Category Archives: Kinesthetic Disorders

Learning Styles Problems can cause Bad Grades in ADHD Children

Many children with ADHD have learning style problems that once corrected may lead to improved grades and academic performance. Quite often, children with ADHD have problems learning and remembering what they have learned, because of the principal traits of their ADHD behavior disorder; poor concentration and short attention span. Even when properly treated with ADHD medications, many of these kids and teens will continue to suffer bad grades and academic failure because ADHD drugs do not treat or cure learning problems. ADHD drugs are used to decrease impulsivity and improve concentration in hopes that by doing so, the ADHD child will be able to better learn. Many ADHD children will improve grades once treated with one of the medications for ADHD. However, if the child’s learning style does not match his or her learning experience, no amount of any drug will help improve those grades. What do I mean by “Learning Styles?” I’m sure you know friends and family who were “touchers”-they had to touch everything in order to understand what was going on or to learn a new skill. We call those persons “Kinesthetic learners” or “hands-on learners.” Kinesthetic learning is just one of several learning… Read the rest

Principles of Good Discipline in Children and Teens with ADHD

Parents and teachers can use good discipline techniques to improve ADHD behavior. In a previous article we discussed how parents might employ good discipline techniques to improve misbehavior in their ADHD children and ADHD teens. Once again, let me reiterate discipline and punishment are not the same things. They are actually 180 degrees apart in intent and in improving behavior. The Latin word discipline literally means to teach, while punishment in both ADHD kids and those who are not ADHD is often defined as giving pain or attaching negative consequences to a particular event or behavior. Unfortunately, more than 75% of parents, caregivers and teachers consider the two words and actions to be the same. It’s been often said that children learn best when nurtured in a positive manner, not when punished or provided with negative reinforcement! If you pause to think about what things were like when you were growing up, I’m sure you can clearly remember learning better and being able to recall what you learned when you were relaxed, not afraid, praised, encouraged and given that proverbial pat on the back for what you had done. With your childhood experiences firmly in mind, let’s take… Read the rest

ADHD Treatment using Meditation may help Distractive Behavior

ADHD might be effectively treated using meditation to help distractive behavior in both children and adults! Easy distractibility and inattentiveness are two of the core symptoms or signs of ADHD and really are part of the behavior spectrum that defines attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many ADHD drugs and forms of cognitive behavior therapy were developed to purposefully target these symptoms of ADHD. Now, it appears that a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that persons experienced in meditation techniques may have less neuro activity in the parts of their brain “associated with daydreaming and distraction”. The parts of our brains responsible for these distracting thoughts are referred to as “the default mode network”. In contrast, researchers refer to the functional parts of our brain that allow us to focus on task and pay attention as the “attentional network.” Researchers from the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic used MRI scans to analyze brain activity in both novice and experienced meditators as they practiced mindfulness meditation. They discovered that regardless of the type of meditation, experienced meditators had less activity in the default mode network and were more likely to show activity in parts… Read the rest

ADHD Focus Strategies-Learning Styles Testing

Testing for learning styles is an essential part of ADHD diagnosis and is absolutely necessary before trying to plan for ways to improve one’s focus and attention span. Dr. Stephen Guffanti and I have been added to the Howtolearn.com expert panel for ADHD-behavior problems and recently answered a subscriber’s questions about strategic planning for learning to focus as an ADHD adult. The same principles in evaluating an adult for ADHD apply to both children and teens suspected of being ADHD. Once a proper and accurate ADHD diagnosis has been made, a parent, educator or healthcare professional must decide what type of learning style the adult, teen or child possesses in order to put together a realistic ADHD treatment plan for learning attention-holding-focus-hyper focusing skills. I explain to parents, teachers and other doctors that failing to evaluate what type of learner a person is before outlining and prescribing behavioral training is like getting in a car to go on vacation without a roadmap-not knowing how to get there-much less not knowing where you’re headed. If you’re considering ADHD behavioral therapy or ADHD focus training for your child, teen or spouse, you might want to take a look at this answer and… Read the rest

Potty Training Children with Autism

Potty training any child can be frustrating and is at minimum a trying experience often for both the parent and the child. But the experience is many times much more frustrating and exhausting for parents of a child with one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. I’ve seen parents literally cry when describing how they feel as if they’re bad parents or inadequate because they just can’t get their autistic child to potty train. I tell these parents there is help available and there are answers to your problems and support to help deal with those feelings. While I was doing my usual daily-surf the internet-research, I found a blog article-website that has a great article on potty training autistic children. I think you’ll learn a lot from Connie, just as I have. Her insights are really valuable. Here’s the link to: “Secrets to Potty Training Your Child with Autism” http://parentcoachingforautism.com/2011/06/secrets-to-potty-training-your-child-with-autism/ Enjoy! Dr. Frank Share this: deliciousDiggRedditStumbleSubscribeRead the rest

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or ADHD?

Remember…in my last post I reminded everyone that Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often mistaken for ADHD and misdiagnosed as ADHD. Well…I’d also like to point out that PTSD and ADHD can co-exist. That’s right! A child, teen or adult might suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the same time. These persons often present doctors with a very difficult time in making the correct diagnosis. How can a parent or a spouse decide whether it’s ADHD, PTSD, or both ADHD and PTSD causing a behavior disorder, a job-keeping problem, or a learning disability? Here are a few tips! You should be suspicious it is PTSD and not ADHD if: • Your loved one has suffered a major traumatic event in the past 5 years (may show up as long as 10 years later if the trauma was life-threatening) • If ADHD drugs have made their anxiety, depression, or ADHD-like symptoms worse (e.g. grades are worse, having more legal problems, started having panic attack, getting into legal problems) • ADHD-like symptoms only show-up in one environment; such as only at the mall, only at school or only at work • Your behavior disorder child,… Read the rest

Preventing Video Game Addiction in Children with ADHD

Video game addiction poses a real threat to the ADHD child’s ability to focus on task and his or her development of good learning skills! In our last post, we discussed how children and teens could become addicted to small screens and repetitive hand and fast eye movement experiences-video games and texting. So, what can a parent do to help their ADHD child; who definitely can’t focus in class, much less do his or her homework without help; avoid the addiction of texting and video games? First we need to understand the difference between paying attention and maintaining prolonged concentration on texting or video games and say…doing one’s homework or paying attention in class or driving a car without speeding and getting tickets. In a nutshell, the big difference is that when a child or a teen is playing a video game, watching a fast moving movie or texting; he or she is being constantly rewarded-often these rewards or feel good events occur many times a minute. This type of stimulation helps keep them focused on the small screen-the game-texting. These instant gratification-constant and consistent rewards in playing video games and text-messaging actually strongly reinforce and in some cases… Read the rest
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