Entries by Jay

Supporting students with ADHD in the classroom

  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common condition affecting 5-7% of school-aged children. Whilst much information about ADHD centres on the core symptoms of Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity, it is also helpful to focus on the Executive Function (EF) impairments typical of the disorder.  EF dysfunction has serious implications in the classroom for […]

Mind The Gap – Dealing with Transitions in Education

Recently, I was asked to give a ten minute talk on transitions in education, and their impact on students with ADHD. Specifically, I was asked to address the transition from Primary school to high school, and from school to the tertiary education system. Both are huge topics. I promised to write about it here for […]

Internet Addiction and ADHD

Although not formally documented in the DSM-5 as a medical condition, Internet Addiction and Problematic Internet Use (PIU) are the focus of several research papers in Europe and Asia. They find up to 20% of children and adolescents display problematic internet use, with up to 8% displaying signs of an addiction. Warning signs include: Preoccupation […]

Try Something New For 30…….Oh Look DropBear

Australia’s Famous DropBear Recently, at a seminar, we were shown an inspiring post on TED talks. Don’t look now, but the link can be found at the end of this post. Matt Cutts challenged me, and others, to try something new for 30 days. Along with everyone else in the audience, I was immediately moved […]

Your Most Important New Year’s Resolution Ever

Six days into 2014, and chances are you are working very hard at keeping your New Year’s resolutions. So how are they working for you? I’m guessing that some people are going just fine – no sugar / caffeine / alcohol has passed your lips – while others are already doing the self beat-up because […]

Proof that ADHD is under-diagnosed

A common bit of hysteria that regularly screams from Australian newspapers is that ADHD is over-diagnosed and over-medicated. The media would have you believe that we are popping stimulant medications at alarming rates. Because Western Australia is a leading state in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, our rates of prescription for ADHD medications have […]

Just Add Music

All around the world parents are pulling their hair out every morning as they attempt to get their children dressed, fed and ready for school. These are some of the comments I hear: “I send him to his room to get dressed. On the way he sees the cat, and then I’ve lost him.” “She […]

Shameful Media during ADHD Awareness Month

October is Global ADHD Awareness Month, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both have great significance for me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and ADHD was the focus of my PhD, so I know a fair bit about both conditions, and their treatments. I have also observed the portrayal of each […]