How Schools Can Better Support Children with ADHD.

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New research is offering clearer guidance on how schools can better support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximize academic outcomes.

The study being led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), analyzed available research on non-medication measures to support children with ADHD in schools. The findings published in the Review of Education, cited in the article from Science Daily, stated the interventions that improved academic outcomes included one-on-one support and focus on self-regulation.

The article goes on to state that around 5% of children have ADHD, indicating that classrooms will have at least one child with the condition.

Children that have ADHD often find it difficult to function in a classroom setting. This is due to their inability to pay attention, control their impulses, and self-regulate...

ADHD Medication Comparison

Medication Clipart 1Adderall and Ritalin are the two common FDA approved medications to treat symptoms of ADHD, but what are truly the differences between them?

Both medications are central nervous system stimulants that are approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of ADHD and can be used on individuals six years of age and older. As reported on WebMd, they also have similar side effects include; possibility of slowing childhood growth, loss of appetite, nervousness, trouble sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea and stomach pain. The main differences lie in what the medication is made of and how quickly it works.

Adderall delivers amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and Ritalin delivers methylphenidate.  Ritalin works quickly and reaches peak performance earlier than does Adderall, which stays in the system longer. Meaning Ritalin allows for better control of side effects and provides the...

Reading and Books, More is Better

BooksA new study in Social Science Research, reported in the Guardian by Alison Flood, has found that people who grew up in a home filled with books have “long-term cognitive competencies spanning literacy, numeracy and ICT (Information Communication Technology) skills.” The study doesn’t focus on whether the respondents were read to as children, they were simply asked about the number of books in the house when they were 16.

The study goes on to show that teenagers with only lower levels of secondary education, but who came from a home filled with books, “become as literate, numerate and technologically apt in adulthood as university graduates who grew up with only a few books”. The university graduates who grew up with hardly any books around them had roughly average literacy levels. So did those whose schooling ended in the equivalent of year nine (13-14 years old), but who grew up...

Activity 2 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Songs/games with incrementally increasing components

SingingPlay 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 2 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Songs/games with incrementally increasing components

Areas developed: Working Memory

Anyone who has ever been to summer camp has probably done an activity like this.  There are so many variations, however, that I want to use an example from my own childhood.  This could be done with a group of kids, or just Mom or Dad playing with their own child. In my personal example, me and the other...

Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Sorting

ToddlerPlay 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 talk about toddlers and preschoolers:

Activity 1 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Sorting
Areas developed: General Organization/General Adaptability

A great example of a sorting game involves a standard deck of playing cards.  Lay all of the cards out face up--or just a few, if your child feels overwhelmed by too many cards.  We may have to gradually build up to a full deck.  Regardless, once the cards are laid out, tell your child that the objective of this fun game is to sort the cards...

Migraines and ADHD, are they co-occurring?

MigraineAs cases of both ADHD and migraines are on the rise, researchers are now starting to consider if there is a correlation between ADHD and migraines. They are also researching why they might co-occur.

Migraines are extremely painful and often debilitating. Professionals who treating individuals with ADHD are starting to see a rise in the number of children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD suffering from them.

But why is this happening? Why is there a co-occurrence between the two?

A recent study published by European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience found that men with ADHD were more than twice as likely to suffer from migraines. Another study released by Sage Journals specifically conducted on children found the severity of ADHD symptoms is in direct proportion to the frequency of migraines. Current theories include; hormonal fluctuation, mood, anxiety, and...