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Planning and Surviving a Summer Family Vacation

Summer Travel 150x150Summer travel means a transition from routine and structure. Summer break means just overall excitement. All of this can add up to a stressful vacation for a parent of a child with ADHD. However, there are some steps that can help you have a happy, stress free family vacation.

Hold a planning meeting Solicit the family's ideas on what they want to do for a summer vacation. Whether it's a trip to the beach or a voyage overseas, every family member should have a vote. After all, how relaxing is the vacation going to be if everyone hasn't bought in?

Be Realistic If your family vacation has time limitations, don't plan one far away. It will be no fun to be in the car for three days and at the beach for two, just to turn around for a three-day road trip back home. Try to plan a vacation that will only take a day of travel time each way.

Assign Duties Once you've determined where the...

ADHD Children More Likely to Live Unhealthy Lifestyles

New study sheds light on improving symptoms

Unhealthy Lives 150x150A recent study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders [1] looked at the health recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Their recommendations include:

*Drinking more water
*Decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks
*Exercise at least an hour
*Limited screen time to a maximum of one to two hours daily (laptops, phones, tablets, TV)
*Get 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night

The study examined a group of 184 children ages 7 to 11 with ADHD and compared them to a group of 104 children who did not have ADHD. Children with ADHD were reported to adhere to fewer of these recommendations, regardless of taking medication for their ADHD. That means that the ADHD children in the study ADHD drank less water, drank more sweetened beverages, spent more time in...

ADHD & Meal Planning

Grocery App 150x150Meal planning. It seems like such a simple task. We eat 3 times a day, every day. So this should be something we can all just inherently do. However, if you are an adult with ADHD, you know how difficult this seemingly simple task can be. This can lead to a lot of missed meals and fast food.

What makes meal planning so difficult for people with ADHD? If you break down this task it is very involved. You must be able to plan ahead. This is a hard skill for many with ADHD. Even though we eat daily, the inability to plan ahead causes many ADDers making a trip to the grocery store every single day. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Once you get to the store, you must be organized. Not being organized and lacking a list of items that must be purchased, leads to forgetting necessary items and more time lost. Once you do have all of these ingredients in front of you ready to prepare...

What to do this summer?

CampEineyComposite 150x150With your childs thirteen week hiatus right around the corner, now is the time to plan for the summer. Whether its a week at the beach, some academic tutoring, or just some well-deserved down time, planning is the key to a stress free summer vacation. 

Make a Plan Children with ADHD do much better when they know what to expect. So when you're planning out summer activities, it's best to calendar them out. That way your child has a visual on upcoming activities. This information should include any summer school, play dates, family vacations, summer camps, and your Play Attention sessions.

Get Them Involved Involving your child in planning your summer vacation. Think of several ideas and let them help do some research. Whether your vacation plans are to visit Disney Land or have a restful week at the beach, teaching your child to plan will help with their organizational...

Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating

Children with ADHD at Risk for Binge Eating
Lack of control increases risk

Many medications taken for ADHD result in appetite loss, so its hard to fathom that binge eating could be related to ADHD. Yet a new study from Johns Hopkins Childrens Center reveals that children with ADHD are significantly more likely to have an eating disorder.

The researchers term the disorder, loss of control eating syndrome and find it quite similar to binge\eating, a disorder commonly found in adults. The disorder is defined by an inability to stop eating at times with lack of control to stop at will. ADHD children were 12 times more likely to have this disorder than children without ADHD.

The findings of this research indicate a possible link between ADHD and a lack of control for binge eating. However, Dr. Reinblatt, lead author of the study, says the roots of the underlying connection remain unknown...

Using the summer months to prepare for college

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The transition from high school to college is a challenge for even the most well-rounded student. Factor in ADHD and there are a whole new set of challenges. Parents should use the summer months to prepare their students for life at college. It's a great time to test the waters while having the safety net of home to help them through.

Play Attention is a great brain training tool for both children and adults with ADHD. Use Play Attention over the summer months to help your college bound student develop the skills necessary to be a good, independent learner. Play Attention strengthens skills such as attention stamina, working memory, visual tracking, task completion, impulse control, and more! Start now and give your child an edge as he/she departs for college.

Here are some additional ideas you can use this summer to help with the transition:

Make Organization a Priority Since...