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Parents of children with ADHD

Parents often feel sorry for their child with ADHD (and for themselves), but these fleeting moments of pity usually come after a particularly difficult morning! However, one usually recovers from the pity party pretty quickly, because the truth is, if he didn’t have ADHD, he wouldn’t be himself! ADHD is as much a part of him as his big brown eyes and love for collecting marbles or stickies or insects! Many of the coolest things about the child are either a part of his ADHD or a direct result of it. Here are some of them…

Out-of-the-box thinking: He can drive one nuts with his refusal to adhere to “The Rules,” but he often does this in favour of seeking out other, more innovative—or occasionally, more obvious—solutions.

Tenacity: otherwise known as stubbornness! He drives parents and teachers half mad with arguments and tantrums – but he never really gives up and, given a chance, will persevere and resolve whatever problem he encounters.

Curiosity: The ability to perceive detail leads to a heightened level of curiosity. He has Googled and YouTubed everything from air ducts to black holes. No topic is too mundane for this child’s ADHD radar.

Sensitivity: ADHD comes with its fair share of difficulties, as every ADHD parent knows. However, it is awesome to see that his experience with ADHD, especially the more challenging aspects, opens his heart and mind to the struggles of others.

Spontaneity: We are all familiar with spontaneity’s evil twin, impulsivity, and how irritating, and downright dangerous it can be but the flip side of impulsivity is spontaneity. He is always suggesting fun things to do on a whim and it’s never a dull moment from there!

These are just a few of the things one will love about ADHD child. It is so easy for parents to lose themselves in the everyday battlefield of ADHD, to feel like the child might have missed out on a “normal” life as a result of having this disorder. But if we keep reminding ourselves of the many positives that accompany ADHD, we might come to the conclusion that “normal” really is just a setting on the washing machine.

Interactive Metronome Feedback Reports

Charles, a 10-year-old boy, was battling with Reading Fluency & Self-Esteem. His parents were referred for speech therapy and then IM because of his low grades at school. He especially struggled in maths, and didn’t like to read at all! Charles was extremely motivated from the very beginning of his IM sessions. He set himself personal goals as well as achieving great scores on the IM training Program. As treatment progressed, his therapist commented that she witnessed a teenage boy go from a state of introversion to someone who would smile, talk and thoroughly enjoy his sessions. His mother saw changes not only in his self-esteem but by the time Charles had finished IM he was reading more fluently; his grades had improved and he was enjoying life in general. Both Charles and his mother could not express in words how thankful they were for the IM program. As for his goal to play a sport, he was very excited to be in the Tennis team this term!

 

IM Helped 14-yr-old Candice gain self-confidence & improved concentration. Candice was very extremely shy with low self-esteem who had been diagnosed with an unspecified learning disability. She was failing all her classes and hated going to school. Her mother noted that she was sad, had a lack of direction and was generally unmotivated. When she heard about IM she signed her up immediately. Candice began the program and tried her best in each session to make good scores. After a short while her therapist noted that Candice was starting to come out of her shell; she was making much more consistent eye contact and really enjoyed her sessions. At home, Candice’s mom noticed improvements too; she did her homework without being told, and even started reading in her free time. Candice proudly passed the ninth grade and is now noticeably more self-assured and confident.

 

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6 Study Tips for ADHD Students

Doing homework and studying with ADD/ADHD can be more manageable when your child embraces techniques that help him to keep his mind focused on the task at hand. Traditional study methods of long study sessions and sitting at desks can have your child spending more time distracted than productive. That leaves no one happy and everyone frustrated.

Here are a few tips that will help to make homework/study easier:

  1. Move around: – having your child walk around while studying can help him to focus better.
  2. Speak out-loud: – When your child studies aloud, then her mind is more actively engaging with the material which means that it is harder for her mind to wander from what she is studying.
  3. Fidget: It is hard for students with ADD/ADHD to concentrate for long periods of time without moving around while learning. “Fidget tools” such as stress balls made with sand filled balloons, unfilled balloons, smooth rocks, or pliable wax should be kept on the desk for them to “fiddle with” with whenever they want to. I find “OT putty really hits the spot for these children. This can be sourced from: Hi-Tech, Montague Gardens, Tel 021 555 3913
  4. Change position: Even while remaining sitting, have your child sit in different positions. Sitting disks or exercise balls allow your child to move around while remaining sitting and the movements are more natural and less distracting than standing up to readjust.
  5. Work in increments: Studying in short bursts can help your child to be more productive at shorter time increments.
  6. Change subjects frequently: Have your child move onto the next subject as soon as he becomes easily distracted with one subject. This way your child can continue to engage with the schoolwork instead of being distracted.

While focusing on uninteresting topics can be torture for anyone, embracing ADD/ADHD study methods can make homework and studying easier and more enjoyable for all of us who struggle to concentrate.

If you think your child requires additional assistance with attention and concentration we are here to help with INTERACTIVE METRONOME

 

 

 

 

Rhythm and Timing – Improve Your Cape Argus Cycle Tour Results

As an athlete preparing for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour you are probably focused on strength, durability, time results and much more. Cyclists from across the globe are gearing up for one of the world’s largest timed cycle races and much excitement is usually mixed with nervousness and a fear of not doing well. If you would like to improve on your tour results then why not focus some of your attention on your rhythm and timing, much like what is done with Interactive Metronome therapy.

This type of training involves rhythm and timing to train the brain to strengthen the connections that exist between mind and muscles of the body. Timing, mental processing speed and focus are all developed when this type of training is used and these are all aspects imperative to having a good race and experiencing great end results. Mental interference is easier to eliminate if you have learned to focus and trained the brain and body to interact well with each other.

The saying “get your head in the game” is often used in sporting situations, and couldn’t be truer! Without being mentally involved as well as physically strong and trained, you won’t do as well as you anticipate.

Many leading sports teams and top athletes across the globe are incorporating auditory guide sounds and various interactive exercises to prepare for sporting events and matches / races. A well-designed scoring system can be used to track your performance and results so that you are completely in control of how you progress along the way. This type of training could give you the mental advantage you need to take your results from acceptable or good, to phenomenal.

Athletes, cyclists and sporting enthusiasts need to be confident and able to endure the unexpected conditions and situations thrown at them. Decisions need to be made quickly with the attention and concentration needs to be uncompromised. At Winning Wayz professionals in the field work hard to assist individuals to reach their full potential and advise that rhythm and timing training can help with improving on your cycle tour results.