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ADHD Drugs Don’t Work?

ADHD Drugs Don't WorkADHD drugs don’t work? Controversial title, right? The topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has received a lot of debate in recent years. The treatment is with drugs. Those who are for the treatment call it a breakthrough whilst many argue it is unnecessarily medicated. I’m no psychologist or medical professional, but I’m fairly sure at school, I’d have been diagnosed with ADHD. Teachers always reported I had the concentration span of a goldfish, that I disrupted the class and one teacher reported that I was so laid back about work I was almost horizontal. Whilst I found that hilarious, you can guess who didn’t.

You may remember my post on creativity last week with creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson’s account of Gillian Lynn. [Read more…]

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Tips For Parents Of Children With ADHD

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, then these simple tips  for parents of children With ADHD written by licensed counselor, Shannon Anderson, for the South East Missourian may be worth a read.

Tips For Parents Of Children With ADHD

Play board games that require attention to detail such as Battleship or Memory. Encourage your child to slow down and model how to think through a move, etc. in order to not only do better in the game but also reduce impulsive decision making.

Another important tip for parents of an ADHD child is to make time to be outdoors as often as possible. Take a nature walk, play a ball game, anything like this is a great way for the child to utilize some of the excess energy that develops while sitting in class for a good part of the day. If done immediately after school, before homework time, I can assure you that when homework time does come it will be a lot more bearable for both the parent and the child!

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These tips for parents of children with ADHD are in line with other articles I have read on ADHD.  Whilst I am no expert on ADHD, I think Sir Ken Robinson, Creativity Expert and Author of The Element, makes some excellent points about ADHD in this thought provoking clip:

 

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15 ADHD-Friendly Ways To Focus

If your struggle to focus is down to ADHD, there are methods to combat it. Here, Maragarita Tartakovsky of Psych Central, lists 15 ways to focus which may just help you in the right direction. Even if you don’t suffer from ADHD, this is an interesting quick read.

An inability to focus is a prominent symptom of ADHD. While you can’t fully control your capability to pay attention, you can find strategies that help you sustain it. Here are 15 tips to try. 1. Focus your energy on problem solving.

The very first point about being self-critical was an interesting one – instead of being judgemental on yourself, one of the best ways to focus, is to apply your attention to the areas that you know you’re good at.

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