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Avoid Summer Vacation Cognitive Loss

Shutterstock 104366477Summer vacation means sleeping late, staying up late, and doing very little except enjoying time out of school. However, did you know that the average student loses one to three months math and reading gains made over the prior year? Academic losses are so common among students that educators have given the phenomena a name: Summer Brain Drain. This makes starting the following school year difficult. 

Summer Brain Drain may even be worse for ADHD students already having trouble at school.

Going to school daily provides schedules and routines. The summer break means those routines aren't there. Expectations are lowered or relaxed. Even sleep schedules are often totally abandoned.

Unfortunately, exercise is often replaced with computer time, watching movies, or playing video games with friends. That's a bad idea. While there's nothing wrong with playing video games or...

Did Cookie Monster have ADHD?

Poor diet & ADHD. Is there a link?

 

Is it possible that a poor diet can cause ADHD? The short answer seems to be, no. However, recent Cookie Monster 2results from a study featured at MedicalXpress.com showed that children with ADHD are more likely to have a poor diet. 

 

The article states, “Researchers found that more ADHD symptoms at age 6 years were associated with a lower diet quality score at age 8 years. However, diet quality at age 8 years was not associated with ADHD symptoms at age 10 years”. The study reviewed the correlation between ADHD symptoms and dietary patterns in 3,360 school-aged children.

 

"If our results are replicated, health care professionals working with children with ADHD should be aware of the potential risk for these children to develop unhealthy diets," the authors write.

 

If your ADHD child does not...

Top 5 Beverages to Keep You Hydrated & Focused

Staying hydrated throughout the day has been shown to help students maintain peak performance at school. Research, conducted at King’s College in London, found that prolonged dehydration caused a decline in performance in adolescents. These were children without ADHD.  Therefore, if a student has an ADHD diagnosis, it may be even more difficult for them to push through the afternoon slump if they are dehydrated.

The following list includes our top 5 beverage picks that are best for hydration and good health:Drinking Water

Milk

A study in 2016 reviewed scientific evidence available on how dairy products (excluding butter) affect human health. The analysis determined that milk is beneficial to our nutritional needs and may prevent some chronic diseases. They also found that it can reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity. Plant-based non-dairy products need further research on humans to...

Less Than 2 Hours of Screen Time Recommended For Your Child

Research results recently reviewed in The Sun, looked at the effects of screen time and how it related specifically to an increase of ADHD in children. It seems as technology usage increases, so do associated negative effects. The published research confirms this view. 

The study reports that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen are almost eight times more likely to be severely hyperactive. This study interviewed over 2,400 Boy Couch Potato Chips Holding Remote SMparents regarding their five-year-old's behavior as it related to the use of mobile phones, TVs, computers, and tablets. It was found that children spent an average of 1 hour and 24 minutes on screen time daily.  13.7% of these children exceeded two hours of screen time per day. The study found that the children who had more than 2 hours of screen time were 7.7 times more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

When Adult ADHD Affects Your Career

Adult ADHD diagnosis is on the rise.  The symptoms of adult ADHD can have a huge impact on our lives - especially at work.

Regardless of a diagnosis, attention difficulties can negatively affect an adult’s relationships, personal life, and career. Mental Health Frustrated Woman WorkNet discusses that adults with ADHD often experience difficulties in the workplace that include:

  • Concentration
  • Task Completion
  • Struggle with rigid authority
  • Have difficulties controlling emotions
  • Quit or change jobs often because of boredom

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) looked at a study specifically regarding, Impacts of ADHD at Work. Data were reviewed from US-based studies on ADHD published between January 1990 and June 2011. During this time, it was found that "Overall national annual incremental costs of ADHD ranged from $143 billion to $266 billion. Most of these costs...

Why Your Child Should Have More Play Time

Many parents want to know if they can prevent their children from developing ADHD or are they born with a predisposal to the diagnosis. Researchers have not found a concrete answer but more evidence has become available which tells us how we might be able to prevent or curb ADHD symptoms. Youth 2436343 640

A new study from the University of Alberta states that too much screen time before the age of 5 may cause ADHD. They found that children who had more than 2 hours of screen time per day were seven times more likely to meet the criteria for ADHD. Children who had 30 minutes or less screen time each day had better attention and fewer behavior issues. The research team admits that they need to take a closer look at the quality of screen time and whether the time of day changes the outcome. They also found that children who had more structured physical activity each week were less likely to...