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posted: Thursday September 17th - 2:47pm
How Can We Wean Our Child Off Video Games?
My 12-year-old son plays video games after school for four hours each day, and up to eight hours on weekend days. How do we reduce this to two hours a day? When we try to get him to stop, he goes ballistic.
posted: Monday August 31st - 1:53pm
Meds and Movement
My child’s teachers are always trying to get him to sit still, but he seems to learn better when he moves around. ADHD medication has increased his focus, but is there any evidence that movement does as well?
Your observations about your child may be correct. A recent study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology showed that attention and working memory improved when children with ADHD were more physically active. In other words, their hyperactivity may play a function in increasing learning. Children without ADHD did not learn better when they were more active. This research, especially if confirmed in additional studies, may...
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posted: Monday August 31st - 10:22am
Perchance To Sleep? Overcoming ADHD Sleeplessness
Can you give me a sleep plan? I have tried good sleep hygiene — sleeping in a dark, cool room, unplugging from electronics an hour before turning in — but my mind still races when my head hits the pillow. What can I do?
I’m glad you are improving your sleep hygiene. I would also try learning a relaxation technique. This could be as simple as breathing, taught in many venues. Dr. Andrew Weil’s website has a good example: drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html. I would also look into yoga or mindfulness-based stress reduction. Self-hypnosis is an excellent tool for putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep. You can either work...
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posted: Monday August 31st - 9:52am
Seeking a Broader-Minded Doctor
My child’s pediatrician told me that diet has no effect on managing ADHD. Despite my protests, he prescribed medication after diagnosing my son. How can I find a doctor who uses natural treatments?
Although medications are sometimes the appropriate answer, it is clear that your doctor is not listening to your concerns. He also seems unaware of the evidence indicating that food and diet do indeed help some children manage ADHD symptoms. Finding a broader-minded doctor or one who uses natural treatments is not always easy, depending on where you live. I would Google “Pediatric Integrative Medicine” in your...
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posted: Friday August 21st - 9:30am
“I Feel Like a Loser at 21”
Young adults with attention deficit are sometimes at a loss to boost their self-esteem. Here are some ways to do it.
posted: Tuesday August 11th - 2:22pm
“But I Hate Sports!” How to Get Your Video-Gamer Outside
“My son’s playdates comprise playing video games for five hours on a Saturday. He’s a nerdy kid — no sports, 130 IQ, ADHD, non-outdoors person — any suggestions?”
posted: Monday June 22nd - 9:00am
How Can I Break My Child’s Minecraft Obsession?
When your child gets sucked into an addicting game, battles often ensue over time limits on screen time. Here are some strategies, apps, and tools for achieving Minecraft moderation.
posted: Thursday May 21st - 1:58pm
The Neuroscience Behind Video-Game Addiction
“Does any current neuroscience investigate whether and how different kinds of games affect the brain? Do different games affect their brains differently?”
posted: Thursday May 21st - 1:40pm
Are Car Racing Games Eroding My Child’s Brain?
“My son loves car racing games. I find them mindless and a waste of time. Should I be concerned about their impact on a child with working memory and executive function issues?”
posted: Thursday May 21st - 10:02am« All Blogs
"Neat Tricks" — Tips for Daily Decluttering
I heard that doing a little decluttering every other day keeps a room from getting too messy. But I like to do things in a fit of hyperfocus all at once. Any suggestions for me?