Last week we wrote a post about executive function and ADHD inspired by John Medina’s book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Each of Medina’s 12 Principals are based on scientifically-proven facts about how our brain works.
Take a look at the 12 rules and you’ll see that much of what he talks about are familiar Edge Foundation topics. Want to get a great preview of what his book covers? Visit Brainrules.net where Medina has free, on-line tutorials covering the important information from each chapter.
We agree that the principals outlined in the book are important insights into living to your full potential with ADHD. When looking them over, we noticed a few common themes we’ve shared in the posts we have written over the last couple of years. Here’s our take on each brain rule and how it plays out for ADHD:
Exercise – Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Survival – Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
Wiring – Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
Attention – Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
Short-Term Memory – Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
Long-Term Memory – Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
Sleep – Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
Stress – Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
Sensory Integration – Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
Vision – Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
Gender – Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
Exploration – Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.
Did you read the book or learn anything here you didn’t know about how the brain works? Let us know in the comments.