Diet and ADHD

Food affects every area of our lives. Aside from just being fuel for our bodies, we use food to cheer us up (don’t deny it), treat ourselves (that Baskin Robbins sure looks good), celebrate (chocolate cake for the promotion!), and so much more. Food affects not just our weight, but our overall health, and this includes our emotions, functionality, and behavior. The following, according to various sites, is true for individuals with symptoms of ADHD.

From MSN Healthy Living:

The B vitamins have been linked to improved neural activity and are great at reducing stress, both useful for children with ADHD. Good food sources of the B vitamins are nutritional yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals and breads, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, leafy green vegetables and soy.

From WebMD:

Eat fewer simple carbohydrates, such as candy, corn syrup, honey, sugar, products made from white flour, white rice, and white potatoes.

From activebeat:

Omega 3 fatty acids have been known to significantly decrease ADHD symptoms in many children. Tuna is a phenomenal source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Using tuna to make things like wraps, sandwiches and pasta salads for kids’ lunches is a great way to try and help control their symptoms

Please note, EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT! Anything listed here may or may not work for your child and are only intended as general guidelines. You and your child know what does, and doesn’t work best.

Over the course of 12 weeks, NeuroFit professionals will work with children and teens that suffer from symptoms of ADHD in the Conquer Program. While children learn things like how to make friends, manage impulsivity, and how to deal with rejection, healthy eating at home and at school can only help the skills taught during the social skills and executive functioning sessions.

For information on the Conquer Program, visit us online at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or call us at 201-857-4768.

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A few tips for parents of children with ADHD

Executive function, as defined by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is:

a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.

In an article from helpguide.org, the author explains how symptoms of attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder can affect a child’s executive functioning abilities.

Although the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be nothing short of exasperating, it’s important to remember that the child with ADD/ADHD who is ignoring, annoying, or embarrassing you is not acting willfully. Kids with ADD/ADHD want to sit quietly; they want to make their rooms tidy and organized; they want to do everything their parent says to do—but they don’t know how to make these things happen.

Now here are some tips gathered from various sites (all references will be at the end):

  • Believe in your child. Think about or make a written list of everything that is positive, valuable, and unique about your child. Trust that your child can learn, change, mature, and succeed. Make thinking about this trust a daily task as you brush your teeth or make your coffee.
  • Create consistency. Both Matlen and ADHD expert Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, underscored the importance of structure and consistency. Adults benefit greatly from this, too, since managing time and being organized are challenges, Matlen said. “Keeping each day as structured as possible will lessen the stress for all.”
  • Praise your child. According to Sarkis, “In an ideal world, the ratio of positive statements to negative statements should be 6 to 1.” In other words, if you criticize your child once, you should praise them at least six times.

NeuroFit has created a program that will help families understand the diagnosis and how to better help those with ADHD function in day to day activities. To learn more about our social skills and executive functioning class visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or call us at (201) 857-4768.

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Sources: www.helpguide.com, www.psychcentral.com

Language Disorders and ADHD

Children talking

One symptom in children and teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can set off a chain reaction into every area of their lives. Speech language pathologist, Philippa Greathead, has found the following among adolescents with ADHD.

The types of language problems experienced by children with ADHD are varied and can cover all the modalities of language. Typically problems are seen in:

Syntax:
Disorders of syntax (oral and written grammar) are difficulties using and/or comprehending the structural components of sentences.

Semantics:
Semantic difficulties in language involve problems with word meanings and organization. School problems include difficulties comprehending written and spoken language, poor vocabulary, word-finding difficulties and difficulties using context to help with the comprehension of reading.

Pragmatics:
Pragmatics is the term used for the social use of language – i.e. the ability to use language as a means to interact with others socially or for a specific purpose (e.g. requesting information, expressing feelings, holding a conversation with people of different age levels).

Metalinguistics:
This is the ability to reflect on language objectively – to know and understand that language is a rule-bound code – e.g. humour, multimeaning in words, ambiguity, figurative language (metaphors etc), ability to segment words into syllables or phonemes (sounds).

Communication is the most important factor in any relationship. As previously posted in our blog, individuals experiencing symptoms and traits of ADHD have difficulty building and maintaining relationships. The Conquer Program was created, by NeuroFit professionals, with this trait in mind. The social skills and executive functioning portion was designed to create new friendships among the participants through the skills they learn in their group sessions. During the physical therapy portion of the program, children will be able to put their skills to practice as they interact with the other children. Each session conveniently takes place at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock on the Ridgewood border. If you would like to know more information, or if you would like to enroll your child or teen, please visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or give us a call at (201) 857-4768. Enroll now because space is limited. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ADHD Statistics Speak for Themselves

Bored Boy

The number of children and teens with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) grows each year. Yet not every parent, teacher, or professional has been able to pinpoint whether or not the adolescents in their care have ADHD. The children whose parents and guardians have noticed these symptoms in their children have been accounted for and according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics speak for themselves.

Bored Boy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Key Findings: Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD: United States, 2003-2011 [data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) 2003 to 2011]. For children ages 4-17 years of age, highlighted data include:

  • 5.1 million children (8.8% or 1 in 11 of this age group 4-17 years) have a current diagnosis of ADHD:
    • 6.8% of children ages 4-10 (1 in 15)
    • 11.4% of children ages 11-14 (1 in 9)
    • 10.2% of children ages 15-17 (1 in 10)
  • The average age of current ADHD diagnosis was 6.2 years, including:
    • “Mild” ADHD diagnosed at 7 years,
    •  “Moderate” ADHD diagnosed at 6.1 years, and
    •  “Severe” ADHD diagnosed at 4.4 years.
  • 3.5 million children (69% of children with current ADHD) were taking medication for ADHD.
  • Boys (12.1%) continue to be more than twice as likely than girls (5.5%) to have current ADHD.
  • Current ADHD prevalence rates vary between states, with Nevada having the lowest rate at 4.2% and Kentucky having the highest rate of 14.8%.
  • According to the parent reports, 6.4 million children (11% of this age group 4-17 years) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, and rates of ever-diagnosed ADHD increased an average of approximately 5% per year from 2003 to 2011.

The NeuroFit professionals in Glen Rock, NJ have taken notice of these staggering statistics and have formulated a program that combines both physical therapy and group sessions that focus on social skills and executive functioning. During the course of this program, children will learn skills to help them make new friends, maintain these relationships, and how to manage their behavior. The program will take place over a period of 12 weeks at VOLT FITNESS. If you have a child or teen with symptoms and associated issues related to ADHD, please call (201) 857-4768 or visit us at www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html for more details.

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What Happens When ADHD Goes Undiagnosed

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According to www.adhdawarenessmonth.org (the actual month of awareness is October), the following occurs when ADHD goes undiagnosed and untreated:

  • Problems succeeding in school and successfully graduating.
  • Problems at work, lost productivity, and reduced earning power.
  • Problems with relationships.
  • More driving citations and accidents.
  • Problems with overeating and obesity.
  • Problems with the law.

These problems are quite serious and could follow a child through adulthood and affect every area of their life.  If you have a child or teen, or know of someone who does, then you might be interested in the Conquer Program by NeuroFit in Glen Rock, NJ. The program was created with any child or teen that suffers with ADHD symptoms, and their families in mind. Space is limited, so enroll as soon as you can. The program will start in September. For more information, call us at (201) 857-4768 and we will be more than happy to help. You can also visit us at www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html.

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Symptoms of ADHD in Children

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Children with ADHD

Hey everyone! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, the following are signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children:

  • daydream a lot
  • forget or lose things a lot
  • squirm or fidget
  • talk too much
  • make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
  • have a hard time resisting temptation
  • have trouble taking turns
  • have difficulty getting along with others

Along with these symptoms, children with ADHD have trouble making friends, keeping friends, and are usually facing their share of bullying. NeuroFit has created a program to help children and families understand these symptoms and how to get through the challenges that face them. If you live in Bergen County in NJ and have a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD, give us a call at (201) 857-4768 for more information about our 12-week program, or visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html.

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