3 Things You Need to Know...
- There is no quick fix for ADHD. It is a serious neuropsychological disorder that should not be taken lightly.
- People ADHD are often misunderstood by medical professionals, the educational community, and family members. If you love someone with ADHD, give them a hug today...it's not easy to function with this disorder.
- There is no one-size-fits-all solution for students with ADHD or attention issues. Most kids, teens, and adults with ADHD need a combination of support that can include things like:
- Specific cognitive and attention training
- Behavioral therapy
- IEP and/or 504 in school
- Executive functioning coaching
- Diet change
- Sleep aids
- Consistent support from parents, friends, and spouse
5 Practical Ways to Help Your Child with ADHD Thrive
At Growing Minds, we train the 3 types of attention:
1. Sustained Attention: How long can the student focus on a non-preferred activity?
2. Selective Attention: How well can the student block out distractions when working on something they don't necessarily enjoy?
3. Divided Attention: How well can the student switch between tasks?
People with attention issues, whether officially diagnosed with ADHD or not, have huge obstacles to overcome in order to succeed in school and in everyday life: sports, career, relationships, etc.
Part of our training for those with ADHD and attention issues at Growing Minds is one-on-one executive functioning coaching. Let us help you help your child get organized, stay organized, set goals, start and complete tasks and learn how to function successfully as someone with attention issues in a very unforgiving world.
In general, those with ADHD and attention issues also have underdeveloped executive functioning skills. Executive functioning is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.
These skills include:
Prioritizing & Planning
(goal setting and achievement)
Getting and Staying Organized
(starting something that's hard)
(finishing something that's hard)
Emotional Self Control
Remembering to Remember
(the normal things of life like dentist appointments or turning in an important form)
If you suspect that you or your child may have ADHD, we encourage you to seek an evaluation by a clinical psychologist. We have two in the area that we work closely with and would love to recommend them to you. Gathering information is the first step!