3 solutions that solve math difficulties for children with ADHD

2018 12 27Math can be complicated for many students, it requires the ability to break problems down, conduct operations in your head, and sometimes requires the answer to be given in a specific amount of time. This is even more difficult for children with ADHD; they often lack the executive function skills that allow them to sustain their memory, apply reasoning, task switch, and plan ahead. In addition, sometimes math tasks or tests in school are timed.  With all of these factors, it is understandable why children with ADHD struggle with math.

Recently an article in Jewish News, a publication from Arizona, provided solutions to implement for children with ADHD to help with math!

Within this article, three issues were presented, and three solutions offered:

  • Word Problems require more memory function because of the combination of words and numbers. Children with ADHD often lack strong...

Activity 2 for Teens: Music & Dance

Acoustic Guitar 15598 640Play 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 teens:
Activity 2 for Teens: Organized Musical/Artistic Expression
Areas developed: Attention, impulse control, working memory, cognitive flexibility.
Learning how to play a musical instrument is often an excellent way to strengthen cognitive skills.  The same is true with organized singing and/or dancing instruction.  Such tasks have multiple, complicated processes that must be negotiated simultaneously.  These include rhythm, cadence...

Calming Foods for the ADHD Mind

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the quality of a child’s diet is associated with their ability to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors. Healthy diets showed a significant improvement in emotional health and unhealthy diets were associated with emotional distress.

ADHD children are often more hyperactive and emotional than their peers. Implementing a healthy diet may help manage these symptoms and improve their ability to navigate and properly express their emotions.

An article from Sheknows.com shares these tips to help your child stay calm and mindful.

  1. Balance the macronutrients and the micronutrients in your diet. We need a balanced mixture and amount of these to function and feel at our best.
  2. The key micronutrients are iron, magnesium, niacin, thiamine, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and zinc. It’s best to get these nutrients through...

Ketogenic Diet may reduce ADHD symptoms

BrainFood SMThe Ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Most ADHD diets tell you to increase healthy fats and protein and reduce refined carbohydrates which can regulate blood sugar. This can also reduce mood swings and improve attention. ADDitudemag.com recently published an article reviewing whether the Keto diet should be considered for ADHD.

According to ADDitudemag.com, the Keto diet has been used to reduce epileptic seizures in children since the 1920s. Scientists suggest that the diet changes certain gut bacteria that affects neurotransmitters in the brain. John Hopkins University published a study which states the children who maintained the Ketogenic diet to reduce seizures also had improved attention and social functioning.

While there is no solid research on whether a Ketogenic diet will reduce ADHD symptoms, there are certain factors that indicate it is a...

Chronic School Stress and Children

Stress is defined by the American Psychological Association as; any uncomfortable "emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioralSchool Stress changes. Some stress can be beneficial for our wellbeing; however, when stressors become chronic this is when it can affect our health.” Chronic stress occurs when everyday stressors are ignored or poorly managed, as well as exposure to a traumatic event. Chronic stress can lead to anxiety and depression as well as risk for heart disease or abuse of addictive substances.  

A recent article by ADDitude Magazine; Why School Stress is Devastating for Our Children, explored how chronic stress is affecting children especially ones with ADHD and learning disabilities (LD).  This is troubling because chronic stress can affect our brains and how we handle situations. It can also prevent us from reaching our...

The Impact of Heavy Screen Time on Your Child's Brain

Boy Holding Video Controller GAME OVER LGScreen time and the appropriate use has been a topic of discussion for years now, but do we truly know what the side effects are regarding screen time. Here at Play Attention, we have also discussed screen time at length because we believe it is an important conversation to have due to the potential impacts it has to cognitive development.

Currently, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is conducting a multi-year study looking specifically at the impacts of heavy screen time in children and the effect that the screen time has on their brains.  An article by Medical Press, Heavy Screen Time Appears to Impact Children’s Brains, looks at a recent interview done between one of the researchers; Gaya Dowling, an NIH doctor, and 60-Minutes.

The study is still in very early stages and is not set to release preliminary findings until early 2019 but in the interview. Dr. Dowling...