Ten Outdoor Summer Activities for ADHD Children

June 23, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Gone are the days when kids spent lazy summer afternoons having fun outdoors. Today, the average child spends his or her free time playing video games, which is bad news for those with ADHD.  Research shows that outdoor play can reduce ADHD symptoms in so many ways. The exercise they get serves as an outlet for excess energy, teaches them discipline, and stimulates the postural muscles, the brain’s primary source of stimulation. The best part about exercise is that kids don’t have to join an organized sports team to benefit from it; simply enjoying outdoor activities at least 30 minutes a day will be enough. Here are ten great activities that will get your ADHD child fit and active this summer.

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ADHD in Summer: Preventing Summer Learning Loss

June 15, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Summer has finally arrived and kids of all ages are looking forward to two months of doing absolutely nothing. But all this idle time can be detrimental to your ADHD child. As a parent, you may have observed that a lazy summer causes your child to lose the academic skills he or she worked so hard to attain all school year.   In fact, a study from John Hopkins University shows that students experience learning loss (specifically, 2.6 months of grade level equivalency) if they don’t engage in educational activities all summer long. Summer can also be a dangerous time for unsupervised ADHD kids, who may get themselves into accidents or into trouble.  How do you prevent summer learning loss from hurting your child’s progress? Below are some ideas.

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ADHD and Drug Abuse: How Great is the Risk?

June 9, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Are children with ADHD at higher risk for substance abuse? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors.  The very nature of ADHD does make one more likely to smoke cigarettes, have conduct problems, and abuse substances, as shown by a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology. But not every child with ADHD is guaranteed to have a substance abuse problem. I also believe that this risk can be avoided with proper treatment and parental involvement.

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Breakfast Can Reduce Lead’s Impact on ADHD

June 2, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

In the morning rush before school, it’s perfectly natural for kids to skip out on breakfast. However, try to make sure your child gets a bite of a high-protein meal in the morning. A new study published in the Environmental Health Journal discovered that a healthy breakfast is good for children with ADHD, not only for the energy it provides, but because it reduces the body’s absorption of lead. As you may already know, lead is one of the leading ADHD causes in children today.

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