The Do’s and Don’ts of an ADHD Playdate

July 26, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Amy was thrilled to have her friend Sam, a fellow third-grader, come to her house for a play date. Amy is an ADHD child with a vibrant imagination, and she quickly decided on the games they played, which had rules that she made up. Sam was happy to follow the rules, but when he would win or couldn’t stick to the rules according to Amy’s liking, Amy would get upset, yell, and stomp off. When Sam’s mom picked him up, she asked if he had fun at Amy’s. Sam replied sulkily, “No. I’m never going to play with Amy again.”

Kids don’t like to play with other kids who are bossy or who behave badly. Most of the time, ADHD kids who have difficulty making friends aren’t aware that their behaviors are turning people off. Here’s what you and your ADHD child should know when friends come over to play:

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New Brain Wave Test Approved to Assess ADHD

July 19, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

A single test cannot definitively identify ADHD in a child, but new technologies make it easier to detect symptoms and accurately determine the problem. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new ADHD test that examines brain wave patterns. For those who might have been misdiagnosed with the disorder, this brain wave test can create a better picture of what’s really going on.

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ADHD Medication Won’t Improve Kids’ Grades

July 12, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It’s no longer surprising to hear of kids and teens who take ADHD medication before a big test – regardless of whether or not they are diagnosed with the disorder. Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin have a good reputation as “cognitive enhancers” because of the studies that show their ability to improve concentration, attention, and short-term memory. However, troubling new research point to a new problem: there is little evidence that these drugs actually improve academic performance.

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Why Contact Sports Can Be Bad for ADHD Kids

July 5, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Sports are a great way for hyperactive kids to overcome their ADHD symptoms, but not all of them are beneficial. New research recommends that kids with ADHD away from contact sports like football or soccer. The disorder gives them a higher risk of being moderately disabled after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, which could have negative long-term effects.

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