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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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Drug Free ADHD Solutions for China and USA

The ADHD Society blog bannerA simple and effective case study using neurocognitive training for children with AD/HD has been performed in China. What is most interesting to me during this study is the fact that over 33% of parents in China with children who had been diagnosed with ADHD are against using medication. Just over 25% of them would only use medication if there was no other alternative.

The ADHD Society uses the exact technology with our clients in USA that this entire study was based upon. As in our previous blog – ADHD and Myndplay Helping Emotional Intelligence we discussed using this neurofeedback device in our office and the results.adhd-neurofeedback

Read on to learn more about how neurofeedback training for children is helping kids and China and the USA.

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“Two alternative technology-based approaches to addressing symptoms of AD/HD are cognitive training and neurofeedback training. Cognitive training involves the use of purpose-designed computer software to exercise particular psychological abilities (e.g., memory) with the aim of improving them with practice.

These tasks typically include performance feedback, with task difficulty varied according to performance to promote challenge, engagement, and learning. Neurofeedback training involves non-invasive measurement of ongoing brain electrical activity (electroencephalogram [EEG]) via electrodes on the scalp, with the user provided continuous simplified feedback about that activity (e.g., current level of attention shown as a number, a bar graph, or an engaging visual display).

The aim of neurofeedback training is to promote awareness and control of psychological “state” factors that are reliably reflected in the EEG, such as high versus low attention or being relaxed versus tense. Several meta-analyses indicate research support for neurofeedback training as a method to reduce symptoms of AD/HD and improve behavior.”

The ADHD Society believes that the combination of alternative therapies is the future of helping people with ADD/ADHD. There isn’t just one pill that’s going to help everyone. This study does its best to combine both the forms of cognitive training and neurofeedback training to create results that not only help in the classroom, but also, make changes in their home life as well.

The video game used in this study has over 12 different games that challenge the user with respect to impulse control, attention, focus, working memory, physiological control of states of frustration and re-focus. There are many levels to each game from ‘easy’ to incredibly challenging – ‘insane’. We’ve noticed similar results in our practice as does the neurocognitive study in China.

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I’ve summarized the findings of the study below:

  • 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”

1.  A Preliminary Multiple Case Report of Neurocognitive Training for Children with AD/HD in China

Neurofeedback studies are being performed as we speak in classrooms across the USA as well.

2.      In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534402

3.      Neurofeedback and cognitive attention training for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in schools

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399101

4. Computer-based attention training in the schools for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a preliminary trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21561933

Introducing a non-invasive form of neurofeedback (NFB) that is fun and can be tracked, along with pre and post psychological assessments – seems like a no-brainer. NFB simply is monitoring the brain waves while the subject is performing a task. The task can be directly helpful to improving the impulsiveness, and distraction problems so prevalent with ADHD. Combining the two into a video game that can provide it’s own reports on the subject’s progress; now you have a winning combination.

If that was too complex for you, let’s break it down. Non-drug treatment, using technology that monitors brain waves to control a fun interactive video game, to dampen the negative traits of ADHD, while enhancing the positive traits, which can provide progress reports.

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In the USA, our clinic is the first to bring this technology into the arena of ADHD treatment. The Australian company, NeuroCog, not only, has partnered with us in our mission to re-educate the world on the positive aspects of ADHD, but also is providing the support and video game by which to make this technology accessible to all parents, adults, and children who need help.

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ADHD Webinar – Help with Homework Projects and Tasks

Many people have been dealing with homework battles and trying to figure out how to get over procrastination with respect to projects and tasks.
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Richmond ADD ADHD & Special Needs Support Group

Every day people on social media are giving out advice to other struggling adults, parents, and kids. It drives me bonkers. I think that it’s unsafe. Some of it may actually be illegal; given compliance issues of America’s FDA. So I decided to do something about it. By creating a safe haven for people and families who are living their lives with someone who has a disability, special needs, ADD/ADHD, etc.adhd-sprt-grp-lil-logo You can join us THERE by clicking this Facebook event link

Lately there have been great strides made in laws and bills going through the judiciary process that are helping people with a disability. There are also changes being enacted with regards to IEP’s and 504 plans. Every day a new drug is being tested for children whose bodies and brains haven’t even completed growing yet. There is also ground-breaking research overseas that is showing promise with new understandings and possible helpful drug-free treatments for many people.

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see the breakthroughs. I want people to get better. But, I believe there is a better way to go about doing it.

I want to pave the way and bring together the families with trusted professionals, caregivers, school admin, scientists, researchers and lobbyists who have their best interests at heart. This may seem like a futile attempt, but we certainly won’t know until we try. As a cohesive team that cares about our family’s past, present, and future.tas-support-grp-logo-BIG

In the beginning, there will be kinks to work out; I’m sure of it. But the overall goal is to have a place in the real world where people can assemble and meet; made up of people with common experiences where people can give and receive emotional and practical support. Eventually, this can be bolstered by an online community with video-conferencing capability to bring the high-level guest speakers right into the palm of your hand.

As more and more people join, we may need to find a bigger space in Richmond, VA. My first idea is to bring a much of this online as possible – so that the planet can have access to what we’re creating.brain-research

But first, let’s get the structure and ground rules straight before we embark on this assembled journey.

Rules are simple:

  1. Respect everyone’s positive opinion in the community.
  2. Talk about your experiences – don’t tell others what to do.
  3. This is not a sales forum , it’s a safe place to explore & meet others.
  4. What you hear, who you see – HERE – stays here.
  5. You’re free to bring people with you – who will adhere to the rules.

Richmond Va is where I have been making enormous strides in helping bring people together for the greater good. I have always believed in serving and helping people. I am open to suggestion So please leave your comments below and I will be quick to respond to them and take them into consideration.

For more info Click the Richmond ADHD event LINK

Better Help for ADHD with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback training has been introduced to several schools on a small scale with fantastic results. As technology improves, and research begins to focus more on the brain, rather than prescriptions, it’s evolving how ADHD symptoms are addressed. The classic hallmark traits of ADD/ADHD are impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity. adhd myndplay

Recent research is proving that it has a genetic component, that it’s an anatomically different brain – that can misfire its impulses, along “with glucose usage characteristics. I believe that many people are noticing that ADHD isn’t simply a chemical imbalance or problem; which has them searching out alternative ways to handle the negative aspects of the diagnosis.

I personally have spoken to possibly over 1,000 parents by now, and I can honestly tell you that the vast majority of them do NOT want their kids on medication. Then why are so many kids on prescription drugs for ADHD?

Several reasons: 1. They don’t truly understand ‘what is ADD/ADHD’. 2. They haven’t been shown the parenting skills to handle the person correctly with the diagnosis. 3. The teachers want to have better control in the classroom. 4. Because we put too much trust in medicine in America. Register now button

Neurofeedback studies are being performed as we speak in classrooms across the nation.

1.      In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534402

2.      Neurofeedback and cognitive attention training for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in schools

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399101

  1. Computer-based attention training in the schools for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a preliminary trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21561933

Introducing a non-invasive form of neurofeedback (NFB) that is fun and can be tracked, along with pre and post psychological assessments – seems like a no-brainer. NFB simply is monitoring the brain waves while the subject is performing a task. The task can be directly helpful to improving the impulsiveness, and distraction problems so prevalent with ADHD. Combining the two into a video game that can provide it’s own reports on the subject’s progress; now you have a winning combination. adhd-focus-pocusIf that was too complex for you, let’s break it down. Non-drug treatment, using technology that monitors brain waves to control a fun interactive video game, to dampen the negative traits of ADHD, while enhancing the positive traits, which can provide progress reports. And to put the icing on the cake, have the parents and child both take real psychological ADHD assessments before and after treatment.

In the USA, our clinic is the first to bring this technology into the arena of ADHD treatment. The London company, Myndplay, not only, has partnered with us in our mission to re-educate the world on the positive aspects of ADHD, but also is providing the support and platform by which to make this technology accessible to all parents, adults, and children who need help.

I’m very interested to hear your comments below. adhd-neurofeedback

 

 

 

 

ADHD in Boys – Call to Action for Fathers

Are you ready for some straight talk about Father Son Relationships?I’m going to go on record and say that the most important thing about boys is the relationship between a father and son. It’s inarguable. It’s futile to debate. Although I’m sure that there are rare occurrences when a boy does become an awful adult ‘menace to society’; who grew up near a genuinely loving father. But, I sincerely doubt it. ( I’m not even getting into the percentage rates of fatherless homes in America. ) I want to create an awareness to the dads who are IN THEIR SON’S LIFE.adhd-father-son

Generations ago, boys were raised in a circle of men. For good reason. Stories and skills were taught to bring up the boy into a well-functioning strong member of society. These boys became young men who were connected to their fathers and father figures. In the past, young men matured into respectable leaders in society; a far cry from the sitcom dads that are present today. It’s becoming more apparent that the father has more to do with a boy’s self-esteem than any other family member.

If I just struck a chord, then I’m doing my job. It’s insidious. How in the world did we go from a strong male led society to being the butt of jokes on sitcoms. Think about it, how did that stereotype even emerge? I’m sure that there are lots of reasons, but I don’t care. It simply needs to be faced, conquered and changed.adhd-son-father-argue

Anyone past puberty can be a father.

Being a dad is completely different.

Being a role model is the next level.

( I’ve made my own mistakes, yes, I’m not perfect, but I’m constantly striving to connect deeply and be an active positive force in my sons’ lives. )

Men, let’s get serious about connecting with our sons. Connecting in a way that they have a strongly positive bond with you that is based on respect, not gifts, not obedience, not fear, but respect. Something that I learned while being around my boys is to point out the ways that you are loving them. It’s not always obvious that what you are physically doing is you actively loving them.adhd-father-son1

[ Disclaimer: Men, if you’re one of the few, who none of this applies to you, then connect with me, because I’d love to build a strong group of excellent role models. I know there are fathers who strive to have great relationships and the boys still have trouble. This blog post simply shines light on the contrast you’ve created. 🙂 And I’ve really enjoy meeting the super dads who are out there. ]

Men, fix the lens that you see your sons through to view a growing young man who will make mistakes. And know that they will do more of what they see than what they hear.

Men, hug your sons. Be genuinely affectionate with them. A loving fathers arm around a kid means security, safety, and shows them that you are there to protect and love them.

Men, live a life that follows principles of health. Physical, Emotional, Financial Health.

Remember that Love is Verb. It’s an action word first. Before the feeling of Love.

I know that there are a lot of religious organizations that profess to be helping with this; if that’s where you want to start, then go for it. Typically I think that’s the first place males begin to realize that there is more to their role on this planet.adhd-son-father

As a father, be aware that your relationship with your own Father impacts your behaviors and thoughts. You know it does. Acknowledge that relationship, build on the positive lessons learned, scrutinize the dysfunctional parts, and make any necessary changes that you need to for your own son. Just because “that’s the way my father did it” doesn’t mean it was correct or helpful.

Okay. Are you ready for this part? The reason this is on an ADHD blog. If you, the father, has ADD/ADHD, then you need to handle that as completely as possible. Your actions, words, and mental status is affecting your sons more than you could see from your unhealthy perspective. Once you’ve swallowed that hard pill; we can move to the next part.

I’m going on record to say that the majority of kids suffering with ADHD have awful relationships with their fathers. “Suffering” meaning the boys can’t get a hold of their own impulsivity, their distractibility, their erratic behavior, and the worst part is that their self-esteem is very low. “Majority” being over 50%. Now that that’s clear. You want to know how I know this?

I have helped over a hundred patients get their lives back WITH their ADD/ADHD. Many of them males. And they tell me. With tears in their eyes. When they wrap their arms around me crying for someone to believe in them again. Sobbing to become worthy again.hallowell hug

When is the last time you looked in your sons eyes with loving proud tears of joy that he is your amazing son, knowing that he has a clinical condition, not just bad behavior?

In keeping track over the last few years, there is an honest to God connection. I’m not saying that ADHD is caused by bad parenting or un-loving dads. I AM SAYING that it’s made worse. Much worse.

SO, how do we propose we fix this issue? I’d love to hear your views in the comments below.

 

 

ADHD and Anxiety – 7 Ways to Win the Game

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ADHD and Anxiety – How to Win the Game

Have you noticed that ADHD and anxiety is becoming more of an issue lately? Watching this happen with your child can be very troubling. Having it happen to yourself is not much either. Some newer research points to sleep deprivation being a piece to the puzzle. I’ve noticed clients with a dysfunctional right brain that likes to run unbridled is more of a problem. As technology improves to measure the truth; I’m going to shed some light on how I’ve helped hundreds of people get control of their ADHD and anxiety.adhd and anxiety

Would it make sense to you if I told you that the ADD Brain functions from the perspective – that is colored by the amount fear shame and guilt that the person is internalizing? (The majority of the world is ‘sold’ on the Germ Theory, so let’s accept this simple ADD theory as fact.) Let me make that clearer, people with ADD/ADHD can be incredibly constructive and destructive, based on the amount of personal fear, shame, or guilt they carry. Obviously, this is true for how much self-esteem, joy, and free conscience they enjoy.

The ADD Brain is very powerful – when it is free of illusions – of the true nature of the person whom possesses that brain. If this is true, then why are we singled out as dumb, lazy, nuisance, problem child? This doesn’t happen just a few times, we’re talking thousands, countless, amount of occurrences. Even with a ‘normal’ thinker, this negative programming can be hard to bear.

People with ADHD have incredible imaginations; making negative programming extremely powerful. Imagine for a moment that someone possessing the programming that they aren’t smart or that they “can’t do anything right”. What will happen to this person when they encounter a new experience in which they have to learn something new to accomplish a new task?0.o

Combine that with the newer understanding that “thoughts become things” (Mike Dooley), in addition to the power of thought to change the environment (The Intention Experiment). This creates a very strong force that can be extremely destructive; one in which the person wielding the power has no idea that they are even the cause of it [I hope I didn’t lose you there – because this becomes a very important foundation for changing your ADD gifted brain]

Our ‘fight or flight or freeze’ response creates adrenaline surges. (This happen from our Sympathetic nervous system mediated spinally from T1 to L1.) ADHD and anxiety is happening when that system is left unchecked by the logical left brain. As for fear; fear is fantastic. Fear keeps you from doing lots of things that you CAN do, but it can also push you to do things that you never thought possible. Because fear is in your mind, like anxiety, and the chemicals it produces cause all kinds of actions and reactions.

Scientific fact – when your ‘fight or flight’ response is kicked in from your nervous system, ALL your senses become more enhanced. Yes, absolute total fact. Visual, hearing, tactile, smell… at the highest level needed for the situation. Guess what? Who controls your mind? One person. You. ADHD and anxiety is completely under your control (once you are aware, recognize and train yourself).Bouncer-with-headset

Facing your own internal notions of fear will take us into areas of our minds that we may believe are very real to us. That’s fine, I understand, but you have to understand that it’s only that way because YOU have made it that way.

Here’s the disclaimer – when you begin to ask yourself about the skills that you have to complete something that you’re afraid of – and you honestly don’t have the skills – GO GET THEM. Research the skills needed, then learn what’s necessary, then train on the new skills, find a way to get that skill. Anyone can learn new skills. If they allow themselves to.

Here’s 7 ways to win the ADHD and anxiety game:

  1. Understand that anxiety is only a set of chemicals caused by the thoughts in your mind. Make your left brain rein in your right brain, like a horse.
  2. Ask yourself “why am I feeling this, what am I ‘really’ afraid of?
  3. List all requirements to accomplish the thing you’re afraid of..
  4. Acknowledge your own skills, talents, assets, and ask others for help
  5. Determine if you can perform the skills needed while you are scared…brave)
  6. Remember that you have created the thoughts and chemicals inside YOUR head.
  7. Now, take a deep breath, and go do it.. NOW.adhd and anxiety

This works, I promise. I have been able to face countless moments in life that used to cripple me. Many times it simply came down to realizing that I had the basic skill to perform the task, and I could complete them without dying. More often than not my ADHD and anxiety was like a phantom cloud that my mind created and once I was in front of it, it vaporized.

So, yes, this works. And I’m going to look forward to the stories that come from the readers of this blog.

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