Help Your ADHD Child Make Friends

August 31, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention are just more than just symptoms of ADHD; they also signal a developmental delay that makes it difficult for kids with ADHD to interact with peers their age.  Children with ADHD often run into problems in the social arena because they cannot follow the rules of certain games, misinterpret remarks, or fail to follow social, physical, and verbal cues.  Other kids at school may find their behavior strange or aggressive, making it difficult for the ADHD child to make friends and win their peers over.

The problem is that children with ADHD are often unaware of how immature and unapproachable they might seem to their friends, teachers, and adults.  They have problems interpreting responses to their behavior.  Here are some things that you can do that will help your ADHD child make friends at school and learn important social skills.

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Preventing Obesity Among ADHD Kids

August 24, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Current studies show that children with ADHD are at risk for obesity in adulthood.  For the longest time, researchers have been treating this subject like a chicken-or-egg question, but only recently was it revealed that the ADHD symptoms impulsivity and hyperactivity increase the obesity risk, and not the diagnosis itself.  The more impulsive or hyperactive the child is, the greater the risk. The good news is that obesity can be prevented through a health-centered approach that deals with the whole child – physically, socially, and mentally. Through eating in normal and healthy ways, living an active lifestyle, and creating an accepting environment where children see their own worth, children with ADHD need not struggle with obesity later in life.

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ADHD Back to School Tips for Parents

August 17, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Going back to school might be hard for ADHD children, but it’s even harder for the parents – after all, mom and dad are the ones who have to make all the necessary arrangements for their little ones. Not only do they have to deal with enrolment procedures and taking the kids to school, they also have to manage the inevitable temper tantrums of a child who simply just doesn’t want to go yet.

The back-to-routine blues can be so overwhelming, it’s easy to forget a few important steps needed to ensure a smooth transition from the bliss of a long break to happy days with teachers and friends at school. For parents who have trouble keeping track of everything, here are three of the most important tips in getting ADHD kids back to school:

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New Study Shows Prevalence of ADHD Among the Elderly

August 11, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

ADHD is a condition typically associated with children and teens, with a few scattered adults suffering from the disorder. However, new research reveals that attention deficit disorder is just as common among the elderly as children. These fascinating discoveries by a group of Dutch researchers go against the popular belief that children can outgrow the symptoms.

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ADHD School Dilemma: Public or Private School?

August 3, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s easy to fall into the trap of the public versus private school debate when researching schools for a child with ADHD.  But just as there’s no such thing as the “best natural treatment” for ADHD, there isn’t a “best type of school” for kids with the disorder.  The school that works well for one child for ADHD might not do the same wonders for your child. When searching for schools, look at your child’s symptoms and look at what each individual institution can offer.  Each school has its own pros and cons, in the same way that each ADHD child has a unique set of symptoms. Depending on where you live, both types of schools can benefit ADHD kids in different ways.

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