The ADHD Fix
You have a lot of them. You likely think of some daily. But, we know that if you don’t write down your dreams and set a plan, it is likely that you will never achieve them. Until you write them down and the action you need to take to get there, goals are just a dream, a fantasy.
I know many of you will hate this blog, and likely transfer that on to me. It seems like it’s very difficult today to own a problem. It’s much easier to blame someone else. Likely, I will get more hate emails for this, than I did when I suggested that golf was not a sport, and that just because Tiger Woods was a great golfer did not mean he was not a pathetic husband or father.
It was September of 1975, I was sitting in my first class at the University of Western Ontario (now called Western University-yes, renaming a school with a rich tradition is a very stupid thing to do).
One of the latest discoveries of neuroscientists is that when we are waiting for or receiving an email, certain parts of our brain become active. It is the anticipation of getting and “opening” up something that makes us feel a rush of energy and at times Adrenalin.
As children and teens return to school, homework can become a challenge. Children with ADHD often have difficulty with homework, taking hours to complete something that should take 20 minutes. Parents get frustrated and can spend their evenings as “homework cops”.
I haven’t been a student in Elementary School for some 44 years now. That’s a long time ago. Computers, cell phones, and the new Coke weren’t invented yet.
While the above title may appear a little awkward, it is a reaction to the often “Survival Guide” type of recommendations provided to those with ADHD returning to school. I’ve put together my top list of recommendations that must be in place to help you or your child thrive this upcoming academic year.
I made a detour home after our vacation yesterday and stopped at a farmer’s market where the grower uses old-fashioned techniques to grow some of the best vegetables on the planet. It’s a small outlet, approximately 400 square feet of space at most, yet filled with the latest harvests from the farm and greenhouses.
As more and more States in America consider legalization of marijuana for personal use, and discussions begin in Canada to do the same, it’s time to take a look at this drug in reference to ADHD. It is not uncommon for an adolescent or adult with ADHD to quietly say that they have been self-medicating with marijuana.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the collection of EEG electrical activity of the brain as an important assessment tool used in the assessment of ADHD. The press release can be found here http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm360811.htm
I recently read an article in a Canadian Newspaper that suggested that children rarely have time to play with neighbours today, due to their packed schedules. Dance, sports, camps, music lessons, tutoring, to name a few seem to dominate their agenda. As a parent, you may find yourself transporting your child to these scheduled activities.
As more and more news comes out of Calgary and Western Canada of how individuals and communities rally to take action in the middle of a natural disaster, you have to admire the human spirit. It points to something very relevant to all of us today, in that when we have to, or are forced to, we make changes in our life. We take action.
Often, when I discuss a successful strategy for living a great life with ADHD, creating a positive structure is at the top of the heap. So what does this mean when it comes to money management?
If you remember a few blogs ago, I talked about the fact that today in schools deadlines don’t matter. Children and teens are not held accountable for handing in late assignments or not handing them in at all. This was echoed to me by teachers, so I wrote the Ontario Minister of Education through our Premier, Kathleen Wynne, and received a response that tells the story.
In the great outdoors, animals (those that survive) have the instinct of knowing when something just does not look or feel right, and run in the opposite direction. Deer are apparently very good at this, as are wild turkeys.
So what should you do if you think your four or five year old has ADHD? Here are my 3 suggested strategies for your child’s school, day-care center, or yourself at home.
The recently released guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the assessment and treatment of ADHD recommends that children as young as 4-years of age be evaluated and diagnosed with ADHD. Rather than get into a discussion of these recommendations, let’s first look at why someone would first bring a 4-year old to a doctor’s office wondering if ADHD is the issue.
Read the latest news report on Dr. Svec and how to start exercising to fight and prevent disease.
With the beginning of summer vacation comes the question of how this time can best be used by children and teens diagnosed with ADHD. The answer depends upon the age of your child and your availability to supervise.
Driving into the office today, the news reporter on the radio station CKSY in Chatham, Ontario, was discussing how teachers were now being “trained” to better identify mental health issues in children, as well as what to do with them when they see these issues.