The ADHD Fix
You are playing recreational soccer and take a blow to the head. You get up from the ground and are dizzy, light headed and feel sick to your stomach. For a couple of days you are having significant headaches and trouble sleeping. You also notice that focusing at work or school is more of a problem.
As school begins, the thought of sitting and doing homework with your child can be a scary experience. Children and teens with ADHD are generally mentally exhausted by the end of the day, and have a hard time focusing on anything other than video games or active play. The amount of time on homework should vary with age or grade. My general guide is 4x the grade your child is in. So if they are in grade 2, 8-10 minutes a night, EVERY night is recommended; in grade 11, about 45 minutes a night,EVERY night
If you are watching the news today, likely you know that the world markets - and ours in Canada, are crashing. Some years ago, I wrote a monthly newsletter called “The Psychology of Investing” where I told readers what I was doing in my modest portfolio and why I focused exclusively on psychological analysis for doing so. Things went well, but people started telling me they were investing as I was. That motivated me to shut it down because I didn’t want to be responsible for their fates.
You would think after all of these years of writing this blog, doing a podcast, explaining the research, and discussing best practices, I may have made a difference with some schools. Maybe it is because we advocate very strongly for our clients when schools or agencies will not meet the needs of children, teens or adults diagnosed with ADHD so schools try to not cooperate. A high school principal was quoted by a parent last year to say that: “Now that you went to the Svec Clinic, we have to make all the
It’s hard to believe that very shortly we will be back at school. Elementary, high school or college and university students will be back within a couple of weeks. For those of us with ADHD, it marks the time when we need to step up our return to school structure and routines. It’s time to put in place what will be needed in September to achieve success. Here are my must do items:
This time of the year we are in the business of taking time off to relax, rejuvenate our energies, recharge our brain and spend valuable time with family or friends. It can be very difficult to suddenly shut down, avoid emails or the rush of deadlines. I often recommend that you gradually wind down before vacation then wind back up before you return. Here are some activities and things I do to relax when on vacation that may help you as well.
It was supposed to be, and still is touted as, the saviour to learning and education. Access to technology and real time information was to transform learning for our children at school and yourself at work or play. For those with access to the internet and a reasonable computer, most learning is at our finger tips so to speak. But in many areas, technology has harmed, not helped, us. Schools and workplaces are slow to change and here are some of the problems.
Having a coach to help you achieve your goals can be one of the most important choices you make for yourself or your child after being diagnosed with ADHD. Executive coaching, personal coaching, or business coaching have been popular for some time, helping many of us achieve our true potential. Here are some ideas of what to look for when choosing a coach to help with ADHD:
If you use one gram of cocaine per day, does cutting down to a half gram per day make anything better? Harm reduction strategies including providing clean mouth pieces to attach to crack pipes, clean needles to inject drugs, and therapy aimed at reducing use by certain percent have become very popular in Ontario and across Canada over the last decade. Here are some reasons against using harm reduction, and why I believe we need to provide abstinence-based treatment for addiction:
It is not unusual today to find that in most schools and sports environments with children we are reluctant to admit that winning or being the best matters. At least that is what I am being told by many teachers through blogs, discussions and posts on Linked In. I suggested about a year ago that having a pizza party to celebrate students who received As was a good thing even though students who achieved less were not invited. There was an uproar, I was called many things, and those teachers that agreed w
Being diagnosed with ADHD is often a relief initially because you finally understand what was getting in the way of achieving to your potential at school, work, in relationships, and with family. The next step is using the knowledge you gain from the assessment process to enjoy life and achieve your potential using new ways of thinking and doing. The great news is that these strategies and treatments work. Here is the good news about ADHD.
In June your child will bring home a report card from school that is supposed to tell you as a parent how the year went. Marks, grades, some other new grading system created by a consultant are to translate to reflect your child’s year. In Ontario, many of you won’t receive a report card as teachers are on strike. Here’s why you don’t need to worry, and what you can do to create your own report.
ADHD impulsive behaviour or actions are often a problem. Reacting too quickly when faced with a crisis, social situation on the playground or at work can cause problems with others and chisel away at your self-esteem. The saving grace for those of us with ADHD is the feeling that often happens after such an action. Children are truly sorry after reacting aggressively to a push in a soccer game or saying something they later regret. When the impulsive action is aggressive, it increases the impact of that
In London, Ontario recently, a high school Student made news because she protested the fact that she was sent home by Lucas Secondary School administration for violating the dress code. Social media kicked in, other students joined, and walkouts and protests made the news. How dare they (the school administration) discriminate against girls because of what they wear? How dare they think that somehow wearing skimpy clothes would be distracting to the young men of the school? The decision by the vice-prin
As spring turns to summer, you are likely looking to plan the summer holidays for your child. If things are going well, it’s likely partially because of the structure you have created for your child; when to get up for school, what chores are needed, the structure of school itself followed by homework, and other activities to finish the day. The 3 months away from school doesn’t mean that the structure should stop. In fact, if you want a great summer with your child, you need to plan it and even add more
Now I’ve heard it all. A recent article suggests that reading to your children before bed may be a bad idea because it puts other children at a disadvantage if they aren’t read to as well.
I work in London. I pay school taxes in London. I have a clinic office in London. When parents ask us to help their children with ADHD and we ask the schools for help they often say they “have no money or resources” to hire an Educational Assistant, provide more physical and health education or activities. A few years ago, an employee in management for the Thames Valley District School Board and other Districts was found guilty of stealing approximately a million dollars from the student athletic fund.
If you or your child have been diagnosed with ADHD, you likely have had sleep problems throughout your lifetime. Often thoughts racing through your mind keep you from getting to sleep. Another problem is not being able to stay asleep, or waking up too early (I have this going on, often rising at 4:00 a.m. to start work). What could be causing this and what are some possible solutions?
Once diagnosed with ADHD, you need to investigate the next step in the treatment process. There are “medical” model types of treatments and “self-help” types of treatments. The medical model of treatment means something is done to you, or you take something to fix the problem. For ADHD, the improvement with medication for example only lasts as long as the medication is working. When it wears off, the symptoms return or may even be more severe than before the medication was taken. The Self-Help model m
A new study suggests that there may be a link between stressful childhood events and the development of type 1 diabetes. The Swedish study included over 10,000 families, all with children between the ages of two and 14 who were not yet diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As they followed these families, they noted certain stressful situations for the children, such as the parents divorcing or the death of a family member, and they found that the children who went through these traumatic situations were almost