If you are a parent raising a child with a challenging behavioural difference such as ADHD, you may view the approaching Christmas holidays with mixed feelings, to say the least. [Read more…]
The Psychiatric Times recently published an interesting overview of lead toxicity and ADHD. To quote the top and tail of the article:
“Several neurotoxic chemicals can disrupt brain development, which contributes to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders—including ADHD. Lead is among the most studied neurotoxicants relevant to mental disorders. Because lead is stable and inert, the total amount on earth never changes. Over the past 6000 years, people have mined about 300 million tons of lead; some 150 million tons are still dispersed in the environment in one form or another… [Read more…]
According to a recently released UNICEF report, five out of six children under the age of two lack adequate nutrition for their cognitive and physical wellbeing.
One in five have received no solid foods at all by the age of 11 months, and half of all children receive less than the minimum recommended number of proper meals. [Read more…]
I was delighted to meet and present to the members of the DC Neuroleadership group hosted by author and Executive coach Wendy Swire last month. The topic of my presentation was: Nutritional Neuroscience: Thinking Twice About the Foods that Feed Your Brain. [Read more…]
Do you find everyday tasks overwhelming at times?
Are you forgetful, managing time poorly and missing appointments?
Do you take on too much and then struggle to follow it through?
Are you impulsive, with a low tolerance of frustration? [Read more…]
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step.
Thanks for stopping by, and welcome. The idea of developing a website for the purpose of raising awareness and disseminating information and knowledge surrounding ADHD has been in the forefront of my mind for a long time.
As is often the case, we are not passionately moved to begin a journey unless we have been profoundly affected by an experience which has touched our hearts. For me, my son is the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of this site. Life as a first-time mum took a somewhat unexpected path when it became apparent that my little boy had fairly severe symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity around the age of 3.
The years that followed were tough, and our journey took us from one professional to the other: from educational psychologists to psychiatrists; learning and behavioural coaches to mentors; nutritional specialists and even chiropractors. We tried allergy tests; changing diets; methylphenidate to vitamin supplements; and every after-school activity imaginable: athletics, martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, trampolining, acting and dance – you name it. Some of these activities and interventions helped – others didn’t. Over two decades ago, there just wasn’t the acceptance of ADHD as there almost is now. The general consensus back then seemed to be that it was just a funny, made-up label for “naughty” children.
The purpose of this site, therefore, is to pass on some my experiences and knowledge in order to try and make the search for information for parents a little less over-whelming. I hope it will eventually serve as an embryonic hub of knowledge which is both translational and accessible, but credible and scientific. I say embryonic as science is forever evolving in light of new research findings, and so the site also will be updated accordingly. The material is also written for any professionals working with children with ADHD and associative behavioural or learning differences.
ADHD is pretty much an invisible condition, one which has previously been described by those that have it as both a gift and a curse. It can work for you, or against you. However, the developmental trajectory of ADHD is largely dependent on the social, medical and educational structures put in place to support these children. Too many children with ADHD are failed educationally and as a consequence are over-represented in the prison system. Because of the risk factors associated with unmanaged ADHD greater investment is needed to create a paradigm shift in the way we teach, educate and mentor these children. It is time for change.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”