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Brain Freeze: Why People with ADHD Need Downtime
When I’m less in tune with my brain’s needs, I go full-throttle, forgetting that I have a bunch of unprocessed thoughts bouncing around in there. If they don’t get processed, they take up room and I can tell you that, with this ADHD brain, the elevator gets full fast.
Kids Bouncing Off the Walls? These Boredom Busters Fill Time Gaps with Activity
Many ADHD experts swear by the Pomodoro Technique for time management, which organizes the day into 25-minute increments separated by 5 minutes of activity and blood flow, plus a few larger gaps in the day. Use these recommended boredom busters to keep your child moving during their 5-, 15-, and 30-minute breaks while learning at home.
Being OK with Change: How to Fortify Your Child’s Cognitive Flexibility
Favorite T-shirt in the wash? Meltdown. Out of chicken nuggets? Meltdown. Some kids with ADHD struggle to be flexible when things don't go as expected. The good news is that kids’ brains are wired for learning. You can help them learn the skills they need to be more flexible.
5 Things Every Doctor (and Parent) Should Know about Girls and ADD
New research suggests that to effectively diagnose ADHD symptoms in women and girls, doctors should consider hormonal fluctuations, trauma, family dynamics, self-esteem, and eating habits. Encouraging feedback about ADD treatment is also essential when treating young women for attention deficit disorder.
Adjusting Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan for Distance Learning
Your child’s IEP or 504 Plan was not designed for distance learning. But here we are. And now it falls on parents and educators to make new accommodations for students with ADHD and other learning challenges when they’re outside the classroom. Here are common challenges in 2020, and advice from learning expert and advocate Susan Yellin, Esq.
Don’t Try to Fix Their Weaknesses. Instead, Try to Celebrate Their Strengths.
During my decades as a school psychologist, I have found five tried-and-true truths about students with ADHD. These touchstones don’t make me the perfect mom (especially during this pandemic), but they do keep my positive parenting strategies from derailing when they encounter a bump or break in the track.
The Key to ADHD Emotional Regulation? Cultivating Gratitude, Pride & Compassion
We can’t (and shouldn’t) protect our children from every stressor that may overwhelm them, but we can use gratitude, pride, and compassion to help them build resilience. Here is a simple but effective 3-pronged approach to improving emotional regulation.
Can’t Get Anything Done? Why ADHD Brains Become Paralyzed in Quarantine
At first, stay-at-home orders felt like an opportunity to tackle those back-burner projects and lingering to-do items. But as the global pandemic has worn on, we feel drained. We can’t seem to get anything done and yet we’re tired all the time. Concepts in neuroscience and psychology, however, can decode our behaviors and point the way back to productivity.
How to Re-Build a Life: 7 Framing Tools for ADHD Minds Emerging from Quarantine
“Back to normal” no longer exists. Our world is forever changed, which means our post-pandemic lives are up for definition. What elements will you leave out and put back in, after social distancing ends? Will you take away any positives or new understandings from this pandemic? Use these strategies to help you think about how to re-build your life after this global pause.
“My Daily Schedule is in Tatters!” How to Build Routine and Boundaries Now
Without commutes and errands and sports practices, many parents and adults with ADHD feel they should have more time. But instead they just have more work, more distress, and more disorientation — a feeling of being ungrounded and unfocused due to all that unstructured time. Perhaps more than ever before, it’s critical to carve out a schedule that balances work and home life. Here’s how.
Why Children with ADHD Hate Bedtime: Solutions to ADHD Sleep Problems
Why does ADHD bring sleep problems? The ADHD brain is hypersensitive to external stimuli. This is particularly true at bedtime, when racing thoughts, ticking clocks, tempting screens, and even thirst may keep our children awake far too late. Here, learn how to teach your child to settle their mind for sleep.
How Online Therapy Helps Soothe the ADHD Mind and Soul During This Pandemic
Online therapy is now a vital lifeline for patients locked down in their homes with spiking symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and overwhelm. If you are considering teletherapy for the first time, here is what you need to know about the conditions treated, the goals of sessions, the strategies employed, and the cost of treatment.
Cooped Up with ADHD? Relationship Advice for Couples Strained by Social Distancing
Relationships are straining under the weight of pandemic stress and anxiety, not to mention the days (going on weeks) cooped up with ADHD, kids, work, and each other. Here, an ADHD relationship expert offers advice for building stronger bonds while social distancing or sheltering in place.
Happier Day By Day: A Daily Guide For Fending Off Depression
As many as 70 percent of all people with ADHD will suffer symptoms of depression and/or anxiety at some point in their lives. Follow this daily plan to build better moods through exercise, green time, nutrition, and better stress management.