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ADHD, Mindfulness and Meta-Awareness: What Research Says

“My son’s teachers tell me he spends too much of the time daydreaming in class.”
“I try to do the reading for my college classes, but so often my mind just wanders.”
“I m having some trouble at work because my mind keeps wandering during meetings and I can’t participate effectively.”
If you have ADHD,

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ADHD and “Effort”

ADHD is about attention, right? So, what does ADHD have to do with effort?

In fact, ADHD has plenty to do with effort!

“ADHD is a poorly named condition” explains Mark Bertin, MD, author of The Family ADHD Solution. “The stereotypical symptoms –

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Attention: What Type?

“My son has trouble paying attention in class.”  A common complaint with ADHD. After all, it’s “attention” deficit disorder, right?

But, what exactly is attention?

Attention is a concept describing how we actively process specific information present that is in our environment. Kendra Cherry, author of the Everything Psychology Book explains:

“Think of attention as a highlighter.

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Memory and ADHD: Strategies

” I have a lot of trouble remembering the facts on a test, even if I have gone over them many times.”

” I understand the material but it is very hard for me to write about it in an essay. My mom always has to help me.”

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Strategies to Support Writing with ADHD

 

Writing poses challenges for many individuals with ADHD and/or executive functioning (EF) challenges. One prior post on this blog discussed the many skills required for writing, all of which can be impacted by ADHD and EF issues. Another prior post outlined five strategies,

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New Research on Mindfulness and ADHD

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Mindfulness and ADHD – An Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Intervention
Mindfulness was a hot topic at the CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Conference as well as at Learning and the Brain this past year.
And it’s no wonder!

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Writing and ADHD: Explicit Strategies

Writing can be particularly challenging for individuals with ADHD and/or executive functioning (EF) challenges for many reasons, as explained in a recent post on this blog.


This blog post will outline five key areas related to writing in which explicit instruction can enormously benefit students with ADHD and EF issues,

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ADHD and Writing Assignments

“I hate writing!”
“It takes me forever to write!”
“I never write long enough papers!”
“My papers are always too long!”

For many people with ADHD, writing is a challenge. In fact, a study of 5,718 children from birth to age 19 found that children with ADHD are at a five times greater risk of having writing problems than children children without ADHD.

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Breakfast? You’re Kidding!

Maybe you thought it was “just Mom” saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 
Maybe you’d rather just sleep late and then rush to work or class.  Well, hold on just a minute! 
Breakfast is good for everyone,

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Why Mindfulness for ADHD?

Mindfulness may seem like the opposite of ADHD, and in some ways it is. At the same time, practicing mindfulness has been shown to be very beneficial for individuals with ADHD.
The Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA summarized research demonstrating the following benefits  from varying lengths and intensities of mindfulness meditation for individuals,

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