ADHD Diet: Brainy Breakfast Ideas

May 25, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Healthy breakfasts are a critical component of any ADHD diet, especially for school-age kids with a busy day ahead of them.  Eating breakfast allows your child to replenish the energy stores depleted during sleep and start the day with a full tank of fuel. Letting your child go to school on an empty stomach will only aggravate his or her ADHD symptoms.  As his or her body draws fuel from its own energy reserves, the stress hormones that harness this energy can leave your child feeling lethargic, irritable, and unable to focus or behave.  Of course, not all breakfasts are good for ADHD kids. Read on to find out the best types of breakfasts that fuel the ADHD brain.

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ADHD Parenting: Better Behavior in Three Steps

May 18, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s not easy parenting an ADHD child, especially when he or she child acts out, makes disrespectful comments, or disrupts activities. Many parents get easily frustrated when this happens, and wonder if their child will ever be well-behaved enough to go through a family dinner or a day at school without incident. The fact of the matter is that better behavior isn’t something that will magically happen, even if your child’s ADHD symptoms get treated.  Rather, better behavior is a skill that is learned and practiced, much like riding a bike or carpentry.

The foundation for good behavior lies in learning three important life skills: reading social situations, managing emotions, and problem-solving abilities. Children with ADHD tend to be deficit in these skills but they can be learned and reinforced with a little help from you and a therapist.

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ADHD Diagnosis: Five Common Mistakes

May 11, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The ADHD diagnosis is an important first step to helping children recover from severe inattention or hyperactivity.  Unfortunately, the world of medicine is very rushed, and it’s easy for doctors to make the ADHD diagnosis without proper evaluation.  Here are five common mistakes by doctors that often lead to an ADHD misdiagnosis.

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Babies Born Late Are At Risk for ADHD

May 4, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Many are aware of the health, behavioral, and emotional problems premature babies face later in life, but post-term babies may be equally at risk. Compared to babies born at term, post-term babies are more likely to have ADHD, or so a new study from the Netherlands shows.

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