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...

Memoirs of an ADHD Mom

Kate SM1Join Kate, a real ADHD mom, as she addresses the principals . . .

Dear All Principals of All the Schools My Children Have Ever Attended,

Let me introduce myself. I am the parent that consistently brings their child in late. I'm the one running through the door after first bell - my child trailing behind me dragging their half opened backpack eating breakfast on the go. I'm the one you give the 'stink-eye' to when you see me in the hallway. I'm the one whose child gets sympathetic glances from you that seem to say, "Poor you....your mom doesn't care enough about you to get you here on time. Tsk,tsk...what a pity." I'm the one you write the attendance warning letter to every spring. Anyway, Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm Kate.
 
 
Can I tell you that any day I even get all three of my children to school is a win for me? If I get at least two out of three there on time, it's a...

ADHD: Daylight Savings Time and Your Child

The Effect on Our Childs Circadian Rhythm

As with many ADHD adults, many of our ADHD children also experience a disruption in their circadian rhythm or sleep, due to the change in daylight savings time.

Kids Dog Sleep SMIt should be noted that children and adults behave differently as a result of sleepiness. Adults usually become sluggish when tired while children tend to overcompensate and speed up. For this reason, sleep deprivation is sometimes confused with ADHD in children. Children may also be moody, emotionally explosive, and/or aggressive as a result of sleepiness. In 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.

Play Attention integrates feedback technology with cognitive skill training and behavior shaping. You may learn more about Play Attention at one of our upcoming...

Fidgeting May Help Students with ADHD Learn

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Have you ever wondered why your ADHD child acts like the energizer rabbit? Well, so do the researchers. "We don't know whether they do it to help or because they are anxious, or whether it is helping," Interesting but inconclusive article read on to learn more

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Students who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often get into trouble for fidgeting in the classroom, but that fidgeting may help them learn, new research suggests.

The prevailing view has been and continues to be that hyperactivity is a core deficit in ADHD, said study author Michael Kofler, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. When we think of it as a deficit, we are saying it's a bad thing and it's interfering [with schoolwork]. Our work has been challenging that thought.

Kofler's team gave 25 boys and girls with ADHD...

Memoirs of an ADHD Mom

Kate SMJoin Kate, a real life ADHD mom, as she reveals her new motto. . .

If any of you adult ADHDers out there need a new inspirational, motivational motto, you can borrow mine. It may be a bit more unconventional than my old one, but gosh, does it work well. I used to use, I got this when I needed to reassure myself that I could get through the day.

Now my motto is, At least I've got my pants on.

Believe me, it works!  It derives from a news story I read about where a teacher pulled up to work in a taxicab, got out in front of the school, but had forgotten her pants. Apparently, she had been out partying late the night before and, well made a valiant effort to get to work in the morning sans pants.

Now, when I have a bad morning and I show up to work, all in a big fumbling mess, I just say to myself, Well, at least I've got my pants on." And BAM. It's a win.

You're...

ADHD News & Updates: Study Suggests Drug Ritalin Makes No Long-Term Difference for Kids with ADHD

Time for a New Approach?

Girl MomAlthough Ritalin has been a mainstay in the day-to-day treatment of ADHD symptoms, much debate continues whether the drug provides long-term benefits for children.

A new study suggests that long-term drug Ritalin makes no difference to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to Sydney Morning Herald, a research team at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found that ADHD children who are treated with Ritalin continue to struggle mentally and academically as they get older.

For three years, the research team has been following 212 children without ADHD and 178 children with ADHD. The aim of the study is to identify the factors that make a difference to the development of children with ADHD.

According to Ten Eyewitness News[2], the Children's Attention Project funded by the National Health and Medical Research...