Category Archives: ADHD for Teachers

4 Easy Ways to Help ADHD Parents in Richmond Va

Since the videocast went live last month with RVAreal.tv where I explained everything I could, in one hour, about helping people with ADHD – my inbox has been red hot with teachers and parents asking for guidance on tips for ADHD and ways to handle the ADHD better.

As you keep reading, you’re going to learn 4 very important concepts in helping ADHD to become more manageable.

On Dec 1st @ 7pm Dr. Eric Etka, founder of ADHDRichmondVa.com will reveal behind-the-scenes      information on a how to create 12 breakthroughs with ADHD

    1. Understanding ADD/ADHD
    2. Nutrition Strategies
    3. Medication Discussion
    4. Exercises For Home & School
    5. Limit Destructive Behavior
    6. Reduce Stress On Your Relationship                              
    7. 12. revealed at the event

Although the majority of us have been through grade school, we were never taught how to listen or how to communicate effectively. Sad, but true. On top of that we, as humans, typically focus on what’s wrong instead of what’s going right.

I enjoy helping people and want you to get results in advance. So, let’s go through four things that happen to start with the letter “C”.

Tuesday Dec 1st @ 7p Glen Allen Library I am going to show you how you can accomplish all of these and more –

You Can REGISTER for this event, simply click the button below to reserve your seat, just enter your name and email address.

Once you have registered you’ll receive a gift of FREE 5 easy to watch “How-To” videos to help you get results at home BEFORE the Glen Allen Library event.

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Here are 4 skills to improve ADHD in your home:

1. Communication – this isn’t just speaking so you can be heard. What I’m talking about is communicating information to another person in a way that the other person can receive it properly and communicate back to you the correct main information.

2. Capability – learning is a lifelong endeavor. Being a parent is the most important stewardship on the planet. SO why is it that the vast majority of parents have not had any formal training in ‘correct parenting’ that is up with the times?

3. Confidence – being a involved with someone who has ADHD can be downright exhausting. Exhausted and frustrated humans find it hard to be confident. Some people throw in the towel altogether.

4. Courage – finding a way through to the other side means facing uncertainty while pushing through with the ‘capability’ that you do have. I’ve met clients who  figuratively borrow my belief in them to make it through some very hard times. Eventually they begin to believe in themselves and their lives are never the same.

I believe in delivering value. Hopefully, by reading those 4 ways to help, then you will take action on them.

Tuesday Dec 1st at 7pm @ Glen Allen Library I am going to show you how you can accomplish all of these and more. adhd help tips

If you’re only interested in the videocast with RVAreal.tv then click the picture belowadhd richmond va

Can Richmond Improve Schools for ADHD kids?

adhd help tipsI recently created a famous podcast where I unveiled the nuts and bolts of all the issues that we’re dealing with in the ADHD community across the globe. Since I have chosen to live in this city I love, Richmond, then the people of this town have the opportunity to meet me face to face that other folks around the globe don’t.

I’m putting together a new LIVE event that brings to light 12 specific changes we’ve seen in our practice from working with parents, kids, and adults. The ADHD program is all-natural non-medication, but a strength based program geared to help people dampen the negative problems of ADD/ADHD – and enhance the positive aspects of it.

Click the “Register” button to get a seat at the presentation. I’ve summarized the changes below as it regards to kids in school:

  • reduced AD/HD behaviors and symptoms
  • all children were rated by their parents as being at the normal level after training.
  • scores on the BRS completed by parents and teachers showed reductions in AD/HD symptom frequency.
  • more attentive behaviors were perceived during and after training sessions.
  • children started showing more socially meaningful behaviors
  • improvement in assignment completion and exertion of more patience during tasks
  • broad behavioral problems lessened – social, aggressive, and delinquent problems.
  • children had completed more schoolwork, and the improvements remained after the training.
  • increased attentive behavior in class
  • improved quality of schoolwork improved these children’s social status.
  • children had better social status after the training, as rated by their homeroom teachers.
  • increased children’s confidence in doing tasks.
  • their motivation for doing daily tasks improved
  • their expectation for success increased improvement of the cognitive and state-control problems that are commonly associated with AD/HD

“These findings indicate that parents and teachers have perceived a broad range of behavioral improvements as a result of the neurocognitive training.”

“These findings speak to the relationship between underdeveloped psychological abilities, negative behavior patterns, and inadequate academic and social participation at school, and indicate that once the children have received positive support and technical aids, they can achieve dramatic improvements”adhd help tips

 

Nutrition Tips – Is Your ADHD Ready for School

This blog post is going to discuss 15 different ways to help ADHD in classroom environment. We’ve discussed before what it’s like for a parent, adult, or child with ADHD to go through school. Teachers have initiative to make sure that each student gets through the program, does well on SOL tests, and has a memorable school experience. When it comes to ADHD tips for school, many teachers and parents are finding many ways to help the ADD Brain. Sign Up For “Nutrition Tips” webinar this week below:register-right-now

We are working to implement brainwave-controlled video games into school systems. In this blog post, I’m going to take adaptations from Dr. Hallowell’s book and add my real life personal and professional experience. Handling ADHD at home is much different than learning ADHD Tips for school; so here is the list of tips for teachers of people of all ages who have the traits of ADD/ADHD:

  • Have the kids with ADHD sit toward the front of the room (though not all together). Even better, have a circular seating arrangement. That way, someone is always looking at each student. It is very hard not to pay attention when someone is looking at
  • Dr. Etka: it is now well known that the ADD brain has ‘hemisphericity’, meaning that basically one side is stronger than the other. we also know that the opposite train focuses to the opposite side. thus, by placing a children on the side of the room that has ‘stronger’ hemisphere, the attention and focus can more easily go to the center of the room.
  • Use touch if it is allowed in your school. I shudder to think that Mrs. Eldredge’s arm is now illegal in many schools in this country. But if you are allowed to, touching a child on the shoulder, say, is a great way to provide encouragement and also bring his mind back into the room and the task at hand.

Dr. Etka: this is a ‘touchy’ subject. adults who can calmly place there hand on a child with ADD will help tremendously, but if the ‘touch’ is a stern grab, hold, or anything that can re-stimulate a childs memory of the typical life of an ADD child who has been reprimanded countless times (you catch my drift) – I love touch personally – as long as it is from a well meaning person who can encourage and support my goals and aspirations.

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  • Use eye contact. Your eyes can bring attention back into the room.
  • Use kids’ names. When you hear your name it is almost impossible not to pay attention.

Dr. Etka: the eyes are the light of the soul. Looking into someone’s eyes – you can get a sense of what’s really going on inside. use visual connection as a means of communication to give the child the feeling that they are safe, they are understood, and that you really do want to help them. similarly, saying a child’s name in correct tone helps.

  • Never keep kids in for recess. Exercise is essential for mental focus.
  • Consider starting the day with some stretching exercises.
  • Consider having the kids sit not in chairs but on exercise balls. That provides constant musculoskeletal stimulation, which is good for the brain, and also involves the cerebellum, which is good for focus.
  • Emphasize proper brain care with the kids: eat right, get exercise, get enough sleep, don’t overdose on electronics.

Dr. Etka: totally agree!! people with ADHD need a way to ‘blow off’ their excess energy. nutrition is huge with helping to gain better control on impulsiveness of ADHD, the ball idea started in Europe and is wonderful. Chiropractically, it’s the spinal joints that send signals to the cerebellum to get it’s motor going, which then speaks to the pre-frontal cortex.

  • Introduce new topics in terms of old topics already mastered.  Kids with ADHD overheat easily. They get frustrated quickly when they sense they won’t understand something new. So, for example, when you start fractions explain right away that fractions are simply division written differently, and the kids have already learned division.
  • Break down large topics or tasks into small, manageable bits. For example, a book report might be subdivided into eight steps, or a science project outlined in a dozen doable steps. Once again, this helps the child with ADHD not feel overwhelmed. It is also helpful for all the other kids as well.
  • Notice and appreciate successful moments. Kids with ADHD often go through an entire day getting multiple reprimands or therapies without one single affirmation. Imagine how you’d feel if you went through your day like that.

Dr. Etka: at SeaWorld they train big powerful animals to do the amazing. many of the same principles apply here. taking something that may seem complex and showing the animal they already know each separate step, that actually, when put together create a totally awesome new feat of excellence. ( i do this when my extreme athlete sons get scared to try something ‘never done before’. by looking for the child to do the ‘right’ thing, it completely changes the training/teaching process… and the self esteem rises.. (trust me, a child with ADD can bring you tons of joy, or loads of frustration and pain – your choice)

  • Stay in touch with parents, even if you don’t particularly love them. My best advice to teachers is the same advice I give to parents: make friends with each other.

Dr. Etka: not only can ADHD for teachers be very challenging to understand correctly, but also, a daunting task given the amount of kids in a class nowadays; help is mandatory from parents.

  • Make sure the child has eaten properly before school –
  • Don’t let the child or the parent use ADHD as an excuse. ADHD is not an excuse to get out of taking responsibility, but an explanation that leads to taking responsibility more effectively.
  • During school, talk about when the teacher may let the person with ADHD have a snack in between classes.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of the “moral diagnosis,” blaming the child’s difficulties on bad character. Look deeper than that. ADHD is a neurological trait, not a moral infirmity.
  • Above all else, enjoy these kids. Nothing works better than that—both for the kids and for you.

Dr. Etka: I love Ned. he’s is such a genuine guy. understanding ADHD and having the compassion I have now, I have seen so many parents, adults and kids, begin to thrive while learning how to handle their ADD Brain better.

Adaptations taken from Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted ChildEdward H. Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, 2008

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Important Questions to Answer About ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerThe time is past when we need to take control of the sinking ship of how the majority of medicine and society treats people ADD/ADHD. Almost everyone that I’ve communicated with who has ADD/ADHD; or someone in their life – doesn’t want to be medicated. Prescribing of ADHD medications has consistently risen enormously in the last 5 -10 years. Homeschooling has become a boom industry in that same time. There is obviously an underground movement growing in momentum that is going to crest soon. Parents, adults, kids, and insightful educators are realizing that the ADD brain is an incredibly powerful asset. There are negative aspects to the traits of being impulsive, distractible, and hyperactive. The yin and yang of the situation is that those same negative traits have positive creativity, curiosity and enormous energy as their counterparts. Here are the questions that need to be addressed:adhd-insta6

1. Has ADHD has been labeled a disorder syndrome, problem creator in society?

Yes. There are several reasons for this, aside from any conspiracy theories, the simple fact that ADHD doesn’t think linearly, but more tangentially – abstract. The ADD brain can perform like a 3D floating Rubik’s cube. Most teachers, adults, and parents haven’t received training in how to cope and handle that type of thinking. This certainly makes the square peg not fit the round hole.

Imagine a future where there are training seminars and conferences to edify and augment the inherent creativity, curiosity, and energy that comes with the ADD Brain. A strength based approach to helping handle the negative aspects and improving the positive traits.adhd-insta3

2. Can people with ADHD leave a wake of destruction & exasperated people around them?

Yes. Ask anyone who is in the vicinity of ADHD. More stories abound than you could ever count regarding this question. The homework battles, ruined relationships, the drugs and alcohol, the countless forgetting experiences, unacceptable behavior, and distracted consciousness. It’s hard to keep up with a brain that moves as quickly as the ADD brain.

In the same breath we can talk about the amazing things that have come from being involved with someone with ADHD. The genius moments, the inspirational work, the passionate determination, the incredible solutions to seemingly impossible problems. During our live presentations, when I bring this statement to the audience, I get hands up and people love talking about these experiences. They know that there is an inherent awesomeness that comes with having ADHD.adhd-insta7

3. How many people have been labeled as problems, nuisance, disturbed, special needs?

Dr. Hallowell, New York Times best-selling author of 18 ADHD books told me personally, “Eric what people don’t see is that getting a diagnosis of ADHD is the best thing that could happen to them, for it is the one that has the highest rate of improvement in all the psychological textbooks – but they’ve been told it’s a disorder, so they see it negatively.” This questions raises a similar but deeper discussion than the other 2 questions because it drives to the heart of the issue where people have been programmed to see ADHD as a ‘bad’ thing; so they treat is as such. It is one of the most disheartening aspects of my job. I have a dent in my forehead from banging it into a wall about this subject.1456693_10152083587505977_1803238107_n

4. How many people have been abused & mistreated because they have the traits of ADHD (misunderstood)?

Bringing this question to light has caused stunned looks on many peoples’ faces. It’s almost as if they are a deer in the headlights. Many people don’t realize that ADHD is a clinical diagnosis, not a behavioral diagnosis. Can you imagine a child with autism being punished/beaten/scolded or told he was ‘stupid’, ‘bad’, ‘retarded’ for acting inappropriately in a social situation?

The time has come for society to realize exactly what we’re dealing with regarding the ADHD brain. It’s been often said that ‘what you focus on the most becomes the most powerful force’. The ADHD Society is focused on the entire person with ADHD from a strength based approach.Register now button

Constantly evolving The ADHD Society programs to include new research findings, alternative care models, and a genuine loving compassion for the client, that is unmatched by anyone I’ve heard of besides Dr. Hallowell himself. In 2012, in Baltimore, MD, I told him directly, in a face to face conversation; that I would be the champion for his cause. He smiled shaking his head, “Thank you, we need more people like you.” As he wrote in Driven to Distraction – “ADHD is a gift, and it can be unwrapped given the proper approach and understanding.” When I read that in 1994, I finally knew why my life had been such an incredible mystery to so many people. Back then though, I had no idea I would be the one leading the charge to bring freedom to an entire group of brilliant misunderstood section of society.

 

ADD Focus Help – 5 Steps for Success

The ADHD Society blog bannerMany people in the real world, as well as, online are looking for ADD focus help. Many entrepreneurs are battling with the constant communication, information, changes, and reformatting of the Internet. Kids, parents, and adults in the real world are also looking for solutions for ADD focus help. Ironic as it may sound, people that have the traits of ADD/ADHD have an incredible ability to focus and be productive. The challenge comes in finding what works for individuals in their won worlds. Here are severalways to achieve ADD focus help.

  1. Go with Strengths, Unfocus on Weakness: I know that seems obvious when you read it, but so many people are thinking they should be working on their weaknesses to strengthen themselves. I believe thats a waste of time. (delegate, refer, or outsource your weaknesses)
  2. Distraction be Damned: each person has particular things that distract them; we’re all different. Something that may completely rock my brain into “Turbo” might drive you erratic… On our Facebook page, we’ve created audios , ideas, environment changes that fans have sent in that they like and helps their brain. Track the things that take your focus away – limit or eliminate them completely – Organize the workspace. (or if that’s your weakness, have someone do it for you) Be ruthless with this step.. no grey areas, get rid of distractions
  3. Rockets need Rocket Fuel: Since Im a Chiropractor, this part has been completely ingrained into my daily rituals and lifestyle. So Im going to give you the concentrated gold nugget version right here. Red meat, dairy, grains and sugar ALL cause inflammation in the human body. Many people are sensitive to wheat and gluten. The closer to God made it, the better. Humans need at least 50% of their body weight in grams of protein (divide your weight by 2, then that # GRAMS of protein) The kidneys can only properly deal with 8 oz of water per hour. Sleep and naps are essential for the ADD Brain. Consider what is coming into all your 5 senses; make it the best that you possibly can. This includes exercise.mercedes_passion-72dpi
  4. Now vs. Not Now – there are so many jokes about procrastinating. So many slogans about taking the bull by the horns, or ‘just do it’. Simply put, people need ADD focus help in starting the project immediately. Do this by creating Structure, Novelty, and Motivation.
  5. Create Rituals – all of us needing ADD focus help are finding that we are operate with different environments. One of the most important things to do is to control your environment so that it supports you the best. Performing the ritual of getting ready will be a cue to your brain, that “okay, we are getting ready to create, produce, complete tasks”. Think about it, we do it for our kids, with getting ready for school, dinner, and bedtime. We can do this to signal our brain that we are ready to rock.

As you’re sitting there reading this – you may want to get more info – and that’s exactly what I do for you – each month, I perform LIVE “Unwrapping the Gifts of ADHD” at local venues – Sign up below to get on the mailing list for more information about the seminars. Register now button

 

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ADHD Tips for Teachers

Adhd Tips For Teachers

We’ve discussed before what it’s like for a parent, adult, or child with ADHD to go through school. Teachers have initiative to make sure that each student gets through the program, does well on SOL tests, and has a memorable school experience. When it comes to ADHD tips for teachers, many teachers are finding out the many colors and personalities that come with the ADD Brain.

I have been hard at work behind the scenes to bring ADHD Tips for Teachers to a level of understanding, in order for the knowledge and persistent application can help the young intelligent, often misunderstood children hope for a brighter future.

In this blog post, I’m going to take adaptations from Dr. Hallowell’s book and add my real life personal and professional experience. Handling ADHD st home is much different than ADHD Tips for teachers; so here is the list of tips for teachers of people of all ages who have the traits of ADD/ADHD:

  • Have the kids with ADHD sit toward the front of the room (though not all together). Even better, have a circular seating arrangement. That way, someone is always looking at each student. It is very hard not to pay attention when someone is looking at you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Etka: it is now well known that the ADD brain has ‘hemisphericity’, meaning that basically one side is stronger than the other. we also know that the opposite train focuses to the opposite side. thus, by placing a children on the side of the room that has ‘stronger’ hemisphere, the attention and focus can more easily go to the center of the room.adhd tips for teachers
  • Use touch if it is allowed in your school. I shudder to think that Mrs. Eldredge’s arm is now illegal in many schools in this country. But if you are allowed to, touching a child on the shoulder, say, is a great way to provide encouragement and also bring his mind back into the room and the task at hand.

Dr. Etka: this is a ‘touchy’ subject. adults who can calmly place there hand on a child with ADD will help tremendously, but if the ‘touch’ is a stern grab, hold, or anything that can re-stimulate a childs memory of the typical life of an ADD child who has been reprimanded countless times (you catch my drift) – I love touch personally – as long as it is from a well meaning person who can encourage and support my goals and aspirations.adhd for teachers

  • Use eye contact. Your eyes can bring attention back into the room.
  • Use kids’ names. When you hear your name it is almost impossible not to pay attention.

Dr. Etka: the eyes are the light of the soul. looking into someone’s eyes – you can get a sense of what’s really going on inside. use visual connection as a means of communication to give the child the feeling that they are safe, they are understood, and that you really do want to help them. similarly, saying a child’s name in correct tone helps.

  • Never keep kids in for recess. Exercise is essential for mental focus.
  • Consider starting the day with some stretching exercises.
  • Consider having the kids sit not in chairs but on exercise balls. That provides constant musculoskeletal stimulation, which is good for the brain, and also involves the cerebellum, which is good for focus.
  • Emphasize proper brain care with the kids: eat right, get exercise, get enough sleep, don’t overdose on electronics.

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Dr. Etka: totally agree!! people with ADHD need a way to ‘blow off’ their excess energy. nutrition is huge with helping to gain better control on impulsiveness of ADHD, the ball idea started in Europe and is wonderful. Chiropractically, it’s the spinal joints that send signals to the cerebellum to get it’s motor going, which then speaks to the pre-frontal cortex. (took me months to gain solid understanding og the neurology with that one 😉

  • Introduce new topics in terms of old topics already mastered.  Kids with ADHD overheat easily. They get frustrated quickly when they sense they won’t understand something new. So, for example, when you start fractions explain right away that fractions are simply division written differently, and the kids have already learned division.adhd for teachers
  • Break down large topics or tasks into small, manageable bits. For example, a book report might be subdivided into eight steps, or a science project outlined in a dozen doable steps. Once again, this helps the child with ADHD not feel overwhelmed. It is also helpful for all the other kids as well.
  • Notice and appreciate successful moments. Kids with ADHD often go through an entire day getting multiple reprimands or therapies without one single affirmation. Imagine how you’d feel if you went through your day like that.

Dr. Etka: at SeaWorld they train big powerful animals to do the amazing. many of the same principles apply here. taking something that may seem complex and showing the animal they already know each separate step, that actually, when put together create a totally awesome new feat of excellence. ( i do this when my extreme athlete sons get scared to try something ‘never done before’. by looking for the child to do the ‘right’ thing, it completely changes the training/teaching process… and the self esteem rises.. (trust me, a child with ADD can bring you tons of joy, or loads of frustration and pain – your choice)

  • Stay in touch with parents, even if you don’t particularly love them. My best advice to teachers is the same advice I give to parents: make friends with each other.

Dr. Etka: not only can ADHD for teachers be very challenging to understand correctly, but also, a daunting task given the amount of kids in a class nowadays; help is mandatory from parents.

  • Don’t let the child or the parent use ADHD as an excuse. ADHD is not an excuse to get out of taking responsibility, but an explanation that leads to taking responsibility more effectively.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of the “moral diagnosis,” blaming the child’s difficulties on bad character. Look deeper than that. ADHD is a neurological trait, not a moral infirmity.
  • Above all else, enjoy these kids. Nothing works better than that—both for the kids and for you.

Dr. Etka: I love Ned. he’s is such a genuine guy. understanding ADHD and having the compassion I have now, I have seen so many parents, adults and kids, begin to thrive while learning how to handle their ADD Brain better.

Adaptations taken from Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child, Edward H. Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, 2008

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Adhd Tips for Teachers