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ADHD Impulsive Behavior and Risk of the Choking Game

ADHD impulsive behavior increases the risk of teens playing the choking game and what parents and teachers should watch for…. Impulsivity is one of the key symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as most of us who deal with children and teens with ADHD can readily attest. Sometimes, ADHD impulsive behavior can be of great benefit both for the person who is ADHD and for others around him or her. It’s often said that without impulsivity the world would have no great military leaders, no outstanding sports heroes, no successful entrepreneurs and maybe even a lot fewer doctors.  The reason is simple: Most of the great discoveries, most of the best inventions, most military endeavors, and most of the world’s most successful surgeons have one trait in common. They are risk takers and on top of it all, they are impulsive extreme risk takers. So, in some cases, impulsivity and risk taking behavior may benefit us all. Unfortunately though, not all risk takers are striving for advancement or betterment. Some impulsive boys and girls are engaging in risk taking behavior just for the sake of a quick high. The choking game played by preteens and teens is one such example of this… Read the rest

Last Minute School Tips to help Children with ADHD

Last Minute School Tips to help Children with ADHD The last six weeks of the school term can be the most stressful out of the entire year for parents and teachers of children and teens with ADHD. Most of us have noticed it’s during these last couple of months of school that an ADHD child suddenly drops his or her grades, seems to daydream more, has a harder time studying, and gets into trouble more frequently both at and away from school. Why you ask? The answer is not as simple as 1-2-3 or A-B-C, but involves complex interactions that are unique to each child. Those interactions are best dealt with by evaluating each child individually and assessing changes that have occurred in the classroom, at home and in social occasions because of impending deadlines. Here are a few of my observations and some suggestions from treating children with ADHD and ADHD teens that will hopefully give you a little edge in helping your ADHD child make it through the rest of this school year successfully: Spring fever is highly contagious and more so for ADHD kids and teens. Since they have a hard time focusing anyway, once… Read the rest

Using ADHD medications to improve self-esteem in ADHD children and teens

How to Build Self Esteem in ADHD Kids Five Using ADHD medications to improve self-esteem in ADHD children and teens It’s a simple fact: ADHD children and teens with ADHD cannot build self-esteem if they can’t concentrate on or pay attention to the visual, auditory and non-verbal cues that they must absorb in order to learn social skills and advance in academics. (Long sentence…but necessary to get it all out!) Everyone is quick to describe the child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as impulsive, poorly focused, having poor social skills and possibly hyperactive-driven to distraction. But they often forget the single most consistently occurring core symptom of ADHD is poor attention span or inattentiveness, not hyperactivity or impulsivity. In my experience, about 70% to 75% of kids with ADHD will need medication to help them focus better, pay better attention and decrease their impulsivity and hyperactivity so that they can learn all of those things needed to build self-esteem. The other 25% to 30% of ADHD children and teens will either get better with coaching or behavior training or will just go untreated. Once again I’d like to point out an untreated or undertreated child with ADHD will suffer multiple… Read the rest

How to Build Self Esteem in ADHD Kids Three

Finding a great coach for your child with ADHD Finding the perfect lifestyles coach for your ADHD child or teen isn’t as easy a job as you might think…and at the same time, you’d be surprised at the people you already know that make great coaches. This, our third article in the series “Building self-esteem in kids, whether ADHD or not” deals with the characteristics of a great ADHD behavior coach. And as you read to the end of the article, you’ll understand where to look for a coach and how to pick the best one for your child with ADHD. Between 14% and 17% of parents of ADHD behavior disordered children will choose treating their child’s behavior problem with this option-ADHD lifestyles coaching-instead of drugs or traditional cognitive behavioral training. Why? Because parents are increasingly worried about putting their children on ADHD drugs that often have many side-effects and really don’t “cure anything!”  Like yourself, these parents believe that training a child to recognize and manage his own behavior without medications gives the child a chance “to grow out of” or at least develop skills that let them control their ADHD traits by their late… Read the rest

How to Build Self Esteem in ADHD Kids Two

In this second article on “Building self-esteem in kids, whether ADHD or not”, we will continue looking at ways to build self-esteem and confidence in all children, teens, and just maybe in adults, too. Just like most children with learning problems, kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have poor confidence, a shaky self-image and poor self-esteem. This combination of social-communication shortcomings usually leads to disaster sooner or later as these kids and teens fail to develop and retain the skills necessary to survive in an academic environment, needed to get and retain a job; and fail to acquire the social-interpersonal skills used in building a successful life. “If you can’t clearly and effectively tell someone what you’re thinking or what you want them to do; then you can’t expect them to understand you.” For these very reasons, ADHD experts and child behavior experts place a great deal of emphasis on building confidence levels and a positive self-image-self-esteem in all children and teens (and sometimes adults) in their care. This is often done by teaching the ADHD-behavior problem child the skills needed to build positive self-worth, positive self-image, and good confidence leading to improved self-esteem. Ways to build positive… Read the rest

Tips for Parenting Success in ADHD Children

ADHD Parenting Parents of ADHD children can improve their child’s behavior by following a few simple tips for successful parenting the ADHD child or teen. Most parents will quickly tell you what they consider an absolute truth: “Parenting a child with ADHD is difficult at the least and sometimes seemingly almost impossible.” ADHD behavior can be made worse by parents interfering with the child’s natural social, ethical, and moral education. To make my point, let’s take a look at an actual ADHD case… Greg… About twice a month, I interview parents of an ADHD child or teen who are literally at the end of their proverbial rope-are ready to give up their child for adoption-or are so frustrated with all of the child’s behavior problems that they’re ready to send him or her off to military school. Or even worse, they feel guilty-yes they feel as if they have let their child down-as if they haven’t been good parents-haven’t done the right things while raising their ADHD kid. Sometimes, the guilt they feel is actually so severe that they regret having the child in the first place. We refer to this as parental remorse and it can destroy a family… Read the rest

Parenting for Success in ADHD Children

  As we discussed in my previous article; Parenting Style Can Cause ADHD Behavior in Children; the manner in which a parent applies parenting skills, whether good or bad, can cause behavior problems that mimic ADHD in their children, thus leading to the misdiagnosis of ADHD. In this article we’ll discuss some of those parenting mistakes previously mentioned and in more detail discover ways to help your children, whether ADHD or not, grow emotionally, academically and socially-all without you having a nervous breakdown. Some of the most common parenting style mistakes we see in our medical practice include: •  Parents expecting their child to be perfect or almost perfect-in school, in social settings, in getting along with friends and siblings, even when doing so creates undue stress and anxiety for the child and sometimes for everyone else involved. Several years ago I interviewed a ten-year old child with ADHD whose mom had him on “restriction” as a disciplinary measure for a total of 3 out of 5 months of the school year for failing to do a book report and thus getting his first “f” in English. Unfortunately, she used “restriction” to mean he was not supposed to… Read the rest
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