Get outside, play, and improve symptoms of ADHD


ResearchRunning shows that playing outdoors reduces ADHD symptoms and summer is a great time to get your kids outside. Here are some ideas to give your children structured outdoor exercise (while having fun!):

  1. When playing with their friends, make sure they have access to jump ropes, hula hoops, roller skates, basketballs, etc.
  2. Sign them up for an outdoor sport like swimming, tennis, or soccer.
  3. Go hiking or kayaking as a family
  4. Put together a bike or running race with their friends. Give out prizes for motivation.
  5. Sign them up for a summer camp which involves obstacle courses, sports, and hiking.

Keep track of how your children respond to these activities, what they enjoy, and how you might be able to improve them. Ask your child to use a rating system and discuss what they did and did not like about each activity.  Discovering their interests may lead to...

ADHD and Binge Eating - There is a connection

Shutterstock 711939556A recent study performed by researchers in the UK from the University of Birmingham found that ADHD symptoms have a direct relationship to both binge and restrictive eating.
“The inattentive symptoms of ADHD were associated with decreased awareness of internal signals of hunger and satiety, and in turn these deficits were positively associated with disordered eating, particularly binge/disinhibited eating,” the team wrote.
It is widely known...

Dehydration and ADHD Symptoms

Shutterstock 417028033Hydration research by the National Institute of Health says: “Water, or its lack, can influence cognition. Mild dehydration impacts important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness, and short-term memory.”

In the past, health professionals have told us that we need eight 8-oz glasses of water per day. Ongoing research has stated that this is not based on concrete evidence, and there are too many variables that can affect your personal hydration. These variables...

How to Combine Learning and Nutrition this Summer for your ADHD child

Shutterstock 96136955Summer break is a great time to engage children in developing their meal plan.  This is a great way to teach them about healthy eating. A study by UCLA School of Medicine states, “We now know that particular nutrients influence cognition by acting on molecular systems or cellular processes that are vital for maintaining cognitive function”. Helping your ADHD child create healthy eating habits may improve their overall focus and ability to improve cognitive...

ADHD - Friendship Destroyer?

Teacher IntervenesSocial skills and building relationships can be a challenge for children and adults with ADHD.  Issues with social skills usually stem from the inability to pay attention to social cues that others take for granted. They also are challenged with impulsivity that leads to a multitude of difficulties, from hurting someone’s feelings unintentionally to acting out in a physical manner.  These challenges can cause turmoil in the school, home, and workplace.


How to 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...

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