4 Secrets to Maintaining an ADHD Diet During the Holidays

November 20, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Getting your child to give up favorite foods for an ADHD diet is tricky, and the holiday season might make it more difficult. The last few weeks of the year will be filled with dinner parties, family reunions, and other types of gatherings centered on food. Your child might feel left out when cousins enjoy forbidden holiday treats, and relatives won’t understand why he or she can’t have just one tiny cookie. It may not be a good idea to take a break from your child’s diet and start from scratch after a few weeks, but here are some tips that will make eating a fun occasion for your child during the holidays.


Why ADHD Can Be a Creative Gift

November 10, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Once, a parent confessed that it was almost impossible to mention her son’s ADHD to friends, family, or teachers without invoking negative stereotypes of a defiant child who cannot sit still. It’s hard to break away from these connotations when the American Psychiatrist Association labels it a “mental disorder”. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not doctors are too quick to medicate children diagnosed with ADHD, or if ADHD should even be considered a “real” disorder. At the end of the day, most people think an ADHD diagnosis is a bad thing.

As someone who has helped different kids overcome the limitations of their symptoms, I can say with confidence that having ADHD is not a bad thing. In fact, I believe it can be a gift – particularly a creative gift.