Attention disorders are on the rise in America. With so many kids being medicated for ADHD, what is the likelihood that there is another attention disorder actually at play? Some researchers think it very likely; in fact, many think that millions of kids are misdiagnosed. Read more to find out about a new condition, sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT).
Gamification. Surely, some out there have heard this new buzz word, but what is it all about? Well, maybe you hadn't noticed, but everything around you has become a game. Your cell phone is pre-loaded with several games. Perhaps Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga sound familiar? Your children have probably been trying to convince you to buy the newest Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo. Even shopping has become a game with apps like ShopKick. So what does all this mean for your child's brain? Is the bombardment of flashing screens doing more harm than good? Read more to find out.
"Restless Mind, Restless Body," a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (Seli et al), shows a correlation between sustained focus and the ability to control secondary motor movement, like sitting still during a lecture.
Twenty year old National Institute of Mental Health study on ADHD treatment called into question! New research suggests that combination of behavior therapy and medication may ultimately provide best overall results for children with ADD/ADHD.
Meet Tara Sherer, our Provider of the Month. Tara has been an educator for 30 years, and became a certified Interactive Metronome® (IM) Provider in order to provide a drug free option for students struggling in school. Now, she is helping children with ADD and ADHD succeed with the help of IM Universe.
Do you remember last holiday season? A bit of a blur, hmm? You remember fighting the crowds on Black Friday, your in-laws extending their trip for an extra three days (insert picture of you pulling your hair out), the gifts and all of the cleaning up after the New Year. But, do you remember Kevin's book report? The one he put off until the night before he returned to school from holiday break?! He had three weeks to finish that book report, but something just kept getting in the way. This season, help your children stay on task and focused on a successful 2014. Just because children are out of school doesn't mean they should take a vacation from learning. Here are a few tips to turn any situation into an educational opportunity, or simply add some excitement to regular schoolwork.
Wow, did you ever think you would hear those words come out of your child with ADHD’s mouth? Homework tends to be a struggle with our kids affected by ADHD. Afterschool can be rough in general, as they have held it together all day long in school, and then there is the issue of their medication wearing off around that time. No matter what, homework tends to stretch into the evening hours as you work with your child to get all of their homework done. This is such a bad cycle, as then the kids don’t have time to go outside and play or to just be a kid!
A recent study by the Kennedy Krieger Institute (2011) showed that areas of the brain that control thinking and motor skills are different (smaller) in children with ADHD compared to other children. The specific regions of the brain that were mentioned are known to be involved in mental timing. Mental timing (AKA timing in the brain) is vital for many of our thinking skills and for good motor coordination. Studies have shown that timing in the brain is disrupted in children and adults with ADHD, leading to problems with focus, other cognitive abilities, and motor skills. Interactive Metronome, a patented non-medical treatment for ADHD, is the ONLY program that simultaneously works on thinking AND motor skills by specifically addressing and improving the areas of the brain responsible for mental timing.
Kennedy Krieger Institute (2011, June 10). Brain imaging study of preschoolers with ADHD detects brain differences linked to symptoms.
Molly, a 10-year-old 5th grader, had a recent diagnosis that included ADHD, and she was said to be showing signs of High Functioning Autism. Molly’s mother noticed that her daughter would regularly forget things at home and school, and was unable to keep her belongings organized. She had trouble focusing, and even doing the smallest amount of homework was a daily battle. When a school test was over, she would regularly forget most of what she had worked so hard to learn.
As Molly moves into her junior high school years, she would be required to memorize more writing and reading, and Molly’s mother was anxious that she could only spend limited time assisting Molly with her studies. She wondered how her daughter would make her way through this seemingly overwhelming challenge.
When Molly’s mother saw the Interactive Metronome (IM) website, she read the content with a certain level of suspicion and doubt, but as a parent who wanted to do whatever she could to help Molly and lessen her frustrations, she decided to give IM a try...