Back to School & Motivating your ADHD Child

Summer is ending and it's time to go back to school.  This time can present motivational challenges for any student, but it is especially difficult for students with ADHD.  There are some strategies you can use to help your child. PsychCentral has provided some tips that can be used by both parents and teachers.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster from provided PsychCentral with 5 ways to motivate a child with ADHD:Back To School

  • Set Clear Expectations - Not only are your instructions clear but do they understand these instructions. Here language, attention and specific are important
  • Get Agreement from Them - Ensure they acknowledge your request, repeat it, and if necessary put the agreement in writing
  • Use Positive Reinforcement - Use words of encouragement and motivators. A rewards program can be a great form of positive reinforcement using both long-...

Back to School Tip #1

Transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a new school year can be challenging for all children but especially for children with ADHD.  The anticipation and unfamiliarity of a new building, new friends, and new teachers can all lead to lots of anxiety.  Tour The School

Tour the school:

Take a trip to the school with your child before it officially starts. Look for your child’s new homeroom, some of the classrooms he’ll be in, his locker section, and even the restrooms. You can even make a map as you go along. Remind your child that it will look a little different when it’s filled with other children. Familiarity usually reduces anxiety for both your child and you! 

When you get home have your child tell a sibling or a neighbor about your trip to the school.  Have him describe the school and ask him to describe some of the things he is excited about now that he has gone...

Quick Snacks That Provide a Powerful Brain Boost!

If you need a quick snack with a brain boost, you may want to reach for something with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. A double blind study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that symptoms of ADHD (inattentive type) improved in 35% of their participants after taking supplements with Omega 3/6 fatty acids. Quick snacks that contain these healthy fats are:

It only takes 5-10 minutes to boil eggs.  (Did you know that you can even make them in your air fryer?)  Keep in the fridge to grab and go!Brain Boost Food

You can buy without the shells so can grab a handful anytime. They are also a great addition to fruit or vegetable salads.

You can eat seaweed raw or dried. Dried seaweed snacks are readily available, or you can pick-up some sushi to get your fill of seaweed and other foods with healthy fats like salmon and avocado.

Soybeans in the raw are an...

Mindfulness can help fight insomnia and improve sleep

Practicing Mindfulness guides you to the present moment, quiets the mind, and promotes relaxation. If your ADHD symptoms are creating sleep problems, Mindfulness training may help you get to sleep faster and feel rested in the morning. A research team analyzed studies on Mindfulness and sleep between 2012 to 2016 and found each study showed Mindfulness-based interventions had a positive impact on insomnia and sleep disturbances.

Try these Mindfulness techniques before bedtime.Sleep Mindful

Breathe and be aware

Bring your focus to your breathing. Notice how it feels and focus on your chest as it rises and falls with each breath. If your mind starts to wander, acknowledge the thoughts and let them pass like clouds, then gently bring yourself back to focusing on your breath.

Body scan and muscle relaxation

Start a body scan at your toes and simply recognize how they feel without judgment. Briefly...

My son went from homework & focus troubles to A honor roll

IMG 6826Our journey with Play Attention began in the summer of 2018 when I was searching for a solution for my son.  Because of a blood infection at birth, he suffered some physical setbacks and some mental ones which seemed to be unexplainable, even by experts.  We knew that his memory was not working correctly, but no one seemed to know how to fix it as test results were too varied. 

I discovered Play Attention while watching many webinars on executive function and memory skills and then contacted my boss.  I work at a small, private, Christian school, and we were looking to start up a Resource Room for our students with special learning needs.  She gave me permission to buy Play Attention, and Bryan was my “guinea pig.”  

He’d come to school during the summer hours and I’d watch him do the activities.  At first, he could barely make it through the...

Teens with ADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving

A recent study published in Healthline and conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) indicates that teens with Teen DriverADHD have a 62% higher risk of an automobile accident within their first month of driving. Additional results of the study indicate that these teens also have an increased risk of both moving violations and driving while intoxicated. The study found that 37% of teen drivers with ADHD are still at risk up to four years after they receive their license regardless of what age they obtained their license. 

The CHOP study was led by Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., MPH. Curry's team evaluated information from 1,769 adolescents with ADHD who got their driver's licenses between 2004-2014. Curry's team also found that drivers with ADHD not only experienced a higher rate of crashes but crashes that involved passengers, being at fault, injuries as well as...