Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sleep deprivation & ADHD

The Gallaudet saga has put me in mind of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which I must re-read. Meanwhile, beating the pavement once again tomorrow.

Everybody knows certain people with ADHD and more energy than should be allowed by law without a nuclear facility license and government regulation. If you've ever felt the urge to strap them to something, you might be on the right track.

Apparently, deep pressure, popularized for use in autistic therapy by Temple Grandin who found it helped soothe herself, does have its benefits for some kids with ADHD.

And of course, if you want to save money, kill two birds with a stone, and set up a treadmill connected to a generator for them so they can exercise fully and also help power the electricity in your house. Give them a video game to play while they run, and they'll burn off a few hours without noticing.

That said, if you want them to pay attention a bit more the next day, ensuring a good night's sleep without snoring may be the key.

Cute picture of large teddy bear being hugged by a male sleeper. The teddy bear is framed by a pillow with a floral pattern on white, and tucked into a jade-colored comforter

One way to resolve this could be to play didgeridoo. The question of course, is WHAT is didgeridoo?

Ah. Instead of getting your kids hooked on phonics, get them hooked on saxophones. Or tubas. Tubas are good. Just buy earplugs for the whole neighborhood.

And speaking of the blindlingly obvious-- people who can't keep their legs still are more likely to have ADHD. The origin of restless legs is unknown, but in many cases, iron supplemention helps.

Although I doubt that kids have those following adult risk factors for restless legs syndrome other than unemployment, one hopes. Please keep your kid thin, non-smoking and unexposed to second-hand smoke, at least.

Well, tubaplaying to prevent ADHD? Hey, you only have your hearing to lose.

Next: Why the old man played knick-knack on his thumb...

--Wilbrod

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