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Quick Snacks That Provide a Powerful Brain Boost!

If you need a quick snack with a brain boost, you may want to reach for something with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. A double blind study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that symptoms of ADHD (inattentive type) improved in 35% of their participants after taking supplements with Omega 3/6 fatty acids. Quick snacks that contain these healthy fats are:

Eggs
It only takes 5-10 minutes to boil eggs.  (Did you know that you can even make them in your air fryer?)  Keep in the fridge to grab and go!Brain Boost Food

Walnuts
You can buy without the shells so can grab a handful anytime. They are also a great addition to fruit or vegetable salads.

Seaweed
You can eat seaweed raw or dried. Dried seaweed snacks are readily available, or you can pick-up some sushi to get your fill of seaweed and other foods with healthy fats like salmon and avocado.

Edamame
Soybeans in the raw are an...

My son went from homework & focus troubles to A honor roll

IMG 6826Our journey with Play Attention began in the summer of 2018 when I was searching for a solution for my son.  Because of a blood infection at birth, he suffered some physical setbacks and some mental ones which seemed to be unexplainable, even by experts.  We knew that his memory was not working correctly, but no one seemed to know how to fix it as test results were too varied. 

I discovered Play Attention while watching many webinars on executive function and memory skills and then contacted my boss.  I work at a small, private, Christian school, and we were looking to start up a Resource Room for our students with special learning needs.  She gave me permission to buy Play Attention, and Bryan was my “guinea pig.”  

He’d come to school during the summer hours and I’d watch him do the activities.  At first, he could barely make it through the...

Does Mindfulness Help ADHD?

As defined by mindful.org, “ Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

For an individual struggling with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this can be very difficult. The ADHD mind, which can be rushed by nature and overrun with information, is the exact opposite of mindfulness.Meditation 428382 640

A recent study published in Behavioural Neurology and highlighted in Psychology Today suggests that mindfulness could be a promising new way to help control symptoms of ADHD.

Researchers examined 13 studies with a collective total of 753 participants having an average age of 35. All of the studies had mindfulness-based treating ADHD. Researchers reported that all 13 studies indicated that mindfulness techniques were helpful as part of a treatment plan for...

Survey Says: Teens' devices are interrupting learning

Numerous studies indicate that as our use of technology has increased our ability to sustain focus and pay attention to detail has decreased.

A recent study briefed by EducationDive and published in Education Week shows that educators are weighing in on this heavily debated topic.  Educators are stating that our teens’ devices are also impeding their learning.Boy In School On Phone

In this study, 225 educators from kindergarten classrooms up to college professors were surveyed.  The results were as follows:

  • 34% of educators said they (the educators) were distracted by students’ use of devices (phones and tablets) during class
  • 80% believe students “multi-task” during instructional time
  • 61% believe that "multi-tasking" negatively affects a student's ability to pay attention and learn

Some suggestions were also provided on how to minimize devices interference in...

5 Ways Reading Before Bed Can Help You Sleep.

Is your busy ADHD brain causing you to lose sleep? 

You have done everything correct leading up to your bedtime. You have a consistent routine, good sleep hygiene, a dark room, and you even unplugged yourReading In Bed electronics.  However, when your head hits the pillow your brain is still racing and keeping you from falling asleep. If you have ADHD this is likely to be something you experience.  You are not alone.

One way you can relax the mind and get more sleep is by reading. Reading can be a great workout for your brain.  It may even help you quiet that mental chatter.

Here are 5 reasons why reading will help you fall asleep faster:

  1. Reduces stress levels
    Research from the
    University of Sussex found that reading before bedtime can reduce stress levels by 68%. Reading was found to be the best method for falling asleep...

New Way to Workout - The Mindful HIIT Workout

Exercise used to be just about sculpting our bodies, burning calories, and improving our physical health. Now research has shown that we also need exercise for a healthy brain. If you have ADHD, regular exercise may be especially helpful since it can improve focus and cognitive processing.Mindful Workout

The latest trend in workout classes integrates Mindfulness during high-intensity intervals. Practicing Mindfulness brings awareness to our state of mind and directs our focus to the present moment. A pilot study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found that Mindfulness Therapy can significantly reduce ADHD symptoms and improve executive functioning in adults with ADHD.

An article by Self states that research indicates we can improve our brain health by bringing together our mind and body during workout routines. The technique consists of strategically timed introspective moments to...