Repost: ADHD Medication and "Drug Holidays"

The concept of a “drug holiday” for ADHD children is a controversial one. It used to be a common recommendation during the summer months, but lately more ADHD professionals are realizing that taking away a child’s ADHD medication is like telling them that focus is only important at school.

If you think about it, your child needs to be able to focus when riding a bicycle down a busy street, spending time with other children at day camp, and learning responsibilities at home.

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Emotional Regulation and Procrastination

According to an article by Timothy A Pychyl, Ph.D., recent research has been showing us the importance of emotional regulation skills in reducing procrastination. As Dr. Pychyl says: "When we face negative emotions like frustration, resentment, boredom or anxiety that are associated with a task, we procrastinate on the task in order to regulate our emotions." It stands to reason, then, that learning skills to better tolerate and manage negative emotions will help us better manage procrastination!

What is a psychoeducational assessment?

You might have heard the word psychoeducational assessment before, but what does it actually mean? What is a psychoeducational assessment?

A psychoeducational assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's strengths and weaknesses in several areas. This includes cognitive ability and academic achievement, as well as psychological processes like memory, executive functioning, phonological processing, and visual-motor abilities.

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ADHD into Adulthood: Stories by Telus

Our own Laura MacNiven recently contributed an article called ADHD into Adulthood on the Stories by Telus website. If you click on the link you'll find Laura's article as you scroll down. As a bonus, the video at the top of the page is a great introduction to Brili, an app that "gamifies" ADHD to help kids with daily routines.

Check it out!