New research shows that combining video games and physical exercise (“exergaming”) may be an effective way to strengthen executive function in children with ADHD. Children in the study who used exergaming were better able to focus and more easily switch tasks when the rules of the game were changed.
The holidays should be a time to celebrate with friends and family, but all too often they can be a time of stress and unhappiness. For those with ADHD, the holidays can be both stimulating and overwhelming. There is shopping to do, parties and events to attend, and cards to write. Taking time to solve your holiday planning problems before they crop up will help you (and your loved ones) enjoy the season and start the new year energized, refreshed, and happy.
We all need an Executive Function Coach, but not because we have a disorder. We need an Executive Function Coach because facing the challenges of life competently requires us to continue to develop our decision-making repertoire. Everyone is working on one or more executive functioning skills. But no tutor can teach them. Teaching is not the delivery system for these skills; coaching is.
Executive functions refer to cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control of behavior to successfully attain chosen goals. We all use these executive functions to plan, organize and complete tasks. Problems with executive functioning can be seen at any age but tend to be increasingly apparent as children move through the early elementary grades. The demands of completing schoolwork can often trigger signs that there are difficulties in this area.
Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences An adverse childhood experience (ACE) describes a stressful or traumatic experience in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult. They can include abuse, neglect and a … Read More
One of the best ways for children and adults to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD is exercise. Physical activity can help focus, it doesn’t cost much, you don’t need a prescription, and it has benefits for both adults and … Read More
Scientists are discovering the physiologic connections between adversity, stress and academic performance. Children living in poverty are particularly at risk. They often endure toxic stress from adverse experiences, such as exposure to violence, abuse, neglect, loss of a loved one … Read More
Dr Thomas Brown of Yale University has a view of ADHD you may not have heard about that gives a fresh perspective to ADHD. Dr Brown turns ADHD on its head; defining it as a constellation of Executive Function impairments he’s … Read More
Once and a while it’s useful to dust off the mission statement and give it an airing. Edge Foundation’s primary mission is to provide students with ADHD access to qualified, professional coaches. However, we often are approached by people who … Read More
Guest post from Edge Foundation Executive Director, Sarah Wright. Last month I attended my first Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) annual conference. AHEAD is a vital professional association for those who provide services to disabled college and graduate … Read More