The "Default Mode Network" and ADHD

neuroscience and ADHDThe Default Mode Network (DMN for short) is a term for several regions of the brain that show elevated metabolic activity when the brain is at rest and not engaged in a task or activity that requires focus. Interestingly, based on research, the DMN appears to be more active in individuals with ADHD, even when they are trying to engage in a task or activity that DOES require focus. So what does that mean for you if you have ADHD? To find out, check out this article talking about the DMN: ADHD's Secret Demon - And How to Tame It.

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The Nature Fix: Nature and ADHD symptoms

nature and ADHDSpending time outside is an important part of balanced wellness for everyone. But did you know that many studies have shown that spending time outdoors has a positive impact on ADHD symptoms in children, youth and adults? This could be going on a camping trip, taking a walk around the block, or even sitting in your own backyard for a few minutes. Whatever you do, exposure to green spaces seems to have the potential to improve concentration and impulse control. Not sure where to start? This helpful little list of nature inspired ideas can point the way right out the front door!

Mindful Parenting: Tips on Responding to Stress at Home

Parenting isn't easy, and with ADHD in the picture it can be particularly challenging. For some tips on how to keep your cool at home during times of stress, check out the article Mindful Parenting: How to Respond Instead of React. In the article, the author talks about identifying our own triggers, and taking the time to allow ourselves a break to decompress. By doing this, it will be easier to listen to our child's struggles, and to model emotional regulation - an essential skill for all children to learn. This approach takes practice, but the payoff can be huge - for your child, but also for yourself and the whole family!

Getting back into routines post-summer

With an ADHD household, getting back into routines after the summer can be difficult. For some tips for introducing new routines, check out this article: Turning the Page on ADHD. In it, developmental behavioral pediatrician Dr. Mark Bertin, talks about the transition to back-to-school, and how it creates an opportune time to implement changes in routines at home.

As a bonus tip, if your child has difficulty listening to instructions (making it difficult to implement routines!), check out the app Brili. We've mentioned it before, but it's a great program developed to help make following routines more fun and interactive by turning it into a game!