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.


Driving with ADHD: Road Safety Rules

October 23, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Just as kids with ADHD are more likely to get injured in the playground, so are teens with ADHD at higher risk of getting into a road accident while driving. Teenage bravado coupled with distractability, impulsivity, and difficulty with self-regulation is a cause for concern. Even though a teenager with ADHD may have good knowledge of driving rules, applying these rules may be challenging, especially if he or she gets easily overwhelmed by new stimuli, increased responsibility, and distractions from gadgets.

But just because your teenager has ADHD, doesn’t mean he or she has to stay away from the driver’s seat forever. Here are some ways you can help your child stay safe on the road.


5 Useful Tips for Parents of ADHD Kids

September 17, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

The new academic year is back in full swing, and parents of kids with ADHD can use all the help and support they can get. Here are some useful suggestions you can try.


Study: Exercising Before School Improves Attention in ADHD Kids

September 12, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It’s long been discovered that exercise and outdoor play is a great way to manage ADHD symptoms in kids. Usually, activities that promote physical movement are saved for after school. However, you might want to consider sneaking in a little bit of exercise in your child’s morning routine. New research with early elementary students show that getting exercise done before the bell rings can improve math and reading skills.


ADHD Study Tip: Take Doodling Breaks

September 3, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Kids with ADHD get into trouble in class for behaviors which suggest that they aren’t paying attention – they stare out the window, they fidget in their seats, they doodle in notebooks. But sometimes, these activities can actually kids them focus and retain information. Doodling, in particular, has recently received a lot of attention from neuroscience research. And the conclusions from these studies suggest that doodling can be a useful trick to help ADHD kids cope with learning.


Back to School: 4 Tips for Prepping Newly-Diagnosed ADHD Kids

August 7, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It can be distressing to have your child diagnosed with ADHD over the summer. Besides having to adjust to a new treatment regimen, many parents worry if the disorder will mean academic failure. The good news is that now that you’ve identified the condition behind your child’s inattention, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior, you can make changes that will help child succeed at school in spite of these symptoms. Here’s how.


Language Problems Plague Kids with ADHD

April 23, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Children diagnosed with ADHD typically have difficulty succeeding at school, partly because of their symptoms, but also because they are at risk for learning disorders. It’s not uncommon for ADHD kids to have problems with reading, writing, doing math, or speaking. In fact, new research reveals that children who have ADHD are 3 times more likely to experience language problems than kids who do not. And these language issues can get in the way of academic success.


5 Tips to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Memory

April 6, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

One of the most fascinating developments in brain-based memory research is the availability of brain-mapping and neuroimaging technology to view the brain as it thinks, and learns. It’s quite interesting to see how nueroimaging research can yield strategies to help improve memory among children with ADHD. Compared to those without the disorder, children with ADHD inattentive type tend to have difficulties with tasks that rely heavily on working memory. Be your child’s own memory coach and try out these tips that improve memory, based on the latest research.


4 Ways an ADHD Diagnosis Can Benefit Your Child

January 23, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When trying to figure out if your child has ADHD, it’s important to go through a multi-step evaluation process and get a sense of how he or she is functioning in different domains. This is important because making the ADHD diagnosis is not as simple as it might seem.

The symptoms of ADHD are actually shared by a number of similar conditions like autism, sensory processing disorders, and learning disorders. Assuming that inattention and impulsive behavior is caused by ADHD means that your child will miss out on the appropriate interventions. A thorough evaluation will look at your child from several perspectives and assess where your child is struggling, which will help a physician recommend the best treatments for him or her.

Besides pinpointing the correct disorder, an ADHD diagnosis can help in the following ways:


6 Strategies for Academic Success in 2014

January 3, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It’s the dawn of a new year and winter break will be over soon. There’s no better time than now to help your ADHD child turn his or her academic life around. Because of the inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior that plague students with ADHD, they tend to exhibit deficits in cognitive testing, have lower grades, and use special education services more than kids without the disorder. They are also more likely to procrastinate and manage their time poorly, which ends up in results way below their capabilities.

But your ADHD child doesn’t have to be doomed to bad academic performance. Here are 8 ways you can help your child study better and perform better at school in 2014.