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Matters on My Mind: October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

Matters on My Mind. 

October 2016 - Since October is designated ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, I thought I would write a bit about these disorders. ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are both prevalent. In our tri-county area of Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Amador there are over 2,500 incidences. This indicates 11% diagnosed, a 33% increase in the last 12 years. Here at Mind Matters 43% of our clients are being treated for ADD/ADHD.

What are some signs of ADD/ADHD?

  • Inattention: difficulty with focus & attention, trouble getting organized, being easily distracted, and/or finding it difficult to perform sequential or sustained activities.
  • Impulsivity: doing or saying things without considering the consequences, interrupting and blurting out, tendency to have more accidents & risky behaviors, and/or having trouble controlling emotional responses.
  • Hyperactivity: constantly moving, squirming, or fidgeting, talking excessively, humming or making inappropriate noises, and/or playing too rough.

What causes ADD/ADHD?

  • Genetics: ADD/ADHD is often inherited. A sibling will also have ADD/ADHD 32% of the time, while a parent will also be affected 50% of the time. There is not just one gene, but, rather multiple genes that have been identified as contributing to the conditions.
  • Environment: Possible exposures(directly or through food) include pesticides, lead, food dyes, prenatal tobacco & alcohol exposure, and/or air pollution. 
  • Medical Risks: low birth weight/prematurity, head injuries, thyroid disease, iron deficiency, repeated ear infections, and some medications.

Treatment Strategies

  • Create a Strategy: This complex disorder requires a comprehensive and well thought out plan. Create a team with the individual, family, educators, therapists/clinicians, and doctors. Keeping everyone in the loop greatly reduces stress and any possible negative responses the person may face on a day to day basis.
  • Family and Individual Therapy: Get "everyone on the same page" so that strategies will be successful. The diagnosis itself often creates conflict within the family; some are apt to believe and embrace the diagnosis,while others are resistant or resentful of being "labeled" with a disorder. Individual counseling to improve organizational skills and other "executive functions" are useful. Parent counseling can offer new approaches and help create consistency and harmony between parents.
  • Educational Team: Often ADD/ADHD in children is first seen when they enter the school environment; their struggles are different and more profound than their peers. Working closely with the teacher(s) in a collaborative way can be vital. The process of creating a plan for school based assistance can be initiated by either the parents or an educator. Potential options include: Student/Child Study Team (SST/CST), further educational & behavioral testing, informal or formal 504 accommodations, and/or an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle: Effective diet modifications include: high protein breakfasts, avoiding artificial food colorings, food allergy elimination diets, reducing processed foods, and eating organic foods. Typical supplements include: omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil), magnesium, zinc, pycnogenol, pyridoxal 5 phosphate (P5P50), and melatonin. Lifestyle changes include: reducing screen time in front of television, computer gaming & smart phone use while also increasing any form of exercise and unstructured outdoor activities.
  • Medications: Medications can be a useful part of a treatment strategy. There are a variety of medications which act differently in the brain and require someone familiar with the "art" of using them to tailor them to the needs of the the individuals. Medications include stimulants, non-stimulants, and anti-depressants. All have risks of side effects which need to be clearly explained.
  • Other Treatment Options: A variety of other treatments available include: Cogmed, EEG Biofeedback, and Interactive Metronome Training.

Finding Help

Mind Matters is a Comprehensive Treatment Center serving individuals and families affected by ADD/ADHD and more. Check out our website for more information or to make a donation www.mindmattersclinic.org or call our office at 209-728-2184. Get Answers   Get Help   Get Moving

Thank you to Dr. Ryan Thompson, Medical Director and MD at Mind Matters Clinic for providing the information for this blog.

 

 

 

Matters on My Mind: Cool Classes for the Fall

Matters on My Mind. 

September 2016 - Cooler days and nights, school in session, and the start of new classes at Mind Matters!

Fast ForWord for Success:

Is your child struggling to read at grade level? He/she is not alone; not being able to read at grade level is one of the most troubling problems facing young students. Mind Matters can help! Using the innovative approach of Fast ForWord, a proven online intervention that dramatically improves language and reading achievement, key pathways to the brain are strengthened and your child starts to experiencesuccess at school, often reading at or above grade level in just one eight-week session. 

Fast ForWord starts September 19th and runs through November 11th, Monday-Friday, from 4:00-5:00pm at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to sign up now.

Mind Builder moving to Achieve:

Want to play fun, highly motivating games and activities that target and strengthen areas of the brain affecting learning efficiency at the same time? Join us in a 30 minute private session and engage in Mind Builder, a unique learning system that treats Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and reading challenges.

Mind Builder's one-on-one half hour sessions begin on October 4th and go through October 27th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to reserve your time now.

Social Skills Groups promoting Social Success:

Social skills help us determine which behaviors to display in order to help us achieve our social goals. Learn self-awareness, perspective taking, and social management in order to relate to others, how to maintain friendships, and work effectively as part of a team. The Groups are open to children between the ages of 6-14 years. Parent Support is an integral part of our program.

Social Skills Classes begin on October 3rd and run through October 27th for ages 9-14. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays with ages 9-11 at 4:15 and ages 12-14 at 5:30pm at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to sign up now.

Want to make some positive changes in your life with the change of the season? Questions? Contact us for more information or to sign up for classes. Financial aid may be available.

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Introducing "Matters on My Mind."

Many of our clients are affected by Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [ADD/ADHD], and the transition from summer vacation to back to school and back to work can be a rough time. All of us feel the change and often some concentration on making our diet and nutrition a little better can make a big difference.

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"Off the Beaten Path" A Success!

We want to thank all of our sponsors and runners for making the 5th annual Off the Beaten Path, walk/run for Autism Awareness a success! More than $4,500 was raised to provide financial aid for families who could not otherwise receive our services. Thank you for your support.