4 ADHD Behavioral Treatments Worth Trying

January 21, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Children with ADHD are plagued by problems that go beyond hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Inability to make friends, poor academic performance, and defiance of authority are just some of the difficulties they have to deal with everyday. As such, treating kids with ADHD will involve more than just the quick fix provided by medication; they need help on the educational, behavioral, and social level too.

Behavioral treatments are among the more well-studied non-medical treatments for ADHD. Also known as psychosocial treatments, these behaviorally-oriented approaches are designed to correct the problems posed by ADHD symptoms in daily life. It’s important that they overcome these problems because their presence will make a long-term impact on a child’s relationships and academic success. Below are some of the therapies that can help your child:

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3 Indoor Exercises Your ADHD Child Should Try this Winter

December 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

All your ADHD child needs is 30 minutes of exercise each day to significantly reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Getting any movement done during winter can be challenging – especially when tablets and other screens provide a tempting distraction. But there are ways to make indoor movement fun for your kids. Here are some ideas.

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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.

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How Music Therapy Heals ADHD

March 7, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Parents of children with ADHD should know that there are that complement traditional approaches in easing inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactive behavior. Music therapy is one such alternative treatment that can boost standard ADHD treatment plans. Through the use of music and musical instruments, kids with ADHD can learn healthy coping strategies for the disorder while minimizing its symptoms.

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Where Can You Find ADHD Treatment for Kids in Rural Areas?

January 31, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Today, there are more options for drug-free ADHD treatments than ever before. Advancements in technology have made it possible for interventions like neurofeedback to emerge and take the place of stimulant medications. But what if these treatments aren’t available in your town, and you live hours away from the nearest clinic?

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6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating ADHD Treatment Options

October 10, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

As I’ve said time and again, there is no one size fits all treatment for ADHD. Each child has a different set of issues that require different approaches to overcome them. Your healthcare practitioner should ideally recommend a treatment plan composed of various options designed to address certain treatment goals. Before you say yes to anything, be sure to ask the following questions:

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4 Things to Do During ADHD Awareness Month

October 4, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

2013 marks the fourth year of ADHD Awareness Month, an event that gives people the opportunity to get educated about ADHD, increase awareness, and take the stigma off this disorder. Seeing hundreds of young people and their families over the years has given me the chance to see the diverse effects of this condition. ADHD is real and it affectsou anyone regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or intelligence levels. A lot of parents want to be proactive about helping their child manage the disorder, and there has never been a better time to start than now.

Here are some things you can do during ADHD Awareness Month.

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Study: Walking to School Can Reduce ADHD Symptoms

September 27, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Sometimes, the simple, everyday things can reduce problems caused by ADHD symptoms. A new study done by the Health IT company Intelligent Health discovered that the negative effects of inattention and similar symptoms can be prevented simply by having children walk to school.

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Study: Parents’ Goals Tied ADHD Treatment Choice

September 20, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Defining the goals of ADHD treatment is the most important first step to seeking help for your child. Before anyone can decide on a treatment for your child, you need to figure out which symptoms need to be addressed immediately and which ones can wait. Only then can a program be designed to address your child’s unique circumstances.

Just recently, I found a study that examined parents’ treatment goals – a topic that has rarely been published in academic journals before. While it doesn’t take a research team to determine that goals influence treatment, it was interesting to discover which goals lead to choosing ADHD medications over ADHD natural treatments.

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5 Questions to Ask When Your Child’s ADHD Treatment Stops Working

August 23, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It’s a common scenario – after several rounds of doctors’ appointments and tests, you finally found an ADHD treatment that works for your child, as shown by months of improved mood, behavior, and grades. But then your child’s grades start to slip, andhe or she is getting into the same trouble at school. ADHD symptoms start flaring up again, even worse than before. What do you do when your child’s ADHD treatment stops working?

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