2015: Try Setting Goals Instead of Making Resolutions

January 6, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

The dawn of another year is the perfect time for kids with learning and developmental disorders like ADHD have a fresh start. While kids with ADHD may want to do better in school or other areas of their lives, they often have trouble sticking to a plan and completing tasks. This is because of the slow development of their brain’s executive function. However, setting goals and working towards them is a critical skill that every child – ADHD or no – needs to develop at an early age.

In 2015, teach your child to set goals instead of making resolutions. Here are some research-backed tips on how:

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4 Ways to Keep ADHD Kids Calm in Winter

December 10, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

ADHD parenting can be extra 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 four tips that will make your hyperactive child more manageable until spring arrives.

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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.

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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.

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Toys and Tips: Play Therapy for ADHD Kids

August 21, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

You might have already heard of using play as an alternative therapy to help children with disorders like anxiety, clinical depression, and ADHD. Child specialists and psychiatrists have found that kids can use play to learn, connect, and calm anxiety. For kids who can’t express themselves through words, play can be used to communicate.

Playing with a child is necessary to help him or her feel secure, connected, and attached. At home, playing with your child is a great way to turn tense moments into enjoyable ones, and to build relationships. Your child may not have the language or emotional maturity to come to you and say what’s wrong. Without using play to form a connection, a child with ADHD might connect in a way that’s more intrusive and aggravating.

Here are some play therapy tips and toys to get you started:

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4 Playground Safety Rules for ADHD Kids

July 30, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Random playtime is great for kids with ADHD, especially during lazy summer afternoons in between summer camp and lessons. When it comes to letting an ADHD child go out and play, it’s important to consider an environment’s safety, especially because they tend to be impulsive and have no sense of danger.

Generally speaking, playgrounds and parks are great places for free play. They’re far enough from busy streets, and surrounded by parents and other caregivers. Playground equipment helps improve flexibility and coordination, and all the opportunities to move around brings better sleep at night. Not to mention that playgrounds allow kids to make friends with others, which helps improve their interpersonal skills.

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ADHD Parenting: 4 Tips to Setting and Enforcing Rules

July 9, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Parenting an ADHD child can sometimes feel like a never-ending struggle, especially when your child has a defiant streak. Despite their hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, kids with ADHD don’t always mean to break the rules. Often, they break it by accident. As a parent, you need rules to create structure in your child’s life; at the same time, it’s a challenge to make sure you don’t become too severe about enforcing discipline. Here are some tips to setting and enforcing rules for your child.

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Summer with ADHD Kids: A Survival Guide

May 29, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Summer is almost here, and students and teachers alike are counting the days until school goes out. It feels great to spend more time with your kids for a week or two, but when one of your little ones have ADHD, boredom and frustration quickly rear their ugly heads. Over the years I spent working with families, I’ve learned several things about helping ADHD kids make the most out of summer. Here are some things to keep boredom at bay and make the next three months enjoyable to all:

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7 Fidgeting Strategies That Help ADHD Kids Focus

March 20, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

From a young age, we’ve been taught to sit still and focus when we’re studying, reading, or doing any activity that requires our full attention. But this doesn’t usually work for kids with ADHD, especially when have to do tedious or mundane tasks. When it seems like your child is getting distracted by a toy stimuli, it might be that he or she is actually working better because of this activity.

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4 Reliable Routines for Your ADHD Child

February 27, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

You’ve heard all about the benefits of setting a routine for ADHD kids to manage their behavior and teach them important life skills. On paper, it seems easy to do, but in practice, maintaining these routines can be difficult. After an enthusiastic start, many parents throw in the towel after several weeks of trying to make their kids follow the structure.

The real reason why routines don’t work is because parents give up on them too soon. To provide effective structure in your child’s life, routines must be viewed by your child not just a strategy for better behavior, but as a way of life.

Here are some four ADHD routines you can implement for your child:

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