Healthy Eating for Teens with ADHD.

How to motivate your teen to make healthy choices.

Getting your teenagers to make healthy food choices can be a challenge. You want them to be independent, but you also want to guide them in the right direction. If your teen has ADHD they might also be struggling with impulse control and binge eating. Let’s face it, most kids would rather grab a bag of chips than spend time cutting up fruits or vegetables.Teen Food

Here are some strategies to help your teen make healthier choices:

Knowledge is power

Bring awareness to how certain foods affect our mood, performance, sleep, weight, and long-term health. Your teen might find their own reasons to change their diet when they know the side effects of different foods.

Set an example and share the struggle

Lifestyle changes can be difficult therefore, it helps to get the whole family involved. If you are struggling with eating right, share that...

Why does my child seem so angry?

The ADHD - ODD Connection

Ever find yourself wondering why your child with ADHD is sometimes aggressive, has emotional outbursts, or is constantly argumentative?  We know that there are behavioral issues associated with ADHD.  However, many parents have to deal with more severe discipline issues on a daily basis.  Angry Teen

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a reported link between having ADHD and developing ODD. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD. People with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. The CDC also reports: "Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight...

Mindfulness can help fight insomnia and improve sleep

Practicing Mindfulness guides you to the present moment, quiets the mind, and promotes relaxation. If your ADHD symptoms are creating sleep problems, Mindfulness training may help you get to sleep faster and feel rested in the morning. A research team analyzed studies on Mindfulness and sleep between 2012 to 2016 and found each study showed Mindfulness-based interventions had a positive impact on insomnia and sleep disturbances.

Try these Mindfulness techniques before bedtime.Sleep Mindful

Breathe and be aware

Bring your focus to your breathing. Notice how it feels and focus on your chest as it rises and falls with each breath. If your mind starts to wander, acknowledge the thoughts and let them pass like clouds, then gently bring yourself back to focusing on your breath.

Body scan and muscle relaxation

Start a body scan at your toes and simply recognize how they feel without judgment. Briefly...

Back to School & Motivating your ADHD Child

Summer is ending and it's time to go back to school.  This time can present motivational challenges for any student, but it is especially difficult for students with ADHD.  There are some strategies you can use to help your child. PsychCentral has provided some tips that can be used by both parents and teachers.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster from YourTango.com provided PsychCentral with 5 ways to motivate a child with ADHD:Back To School

  • Set Clear Expectations - Not only are your instructions clear but do they understand these instructions. Here language, attention and specific are important
  • Get Agreement from Them - Ensure they acknowledge your request, repeat it, and if necessary put the agreement in writing
  • Use Positive Reinforcement - Use words of encouragement and motivators. A rewards program can be a great form of positive reinforcement using both long-...

Teens with ADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving

A recent study published in Healthline and conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) indicates that teens with Teen DriverADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving. Additional results of the study indicate that these teens also have an increased risk of both moving violations and driving while intoxicated. The study found that 37% of teen drivers with ADHD are still at risk up to four years after they receive their license regardless of what age they obtained their license. 

The CHOP study was led by Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., MPH. Curry's team evaluated information from 1,769 adolescents with ADHD who got their driver's licenses between 2004-2014. Curry's team also found that drivers with ADHD not only experienced a higher rate of crashes but crashes that involved passengers, being at fault, injuries as well as...

Back to School Tip #1

Transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a new school year can be challenging for all children but especially for children with ADHD.  The anticipation and unfamiliarity of a new building, new friends, and new teachers can all lead to lots of anxiety.  Tour The School

Tour the school:

Take a trip to the school with your child before it officially starts. Look for your child’s new homeroom, some of the classrooms he’ll be in, his locker section, and even the restrooms. You can even make a map as you go along. Remind your child that it will look a little different when it’s filled with other children. Familiarity usually reduces anxiety for both your child and you! 

When you get home have your child tell a sibling or a neighbor about your trip to the school.  Have him describe the school and ask him to describe some of the things he is excited about now that he has gone...