IEP Accommodations for End-of-Grade Testing

It is hard to believe that for many of us end-of-grade testing is Test Taking 150x150just around the corner. This can be a very difficult time for students, parents, and teachers alike. If you have a student with ADHD, you know this can be an especially stressful time. Many students with ADHD struggle with testing for a variety of reasons; distractibility, anxiety, sleepiness, impulsivity, and carelessness, just to name a few.

Most of these students are highly intelligent, but their poor test results seldom indicate this. However, there are some accommodations that can help your student really show what they know!

Selecting appropriate accommodations for students with ADHD in order to equally and successfully participate in testing is an essential component of developing a students Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. Testing accommodations must be identified in the students...

What you can learn from a marshmallow!

What you can learn from a marshmallow.

- It will change your life!

It's an age old dilemma; we stare at a plate of chocolate chip cookies after eating just one. We know well that's all we should eat, but the impulse kicks in and we have another. And another. Science tells us how this lack of control will affect us long-term, and it's not just about your waistline.

Impulsive behaviors are often associated with children and adults with autism or ADHD. At times, they lack self-control. Impulsiveness is simply acting without forethought. There is no cause-and-effect rationale with impulsivity; in most instances, this population does not understand the consequences of their impulsive behaviors. The importance of developing self-control or self-regulation has been studied for more than 50 years.

In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel from Stanford University did an experiment on...

Study Links Chemicals to ADHD and Autism

Even Harvard now agrees

Parents, educators, health care professionals, and others are perplexed by the incredible increase in cases of ADHD and autism. A study performed by Harvard University suggests that toxic chemicals may be to blame. Furthermore, the researchers say the implementation of a global prevention strategy to control the use of toxic substances is urgently needed.

"The greatest concern is the large numbers of children who are affected by toxic damage to brain development in the absence of a formal diagnosis. They suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance. Industrial chemicals are now emerging as likely causes," said Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at Harvard School of Public Health.

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai performed research in 2006 that...

ADHD Diet Tips: Foods That May Worsen Symptoms

Although we know that foods do not cause ADHD, it does seem that some foods may worsen ADHD related behaviors and symptoms. "Excessive caffeine Chocolate 150x150and excessive use of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD," said Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert and the author of "Mistaken for ADHD." View more

Everyday Health and Healthline listed the following foods that people with ADHD must avoid eating.

Some foods to avoid include:

Energy drinks
Fish and other seafood with trace amounts of mercury
Artificial dyes and preservatives
Foods that cause allergies

Everyone reacts to foods differently. If you are uncertain about the foods that affect your child's or your own ADHD symptoms, keep a food journal. In your journal keep track of the foods that were consumed that day along with the behaviors you observed as a result...

Does Diet Affect ADHD and Autism?

Does Diet Affect ADHD and Autism?

ChocolateSome medical doctors disputed the notion that diet, food additives, and refined sugar had any effect on autism for years. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics admitted they might have been wrong. In Alison Schonwalds article, ADHD and Food Additives Revisited she looks at a randomized study conducted in the UK that addresses the effects of food additives on children's behavior. In the fine print of that study, the editor states, the overall findings of the study are clear and require that even we skeptics, who have long doubted parental claims of the effects of various foods on the behavior of their children, admit we might have been wrong.

Now many experts are stating that diet may contribute to certain unwanted behaviors in children with autism or ADHD. However, they are cautious to admit that diet can play such an important role. Many...

The Importance of Exercise

The Importance of Exercise

Childhood obesity is an ever-growing concern in our country. Many articles have been written substantiating the need for regular exercise for children over six years of age. In his article, Dr. Edward R. Laskowski of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, offers some great suggestions.

With the introduction of off the shelf video games, there has been an alarming increase in cases of childhood obesity. It is the norm for a child to come home from school and plop themselves in front of the TV for hours on end, with the only exercise happening is the thumb muscles on a controller.

Dr. Thomas N. Robinson, who works in the MPH Division of General Pediatrics at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention in California, and is a member of the Pediatric Clinics of North America, points out the connection to television and obesity in his publicized study,...