How and Why to Make a Family Media Use Plan

As we are becoming a society that so heavily relies on digital media, how do we use that media toward the healthy development for our children? Also, how do we know when it is too much?

Kids Playing Video GamesRecently a new recommendation for children’s media use was given by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The full article can be read at American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use.  We are continually immersed in digital media, through television, video games, cell phone apps etc. There are both positive and negative effects on healthy development. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides new recommendations and resources to help families navigate this epidemic and create a healthy media diet.

Help is provided through an interactive online tool that families can personalize call the Family Media Use...

Activity 1 for School-Age children: Guessing Games

Kid SpyPlay Attention improves the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong Executive Functioning, but many of our clients would like to know other activities they can do outside of their Play Attention sessions to improve cognitive skills even more.  In the coming weeks, we'll be giving specific examples of such activities divided into age category.  This week, we're going to talk about school-age children:

 

Activity 1 for School-Age children: Guessing Games
Areas developed: Working Memory

 

Any family who has ever taken a road trip together with kids in the car has probably played a variation of the "I Spy" game, wherein the "Spy" calls out a single characteristic of an object they can see. The other participants have to then try and identify what that object is based on that very limited description. 

"I spy something green!", one child...

How Schools Can Better Support Children with ADHD.

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New research is offering clearer guidance on how schools can better support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximize academic outcomes.

The study being led by the University of Exeter and involving researchers at the EPPI-Centre (University College London), analyzed available research on non-medication measures to support children with ADHD in schools. The findings published in the Review of Education, cited in the article from Science Daily, stated the interventions that improved academic outcomes included one-on-one support and focus on self-regulation.

The article goes on to state that around 5% of children have ADHD, indicating that classrooms will have at least one child with the condition.

Children that have ADHD often find it difficult to function in a classroom setting. This is due to their inability to pay attention, control their impulses, and self-regulate...

Tips on How to Better Communicate With Your ADHD Child

Teacher IntervenesCommunication with a child can be difficult regardless of the circumstances.  However, communication can be even more difficult with a child who has ADHD. Individuals with ADHD often have weak executive function, making it more difficult for them to communicate. Emotional control can be a challenge.  Therefore communication often comes out as overly emotional and not always rational.

So, how can we effectively communicate with children who have ADHD? Additude magazine recently did an article on How to Talk to Students with ADHD. This article focuses specifically on strategies that are effective in the classroom; however, they are also useful strategies that can transition into the home environment as well.

The article states; "great teachers know that saying the right words in the right way can turn a defeated student into a go-getter."

Here are the five strategies provided...

ADHD Medication Comparison

Medication Clipart 1Adderall and Ritalin are the two common FDA approved medications to treat symptoms of ADHD, but what are truly the differences between them?

Both medications are central nervous system stimulants that are approved by the FDA to treat symptoms of ADHD and can be used on individuals six years of age and older. As reported on WebMd, they also have similar side effects include; possibility of slowing childhood growth, loss of appetite, nervousness, trouble sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea and stomach pain. The main differences lie in what the medication is made of and how quickly it works.

Adderall delivers amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and Ritalin delivers methylphenidate.  Ritalin works quickly and reaches peak performance earlier than does Adderall, which stays in the system longer. Meaning Ritalin allows for better control of side effects and provides the...

Activity 3 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Puzzles

Big PuzzlePlay Attention improves the cognitive skills that lay the foundation for strong Executive Functioning, but many of our clients would like to know other activities they can do outside of their Play Attention sessions to improve cognitive skills even more. In the coming weeks, we'll be giving specific examples of such activities divided into age category. This week, let's continue with activities for toddlers and preschoolers:

Activity 3 for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Puzzles
Areas developed: Working Memory / Patience & Impulse Control / Spatial Memory

In our high tech world of iPads and X-boxes, sitting down with your child to put together a puzzle might seem antiquated. In reality, however, it is a tried and true method of strengthening cognitive skills necessary for good Executive Function, especially if you start early.

Modern manufacturers make puzzles appropriate for ages as...