ADHD & Auditory Processing Problems

ListeningIt's not defiance but it sometimes appears that way

ADHD is not just an inability to sustain and direct attention. It often involves a variety of other cognitive problems. Attention is a critical component of processing information we hear with our ears. This process can become disrupted when ADHD is present. The ADHD person either hears only bits and pieces of the information, or sometimes the information may seem garbled like multiple radio stations playing over each other.

An ADHD child with an auditory processing condition can also be frustrating; you actually may interpret his/her behavior as defiance. For example, you ask him to go to his bedroom, put his pajamas on, brush his teeth, and get in bed. You go to his bedroom an hour later and he's sitting on the edge of the bed playing a hand held video game. He never put on his pajamas, never brushed his teeth, and he's obviously not...

The Importance of a BFF

Everyone wants to have friends. At an early age, forming friendships allows a child to develop a multitude of skills needed throughout life: teamwork, cooperation, sharing, dealing with conflict, competition, etc.

If your children or clients are struggling with ADHD, they may need your guidance to help develop successful, long-lasting friendships. Here are some tips to help.

*  Keep Play Groups Small – One or two friends at a time will allow your child to be successful without being overwhelmed.

*  Form Friendship Groups – Attitude Magazine says that if your child is having a difficult time forming friendships, a friendship group may be the answer. The article also goes on to caution parents that running the group themselves is not the best answer and should be left to professionals.

*  Plan Play Dates – Scheduling specific...

mind·ful·ness

mind·ful·ness

ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

noun

1.

the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

2.

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

There has been a lot of discussion on how mindfulness can help the ADHD mind focus and concentrate.  The very definition of mindfulness being a mental state achieved by one's ability to focus on ONLY the present moment, is the direct opposite of the ADHD state of mind.  The ADHD mind is defined as an on-going pattern of inattention.  

So if being in the now is so important, how can you get there?   

There are several strategies and apps to assist you with this.  One simple strategy recommend by Practicing Mindfulness is a called...

Nutrition & ADHD

How diet influences attention and executive function

Nutrition can play a crucial role in mitigating attention problems and increasing executive function. Contrarily, a poor diet can often lead to a vicious cycle of poor decision making and poor planning. 

The common American diet is high fat, high sodium, and high carbohydrate. American children and adults often skip breakfast and often eat at fast food restaurants. Americans also consume far more sugar than the rest of the world. According to current research (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/01/26/peds.2016-2027) children on this typical American diet are seven times more likely to have ADHD. That same research has shown that adhering to a low-fat, low sodium, low sugar diet similar to the Mediterranean Diet filled with omega 3 fatty acids, low fat proteins, and fruits and vegetables, can improve...

What causes ADHD?

Working Memory AdhdNo one knows what causes ADHD.  Over the last several years, searching for the cause of ADHD has been equivalent to searching for the Holy Grail.

A new study Published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimagingfinds "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a collection of discrete disorders in which the brain functions in completely different ways..."

Lead author, Michael Stevens, PhD,  of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center,  states "The finding is a departure from views of ADHD as a single disorder with small variations –– and may lead clinicians to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to assessment and care."

Your personal executive function coaches at Play Attention understand there's no single answer and no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ADHD and your needs. So, we provide the most...

Prescription medicine skyrocketed

As reported by ABC News, "The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

These findings have prompted a discussion regarding the need for more research into how these medications may affect pregnant women.

"Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and women may be taking prescription medicine early in pregnancy before they know they are pregnant,” Dr. Coleen Boyle, the director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a statement. 

This huge increase in prescribed ADHD medication for women is shocking and raises the question of why.  Why are...