Could ADHD Behavior Be Linked to An Inability to Multitask?

November 30, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Kids with ADHD often display behavioral patterns that differ from peers without the disorder. You might have already noticed this in your child – compared to other children, he or she tends to be more impulsive, accident-prone, or takes more risks. It’s commonly believed that ADHD symptoms and their impact on behavior are the result of a cognitive disability. But a recent study done by Walter Roberts from the University of Kentucky tries to answer a different question. What if ADHD behavior is actually the result of an inability to multitask?

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Why Does My ADHD Child Refuse To Go To School?

November 23, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Most children feel a little jittery and nervous about the first day of school, especially if they’re new.  Although it’s normal to experience some anxiety about making new friends or getting homework done, the average child eventually adjusts and develops a routine.  For kids with ADHD, however, it’s quite a different story.  Because of the academic and social problems caused by their symptoms, they cannot seem to get used to the school routine and often find ways to avoid attending school.  This behavior is called school refusal and is quite common among kids with ADHD.

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Teaching Money Skills to ADHD Kids

November 16, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

All kids should be taught a few money skills at an early age, especially children with ADHD.  Money management does not come naturally to those who are disorganized, impulsive or easily distracted; in fact, adults with ADHD are more likely to experience credit card debt due to compulsive shopping than adults without.  That’s why children with ADHD should start learning how to become a smart shopper and live on a budget at a young age.  You can use a weekly allowance to teach your child these essential money skills.

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Artificial Food Additives that Trigger ADHD

November 9, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Will avoiding food dyes and artificial additives help children with ADHD? For families who have tried the Feingold Diet, the answer is “yes”.  According to Benjamin Feingold, the doctor who created this revolutionary diet and lifestyle plan, the human body was not designed to digest artificial preservatives, coloring, and flavoring found in most food items today.  When they reach the brain, these chemical additives trigger certain responses including hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, or inattention.

If you’re looking for natural ways to control your child’s hyperactivity, try avoiding these artificial additives. It’s relatively easy to do so – simply look at the ingredients and see if there are chemical compounds or colors with a number next to them.  Additionally, you can also consult this list of artificial ingredients, which have been found to trigger ADHD symptoms in animal and human studies.

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ADHD Parenting: Handling Sibling Fights

November 2, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Sibling fights are normal among families with several children but if one of the siblings has ADHD, these little spats are practically a regular occurrence.  Kids with ADHD tend to be more short-tempered and aggressive, causing them to bicker constantly with their brothers or sisters. Or perhaps the siblings without ADHD feel a little neglected or envious about not receiving any special treatment, which justifies hurtful behavior. Here are a few tips on managing sibling fights and helping all the kids in the family get along.

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