ADHD and the Importance of Early Intervention

Early intervention in the context of ADHD and focusing challenges is pretty much what it sounds like – providing behavioural support and strategies early on in development (e.g. before the age of six), in anticipation of potential difficulties down the line.

We’re not talking about a diagnosis or label here – we’re just talking about helping families identify strengths and challenges in their children early, and taking steps to avoid potential secondary effects...

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What we learned at CADDRA 2014: Treat the Impairment, not the Symptom

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This past weekend, the 10th annual Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) conference was held in Toronto – a conference intended for health professionals to learn about new developments in ADHD research, assessment, and treatment best practices.

The Springboard Clinic team had the opportunity to not only attend, but to present our own research (stay tuned for more information on that in the coming weeks!), and, as usual, we learned a great deal...

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What does ADHD medication do to the brain?

When an individual has ADHD, medication can often be an effective way to “kick-start” change. It can help an individual define and follow through on goals and to build skills that have previously been inconsistent.

That being said, it is not a “one size fits all” process, and must be accompanied by supportive treatment beyond medication...

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Alternative Treatment for ADHD: Can brain games help?

brain games as treatment for ADHDPeople with ADHD often seek out alternative treatments to medication. Or, at least something that might complement it, like combining medication and behavioural treatment.

One suggested treatment that we hear a lot about is “brain games.” But are things like Lumosity worth the price tag? Can brain games actually help manage ADHD symptoms?

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Vitamin D and ADHD: Get outside this summer!

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Exercise has long been our go-to recommendation for clients with ADHD looking for an alternative, or supplement, to medication. Stimulating the body’s core also stimulates the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain affected by ADHD. In fact, Springboard’s medical director, Dr. Ainslie Gray MD, can actually reduce a patient’s dosage of stimulant medication if s/he is getting at least 20 minutes of exercise each morning.

With or without ADHD, we all know that exercise is important. That being said, it’s one thing to intend to get outside and exercise; it’s another altogether to actually go out and exercise. Well, we’ve got good news!!

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