Are Teachers Making the Grade with ADHD Students?

March 6, 2010

In an effort to find out how teachers are able to cope with ADHD students, a survey was created with SurveyMonkey to help gather information from both parents and teachers.  If you are either a parent of an ADHD child, or a the student or a teacher of ADHD children, please take the time (aprox. 2 minutes) to fill out this form.  Results will be used in an upcoming article addressing problems faced by students – and teachers- in the classrooms.

The main thrust of this poll is to find out if teachers feel prepared when they graduate from teacher prep courses to handle the demands placed upon them especially in relation to ADHD students.  Please feel free to leave any comments either here or on the poll itself in the blocks provided.

The poll can be found at:

For more information about ADHD visit:



April 13, 2009

(HealthDay News)
by — Rick Ansorge
Updated: May 26th 2008


new article illustration

MONDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) — Because food colorings and preservatives can increase hyperactive behavior in children with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, pediatricians should consider recommending the elimination of these substances from the diets of some children, according to an editorial published in the May 24 issue ofBMJ.

Andrew Kemp, M.D., of Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, Australia, cited a recent randomized placebo-controlled trial in 297 children aged 3 to 9 without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which showed that consumption of food colorings and the preservative sodium benzoate was associated with increased hyperactive behavior.


Kemp also cited a recent report from a European Food Safety Authority panel that reviewed 22 studies from 1975 to 1994 and two meta-analyses. Of the 22 studies, 16 showed positive evidence linking preservatives and colorings with hyperactive behaviors The most recent meta-analysis found that artificial food colors had a significant effect on hyperactivity scores.

“In view of the relatively harmless intervention of eliminating colorings and preservatives, and the large numbers of children taking drugs for hyperactivity (2.4 percent of children in the state of Western Australia receive stimulant drugs for attention-deficit disorder), it might be proposed that an appropriately supervised and evaluated trial of eliminating colorings and preservatives should be part of standard treatment for individual children,” the author concludes.



February 13, 2009

For the third time today, Sami shouted answers out of turn, insisted on standing at his desk on one leg with the other leg hooked through his chair, and frequently scribbled on his neighbors books or papers.  During math class, the teacher had to call Sami’s attention back to the task at hand several times in a row, but consistently found him looking out of the window; his mind in another dimension.  Suddenly, Sami blurted out, “Wow! Check out that red bird! I think its a cardinal?”  With his outburst, the other students lost concentration on the teacher and rushed to see the cardinal.  Frustrated, the teacher put Sami in time out and tried to regain focus from the other students.

Sami’s behavior is typical for children diagnosed with ADHD.  Three to five percent of children present this type of behavior both at school and at home.  For a true diagnosis, the child usually shows several symptoms before the age of 7.  These symptoms include :

. Either A or B: (1)
  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
  1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
  2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
  3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  4. Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
  5. Often has trouble organizing activities. Read the rest of this entry »


October 9, 2008

Here is an interesting and educational video about mind mapping which is being utilized not only in personal arenas of life but also businesses and schools have started to apply this to increase productivity and educational achievements. 

6 Natural Therapies For Adult ADHD

September 28, 2008



Workers who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) perform 22 days less work per year than people who don’t have the disorder, according to a research consortium at Harvard Medical School.

More than 7,000 employed and self-employed adults were screened for ADHD as part of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative. They were also asked about their performance at work in the last month. On average, 3.5 per cent of workers had ADHD. By extrapolating the data, those with ADHD were found to spend 22.1 more days per year not doing work compared to others without the disorder. This was made up of 8.4 days when they were unable to work or carry out their normal activities, 21.7 days of reduced work quantity and 13.6 days of reduced work quality.

Fortunately, adult ADHD can be addressed through natural therapies, including:

  • Fish Oil: Omega 3 fatty acids, abundant in fish oil, are crucial for proper brain function. I recommend two to three grams daily.
  • Meditation: Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help both adults and teens with ADHD.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity has been shown to raise levels of dopamine, which can improve concentration and focus.
  • Additionally, adding into your healthy cereals fresh grains especially flax seeds, not only help mental ability in general but also help concentration.
  • Other foods recomended for concentration are: blueberries, prunes and mangos. Walnuts, bananas and strawberries are also good for memory and raising the mood. 
  • Cherries can help with insomnia which often can cause symptoms of ADHD or ADD to increase.
  • Finally, getting enough regular, scheuled sleep in important.  Going to sleep late and then sleeping in to make up for the hours you missed actually does more harm than good.  going to bed at a decent time and waking up early is healthier and better for the mind.

Feeling occasionally distracted, disorganized or forgetful is common in today’s sensory-overload culture, but if such feelings are continuous or severely impacting your life, consider consulting a mental health professional to see if you meet the clinical criteria for ADHD.





%d bloggers like this: