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How School Stress Affects the ADHD Brain

Boy Student 300x201Back to school time can be a very stressful time for all students especially those with ADHD and LD.  A recent article published by Additude Magazine reports, “Chronic stress at school can make kids (particularly those with ADHD or LD) dread going — and change their brains for the worse.”

However, Jerome Schultz, PH.D., states “parents and teachers can help alleviate the stress that is stopping these bright kids from succeeding.” Read More…

 
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Inattentiveness and Academic Performance

080825 F 3524M 006 300x198We recently posted about the correlation between Self-image and Academic Performance. And, interestingly, other studies also suggest that there is “a significant and replicated link between parent reports of inattention in their primary school children and future academic achievement, approximately 10 years later.” This, of course, compounds the issues tied to self worth because as inattention drags a student’s academic performance down, that poor performance impacts their self-image which then continues the cycle by impacting the student socially and academically. This appears to be a self perpetuating loop.

Astri Lundervold, a researcher at the University of Bergen, states “Parents of primary school children showing signs of inattention should Bergen Norway 300x146ask for help for the child. Remedial strategies and training programs for these children should be available at school, and not just for...

Fueling our Brains & Bodies

Luke 2We know that ADHD is linked to higher incidence of Executive Function deficits. And, Executive Function supports our ability to make decisions about the foods we eat. Think about it. Do you ever eat as a reaction to stress, boredom or over-stimulation? Are you prone to emotional overeating? Are you waiting until the last minute to fix lunch?

People with ADHD do have difficulties with planning. And, they tend to be impulsive. It makes sense that a last minute impulse would lead to poor choices in what foods to eat. There is some evidence that ADHD is linked to impulsivity eating disorders like Binge Eating and Bulimia. Other studies suggest that a “Western” diet may contribute to a rise in ADHD symptoms in the study population. So, “energy-dense, heavily processed foods rich in saturated fat, salt, and sugars…” may contribute to ADHD.

Harvard Medical School says that certain foods MAY...

The Correlation between Self-Image and Academic Performance

Self Image SMIs poor self-image affecting your ADHD child’s academic performance?

With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for back to school; filling those backpacks with school supplies, buying new clothes, making lunches, scheduling necessary pickups and drop-offs, we often forget the emotional feelings our ADHD child experiences when beginning the new school year. Poor self-image and negative feelings of poor self-esteem affect our child’s ability to perform up to grade level and vice versa: poor academic performance can also affect our child’s self-image.

Self-image is how you perceive yourself. It is a number of self-impressions that have built up over time: What are your hopes and dreams? What do you think and feel? What have you done throughout your life and what did you want to do? These self-images can be very positive, giving a person confidence in their thoughts and actions, or...

ADHD and School Sports

Boy Baseball SmSchool has started, or is around the corner, for most of us here. There is the usual flurry of activity. Clothes shopping, school supplies, schedules, meeting teachers, and traffic that just always seems to get worse. But then there is the tap-tap at your elbow, and your littlest one hands you a form with imploring eyes. “Join the Football Team”, it reads. And there at the bottom, where your little angel is pointing, is where you are supposed to sign on the dotted line.

If you are at all like me, then the fearful visions of injury and nights spent in the Emergency Department of the local hospital with a leg in traction are just the first of many horrific reveries. There may be reason to pause and consider potential injuries and whether your child has a greater risk. Children with ADHD often are also diagnosed with Dyspraxia, the comorbidity with ADHD is so high that it has been argued...

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