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"I never felt misunderstood. You understood."
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For many individuals with ADHD, movement enhances focus. But the key to an effective fidget toy, whether it's squeezing a stress ball or peeling the label from a water bottle, is that engagement with the item happens largely without awareness, as focus lands elsewhere. With spinners, the focus seems to be landing on spinners, and that makes them distractions, not tools.
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New research reveals more and more children are presenting with both disorders.
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British Columbia is working to put kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their place. Their rightful place. And it's time for the rest of Canada to do the same.
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There are common theories about why ADHD is diagnosed more often. They include: More awareness of the condition, better recognition and diagnosis, pharmaceutical marketing, educational reforms and more. But recent research may hold a suprising answer. It relates to smoking during pregnancy.
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The holidays are an exciting time for many children but can also be an overwhelming time for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here are some tips on how to handle the upcoming holiday season for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD.
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Pedal desks are the next frontier for ADHD treatment, and with at least 1-3 students with ADHD in each classroom and a move towards bringing more movement into the classroom for all students, pedal desks in the classroom is an idea worth embracing.
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Science has shown therapy to be crucial in the treatment of ADHD. In some cases, therapy has been shown to reduce medication and get rid of it altogether. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends preschool aged children (4-5 years) try therapy first before medication. But due to long wait lists, children with ADHD aren't able to access therapy quick enough in Ontario.
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What kind of mom drugs her kid? The mom who is tired of walking on eggshells, wondering who her child will hurt today. The mom who is tired of watching her baby suffer inside his own skin. The mom who, fighting back tears, dutifully takes the scrap of paper from the doctor with the round glasses.... What mom does that, anyway? The kind who will do whatever it takes to help her child feel better, even if it means doing precisely the thing she vowed never to do.
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To come across a neighbour or a friend questioning the validity of ADHD today is one thing. Coming across a teacher or a principal lacking knowledge about ADHD today is concerning. But to encounter an article in a prominent publication written by a therapist treating children with ADHD being shared on social media in today's day and age from a so-called expert that dumbs down the etiology of ADHD to a child's own "internal belief system" and the "pampering and coddling" of parents is more than insulting. It's dangerous.
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We are a long way off from identifying definitive biomarkers and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away. The hype is big, but our hope is misplaced. The science isn't there yet, and the sooner we stop putting our faith in near-miraculous breakthroughs, the sooner we can realistically survey the options at hand.
Often adults will describe situations where they feel less interested, perhaps a little bored, and then they become more prone to procrastination, distractibility and forgetfulness. Against this, adults can often focus much better in novel stimulating situations, and in this way ADHD may be viewed as an "engagement deficit" condition depending on the context.
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Distractible. Energetic. Impulsive. These are some of the words often used to describe me. They're also common descriptors for well-known execs like Richard Branson, David Neeleman of Jet Blue Airways, and Ikea's Ingvar Kamprad. That's because we all have ADHD.
As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let's not forget about autism's close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).