ADHD, Fidgeting and Fitness

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Is ADHD over diagnosed? If you listen to parents, you may notice a recurring complaint of children younger and younger who “can’t pay attention.” When a mother laments a six-year-old who can’t sit still, one wonders: what six-year-old wants to sit still anyway? The Centers for Disease Control has tracked diagnoses of ADHD from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11% in 2011. Have children changed or have expectations of children changed? The answer is, "Both!" Children are expected to pay attention for longer periods of time. In some schools, kindergarten students are expected to sit attentively … [Read more...]

Go Outside and PLAY – ADHD and Outdoor Activity

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I know it doesn't seem like it, but the days are growing longer, now that the Winter Solstice has passed. Despite the cold, encourage your child to get outside more. Studies show that activity -especially if it takes place outside - reduces ADHD symptoms. Try practicing spelling words or math facts in the great outdoors. While you're studying, sit on a swing, kick a soccer ball back and forth, or dig in the garden. It just might make those math facts more fun! Even if you're like a friend of mine, who lives in the sub-zero of Alaska (60 below...), remember that inside activity works well, … [Read more...]

Planning the Perfect Vacation – Summer Learning

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My children had an argument in the car the other day, but I didn't mind; they were fighting over what our family was going to study this summer. For the past several years, we have focused our summer fun until it has become a time of academic enrichment. We give our summer a theme, research our vacation destination, hone basic skills, and bribe our children to read. Despite the arguing, we think it makes the perfect vacation. Getting in Shape . Summer is a great time to get in good academic shape. Keep your child's math skills sharp by giving a few math problems each day. Get a head start … [Read more...]