline:

  1. Eat protein-rich foods
    Amino acids found in eggs, turkey, beef, legumes, and dairy play a critical role...

Injuries, Impulse Control, and ADHD  

Neil Petersen, ADHD Millennial, shared his own experiences with ADHD and injuries in Psych Central. He also cites a study conducted by researchers in Turkey that examined this very topic. 

Researchers in Turkey screened 222 children admitted to the emergency room for symptoms of ADHD and found that 4 out of 5 children had symptoms of Accidentspossible ADHD.  With 80% of the children seen in the ER having ADHD symptoms, it could be assumed that children with ADHD do indeed suffer more injuries than children who do not have ADHD. However, due to the high percentage being reported, additional studies are currently being conducted to validate the results.

Petersen cites other studies with similar results:

Larry Silver, MD states, The very...

Impulsive Behaviors and ADHD

Many children with ADHD also suffer from behavioral issues such as tantrums, outburst, and defiance.

Caroline Miller wrote an article in Child Mind Institute, ADHD and Behavioral Problems.  This article reviews why these behavioral issues are so common and provides tips and Tantrumstrategies that may help.

Individuals who have ADHD or attention difficulties, often suffer from weak executive function. Executive function includes mental functions that allow us to plan, prioritize, organize, avoid procrastination, control impulsivity and self-regulate. Therefore, if someone is suffering from weak executive function, it can make controlling one's own behavior and emotions difficult.

Miller explains some of the behaviors you commonly see include tantrums and defiance. However, she goes on to state that these behaviors are not symptoms of ADHD itself, but a result of ADHD symptoms...

Injuries, Impulse Control, and ADHD  

Neil Petersen, ADHD Millennial, shared his own experiences with ADHD and injuries in Psych Central. He also cites a study conducted by researchers in Turkey that examined this very topic. 

Researchers in Turkey screened 222 children admitted to the emergency room for symptoms of ADHD and found that 4 out of 5 children had symptoms of possible ADHD.  With 80% of the children seen in the ER having ADHD symptoms, it could be assumed that children with ADHD do indeed suffer more injuries than children who do not have ADHD. However, due to the high percentage being reported, additional studies are currently being conducted to validate the results.

Petersen cites other studies with similar results: