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The ADHD Society Vision

Whether you want to face it or not, you must admit that the increased use of medication in America for ADHD symptoms has become outrageous. I stand for the drug freedom ADHD lifestyle. Of course, that brings with it untold amounts of support for – and against the position of The ADHD Society.

The vision we see of the future of ADHD is one in which people with the traits of ADD/ADHD are revered, encouraged, and supported for their powerful brains. For this to happen, there are several major advancements that need to occur.

We envision creating new educational systems that strengthen and adhd-support-group-logosupport ADHD-type thinkers and doers.

This does not limit to the public schools; it is open to any educational system which exists or will be created. We’ve seen a huge boom in home schooling and private school attendance. This may be due in part to the inability of teachers to ‘handle’ students with ADHD.

The ADHD Society wants educational systems to be elevated to the level of edifying the brain of ADHD. This is a far cry from having a school that will ‘agree to take the kid with ADHD.’ This will involve new training, understanding, and maturity in educators to be able and willing to build the ability within the ADHD brain.

We are amazing problem solvers and solution oriented thinkers when we are in a supportive environment. Certified teachers for ADHD students will pave the way for a future of the support of ADHD students.

Look forward to future with less drugs being incorrectly prescribed or experimented on our brains.mercedes_passion-72dpi

It is well known that America takes a ridiculous amount of prescription medication for ADD/ADHD compared to the rest of the planet. What’s even more appalling is the radical growth of sales of ADHD medications on a global scale.

In the last few years’ research has been completed in Europe that is showing promising results that are pointing to the fallacy of the chemical imbalance theory of ADHD. Although it’s possible that medication may be needed for a very small percentage of people with ADHD, there’s no way that millions of humans need to be on so many different versions of ADHD prescriptions. Advancements in behavior modification, nutrition, neurofeedback, cognitive and vestibular exercises have created amazing drug free results.

Can you imagine a world with people growing up with self-esteem rather than being branded a problem or nuisance?adhd for teachers

The stigma of ADHD being a disorder has been the most misunderstood confusing notion of all. Carrying fear, shame and guilt around from being branded a problem or nuisance has suppressed many people with ADHD. Yes, we’re different, and society order is threatened by that difference.

The ADHD Society believes that this type of brain thinks faster, more creatively; with strong curiosity and energy. The mold that society would like for us to fit into cannot contain us. There is revolution that creating a new design in which our powerful brains can thrive.

Change the drug abuse, and alcoholism, and addiction that is so prevalent with ADHD.F-adhd-zombie

Studies are reporting that a minimum of 50% of people with ADD/ADHD become alcoholics or addicts. That’s only what’s reported; meaning there are more. Being different, thinking different, causing problems, while being told the negative things while growing up; leads to self-medication. Any amount of change that occurs with this issue will help many people on the levels of country, state, city, and within the homes and relationships of those with ADD/ADHD.

ADHD Call for Help

Ugh. Not again. The phone call I hear every week. Sometimes several times a week. It’s been 3 weeks of unreturned emails, missed phone calls, no reply texts, until I could finally connect with her. She had been living the ADD\ADHD life of despair, frustration, hope and love. Read her story and see where you relate it.  There were days when her phone notification would go off and her heart twanged, she was thinking, “oh god please don’t be the school again.”

This is what life had become.adhd-insta4

The memories of a happier time flickered through her mind with pictures of a precocious little child whose energy and curiosity was always pushing the boundaries, while the creative side was just shrugged off as overly imaginative. There were days when everything was positively exciting, but often, those days had turned into distant stories replaced with ‘what happened this time?’.

The pediatrician suggested starting a low dose of one of several different ADHD meds. She honestly didn’t want to put her precious one on medication, but she was so frustrated and don’t know what else to do. She couldn’t remember if it was because her neighbor suggested it, or the school nurse brought up the topic, or possibly the dozens of moms social media groups that have so many supportive women; they thought it was best too.

Things were fine in kindergarten and ‘sort of okay’ in 1st grade. In second grade, there was a switch in teachers, to one who wasn’t so understanding. During one specific parent teacher conference, all she heard about was, “he just needs to behave better, stop fidgeting so much, less talking for sure, turn in the homework, stop chasing other kids during recess, less backtalk and blurting out in class”. She had noticed that the other kids had begun singling him out, for being different.girl add secrets

She kept mentioning to me how she’s seen the promise shine through when he is interested in something and produces amazing work. His teachers remark, “when he does his work on something he’s interested in, it’s very well done” or “his intelligence is way above average, he’s just not performing to his potential”. She had a busy life as a parent, she loves her child, but there are so many other important things going on in your life as well.

So, she talked with her pediatrician again and try a different medication. Searching for new answers she tried different therapists, even a different school, and a different activity or sport. She began realizing is that it’s not the outside things that mattered so much, but what’s inside her child. The pages of tests that the therapists did on him begin to stack up with no real answers, except that he’s very intelligent, curious, creative, and full of energy.

As middle school begins, she watched as her young ball of energy hit puberty and began to rapidly become someone very different, day by day. The family embarked on another trip to a different pediatrician for teenagers to try a different medication. Her worst fears were realized as she recognized that her child is identifying that he can’t be normal without his pill. Searching for creative or active outlets, he tried to get involved with music and sports.

At his events, it was noticeable that he’s either 100% engage or blasé about the competition. He got completely elated when he wins, but downright ornery when they lose, blaming it on someone else or the team but never himself. This mirrors the behavior in the home when he doesn’t get his way or the schedule is changed abruptly. His emotions are constantly in flux, but the psychologist insists, “he isn’t bipolar, or autistic, maybe it’s a spectrum disorder or a deviant disorder.”  The family was walking on eggshells around the house because they weren’t sure what was going to set him off, and caused so much stress in their home; to the point of straining her marriage.adhd-son-father-argue

High school was a roller coaster of close calls, rebellious behavior, and the rare occasion of enjoyable times when things seem to be going great; followed by a house of cards coming crashing down.

As a parent, she was juggling feelings of failure, disappointment, and unconditional love. These emotions combined to make her wonder where did it all go wrong? What mistakes did she make as a parent? She was asking yourself, what did she do wrong? Was it something she did?

Every single parent I’ve communicated with can relate to some part of this woman’s phone call. It might as well have been your own call with me. Each time I hang up the phone I feel the pain they’re going there, because I’ve been there too. This is also my mother’s own story. My passion for helping people with ADHD is unmatched.

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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

 

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Beloved’s ADHD

Over the years I’ve noticed many patterns that have proven the answer to the myriad questions about parenting and ADHD.  There are those who say that bad parenting causes ADHD, but there are also folks who think that it’s hard to be a good parent around someone who has ADHD.adhd for teachers

What if I could clear up both sides and show you how to understand, handle, and enjoy the person with ADHD?

Working with hundreds of people in families of people with ADHD gives me inside knowledge about how different things go when parents are following 12 specific things.  I’ve created another LIVE presentation on Dec 1st at Glen Allen Library to discuss all of them below: – simply click the REGISTER button belowadhd help tips

1. To begin, they have a through solid research-based understanding of ADD/ADHD.

2. By following a specific regimented individual set of Nutrition Strategies, they have not only tamed the negative symptoms, but also have helped improve the positive traits.

3.  They have read and been instructed on the ups and downs of medications and what they are really doing to the brain by taking prescriptions.

4. Understanding the importance of a home exercise program for both the brain and the body.

5. Finding multiple ways to limit destructive behavior

6. Ferreting out issues that are in the family to reduce further stress on the relationship.

7. Learning the correct healthy way to connect with their emotions.

8. The person with ADHD has gained the capacity to focus on purpose – not just when they are interested in something.

9. Changing a new perspective to become aware of positive and negative patterns

10. Enabling the person with ADHD to be able to take responsibility for their actions – not placing blame on others.

11. Maturing out of low self esteem to overcome doubt in themselves.

12. Viewing the future as something to behold, in order to empower them.

I have helped many people get to this point in their lives. Would you like to obtain the same results? The vast majority of this work has helped hundreds of people in Richmond Va – I’ve created the special LIVE class for that. It’s incredibly valuable and Im going to discuss the program that evening. Click the “Reserve My Seat” button belowadhd help tips

 

 

Let’s Talk ADHD and Genetics

The ADHD Society blog bannerDiscussing ADHD and genetics can be a daunting task, given all the technical jargon being used. Researchers are beginning to see a pattern that the hyperactivity symptoms don’t last into adulthood like inattention issues; that can plague an adult with ADD/ADHD. There are also environmental factors that affect the expression of ADHD symptoms. Children do more of what they see than what they hear. Parents who have ADD/ADHD have an important obligation to learn skills to handle their impulsiveness, inattention, distraction, and excess energy.adhd-insta2

Reports continue to be published that show the problematic nature of NOT handling ADD/ADHD in a healthy positive manner. Common to be diagnosed with a plethora of additional disorders:

  1. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Tourette’s, OCD, ODD, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Anti-social Behaviour, Learning Disorder’s
  2. Increased likelihood of broken bones, lacerations, burns, poisoning, speeding tickets, car accidents, and jail time
  3. Increased likelihood of repeating a grade in school, dropping out entirely, unemployment, divorce, familial estrangement, and suicide
  4. 50% ADD/ADHD suffer with alcoholism /addiction

In May 2015, a long term study was completed study that “examined the genetic and environmental influences explaining interindividual differences in the developmental course of ADHD symptoms from childhood to adolescence (ie, systematic decreases or increases with age).” http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2290681#Abstract

From the ages of 8-16, over 8,300 people diagnosed with ADHD from England and Wales were followed and evaluated using specific ADHD monitoring tests and scales by the parents.adhd-insta5

Basically the results were that the hyperactivity measurements went down by 50% from age 8 to 16, while the inattention measurement only decreased slightly. The researchers are proposing that 2 or more genes are responsible for the hyperactivity trait, while the inattention comes from ‘one single powerful gene’. Studies like this will help us better understand why some people have remission of certain baseline symptoms of ADD/ADHD, while others still have certain issues into adulthood.adhd-help

Dr. Etka’s viewpoint: I’m not even sure you can say a gene is more powerful than another, due to the fact that they aren’t even ‘turned on’ unless the cells are in the correct cellular environment for that gene to fully express itself. Read up on Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology. Author Dr. Bruce H. Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and those of other leading-edge scientists, have examined in great detail the mechanisms by which cells receive and process information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. brain-research

Add to the fact that the vast majority of humans can control their thoughts. What we can’t always control while growing up is the environment that we are placed within. As we get older and more self-sufficient, mature and responsible, than we can begin to take more control of our environments. Remember, that not everyone who has the gene for diabetes, gets overweight. Not everyone who has the gene for heart disease, develops heart problems. Open your mind to the fact that you have more control over your ADHD than you may have previously been told. I’m sure some people might get defensive about that statement, but I’m here to help you through that. COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL.

If you’d like to read more about the evolving world of ADHD and genetics, here are 2 more.

  1. Faraone SV, Perlis RH, Doyle AE, et al. Molecular genetics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry 2005; 57: 1313-1323.
  2. Sprich S, Biederman J, Crawford MH, et al. Adoptive and biological families of children and adolescents with ADHD. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2000; 39: 1432-1437.
  3. Burt SA. Rethinking environmental contributions to child and adolescent psychopathology: a meta-analysis of shared environmental influences. Psychol Bull 2009; 135: 608-637.

 

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.

 

Parenting Goals and Tips for ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerLet’s be clear that bad parenting doesn’t cause ADHD, but it does certainly make it worse. Working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed particular things that improve ADHD in a client simply with changes in parenting. As mature adults, it is our responsibility to rise above any negative default behaviors that we may have observed from our own parents growing up. Be honest with yourself and realize that you weren’t able to choose your parents, but you can choose your own behaviors now. I’ve listed 7 areas below that parents I work with all strive to improve.

  1. Limit destructive behavior8things

It is well know that people with ADD/ADHD can act different than other ‘normal’ kids. Decide ahead of time which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. If a behavior is not causing physical harm, but it seems peculiar or odd, let it go. Trying to dampen the creative imagination or behavior can have drastic consequences later in life. Discuss with them that you understand what they want to do, but set a time when that behavior may be more appropriate. In this way, you’re not stopping it dead in their tracks, but giving them a place and time that they can fully explore and behave as they want to express themselves. When it comes to managing aggression, be sure that the discipline matches the crime. This particular subject has its strength in the consistency of the parents; their own personal confidence and love.

 

  1. Reduce stress on your relationshipadhd-father-son1

When it comes to the word ‘stress’, we need to remember that stress is a perspective. It can be caused by many things, but predominantly there are several things that can be done to make it less of a problem. Expectations, schedules, society, personal feelings are all included. When you define the rules, allow some flexibility – some leeway. Many times, by simply allowing a slightly wider berth the situation lowers in stressfulness. Check your schedules and make sure that they aren’t too busy and placing excessive strain on the person with ADHD. Being honest with yourself and determining if the stress is coming from school, community, or other family members, then be aware of that. Realize that ADD/ADHD is a clinical neurological diagnosis; not just a behavior thing. Imagine for a moment that someone with autism is behaving unacceptably – how are you going to handle yourself?

  1. Connect with Emotionsadhd-son-father-argue

It becomes very helpful to take breaks. Be aware that you can become overwhelmed or frustrated. Encourage out-loud thinking; the ADD Brain thinks really fast and sometimes there is a need to tell people and talk about it a lot. Help the thoughts and reasoning process; also having them write things down in a journal is very helpful. ADHD folks can be very impulsive with emotions, so it’s important to promote wait time or a ‘pause’ button. Working on extending that gap between stimulus and response. The work we do with neurofeedback and the Myndplay company has proven invaluable to improving the emotional intelligence of clients.

  1. Take responsibilityJust Do It Tomorrow - Symbol Of Lazy People

It’s been established that by creating structure help. Building routines, good habits and rituals creates a successful environment. Be sure that people who are willing to perform a task will take more responsibility for the outcome than if they are forced to perform said task. Show the person with ADD/ADHD how to break tasks into manageable pieces. We all can use calendars, smartphone apps, colors, homework & chores charts. Strive to simplify and organize your child’s life; talk with them and find out how they work best. Taking responsibility instead of placing blame can begin on the smallest level. People with ADHD typically aren’t the most self-aware. Gently helping them to see where their actions caused something to happen is very important. Begin with positive things that they caused. Soon they will begin to connect the dots.

 

  1. Overcome self-doubtadhd for teachers

Growing up with ADD/ADHD brings with it fear, shame, and guilt from messing up, not following through, forgetting, blanking out, losing things, etc. It is imperative that as adult role models that we believe in your child. Look for them to do the right thing. When they aren’t performing or behaving correctly, guide them into a behavior that can be praised and recognized for. This goes for all parents, coaches, daycare providers, grandparents; anyone involved in the person’s life.

 

  1. Awareness of Patternsadhd structure

The human body loves rhythm. The way we walk, breathe, heart beats, sleep patterns, eating. What many people may not understand is that the ADD brain has special times during the day when it’s in “Turbo Mode”. These are the most important times of the day to harness this power and handle important tasks. Be aware of the levels of inattention, recklessness, or hyperactivity. When the brain moves the body into “Turbo”, the it’s time to be outside, or exercising, running around, using the body as many healthy ways as possible during that time. (If the teacher is punishing behavior by taking away recess, they are shooting themselves in the foot.) Patterns also occur with the triggers that can cause the negative aspects of ADHD to rear their ugly head. It’s important to help the person with ADHD see this for themselves, just like we discussed above.

 

  1. Empower THEMadhd for teachers

Realize that the ADD brain has the ability to do things that are amazing and inspirational. Limiting distractions helps the majority of people with ADHD. It’s mandatory to decrease screen time, encourage creativity, and connection to other human beings. There are many groups and communities forming daily that cater to the super creative, imaginative, fast-thinkers. Remember that this brain can handle putting concepts together better than a ‘normal’ brain. Placing the person in an environment where they will be successful with that type of brain will thrive can be monumental. Encourage exercise. Decide on the best times for concentrating on brain tasks, then also body tasks. Integrative ways of improving body awareness are very important to the success of our ADHD program.

This has been a fairly exhaustive discussion on helping parents handle ADD/ADHD better. Be sure to comment below and share this with other parents. There are many people out there who can use this information to create a better life.

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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