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Balancing Academics and Extracurricular Activities for Children with ADHD

While participation can be manageable at first, it can quickly mushroom into a packed schedule that doesn’t allow enough time for homework, relaxation, family activities, or sleep. This can be especially problematic for children with ADHD who struggle with time management, require extra time to complete homework, and regularly need a full night’s sleep to help keep their ADHD symptoms in check.

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Classroom Accommodations for Students with ADHD

There is a wide range of accommodations available for students with ADHD, and these strategies typically cluster around completingread more

The Importance of Teaching Self-Advocacy Skills to Children with ADHD

We now know that ADHD is not typically something that children outgrow, so your child will need to continue to advocate for themselves throughout their lives. It is never too early to start preparing your child for this transition

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Executive Functioning Strategies for Children with ADHD

All children and adults with ADHD have weaknesses in at least some domains of executive functioning. For many parents and teachers, conceptualizing ADHD symptoms within an executive functioning framework can be helpful. Children with ADHD benefit from the use of tools and strategies that minimize the impact of executive functioning weaknesses and strengthen executive functioning skills over time. 

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Tips for Avoiding Meltdowns During Transitions

Consistent routines and expectations are essential for helping children with ADHD manage transitions, but they may not be enough for those who struggle the most. Here are other suggestions that might help.

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ADHD and Sugar Cravings

Research shows that low levels of dopamine, the chemical in the brain thought to be at least partially responsible for ADHD symptoms, is also related to cravings for sugar and other carbohydrates. Since kids with ADHD have chronically low levels of dopamine, they are more likely than other kids to crave and eat sugary or carbohydrate-heavy foods.

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