The ADHD Fix
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
Often when we see certain things happening around us we wonder if the person was really wanting it to happen, did they make an honest mistake, was it impulsive from ADHD or more serious.
If you need an excuse to get more active, or wonder how you can help with focus and concentration, there is more evidence in support of exercise as the tool. We know that the hippocampus (part of your brain) generates new cells to help with your memory and to then consolidate that memory when you exercise. A great summary video is found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdDnPYr6R0o .
A recent study led by University of Ottawa psychology professor Patrick Gaudreau suggests that student-athletes with an optimistic outlook may be better equipped to cope with stress.
Last week I discussed the launching of a new Premium service at www.exercisemd.com where they pay you to exercise. I also announced that on Wednesday April 1 only, the premium service can be purchased for just $49.50 using the coupon code “noaprilfool” all one word (no april fool).
I’m a bit obsessed with figuring out how to motivate humans. I often start with myself and try to change some aspect of my behaviour that will improve my overall health.
It was a long wait after my flight into Chicago and I was hungry. I quickly stumbled into an all-day breakfast café, the kind that smells amazingly good when you are famished. Immediately seated, the waiter came over and offered me coffee and a menu.
When we think of treatment for ADHD, we often think of some form of medical or psychological intervention that will create a long lasting change in ADHD symptoms. Medication, the most common form of treatment, may work while the medication is active, but will quickly wear off and return the brain to the ADHD state. Even though ADHD is a lifetime condition, most who take medication for it stop after 16 months or so. I’m often asked what I would do in a situation if I or my child were diagnosed with ADHD
What is a child or teenager to do if continually bullied at school despite taking all the steps they are supposed to do as recommended by the adults?
On Monday, the Ontario Ministry of Education will be providing the new “sex education” curriculum for teachers to be using for children in Elementary School. My comments aren’t about the content of the new curriculum, it’s about making teachers take on more responsibility when it comes to our children.