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Goal Setting Helps Focus Children With ADHD

As an adult, goal setting is an excellent way to focus, but is it right to advise that goal setting helps focus children with ADHD? According to Professor Andrew Martin, it’s effective.

PB goal-setting guides students’ to focus on their progress measured against personal achievements and milestones rather than comparisons to their classmates. It involves trying to do a bit more or a bit better than previous efforts each time important schoolwork is attempted.

Professor Martin’s findings were published in the international journal Contemporary Educational Psychology, as the first empirical study on PB goal setting to include children with ADHD. Previous research had demonstrated PB goal setting for general student populations, but Professor Martin’s study showed its benefits were amplified among children with ADHD. Click here to view the original source of the article

Thankfully this research has been conducted among high school students, rather than children. If goal setting helps focus children with ADHD, I think this advice should be applied as late as possible in childhood. It would be highly unjust to expect young children to start setting goals. What do you think?

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Are Drugs The Right Answer For ADHD?

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with ADHD, it’s more than likely that they’ll have been prescribed stimulants to help them to focus. Have you ever asked yourself the question: Are drugs the right answer for ADHD? Here, Laura Flores Shaw talks about alternative methods to train attention.

Adderall does help him to focus on boring tasks, he says, but he doesn’t think it increases his overall effectiveness. In fact, he thinks Ritalin or Adderall would help anyone focus.

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I think it’s quite scary how many doctors are just too quick to prescribe drugs to treat various conditions, rather than taking a step back to try to understand the root cause. Could it be that they’re not in the right environment perhaps? If you have 17 minutes to spare, I thought I’d include this fantastic insight into education by Sir Ken Robinson from the UK. It’s controversial, but so very true.

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Breathing Techniques Can Help Your Child To Focus

When I look back at my school days, I remember having the concentration span of a goldfish. One of my school reports actually said that my concentration span was gone after 5 minutes when I was seen to be looking out of the window. Another teacher decided to tell my parents that I was too laid back, sometimes so laid back I was almost horizontal. Whilst I found that highly amusing, my parents didn’t. Is your child struggling to focus in school like I did? This insightful article, written by Suzy DeYoung of The Oxford Patch explains how breathing techniques can help your child to focus.

Madison, age 10: “It has taught me how to focus more on the task. It also helped me control my anger when I get mad in school. I like it because it calms you and soothes your mind.”

These breathing techniques can help your child to focus at school and at home. In fact, I’m going to try them myself. Thank you Suzy DeYoung.

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