Thinking of New Year’s Resolutions? You might want to read this New Yorker article called “Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?” A thought provoking read, the author lays out the argument that because so many habits are formed unconsciously, relying on will power is all but useless. The key is in developing strategies that side step the need for resolve. This is a central concept in our work with adults and children with ADHD. We must learn how to work with what we have rather than struggle through force of willpower alone. Contact us to find out how we can help you develop these strategies.
If you are wondering how you might improve your child’s focus, we recommend taking a look at this New York Times article called “Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention.” The article talks about a recent psychological study that followed 675 families, asking half of the families to read to their children and asking half to not. The study demonstrated that families that read to their children saw their kids improve in all kinds of ways — not just in literacy and attention, but also in emotional well being.