ADHD is a hot topic these days. Diagnosis is on the rise and more and more parents and professionals are trying to determine effective interventions. This article offers a great option for parents and kids. It appears that exercise may help modulate a child's behavior so that they can better attend during more focused, singular tasks. What I like about this article and exercise as a form of treatment is that it is sustainable. ADHD often persists into adulthood and this allows children a way to help modulate their behavior throughout their lives. Another thing I like about exercise is that it is natural. I am not suggesting that exercise should replace medication, but exercise may offer an additional way for children to help focus. Moreover, exercise is good for kids in general! And it allows kids with ADHD to self-treat without standing out from the crowd. The exercise actually alters a child's brain chemistry in a way that helps them focus. I would imagine that this is good for all kids, not just ones with ADHD. So check out the article and let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!
I have been quite the delinquent poster. I apologize. It has been a very busy few weeks. But I knew that I needed to make time to post something this week because it is a very important week. It is School Psychology Awareness Week! Even though I no longer practice in a school, education is never far from my mind in my treatment of children, parents, young adults-everyone! Education is an important part of everyone's life and understanding what goes on in schools and how it shapes and molds people is an important part of treatment. I want to wish my fellow school psychs out there a very happy week! I hope it is filled with baked goods and accolades because we do not get enough of that. School psychologists are such an integral, but often overlooked, part of a school. I have had several people tell me that they did not know that their school had a psychologist. It sure did and although you did not know that person personally, their presence and impact was definitely felt. Psychologists are no longer just testing machines who determine whether or not a child receives special education. We work to support teachers with challenging behaviors, serve on school improvement boards, consult daily with administrators and staff. We impact the culture of the school; helping to make it a more welcoming and inclusive place for all students and families.
To those of you who have worked directly with a school psychologist, please take a moment to thank them for all of their hard work. It doesn't have to be something large and grand (although that never hurts), but just a simple 'thank you' means a lot. And if you have never worked with the school psychologist at your child's school, take the time to find out who that person is. Get to know him or her and what he or she does. You never know when you may need to reach out.
Thanks School Psychologists for all of the hard work that you do. I highly value the work that I have done in the schools as it has greatly prepared me to understand what children truly need when they receive services from outside providers. I hope that everyone who reads this highly values that work as well.
School Psychology Awareness Week 2014 is from November 10th to November 14th. For more information about school psychologists and the amazing work that they do, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website: http://www.nasponline.org/about_sp/who-are-school-psychologists.aspx Strive. Grow. Thrive!