Going Under the ADHD Iceberg

October 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Anyone who has ever taught, lived with, or spent time with an ADHD child has noticed that the disorder is more than just the three core symptoms. They are correct in this observation; inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are just the tip of a large iceberg hiding a host of other problems under the surface. Let’s dive deep and see what’s underneath.


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.


Like Autism, ADHD is a Spectrum Disorder

October 16, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Although millions of inattentive, hyperactive children receive an ADHD diagnosis, each child has a unique constellation of difficulties. The UnRitalin Solution acknowledges that genetics do help make certain children pre-disposed to having ADHD. However, ADHD is not simply about a chemical imbalance – it is a disorder ultimately caused by a complex set of environmental factors interacting with a specific genetic profile that leads to imbalances in the body and the brain.


6 Delicious Food Sources of Vitamin D

October 8, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

For many kids, ADHD is often a result of a nutritional imbalance in the body. The food you eat affects how the brain functions, because certain vitamins and minerals are critical to the production and reception of neurotransmitters – brain chemicals that regulate mood and behavior.

A new study shows that a lack of vitamin D is more common among kids with ADHD and behavioral problems. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are needed in the hippocampus and cerebellum, the regions of the brain involved in information processing, planning, and creation of memories. While exposing the skin to sunshine is the best way to get vitamin D, supplementing with vitamins and food is a good alternative when this isn’t a feasible option. Here are some delicious foods to add to your child’s diet.


Brain Scans Reveal Why ADHD Kids Can’t Focus

September 25, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

There are many reasons that explain why some ADHD kids have a hard time focusing while others don’t. Ongoing research continues to give us better insights as to why some symptoms are more dominant than others, and how best to treat these. New findings from a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry reveals that there are key brain differences behind the inability to focus and pay attention.


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.


3 Ways ADHD Symptoms are Different in Girls

August 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When you imagine a child who has ADHD, most people will picture a hyperactive child who can’t sit still and has a short attention span. However, this description of an ADHD child is only valid for a small portion of children diagnosed with the disorder, and doesn’t often describe girls who have the condition.


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: