ADHD Parenting: Kids Who Interrupt

February 16, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Does your ADHD child have a habit of cutting you off in mid-sentence? Do you find it difficult to carry a conversation on the phone or with your spouse because of constant interruptions? Interrupting is a common behavior among kids with ADHD because they have a hard time keeping their impulses in check and censoring what they say. But just because this behavior occurs naturally, it doesn’t mean that it’s right, nor does it become any less annoying! Here are some ADHD parenting tips on dealing with kids who interrupt.

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ADHD and Hypersensitivities: An Explanation for Irritable Children

February 12, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

We’re familiar with how children with ADHD are supposed to behave. If they have ADHD hyperactive type, they’ll be bouncing off the walls, while those with ADHD inattentive type never seem to hear a word you say. However, children with ADHD can sometimes display behaviors that aren’t listed in the diagnostic criteria.  They are picky eaters who can’t stand certain smells or textures.  Dressing them up can be a real challenge; they can’t stand athletic socks, pants with elastic waistbands, or certain fabrics.  At night, they have trouble sleeping because the slightest sliver of light penetrates their lids. The list goes on.

Research suggests that many children with ADHD experience such hypersensitivities because of the underlying neurological issues of the disorder can trigger problems with sensory processing. They stay away from sensory stimulation like touch, light, or sound because they get overwhelmed by these sensations. When they get over-stimulated, they may react by throwing tantrums and displaying other troublesome behaviors.

The good news is that occupational therapy and desensitization techniques can help children overcome these sensory problems. Meanwhile, you can prevent sensory meltdowns by managing your child’s hypersensitivities.

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Manage ADHD and Stress with Diet

February 5, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Did you know that stress and ADHD are closely linked together? There’s evidence which suggests that stressful situations can aggravate ADHD symptoms, especially impulsivity and attention. The converse is also sometimes true – ADHD symptoms make a child or adult more likely to be stressed out by things like long waiting time, sudden changes in plans, or new environments.  There are many ways to cope with stress and life’s other pressures, but one way you can go about it is by eating foods that fight stress.

Food can be an important part of stress management in many ways.  A warm bowl of oatmeal, for instance, can increase the levels of a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which regulates mood and calms you down. There are also foods that lower the levels of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are responsible for the negative effects of stress on the body.  Finally, nutritious foods can reduce the overall impact of stress on the body by lowering blood pressure and boosting your immune system. This list of stress-busting foods will show you how.

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