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Shake It Up For ADHD

adhdAre you aware of the advocacy group CADDAC (Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada)? This organization (and its sister org CADDRA) is a useful resource for parents, families, psychologists, educators and those diagnosed with ADHD themselves.

Today, on the CADDAC blog, there’s a useful explanation of a new University of Mississippi study indicating that movement actually helps facilitate learning and growth for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. From the study: “Hyperactive movements associated with the disorder may allow children with ADHD to enhance their cognitive abilities.”

This makes sense in many ways as many of us (even those without ADHD) feel the need to stand up, “fidget”, tap fingers or toes, twirl hair, or bounce up and down to get our creative juices flowing.

Sitting still for long periods of time not only inhibits healthy development and may cause severe health implications but, for children with ADHD, it can cause stress and dissuade imagination and working memory. 

Is positive thinking the key for kids?

Here’s more from U of M: “By allowing the hyperactive behaviors to continue, children with ADHD are able to increase their arousal and remain alert in the classroom. Yet conventional teaching and treatment methods demand ADHD children remain still, and the ability to focus on the lesson is lost in the child’s struggle to focus on not squirming or fidgeting, said Sarver.”

These days, many educators and teachers (at least in our school board) better understand that occasional movement, special seating arrangements, more frequent “health breaks” and re-imagined dynamics not only allows all students to more fully enjoy school but allows those with ADHD to fit in, become more engaged and reach their full learning potential.

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Results of CADDAC’s Parent Survey on ADHD

Follow the path to enlightenment

Just yesterday CADDAC released its first-ever Canadian parents’ survey on ADHD. It was conducted between June and December of 2011.

The online survey had 735 respondents and focused on gathering information from parents and caregivers about their experiences with ADHD, the educational system, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

I will interview  Heidi Bernhardt, President & National Director, CADDAC, in the near future about these results but, in the interim, here are some of the most interesting (to me) findings:

  • 18% of participants have more than one child with ADHD
  • 27% of respondent’s children (RC) waited more than 1 year for an
    ADHD assessment from a qualified medical professional
  • 73% of RC are on medication; 15% receive behaviour therapy
  • 92% of RC had difficulty staying focused at school
  • 48% of RC have difficulty making & keeping friends
  • 55% of parents feel they have not received sufficient information on ADHD from the physician treating their child

These are just a few of the highlights.  The full published study is available on CADDAC’s web site. To be honest, none of the results are surprising to me as the parent of a child with ADHD but they may astonish and surprise some teachers/administrators/school boards/physicians.

I will post more findings as well as the interview in the next few days. In the interim, please feel free to leave your comments and questions here.

News About CADDAC’s 4th Annual ADHD Conference.

CADDAC stands for Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. I visit their website frequently, have spoken with a few of the organizers/staff and will be attending CADDAC’s upcoming ADHD conference.

The conference takes place in Markham (thank you, CADDAC organizers, for not making me drive and park in downtown Toronto!) from October 11-14, 2012.

I’ve never attended a conference focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and look forward to meeting like-minded parents, educators and experts and to learning more about this fascinating and frustrating disorder. Join me, won’t you? See below for more details.

CADDAC’s 4th ANNUAL ADHD CONFERENCE!

* FOUR DAYS: Thursday, October 11th – Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Venue:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Toronto-Markham
7095 Woodbine Avenue Markham, Ontario L3R 1A3

Thursday, October 11th – ADHD Friendly Parent Coaching
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Friday, October 12th – What Educators Need to Know About ADHD
Dr. Rosemary Tannock, Dr. Peter Chaban & Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Saturday, October 13th – Girls & Women with ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Lance Levy & Terry Matlen
*click here for presentation details*

Sunday, October 14th – Adult ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Melissa Orlov & Dr. David Teplin
*click here for presentation details*

Conference fee covers registration, meals/break(s), and materials. Free Parking.

Pricing: Early Bird Pricing Available Now until August 13th!
Hotel: Hotel/Venue offering Promotional Pricing to Conference Attendees. $99/night. Limited availability – don’t wait!