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ADHD child, Stress, doodling in Phoenix and Scottsdale Schools.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Many children struggle to stay focused in school and this is common in Arizona in Phoenix, Scottsdale as well as throughout the United States. Neuroscientists have discovered that doodling can have many positives for students and ADHD students as well. Doodling can ease impatient impulses as well as keep  child in his seat when his bored or distracted.

Research in psychology has shown that doodling can help your child stay focused, grasp new ideas and concepts and retain information that is being taught in the classroom. Creative thoughts and ideas can be expressed through doodling on a blank page.

Your child’s doodling can take many forms. It can be spontaneous marks that have pictures of geometric shapes, it can be faces it can be circles it can be so many different things. It can be a creative pattern that is abstract it can be graffiti like letters, it can be of a landscape, faces an object or objects a house, trees, however it is not taking notes.

Doodling and drawing are amazing tools for your child and teen to express thoughts and emotions and to ease stress and tension in your child’s day as well as in life in general. Doodling can relieve borden and most children feel bored regardless of how amazing the teacher may be they still loose focus and boredom sets in.

Before stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, and Adderall began their rise to popularity in the 1970s, treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focused on behavioral therapy. But as concerns build over the mounting dosages and extended treatment periods that come with stimulant drugs, clinical researchers are revisiting behavioral therapy techniques. Whereas stimulant medications may help young patients focus and behave in the classroom, research now suggests that behaviorally based changes make more of a difference in the long-term. ADHD drugs are tested for 8-12 weeks in experiments and most children stay on the drug for years not knowing how it impacts the brain. Many children suffer withdrawal symptoms and behavioral changes when taken off the drugs similar to what a drug addict experiences when stopping long term drug use.

Recent research findings suggest that behavioral and cognitive therapies focused on reducing impulsivity and reinforcing positive long-term habits may be able to replace current high doses of stimulant treatment in children and young adults.

Lifeworksaz has been working with ADHD children and teens using a combination of cognitive therapies, behavior modification, play therapy, and more to teach children how to manage ADHD with excellent results.

ADHD Counselor Counseling Therapy Behavior and Treatment Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria,Ahwatuke Chandler, Goodyear, Mesa Arizona

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Before stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, and Adderall began their rise to popularity in the 1970s, treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focused on behavioral therapy. But as concerns build over the mounting dosages and extended treatment periods that come with stimulant drugs, clinical researchers are revisiting behavioral therapy techniques. Whereas stimulant medications may help young patients focus and behave in the classroom, research now suggests that behaviorally based changes make more of a difference in the long-term. ADHD drugs are tested for 8-12 weeks in experiments and most children stay on the drug for years not knowing how it impacts the brain. Many children suffer withdrawal symptoms and behavioral changes when taken off the drugs similar to what a drug addict experiences when stopping long term drug use.

Recent research findings suggest that behavioral and cognitive therapies focused on reducing impulsivity and reinforcing positive long-term habits may be able to replace current high doses of stimulant treatment in children and young adults.

Lifeworksaz has been working with ADHD children and teens using a combination of cognitive therapies, behavior modification, play therapy, and more to teach children how to manage ADHD with excellent results.

Recent surveys indicate that 12 percent of all children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD’s core symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention, inability to perform monotonous tasks and lack of impulse control. Children with ADHD have trouble in school and forming relationships, and 60 percent will continue to suffer from the disorder well into adulthood if they do not receive counseling and therapy.

Over 3 million U.S. children and adolescents with ADHD were being treated with stimulant drugs. New research reveals that these drugs are not necessarily the panacea they have been thought to be.Research outcomes suggests that if ADHD children and adolescents could learn good study habits early on, medication could become less necessary.

Other research has examined the role of behavioral interventions not only for school-age children, but also for their parents. Parents of children with ADHD tend to exhibit more parenting-related stress and difficulties than do those of non-afflicted offspring. After training parents in stress management and giving them behavioral tools to help their children, significant improvement in their children’s ADHD-related behavior appeared.

Cognitive therapy may also boost improvement: In a 2011, showed that children with ADHD show extra activity in brain areas associated with “task-irrelevant” information during working memory tasks (those that depend on one’s ability to hold and focus on information for immediate reasoning and recall), suggesting that they have less efficient cognitive control. Cognitive therapy and counseling can improve control and ability to focus.

Will medication teach your child life skills? Will meds teach your child values and respect? Will meds help build your child’s self esteem? Confidence? Will medication help your child learn appropriate social and relationship skills? Will medication teach your child or teen have to become motivated and find passion and purpose for the future? Behavior and life skills and counseling can do all the above.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Before stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, and Adderall began their rise to popularity in the 1970s, treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focused on behavioral therapy. But as concerns build over the mounting dosages and extended treatment periods that come with stimulant drugs, clinical researchers are revisiting behavioral therapy techniques. Whereas stimulant medications may help young patients focus and behave in the classroom, research now suggests that behaviorally based changes make more of a difference in the long-term. ADHD drugs are tested for 8-12 weeks in experiments and most children stay on the drug for years not knowing how it impacts the brain. Many children suffer withdrawal symptoms and behavioral changes when taken off the drugs similar to what a drug addict experiences when stopping long term drug use.

Recent research findings suggest that behavioral and cognitive therapies focused on reducing impulsivity and reinforcing positive long-term habits may be able to replace current high doses of stimulant treatment in children and young adults. Lifeworksaz has been working with ADHD children and teens using a combination of cognitive therapies, behavior modification, play therapy, and more to teach children how to manage ADHD with excellent results.

Recent surveys indicate that 12 percent of all children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD’s core symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention, inability to perform monotonous tasks and lack of impulse control. Children with ADHD have trouble in school and forming relationships, and 60 percent will continue to suffer from the disorder well into adulthood if they do not receive counseling and therapy.

Over 3 million U.S. children and adolescents with ADHD were being treated with stimulant drugs. New research reveals that these drugs are not necessarily the panacea they have been thought to be.Research outcomes suggests that if ADHD children and adolescents could learn good study habits early on, medication could become less necessary.

Other research has examined the role of behavioral interventions not only for school-age children, but also for their parents. Parents of children with ADHD tend to exhibit more parenting-related stress and difficulties than do those of non-afflicted offspring. After training parents in stress management and giving them behavioral tools to help their children, significant improvement in their children’s ADHD-related behavior appeared.

Cognitive therapy may also boost improvement: In a 2011, showed that children with ADHD show extra activity in brain areas associated with “task-irrelevant” information during working memory tasks (those that depend on one’s ability to hold and focus on information for immediate reasoning and recall), suggesting that they have less efficient cognitive control. Cognitive therapy and counseling can improve control and ability to focus.

ADHD ADD children treatment Counseling therapist therapy Phoenix,Scottsdale Arizona

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Children with ADD should avoid breads, bagels, muffins, donuts, sugary cereals, cakes…for breakfast. All these substances have sugar or breakdown into sugars that are not going to allow your child the ability to focus at school or anywhere.

The best breakfast would be whole grains, egg whites, some dairy products.

Avoiding white breads, pizza, pasta, potatoes, sugars etc will have a profound impact on your child’s behavior.

Children on the healthy regimen will most likely have more focus, and less distractibility.

Thoughts? What do you think? What has worked for your child?
Sent from David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS
602.575.4030
www.LifeWorksAZ.com
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ADHD Children Teenagers linked to Preservatives and Artificial colors

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

The British medical journal The Lancet found ” a mix of additives commonly found in children’s foods increase the mean level of hyperactivity.” The finding lends strong support for the case that food additives exacerbate hyperactive behaviors: impulsivity, inattention, and overactivity.

The Food Std Agency advised parents to monitor children’s activity and if they noted a marked change with foods containing additives, to adjust their diets accordingly, eliminating preservatives and artificial colors.

ADHD Counseling Child Adolescents Teenagers Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale Arizona

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Before stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, and Adderall began their rise to popularity in the 1970s, treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focused on behavioral therapy. But as concerns build over the mounting dosages and extended treatment periods that come with stimulant drugs, clinical researchers are revisiting behavioral therapy techniques. Whereas stimulant medications may help young patients focus and behave in the classroom, research now suggests that behaviorally based changes make more of a difference in the long-term. ADHD drugs are tested for 8-12 weeks in experiments and most children stay on the drug for years not knowing how it impacts the brain. Many children suffer withdrawal symptoms and behavioral changes when taken off the drugs similar to what a drug addict experiences when stopping long term drug use.

Recent research findings suggest that behavioral and cognitive therapies focused on reducing impulsivity and reinforcing positive long-term habits may be able to replace current high doses of stimulant treatment in children and young adults. Lifeworksaz has been working with ADHD children and teens using a combination of cognitive therapies, behavior modification, play therapy, and more to teach children how to manage ADHD with excellent results.

Recent surveys indicate that 12 percent of all children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD’s core symptoms include hyperactivity, inattention, inability to perform monotonous tasks and lack of impulse control. Children with ADHD have trouble in school and forming relationships, and 60 percent will continue to suffer from the disorder well into adulthood if they do not receive counseling and therapy.

Over 3 million U.S. children and adolescents with ADHD were being treated with stimulant drugs. New research reveals that these drugs are not necessarily the panacea they have been thought to be.Research outcomes suggests that if ADHD children and adolescents could learn good study habits early on, medication could become less necessary.

Other research has examined the role of behavioral interventions not only for school-age children, but also for their parents. Parents of children with ADHD tend to exhibit more parenting-related stress and difficulties than do those of non-afflicted offspring. After training parents in stress management and giving them behavioral tools to help their children, significant improvement in their children’s ADHD-related behavior appeared.

Cognitive therapy may also boost improvement: In a 2011, showed that children with ADHD show extra activity in brain areas associated with “task-irrelevant” information during working memory tasks (those that depend on one’s ability to hold and focus on information for immediate reasoning and recall), suggesting that they have less efficient cognitive control. Cognitive therapy and counseling can improve control and ability to focus.

Finding ADHD Treatment in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Stimulants that are used to treat ADHD( Attention Deficit Hyperactive
Disorder) show in the long term that grade point average,
achievement scores, and the chances of repeating a grade are not any
different in children that are not taking stimulants like
Adderall and Ritalin., Concerta etc. Three million children are on ADHD
medications in the United States.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD do not improve children’s
symptoms long term. Children did not fare better as far as: inattention,
hyperactivity, and social functioning. on these medications versus
children not on medications for ADHD. Researchers are confused by the
results that attention, focus and self control should improve however
children not on medications for ADHD do just as well as children not on
medications.. Researchers are confused by the results that attention,
focus and self control should improve however grades do not improve for
children in the long term.

Children do better with behavioral therapy combined with medication than
without counseling and therapy. Another research report stateshat
children’s growth will be stunted. Over a three year period of time
children on medications were 3/4 of an inch shorter and were six pounds
heavier than children not taking ADHD medications.

In one large research study girls reported more emotional problems and
boys who took ADHD meds performed worse in school than those children
with similar behavioral and emotional symptoms that did not take any
medications or drugs for ADHD.

Experts state that children will haver best long term results with
behavioral counseling and therapy versus just taking a drug or
medication. behavior management techniques for parents and coping skills
and tools for children combined with behavior modification and skills
training for children show excellent results. Behavioral interventions
work if parents can commit to counseling with a specialist for behavior
modification.

Lifeworks AZ has a specialization working with children and parents
helping with ADHD symptoms as well as other emotional and
behavioral problems including: defiance , hyperactivity, conduct
disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, goal setting,
focus, attention, goal setting,respectful behaviors, ADHD, and more. You
can contact lifeworks az at David@lifeworksaz.com.

ADHD child teen counselor therapist and treatment

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is the most common mental health condition among children and adolescents .

Many children in America are under diagnosed for mental health disorders : ADHD , depression , Anxiety Disorders, Oppositional defiant disorders, conduct disorders , social anxiety , panic , ADD.
Adjustment issues do to family changes , divorce , single parenting, new schools , moving due to employment , grief and loss issues , low motivation , poor academics , and more .

ADHD and ADD are labels that explain certain behaviors . ADHD can be managed through a variety of skills and techniques that empower your child or teen to : stay calm, be more focused , manage and channel intense energy in a healthy manner , become more organized , create healthy habits , create rituals that will help manage a wandering mind, help a child or teen become more motivated for success.

Anyone with ADHD can learn effective time management skills as well as organizational skills to help with productivity and completion of desired tasks .

There is also some evidence to suggest that learning organizational skills lead to reductions in ADHD symptoms and gains in academic functioning. Many ADHD clients report that creating specific organizational systems and habits are vital to managing ADHD behaviors .

Social skills can be impacted by ADHD as well as learning strategies to empower oneself with strong social skills is vital for success .

Sometimes procrastination or lack of motivation seems to be a core issue with ADHD or ADD patients . The reality is that creating a system that is clear and effective that provides positive feedback and affirmation for success is just one key to overcoming ADHD and ADD challenges .

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and talk therapy as well as creative therapies such as art therapy and sports therapy allow children to build on their strengths and create a successful and happy environment : socially , mentally , physically and emotionally .

Lifeworksaz Therapy counseling and coaching teens children and adults in Phoenix , Scottsdale , Ahwatukee , and valley wife .

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602 575 4030

ADHD Teen child therapy and treatment

Monday, June 17th, 2013

There are many counseling and therapy techniques that can be extremely helpful in helping your teen improve at school and at home .

Teaching adolescent ADHD teens and children skills to address their challenges with ADHD is important so they can build confidence and create desired success for their future .

Millions of ADHD teenagers and ADHD or ADD children and kids suffer with ADHD . Up to forty percent of children report not feeling any significant changes or benefits from medication or taking a pill . Many children state they feel like they are a zombie and refuse to take their medications . A lot of adolescents and children with ADHD report an array of side effects from their medication and this also prevents them from being on medications . Some medications are tested in 12 week trials however many children are placed on the medication for years . There is a large number of children that refuse to take their medications and act as if they are taking them however really cheek them or dispose of them in the toilet .

Children and teens have shown great results with cognitive behavioral treatments . Some helpful skills children will learn are : problem solving , organization skills , and goal setting .

Dividing tasks into smaller portions as well as reducing distractability is important .

Looking at teens negative thinking and self criticism as well as judgment is helpful when a child is struggling with ADHD symptoms that can be extremely frustrating . Looking at challenging negative and unhealthy thoughts is an excellent way to help overcome low self esteem and a lack of motivation .

ADHD teens and ADHD children can also learn ways to manage anger and frustration as well as anxiety and mood issues that come with ADHD . Managing their stress is very important as well to overcome ADHD .

Improving communication skills is important with ADHD children so they can achieve success at school at home and with family and friendships .

I have seen huge changes with children that have ADHD and so have many parents in their testimonials . I use a strength based approach and let them know we all have challenges and this will be a small road bump in their life once they learn ADHD counseling skills.

Teens and parents report a reduction in Inattentive behaviors and defiance . Children become more cooperative at home with homework and rules .

David Abrams MAPC LPC has worked with children teens and families with ADHD in anthem, Ahwatukee , phoenix Scottsdale and valley wide providing counseling and therapy for ADHD symptoms , anxiety , depression, behavior and emotional issues.

David@Lifeworksaz.com
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ADHD Counseling therapy treatment

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Studies show 12-15% of children have attention deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder ADHD. ADHD can impact a child’s self esteem ,academics,
grades, and family life.
Negative behaviors at school impact a child or teenagers self esteem and
can create: anger, stress, frustration, shame, disappointment, anxiety,
and a depressed mood.
Typical ADHD behaviors for children, teens, and adolescents include but
are not limited to: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity. ADHD
behaviors appear in school and since school is a huge piece of a
child’s life these behaviors need to be addressed for success.
Many children learn healthy ways to cope with their ADHD, however many
do not and become labeled as “the bad child” “the bad Boy”
“the bad girl”. Some children and adolescent teenagers get labeled
as the troubled youth. The negative stigma attached to this label can be
carried around for a life time.
At lifeworksaz counseling for children and teens and families we focus
on strengths and building self esteem, social skills and confidence. As
children and teens build the foundation of self esteem they can learn
mood regulation, anger management Phoenix Arizona, stress management,
and positive life skills for the rest of there lives.
Many children and teens are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Some of the
common traits are: procrastination, fidgeting, distraction,
irritability, impulsiveness, and forgetfulness.
The most controversial treatments are using: Ritalin, Concerta, Adderal,
and dexadrine according to a recent article in a natural health
magazine.
The magazine states that amino acids and vitamins can help the brain
treat the underlying problems.
The article states that these drugs treat symptoms but do not treat the
underlying problems or the root that is the trigger to the behaviors
displayed in ADD or ADHD.Fails to give close attention to details or
makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities 
Has
difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities 
Does not
seem to listen when spoken to directly 
Does not follow through on
instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the
workplace 
Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities 
Avoids,
dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained
mental effort (such as homework) 
Loses things necessary for tasks or
activities (toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools) 
Is
easily distracted by outside stimuli 
Is forgetful in daily activities
Symptoms of Hyperactivity
Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat 
Leaves seat in
classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
Runs about or climbs too much in situations in which it is
inappropriate 
Has difficulty playing quietly 
Is ‘on the go’ or
acts as if ‘driven by a motor’ 
Talks too much 
Symptoms of
Inattention
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in
schoolwork, work, or other activities 
Has difficulty sustaining
attention in tasks or play activities 
Does not seem to listen when
spoken to directly 
Does not follow through on instructions and fails
to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace 
Has
difficulty organizing tasks and activities 
Avoids, dislikes, or is
reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such
as homework) 
Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (toys,
school assignments, pencils, books, or tools) 
Is easily distracted by
outside stimuli 
Is forgetful in daily activities
Symptoms of Hyperactivity
Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat 
Leaves seat in
classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
Runs about or climbs too much in situations in which it is
inappropriate 
Has difficulty playing quietly 
Is ‘on the go’ or
acts as if ‘driven by a motor’ 
Talks too much
Symptoms of Impulsivity
Blurts out answers before questions have been completed 
Has
difficulty waiting his or her turn 
Interrupts or intrudes on others
Children taking stimulant dugs for ADHD to treat this disorder are
several times as likely to suffer sudden unexplained DEATH according to
a study by the FDA and NIMH.
Approximately 2.5 million children in the US take ADHD medications such
as Adderall or Ritalin.
Lifeworks AZ Counseling provides counseling and therapy has an expertise
in working with children, teens, and families. David at LifeworksAZ
Counseling has worked with children, teenagers, and families in Anthem
Arizona, Arcadia Arizona, Biltmore Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona,
Ahwatukee Arizona, Phoenix Arizona, Goodyear Arizona, Chandler Arizona,
Mesa Arizona, and Valley Wide.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.