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How to improve behavior in a child with ADHD

Changing an ADHD Child’s Behavior How to improve behavior in a child with ADHD As kids return to school to start the new academic year, more and more parents are asking for ways to change their ADHD child’s behavior. This usually means their ADHD child has poor behavior, has bad habits, or displays misbehavior and they want help in fixing it-the behavior. Common complaints about the behavior of a child with ADHD include: He doesn’t listen to me (pay attention to what I am saying or ignores me) She interrupts when I’m speaking (has to get the last word in) He won’t sit still in class (fidgets all the time-disrupts the class) She refuses to do her homework (I can’t get her to do her homework) He talks back to me all the time (has a smart mouth-is mouthy) She argues over everything or acts like she knows everything. As I’m sure you have noticed, all of these ADHD symptoms are really just typical behaviors or habits normally seen in ADHD kids and teens. They include the core symptoms used to make the diagnosis of ADHD-inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Daniel was the perfect example of an ADHD child’s behavior problemRead the rest

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea in Young Children Suspected of ADHD

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea in Young Children Suspected of ADHD More and more children ages 3 to 17 in the United States, as well as other countries, are being diagnosed with ADHD each year. US Statistics show a huge increase in kids under age 7 years being diagnosed and treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder particularly in the past three years. Just in the U.S. alone, the number of kids ages 3 to 17 diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed to in excess of 10,000,000 ( Yes…that’s ten million) and that number is expected to increase by 15 to 20 percent over the next year.   Likewise, during this same period, as many as 4 million or 40 percent of those children ages 3 to 17 years, will have been misdiagnosed with ADHD. Obviously, it’s very important that we diagnose ADHD and other behavior problems carefully and accurately in order to avoid wrongfully labeling a child with ADHD when indeed he or she is not ADHD. Currently, there are in excess of 95 medical, social, and environmental things that can cause ADHD-like behavior, confusing the diagnosis; causing misdiagnosis of ADHD. One of the most common seen in kids under age… Read the rest

Sleep Apnea Treatment may Prevent ADHD Behavior

Sleep Apnea Treatment may Prevent ADHD Behavior Most ADHD experts agree obstructive sleep apnea can cause the core symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity in children; inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It stands to reason the earlier we suspect, detect and treat obstructive sleep disorders, the more likely we can prevent the symptoms of ADHD in the first place and avoid the misdiagnosis of ADHD. Approximately 2.5 to 4 million children ages 3 to 17 years are misdiagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. each year. Of these, several hundred thousand will suffer the terrible stigma and discrimination of being labeled as ADHD and the side effects of unneeded medications-sometimes for years-all because their sleep-time breathing disorder went undetected and untreated. Much research is now being reported about the association of disorder breathing such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and cognitive-learning problems and ADHD-like behavior disorders in children as young as age 3 years. A recent study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies showed nerve based abnormalities that affected cognition in brains of children with OSA were reversible with treatment of the OSA. Studies had already shown a clear association between deficits in attention, executive brain functionRead the rest

New Learning Resource for ADHD Children Now Available

New Learning Resource for ADHD Children Now Available Amazing Grades, Pat Wyman’s Compilation of learning experts is now available at Amazon.com Here’s a description…. Amazing Grades is a worldwide goodwill book with 101 best-selling authors and experts, from 13 countries around the world, sharing their strategies for getting better grades faster. It is the result of a year’s collaboration by those 101 authors and is the first book ever to include 3 learning style strategies so that help students master the information in their own style and improve their grades faster. There are video strategies, (scan tags which include related videos); auditory strategies (all authors read their chapters aloud) and kinesthetic strategies so that students can interact with the material in the book. In addition, the book contains life skills strategies in all areas that affect student achievement as well as learning strategies that outline specifics on: How to decrease study time by at least half by using picture maps How to get motivated in 5 minutes or less How to get rid of learning roadblocks using these 5 specifics How to read faster than you ever thought possible How to handle any special learning differences such ADHD How… Read the rest

Problems sleeping cause ADHD Behavior in Children and Adults

Problems sleeping cause ADHD Behavior in Children and Adults Any “thing” that causes a problem sleeping can also cause a child or an adult to have signs and symptoms of ADHD. If you take a moment to think about it, it only makes sense that sleep disorders-regardless of the cause-can cause behavior often misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ten year-old Leslie was a perfect example of a child misdiagnosed with ADHD-who in fact was suffering disordered sleep. Leslie just seemed to be a tired, sleepy little girl when she first showed up in my office with her mom. Her teacher had urged her parents to have Leslie evaluated for ADHD, because “She had so many symptoms of ADHD behavior.” Ironically, her symptoms were poor concentration, poor attention span, and failure to complete assignments, falling asleep in class, failing grades, and acting as if she was in a daze. She was definitely not hyperactive and reportedly rarely impulsive. Several of these are indeed symptoms of ADHD, but not enough to make a true diagnosis. That’s what made Leslie’s behavior so confusing to her parents. She was tired….all the time, not just at school. Her parents… Read the rest

Medications for ADHD: When to change drug treatment

Medications for ADHD: When to change drug treatment Many things should be considered before changing an ADHD child’s medication. Failure to do so usually results in the child’s ADHD behavior or grades getting worse, leading to more frustration on the part of parents and teachers and even much more dread and gloom in your child. Parents often ask how they decide and when doctors need to change their ADHD kid’s or teen’s medications. Here are a few tips to lead you in the right direction: When it comes to your child’s ADHD behavior or grades: If they have improved by at least 75%, then he or she is responding to their ADHD therapy, regardless of what type it is. If they have not improved by at least 75% and they are being treated with only behavior therapy or ADHD coaching, then it’s time to consider drug therapy for their ADHD. If they have not improved by at least 75% and they are on one ADHD drug, consider increasing the dose until that goal is met or unbearable side effects rear their ugly heads. If that doesn’t work, some ADHD experts will change the medication… Read the rest

ADHD Drug Abuse in High School Students

ADHD Drug Abuse in High School Students In this article, I’ll discuss ways to spot ADHD drug abuse and illegal use of stimulants in high school students as we near the end of school. It almost always happens in the first week of May each year, but for some reason occurred earlier in April this year. Sometimes, it’s the student that shows up in my office-usually asking for Adderall-because they didn’t realize they had all the symptoms of ADHD until just a couple of days ago. At other times, it’s a parent who requests the drug, because their child’s concentration has suddenly gone south for some unexplained reason. All of these parents and high school students have the same thing in common-bad grades, poor test scores and failing marks in class. They suddenly either want to be treated for ADHD or want their high school student treated for ADHD, because of failing grades or they won’t go to the next grade or won’t get their diploma and graduate. Whatever the reason, most have memorized the signs and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and can recite them just like they are reading them out of a book. In other words,… Read the rest
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