Technology and ADHD

As video game availability increases, so does screen time. How does that affect a child with ADHD? There are many schools of thought on how video games affect our children, but a recent study was done to see what the true impacts include for children with ADHD.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, regarding how new technologies are used by adolescents and, if, over time, the technologies increase symptoms of ADHD. The study showed that the answer is yes; increased technologies and screen time do increase symptoms of ADHD. Teens that did not engage in media use at a higher frequency had a lower rate of developing ADHD symptoms by 4.5%. This is compared to teens who did engage in at least seven activities.  They had a 9.5% increase, which is over double of the teens that did not engage.

However, the article from Psychology Today...

It's Time to Play!

Cheerful Little Girl Playing Hopscotch On Playground Hug Me SMDo you ever feel like you are going in a million directions, or that your schedule is so full you cannot fit in one more event? And if you are a parent, odds are that many of those events in your schedule tie back to one of your child’s activities.

Recent studies have shown that kids today are overscheduled with organized activities. There are piano lessons, soccer, dance, gymnastics, and the list goes on.  Organized activities are not unstructured play. Unstructured play typically places less pressure on the child, provides different skills, and promotes learning social skills in a less stressful environment. This is key as children are subject to increased academic stresses in the classroom as so many schools must fight for funding based on their standardized tests. The impact of this is exacerbated in children with attention difficulties.

We are no longer giving our children...

Tips on packing the best school lunch for your ADHD child

School LunchSchool lunch programs vary from nutritious and health-conscious, to fast-food oriented and comparable to a microwave dinner. If your child’s school does not provide healthy lunch options that include fruits, vegetables, and proteins, you may need to pack your child’s lunch to help ease ADHD symptoms throughout the day. This is especially true if your child has food sensitivities. If your child is on medication and doesn’t have much of an appetite during the day, try these tools to create a more appealing lunch while balancing nutrition:

  • Let them choose food items but keep guidelines. Their lunch should include a fruit and/or vegetable, whole grain, protein and dairy item. Adjust these items according to food allergies and sensitivities.
  • Choose foods that are portable and not time consuming to eat. Try putting foods in smaller containers or zip lock bags.
  • Let them help pack up their...

How to help your ADHD child sleep through the night

 

Large Child SleepingLack of sleep is very common for children with ADHD. The causes of those sleep issues are not fully understood, but the relationship between ADHD and poor sleep seems to be clear. A British research study showed that children with ADHD were three times more likely to have trouble falling or staying asleep and 57 percent of their parents got less than six hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation often leads to irritability and more inattentiveness during the day.

Here a few things you can do to help you and your child get more quality sleep each night:

  • ·Spend time with your child before bedtime. Children often delay falling asleep or get out of bed to get more attention from their parent. Take an hour before bedtime for a relaxing activity.
  • ·Keep the house quiet. Once your child is in bed, make certain everyone else keeps their voices low and electronic...

Morning exercise ideas to help ease ADHD symptoms at school.

Morning Excerstudy done by Michigan University indicates that exercise in the morning may reduce symptoms of ADHD in children and give them better concentrate during school.

Exercise boots the brain’s neurotransmitters and the amount of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). These are chemicals that people with ADHD often run short on. By increasing these chemicals and strengthening brain connections, children have a higher rate of learning and the ability to interact with others appropriately.

Mornings are a busy time for families.  Fortunately, some schools provide exercise time for students before starting the day. If this is not the case in your child’s school, here are some physical activities that might fit right into your morning routine:

  • If you walk your dog in the morning, have your child join you. This provides your child with physical activity and outdoor...

Teen Motivation

Teen MotivationMotivation is difficult especially in teens, and when you add ADHD to the mix, it can feel almost impossible. However, motivation improvement is not impossible and can be accomplished with the right tools and techniques. Thus, making motivating your teen with ADHD is achievable.

Additude Magazine, recently did an article on this topic and specifically discussed how to motivate teens through these nine steps:

  1. Finding out what the teen wants; so often they want to be heard and understood
  2. Setting the tone for success as the parent and make sure they understand you are there to help
  3. Letting teens chose goals to work towards
  4. Ask questions of your teen find out more about the goal and how they will achieve
  5. Focus on teen independence
  6. Work together with teens as a team
  7. Create a rewards system
  8. Be fair
  9. Build persistence which is an executive functioning goal of working on a task...