Executive Functioning and Coordination

For some kids, going to school is a miniature version of going to a club. You have your bouncers (from principals to teacher’s aids) and you have your bar tenders (cafeteria staff). The entire day, in between learning, they catch up with their friends, hang out at recess, etc. For others, going to school is jail. Not the fancy ones with the gym and cable TV. I mean the ones that feel like those four walls are iron bars. The teachers and higher ups are wardens, and going to the yard means some sort of certain humiliation. There will always be someone that seems to be more popular than they are, and then there will be the ones that “OWN THIS JOINT!”. It’s a hard truth to hear, but with all of the anti-bullying campaigns around, there is no escaping this harsh reality. For those who feel trapped, for any reason, NeuroFit in Glen Rock, NJ has created two programs to meet the needs of these kids.

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Executive Functioning/Social Skills

Children who display issues or symptoms related to ADHD, Aspergers, impulse control or social skills often have trouble staying focused on tasks they don’t find interesting, don’t know how to filter their thoughts before speaking, or have difficulty making friends or keeping the ones they have. The Conquer Program, created by a licensed clinical social worker, has been formulated to help children focus, make friends, learn how to deal with rejection and much more.  Children will also have an opportunity to burn off energy and apply social skills learned with the LCSW by spending time in the VOLT FITNESS Circuit. Their time in the circuit is spent playing with therapeutic interactive games and interactive video games, overseen by a physical therapist. If you would like to learn more about the program, or even enroll your child or teen, call us at 201-857-4768 or visit our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html.

COORDINATION PROGRAM

Coordination

Take a moment to think back to the first time you peddled your bicycle without help. There was excitement, a sense of adventure and even accomplishment. It was a red letter day, V for Victory! Whether you got it on the first try, or even the 85th try, you were able to get those feet pumping and put those wheels into motion. However, there are children who, no matter how hard they try, often give up feeling like they will never learn how. Their parents have tried everything from tricycles to training wheels and they’re out of ideas. Thats where the NeuroFit Coordination program comes in. Our physical therapist has formulated an ongoing program that will help kids make an improvement on their coordination, balance, and more. Most importantly kids will learn how to build confidence with each success they have. If your child needs a little help with their running techniques, hand eye coordination, throwing and catching or even just to do better in gym class, call us at 201-857-4768 or take a look at our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html.

Both programs have been designed to help kids and teens navigate the choppy waters that they face in school, gym or on the field The programs are covered by participating health benefit plans and are held at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock, near the Ridgewood Border.

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– Jay

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201-857-3800
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
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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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