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.

adhd-flyer

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.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
201-857-3800
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

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Going Back To School! Homework & ADHD

Child doing homework

School is back in session! September is upon us, kids are going back to school. Time to wake the kiddies up bright and early, gather up those fancy school supplies, prepare a healthy wholesome breakfast, and off to school they go! It’s all about getting back into a routine.

Speaking of routine, the beginning of each school year can be difficult for some children. Here are some helpful tips to making this easier not only for your child, but for you, as a parent as well.

  • Meet your child’s teacher. Communication is key. Find out what to expect for the rest of the school year, be informed when a project is due, etc. This will show the teacher that you have interest and care about how your child does in school.
  • Set up a “Homework Time”. Some children work best right after school, as they call this “still in school mode”. Other’s need a break after school and there is nothing wrong with that. If your child is involved in sports and each day is different, have a calendar with a schedule setting up times when homework should start and be completed by.
  • Say your child has a big project due, set up breaks in between work. Children with symptoms of ADHD tend to lack concentration. So the point is to not make them feel overwhelmed. A 5 minute break every 20-30 minutes is recommended.
  • Set rules! Having the TV on during homework is a big NO. Sometimes you have to be the strict parent and set ground rules by making it clear that video games/watching his or her favorite TV show will not happen until homework is completed!
  • Have a study spot where your child feels comfortable and at ease to complete assignments. It is actually said that having light music playing in the background is helpful.

And most importantly, always praise your child for his/her good work! In the end, whether it’s children, teenagers or adults, we all want to do well in school. Reward your child with his or her favorite treat after an A+ project! This will remind your child that good work pays off.

If you live in Bergen County, NJ and have a child or teen struggling with symptoms related to ADHD, Asperger’s, impulse control, and social skills, then check out the Conquer Program. Created by NeuroFit, this executive functioning and social skills program has been designed by an LCSW to help children learn strategies to deal with every day real life situations. This program, covered by participating health benefit plans, is taking enrollment now and will begin this month. For more information go to our site at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or give us a call at 201-857-4768.

Have a fun, healthy, and A+ school year!!!

-Ingrid

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.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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What Happens When ADHD Goes Undiagnosed

The Conquer Program

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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