Plan Ahead to Help Your Child with ADHD: Tips for Mastery of the Classroom Experience

Plan Ahead to Help Your Child with ADHD: Tips for Mastery of the Classroom Experience

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Children with ADHD benefit from knowing what to expect before they arrive to the classroom. This will not only prevent any potential issues (e.g., behavioral, academic) during the first days or weeks of school, but it will also provide the child with a much-needed boost of self-confidence, as they won’t be as overwhelmed with their new classroom environment, new teacher(s), classroom rules, peers, and the numerous other distractions and challenges they will face.

Children with ADHD thrive in structured environments and when they are provided clear and specific instructions. Unfortunately, your child’s academic environment won’t always (or consistently) provide these things, but you can create a sort of classroom crash course for your child in order to provide that sameness and structure that he/she needs.

Creating a behavioral plan with your child and practicing the techniques and strategies in the plan ahead of time is like taking a practice makes perfect approach: You and your child will understand and rehearse the objectives on the plan before he/she is presented with the situation and repeated exposure to the behavioral plan objectives will help your child master these tasks before school starts.

The behavioral plan can be tailored to your child’s unique needs, but oftentimes includes objectives such as impulse control strategies (e.g., reducing interrupting/talking out of turn), managing restlessness/fidgeting, following directions (e.g., listening skills), and getting homework/assignments completed on time.

Below is an example of one component of the behavioral plan that you and your child can create and practice together so that you can both start the school year prepared, confident, and ready to get the most out of the academic experience.

Managing restlessness/fidgeting in the classroom

  • Provide your child a “stress ball” that can be used at home when the child is participating in an activity that involves staying seated and concentrating
    • This will teach your child to get used to squeezing the ball when he/she becomes restless in class
  • Practice deep breathing exercises at home
    • Take about 15 minutes every day for you and your child to practice diaphragmatic breathing, where you take several deep “belly breathes,” in through the nose and out through the mouth
    • Instruct your child to practice this breathing exercise when he/she feels like “moving around” while doing a seated activity at home that requires sustained mental effort (e.g., put your child to do a series of math problems or writing exercises so that he/she learns to anticipate when it’s time to take a break for deep breathing)

The Pathways team of professionals has helped thousands of people with ADHD. We are Dedicated to effective and compassionate care for individuals with neurological challenges.

If you would like additional information on relaxation exercises, contact PNA for an appointment for a biofeedback session for your child

 

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Therapy Podcast – Forgiving Yourself for a Bad Day

Therapy Podcast – Forgiving Yourself for a Bad Day

In this Podcast with Dr Gordon: Forgiving yourself for bad day. “Self talk” and having faith in yourself.


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Therapy Podcast – Supporting Significant Others During Diet Part 2 & Self Image

Therapy Podcast – Supporting Significant Others During Diet Part 2 & Self Image

In this Podcast with Dr Gordon: Supporting Significant Others During Diet Part 2. Plus

Taking day off and treating yourself….Believing you could do it (most important thing)… Self Image.

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Therapy Podcast – Supporting Significant Others During Diet & Exercise

Therapy Podcast – Supporting Significant Others During Diet & Exercise

In this Podcast with Dr Gordon: Supporting Significant Others During Diet & Exercise

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The IQ Test Broken Down

The IQ Test Broken Down

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The IQ, Intelligence Quotient, test is a standardized test created to measure intelligence.  It is a helpful tool to predict academic and vocational success. The idea behind the IQ test is that by assessing certain measurable cognitive abilities of a person, one can make predictions regarding a person’s abilities and future functioning. Questions on the test range from vocabulary to pattern completions to arithmetic problems. While some of these questions test general knowledge, others test the ability to learn. These questions hone in on your short-term memory, analytical thinking, mathematical skills, and spacial recognition.

Here at Pathways, we administer official Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WISC-V) and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV) IQ tests for children and adults, respectively, and give you professional insight into what your score really means. The results of the test are weighted against people of the same age and then the numbers are normalized such that a score of 100 is average. Your place above or below that mark gauges approximately how your cognitive skills are compared to the average population. The placing on the scale is a helpful predictor of academic performance and general success. Parents, for instance, often consider giving their children the IQ test when their child is having learning difficulties at school. Since school curriculums are geared for the average learner, the IQ test can give insight of where a child lies compared to that base line. From there, our team of experienced child psychologists, in collaboration with the parents and teachers, can work towards locating the source of the academic disconnect and set forth a plan of action accordingly. Sometimes this entails considering a more accelerated track, digging deeper to understand his or her behavioral and learning characteristics better, or finding gifted educational programs. IQ tests are also very useful for making diagnostic decisions for ADD/ADHD or the presence of cognitive impairments from a concussion or TBI.

Sources:

https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/what-is-an-iq-test/
http://www.seemypersonality.com/IQ-Test

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Therapy Podcast – Keeping Things in Perspective

Therapy Podcast – Keeping Things in Perspective

In this Podcast with Dr Gordon: Keeping things in perspective— “Apreciation of chaos”— while raising children; Guy or girl say “I love you” first?


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Prozac Nation Is Now Xanax Nation

Prozac Nation Is Now Xanax Nation

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While to epidemiologists the disorder is a medical condition, anxiety is starting to seem like a sociological condition, too: a shared cultural experience that feeds on alarmist CNN graphics and metastasizes through social media.

This past winter, Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about an impending visit, and when a quick response failed to materialize, she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers. “I don’t hear from my friend for a day — my thought, they don’t want to be my friend anymore,” she wrote, appending the hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike.

Thousands of people were soon offering up their own examples under the hashtag; some were retweeted more than 1,000 times. You might say Ms. Fader struck a nerve. “If you’re a human being living in 2017 and you’re not anxious,” she said on the telephone, “there’s something wrong with you.”

It was 70 years ago that the poet W. H. Auden published “The Age of Anxiety,” a six-part verse framing modern humankind’s condition over the course of more than 100 pages, and now it seems we are too rattled to even sit down and read something that long (or as the internet would say, tl;dr).

Anxiety has become our everyday argot, our thrumming lifeblood: not just on Twitter (the ur-anxious medium, with its constant updates), but also in blogger diaries, celebrity confessionals (Et tu, Beyoncé?), a hit Broadway show (“Dear Evan Hansen”), a magazine start-up (Anxy, a mental-health publication based in Berkeley, Calif.), buzzed-about television series (like “Maniac,” a coming Netflix series by Cary Fukunaga, the lauded “True Detective” director) and, defying our abbreviated attention spans, on bookshelves.

With two new volumes analyzing the condition (“On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety,” by Andrea Petersen, and “Hi, Anxiety,” by Kat Kinsman) following recent best-sellers by Scott Stossel (“My Age of Anxiety”) and Daniel Smith (“Monkey Mind”), the anxiety memoir has become a literary subgenre to rival the depression memoir, firmly established since William Styron’s “Darkness Visible” and Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Prozac Nation” in the 1990s and continuing today with Daphne Merkin’s “This Close to Happy.”

Excerpt from New York Times. read the full story here

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Therapy Podcast – Self Awareness

Therapy Podcast – Self Awareness

In this Podcast with Dr Gordon:

Keeping your cool when stuck with children for very long time during winter break; understanding we arent perfect; self-awareness; taking vacations

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Why Your Child’s ADHD Evaluation is Not One and Done

Why Your Child’s ADHD Evaluation is Not One and Done

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While ADHD is typically a chronic condition, it is by no means static. Symptoms will evolve as children grow and transition from one grade to the next. With a new classroom and another year of maturity under a child’s belt, the problems in the classroom experienced last year might not be the same as this year. In order to best tailor your child’s ADHD treatment, an important part of his or her diagnosis is to continue to reevaluate them each year.

Let’s consider exactly why this might be.

A large component of tracking child ADHD is receiving feedback from their teachers on the children’s behavior in the classroom. This is often done by a scale measuring attention difficulty. However, this subjective scale brings its limitations. First, the way teachers rate on the scale may vary from person to person. One teacher may be apt to give lower scores while another teacher may be prone to giving higher ones. Secondly, children are growing and experiencing different stresses from year to year, all of which will affect their symptoms. From one grade to the next, a child might have matured, a significant source of stress at home may have dissolved that year or perhaps a new one arose, or maybe they are eating and sleeping better. There are many factors that can affect their behavior during this influential time of their lives. A study by Dr. David Rabiner and his associates found that of elementary school children rated as having significant attention problems one year, more than 50% were not rated as having the same symptoms the following year. The bottom line is, the feedback from the teachers won’t necessarily carry over uniformly during classroom transitions.

As much as we wish it would slow down, your child is growing fast! Just like those old pair of shoes, your child may outgrow his or her treatment over time. How do you know if your child needs a new fitting? The best way to assure your child is receiving exactly the type of care he or she needs, stay on top of their symptoms and continually evaluate that your child’s symptoms are being addressed adequately.

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Promising Medication Tested Successfully on Adults with ADHD

Promising Medication Tested Successfully on Adults with ADHD

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A New Medication for ADHD on the Horizon 

Psychologists may have a promising new ADHD medication option to prescribe: mazindol CR. Mazindol CR, also known as NLS-1, is a treatment produced by the Switzerland-based company, NLS Pharma. It would be a revolutionary addition to the ADHD medicine cabinet because unlike current options on the market, mazindol CR is a non-stimulant. Many patients do not take well to stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate or amphetamine. Pending successful completion of the last stage of testing, NLS-1 could open up a new door for countless people with ADHD symptoms. 

Let’s look at the numbers from the Phase II part of the trial*:

● 85 adults with ADHD took part in a double-blind, placebo controlled trial for 6 weeks

● 55 percent of participants taking NLS-1 said their symptoms decreased by at least 50 percent

● 70 percent of participants taking NLS-1 said their symptoms decreased by at least 30 percent

● Less than 25 percent of participants taking the placebo reported a 30 percent or greater improvement, making the results statistically significant

● Benefits were experienced within 1 week, which is ⅙ of the time other non-stimulants take to activate

The results also mentioned that the side-effects were “very-well tolerated”, although it was unclear exactly what the side-effects are, or the quantity of them. Nonetheless, the trial showed exciting results that may change the way psychologists prescribe medicinal ADHD treatments.

*NLS Pharma, 2017. NLS PHARMA UNVEILS POSITIVE PHASE 2 DATA FOR NLS-1 (MAZINDOL CR) IN ADULTS WITH ADHD, DEMONSTRATING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN SYMPTOMS. Stans/Switzerland & Miami. Web. source

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