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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

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

Problems with Touch may Cause ADHD Misdiagnosis

Ok… I know you’re thinking:  this is the craziest thing you’re ever read or heard about, but… It’s true! A child suffering problems with touch (tactile sensation) can show symptoms that appear to be those of ADHD and mistakenly be misdiagnosed and mislabeled as ADHD. How you ask? Let’s take a couple of moments to review what we’ve discussed in the last three posts about sensory processing disorders (SPD).  SPDs are neurodevelopmental or acquired disorders that can cause a child to have difficulty absorbing, figuring what to do with, and appropriately responding to what his or her senses tell about what’s going on in the environment or within their own body. These disorders can affect taste, hearing, smell, sense of position, hearing, vision, and of course, touch. How can a child’s or teen’s problem with touch possibly or even remotely be confused with ADHD? To answer this question, let’s take a look at Dave, a 12 year-old with Tactile Sensory Dysfunction or a problem with touch. Dave was diagnosed as ADHD in the fourth grade and had been on numerous ADHD and psychoactive drugs in the past two years. When ADHD drugs failed to decrease his ADHD symptoms, his doctor… Read the rest

ADHD Misdiagnosis and Sensory Processing Disorder

Of the more than 50 things that can act just like or mimic ADHD, sensory processing disorder (SPD) is one of the more difficult ones to explain to parents and to fully understand. Sensory processing disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes a child to have difficulty absorbing, figuring what to do with, and appropriately responding to what his or her senses tell about what’s going on in the environment or within their own body. Senses that might be affected include: Taste (gustatory) Touch (tactile) Smell (olfactory) Sight (Visual ) Hearing (auditory) Vibratory (vestibular) Positional (proprioception). A child suffering SPD may have deficits in one or more of the seven senses and the level of impairment might be so mild as to be hard to detect or so severe as to cause a disability in academic and social situations. Each deficit can cause the SPD child to show behaviors that are often confused with and cause ADHD misdiagnosis! What types of problems do these kids have? Difficulty planning and organizing just about everything Impulsivity related to a need for stimulation-sensory input Inattentiveness due to withdrawal and avoidance of sensory input felt to be annoying Problems playing with others or… Read the rest

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Bad Report Cards: ADHD Misdiagnosis

What a parent should do…. It’s that time of the year again… report cards are due out soon! I know parents who dread report cards so much that they avoid going to teacher-parent meetings until the very last moment. Yes, I know it can be embarrassing to have a child who is failing in school…. Yes, we’ve all wondered if we were really being good parents or doing our best when it comes to our child’s education. It’s just inevitable that many children whether ADHD or not, will bring home failing grades or a bad report card. So, what should a parent do if their child brings home a poor report card? First of all, don’t place blame on anyone… not your child or yourself! Doing so will just cause guilt and anxiety-anger as you work though the rest of my suggestions! Secondly, do these things specifically in this order: Meet with and ask your child’s teacher to: explain how his or her grades compare to the other kids in the class review specifics about why your child made poor grades (For example, the teacher should be able to describe your child’s weaknesses with regard to reading skills, comprehension,… Read the rest

How to Deal with an ADHD Teen’s Tattoo and Piercing Behavior

    In my last post, we discussed some of the reasons a child or a teen might get a tattoo or have an ear, tongue or nose piercing.  Usually, these behaviors not only irritate parents, but cause so much frustration and anger in both the parent and child that their relationship is often damaged for weeks or months. It’s difficult for kids to talk with their parents and for parents to avoid yelling at their teenager when they obviously don’t agree that what the teen has done is either acceptable or intelligent. Today we’re going to review other causes of these behaviors….plus talk about what a parent is supposed to do to deal with this problem behavior. The most common reason for teens to get a tattoo or pierce their tongue, nose, eyebrows  or other body parts is to make themselves unique or so different that someone in their age group (or near their age) pays attention to the “new them” and recognizes and accepts them for what and who they are. Other reasons include: The follow the leader syndrome (The teen wants and needs to be accepted into a group) True self-expression and the desire to be an individual… Read the rest
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