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Special Vest Could Help with ADHD

A mechanical engineering grad student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a vest that may help children with ADHD. The vest, which can also be used for adults, delivers deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) to the wearer.
"Occupational therapists working with children suffering from autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders have observed that DPTS can increase attention to tasks and reduce anxiety and harmful behaviors by providing different sensory stimuli."
In clinical studies, Brian Mullen's vest was preferred over the more traditional weighted blankets. Mullen has developed a concept business called Therapeutic Systems, through which he hopes to further develop and market the vest. Source: News Max

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Sensory Issues Sometimes Misdiagnosed

Children who have sensory issues often seek out more and more stimulation. They won't sit still in class, they're disruptive, talk loudly and chew non-food items.
"The behavior gets many kids mislabeled as having ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Yoder says. But instead, they are having difficulty regulating the information taken in through their senses. The nervous system either overreacts or underreacts to what's going on around them. At either extreme - craving stimulation or avoiding it - the problem can be a sensory processing disorder that disrupts a child's daily life."
Extremes include craving loud music or other loud noises, a child who's nearly oblivious to his surroundings, or one who's such a picky eater that he gags when he smells food he doesn't like. A child who's displaying these types of behaviors should be evaluated by someone who's qualified to make distinction between ADHD and sensory issues.

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Playtime with an ADHD Child

Playing is a natural part of childhood (and hopefully of adulthood, too!). Parents who play with their children develop stronger bonds, and deeper levels of affection and trust than parents who don't. But for parents whose children are ADHD, playtime can be more frustrating than bonding or enjoyable. K.C. Gagne offers some suggestions.
"When you begin to play with your child, make sure that you both know what to expect. As the parent of an ADHD child, you should remember that your child may want to quit before you're done. They may also get distracted easily and stray from what you are doing. Do your best to avoid distractions."
She also suggests that playtime be one-on-one, as it will help your child stay focused. Frequent breaks and limited stimuli will also help. Read more at FamilyPlayandLearn.com.

Labels: stimulation, development, playtime

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