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...

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...

How do I read if I have ADHD?

The ability to read and reading comprehension is critical to all areas of our lives.  However, reading can be especially difficult for children struggling with ADHD. These difficulties may stem from their inability to pay attention to low stimuli activities.  However, there are many other cognitive skills that are necessary to be a strong reader such as processing speed, impulse control, memory, etc.  These skills are also often weak for children with ADHD.Reading Struggle

In Verywell Mind, Keath Low states that even if your child with ADHD reads fluently and accurately aloud, they may continue to have trouble understanding and remembering what they just read. This is likely caused by difficulties with sustained attention. Low points out that with inattention comes boredom and fatigue.  This can certainly cause the reader’s attention to wander elsewhere.


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...

The Best Exercise to Help Improve Impulse Control

Children and adults with ADHD are often caring and sensitive individuals. However, poor impulse control can often make it difficult for them to interact appropriately with their peers, teachers, or family. Impulse control is part of executive function and allows us to stop, think, and then act. Without the ability to control your actions, you might be labeled unruly, inconsiderate, or aggressive. The good news is that impulse control can be learned with the appropriate tools.

Exercise is one approach to improve impulsivity. A small study published in the Journal of Behavior Modification found that exercise may improve self-control.

When deciding which exercise you should use to help control the symptoms of ADHD, consider Taekwondo. Here are some of the reasons why:Karate

  •     This martial art has an element of meditation which calms the mind.
  • ...

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...