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Apr 15
2014

ADHD Insomnia & Melatonin

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If your child has sleep issues due to ADHD and the other sleep suggestions from yesterday do not work, there is another option.  Students may benefit from the hormone supplement melatonin to induce drowsiness.  Melatonin is produced naturally in the brain as the sun goes down, signaling that bedtime is coming within a few hours.  The theory is that taking this supplement may help people with true insomnia fall asleep.  Ask your doctor before trying this option and only use it as a last resort.

Apr 14
2014

Fixing Sleep Problems & ADHD

Posted by admin in young children , sleep , reading , illness , health , eyes , cell phones , brain , ADHD , ADD

Some children’s sleep problems can be fixed with a set bedtime and calming routine at night.  This involves up to an hour before bedtime dimming lights, avoiding computer/cell phone screens, a warm bath, or quiet activities such as reading.  These methods can help all children including those with ADHD fall asleep.

Check here tomorrow for what you can do if your child suffers from ADHD and still has difficulty sleeping even after trying these suggestions.

Apr 01
2014

Concussions: What To Look For

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Concussions are caused by a bump to the head.  Even a mild bump to the head can be serious.  Signs of concussions can show up right after the injury or may not appear until days or weeks later.  If your child reports the symptoms of a concussion, seek medical attention right away.

The following are concussion signs you should look for if your child suffers a blow to the head during a sports activity:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about their assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unaware of the game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can not recall events prior to the bump
  • Can not recall events after the bump
Dec 08
2013

Winter Weather Safety Tip #1: Wear A Helmet

Posted by admin in young children , winter , sports , sledding , skating , safety , middle school , kids , injuries , high school , health , brain

There are lots of fun winter activities for families this time of year. Over the next several posts we will take a look at winter weather safety tips to keep your children safe this winter season.

Winter Weather Safety Tip #1:  Always wear a helmet while skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and playing other fast-paced slippery winter activities.

Oct 22
2013

Exercise & Learning

Posted by admin in learning , health , exercise , brain , biology

Chemicals released during exercise help improve concentration, motivation and learning.

Oct 21
2013

Great Brainpower Foods

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Some research suggests foods like blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, whole grains, walnuts, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds may enhance your child’s brainpower.

Oct 16
2013

Logical Learners

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Logical learners think mathematically.  These students prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.  Logical learners recognize patterns easily, as well as connections between seemingly meaningless content.  This also leads them to classify and group information to help learn or understand it.  They typically work through problems and issues in a systematic way.  This is done by creating to-do lists and ranks them in order before putting them into action.  Their scientific approach to thinking means they support their claims with logical examples or statistics. They pick up logic flaws in other peoples words, writing or actions.  They also tend to enjoy games like brainteasers, backgammon and chess.

Oct 15
2013

Verbal Linguistic Learners

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Verbal (linguistic) learners prefer both the written and spoken word. They depend on language reasoning rather than abstract visual information.  For example in math they find word problems easier than algebra equations.

Students that use this style find it easy to express themselves both in writing and verbally. They tend to enjoy reading and writing. They also tend to know the meaning of many words and regularly make an effort to find the meaning of new words.

Oct 14
2013

Auditory Learners

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Auditory learners process and learn by what they hear.  These students tend to recite spelling words and study facts orally.  An auditory learner likes to work with sound and music.  They typically can sing, play a musical instrument, or identify the sounds of different instruments.

Oct 13
2013

Physical Kinesthetic Learners

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Physical (kinesthetic) learners like to touch, feel and use their hands.  They learn best by what they do and experience.  They prefer hands on projects.

Students with the physical learning style are likely to use the body and sense of touch to learn about the world around them.  It is likely that they enjoy sports, exercise, and other physical activities such as working with their hands.  They are more sensitive to the physical world around them and notice textures in clothes or furniture.  Physical learners tend to like getting their hands dirty.  They would prefer to pull an engine apart and put it back together rather than reading or looking at diagrams about how it works.

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