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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Going on Vacation with ADHD Children

April 6, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Family vacations are a great opportunity to bond with the children, and with winter break fast approaching you’re probably deciding where to go. But some vacation destinations might not be suitable for kids with ADHD. Long lines at theme park rides and restaurants, rainy days spent in a hotel room, hours in an airplane seat, noise, crowds – these are difficult for anyone, but especially if you’re traveling with someone who has ADHD. Kids with ADHD are very distractible, restless, impatient, and sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. Although you might have gotten used to helping your child manage these symptoms at home, handling them in a strange new place is a different story. Vacations mean change and if you already had a routine set up for your child, the lack of structure during the trip might make the symptoms return full force.

While there’s no guarantee of a smooth-sailing vacation, planning ahead is one of two keys to having a great time. The other key is to know what your children want – are they more comfortable with quiet surroundings or the bustle of a big city? Do they prefer the ocean or do they flourish in the fresh mountain air?

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Managing Hyperactivity During Winter

December 29, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

ADHD parenting can be particularly challenging when the weather turns cold and snow starts to fall. Kids have to stay indoors, and the four walls of the house might not be enough to contain their excess energy. Here are some activities that will help manage hyperactive behavior during the winter.

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ADHD Sleep Problems: Five Simple Solutions

January 31, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Many parents I’ve spoken to make the same observation about their ADHD children’s sleep habits: they have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up in the morning.  When they don’t get enough sleep the previous night, they spend the rest of the day in an ADHD funk with their symptoms in overdrive. These observations are hardly surprising – sleep problems and ADHD are closely related because the regions of the brain responsible for attention also regulate sleep. While there’s not much you can do to change your child’s biology, there are a few things that can be done to help your child get enough sleep.

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Hyperactivity Improves Working Memory in ADHD Boys

July 26, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

We’ve discussed how squirming, fidgeting, and moving around can actually improve the focus of kids with ADHD, but were you aware that hyperactivity can also boost working memory? Although hyperactive behavior is normally associated with restlessness and boredom, a new study by Mark Rapport and colleagues in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology suggests a link between fidgeting and improved memory.   Unlike previous research on the subject, which used  flawed methodology like subjective ratings from parents, Rapport’s study used objective methods for measuring hyperactivity and its impact on working memory.

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Hyperactivity helps you stay alert!

May 25, 2009 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

A recent study performed by researchers at the University of Central Florida study may explain why children with ADHD move around and fidget a lot – it helps them stay alert enough to complete challenging tasks.

In this study, Psychology Professor Mark D. Rapport discovered that children with and without ADHD can sit relatively still when painting on a computer or watching a star war movie.

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