Adult ADHD. Do I have it?

AdultADDAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is currently defined as a neurological disorder (brain disorder). ADHD affects both children and adults. It is characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and sometimes, hyperactivity. Conservative estimates indicate that AD/HD affects between 5 to 7 percent of school age children. Approximately 60% to 70% of ADHD children will continue their symptoms into adulthood.

Symptoms of ADHD, such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity often affect performance in the work place. Employers often complain ADHD adults cannot follow through with instructions, complete tasks, and frequently talk out of turn.

Research conducted by Harvard University found that ADHD adults with a university degree have annual household incomes approximately $4000 less than their peers without the disorder. The study also found that ADHD adults with...

The ADHD Family

FriendcircleWe know family management can be challenging, especially when you or your children struggle with ADHD.  Below you will find some helpful tips to assist you with the day to day.  Also check out Nanny’s Circle, our complete family management app.  Give Nanny 20 minutes a week, and she’ll take care of the rest!

  1. Take care of yourself so you’re better able to care for your child. Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, find ways to reduce stress, and seek face-to-face support from family and friends as well as your child’s doctor and teachers. If you are lashing out in anger because you are overtired or stressed, then you are contributing to the problem.
  2. Establish structure and stick to it. Help your child stay focused and organized by following daily routines, simplifying your child’s schedule, and keeping your child busy with healthy activities.
  3. Set clear...

How School Stress Affects the ADHD Brain

Boy Student 300x201Back to school time can be a very stressful time for all students especially those with ADHD and LD.  A recent article published by Additude Magazine reports, “Chronic stress at school can make kids (particularly those with ADHD or LD) dread going — and change their brains for the worse.”

However, Jerome Schultz, PH.D., states “parents and teachers can help alleviate the stress that is stopping these bright kids from succeeding.” Read More…

 
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Symptoms of ADHD

 
52Does your child have symptoms of ADHD?  The symptoms tend to be noticed at an early age and become more obvious when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school.  Most cases are diagnosed when children are between six and 12 years old…many children go through phases of being restless or inattentive and this does not necessarily mean they have ADHD.”

Approximately 11% of the population has been diagnosed as having ADHD in the U.S.  But, those numbers seem to be on the rise, currently it is estimated that 5% of children entering school have ADHD

However, clinicians warn, do not test children when they are too young. “Parents and teachers as well as clinicians who are undertaking ADHD assessments should keep in mind the child’s relative age. “

The three primary characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and...

Inattentiveness and Academic Performance

080825 F 3524M 006 300x198We recently posted about the correlation between Self-image and Academic Performance. And, interestingly, other studies also suggest that there is “a significant and replicated link between parent reports of inattention in their primary school children and future academic achievement, approximately 10 years later.” This, of course, compounds the issues tied to self worth because as inattention drags a student’s academic performance down, that poor performance impacts their self-image which then continues the cycle by impacting the student socially and academically. This appears to be a self perpetuating loop.

Astri Lundervold, a researcher at the University of Bergen, states “Parents of primary school children showing signs of inattention should Bergen Norway 300x146ask for help for the child. Remedial strategies and training programs for these children should be available at school, and not just for...

Fidgets are bad, right? Maybe not…

Fidget01As a parent, coach, teacher or tutor, you may have attempted to limit the fidgeting of your student. It can be disruptive in a classroom setting and may seem like a distractor to the student themselves. However, not all fidgeting behavior is bad. In fact, this study suggests your ADHD student may require the movement of a fidget in order to concentrate.

“The typical interventions target reducing hyperactivity. It’s exactly the opposite of what we should be doing for a majority of children with ADHD,” said one of the study’s authors, Mark Rapport, head of the Children’s Learning Clinic at the University of Central Florida. Rapport’s previous research has shown that the excessive movement that’s a trademark of hyperactive children – previously thought to be ever-present – is actually apparent only when they need to use the brain’s executive brain functions, especially their working...