ADHD Academic Success: Summer Academic Activities

July 27, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Kids with ADHD need a break after nine long months of school.  But just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean that they have to stop learning! Children with ADHD and learning disabilities need to keep using their academic skills so they don’t lose them after working so hard to attain them during the school year.  As little as an hour of academic exercise a day can do much to cement the skills they already have.  Here are some ideas for fun summer academic activities – and how to get your kids motivated to do them.

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Why Does It Take So Long to Treat ADHD?

July 20, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

When parents find out that their child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder, one of the first questions on their mind is, “How long will my son or daughter have ADHD for? How soon can this be treated?”  Treatment for ADHD cannot always begin immediately, nor is there an easy answer for the length of time it will take for the symptoms to diminish significantly.  Here are some reasons that can explain why it takes so long to treat ADHD.

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Surviving Summer without ADHD Medications

July 13, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Sometimes, doctors agree that children with ADHD need a “drug vacation”, just to see if they can cope with their symptoms without medication.  Summer vacation is usually the best time to give kids a break from their meds; after all, they don’t need to focus or concentrate as much as they do during the school year. However, if you’re used to the “instant” effect ADHD medications have on your child, going on a drug vacation might be more challenging than you think.  Here are some tips on surviving a summer without ADHD medications.

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Maintaining an ADHD Routine in the Summer

July 6, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Summer is here! School’s out, the weather is warm, and the kids are excited to hit the pool or spend lazy days doing nothing. But for families who have a child with ADHD, summer presents a unique challenge. Children with ADHD often have difficulties adapting to the change in routine after following a predictable schedule throughout the year. Your child will likely get bored easily and more often, which may get him or her into troublesome or dangerous situations. Having structure and an ADHD routine is important for creating a calm, safe environment where your child can recover from his or her symptoms. Here are a few tips on maintaining an ADHD routine during the carefree days of summer.

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