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Being Active in Nature Improves Mental and Physical Health for Kids: Infographic

In ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Behavior Strategies, Children's Fitness, Counselors, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

I am constantly encouraging my four-year-old son to get outside and exercise with me. He doesn’t always want to do it, but sometimes I will pull the “we have to go for a walk” or “play tag outside” before we watch TV. My son is a TV/tablet lover and if it were up to him he would be on electronics …

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An Interactive Story to Teach Kids About Restaurant Behavior

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Skills, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by Rachel Wise2 Comments

Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can be used to teach someone what to expect or how to behave in a particular setting. Because no situation is the same, it may be helpful to talk to your child about how their restaurant experience might be different from the story below. For example, in this story …

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6 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Manage the College Application Period

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Teenagers, especially those with ADHD, typically experience feelings of anxiety about what the future holds. There are many opportunities that they can take advantage of, including college programs, job training, military enlistment, and technical institutes. For those who want to pursue post-secondary education, the college search and application process can be overwhelming. There are plenty of decisions to be made. …

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American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

In ADHD, Children's Fitness, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Social-Emotional, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Introduction Policy makers, educators, and parents often talk about the role of schools in promoting the development of the whole child (e.g., physical, social, and academic development). A growing trend toward putting more emphasis on academic subjects and less on recess time, has put this important part of a child’s school day at risk. When recess is provided, children get …

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Does Research Show That Exercise Helps Kids with Autism & ADHD?

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Children's Fitness, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Experts at Michigan State University have demonstrated that kids with ADHD have better focus and are less distracted after a 20 minute exercise session. Matthew Pontifex, assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, and lead researcher for the study said: “This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatment of ADHD. Maybe our first …

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What is an IEP and How Do You Know if Your Child Needs One for School?

In ADHD, Autism, Educational Strategies & Tips, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Intro Are you wondering if your child needs special education services or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or how children obtain an IEP? In order to qualify for an IEP, your child needs to receive an evaluation in school (or at home if your child has not started school yet or attends homeschool or cyber school). Depending on your child’s …

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21 School Accommodations Available for Children with Special Needs

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

*This article pertains to U.S. public schools. If your child attends private school or school outside of the U.S., talk to the school team to find out which accommodations they are able to provide. Parents may not always know what accommodations or modifications are available to their child with special needs in school. This article provides that knowledge, along with …

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Interactive ADHD Symptom Checklist for Children

In ADHD, Screening Tools by Rachel Wise1 Comment

Below you will find an interactive symptoms checklist for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). You can go through each symptom and check off the ones that pertain to your child. The symptoms in the checklist fall under two categories: inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive. Symptoms are based on the criteria indicated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition …

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What Are the Symptoms of Adhd & How Is It Assessed?

In ADHD, Parents by Rachel Wise10 Comments

Approximately 8.8 percent (5.1 million) of children between the ages of 4 and 17 are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the United States. Boys receive the diagnosis more frequently than girls, but the reason for this is not understood. The most common signs of ADHD are: difficulty focusing difficulty staying still not attending to details acting quickly …