How well do you follow the 12 brain rules for survivingand thriving at school?

Inspired by John Medina’s book Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. The book describes each of Medina’s 12 Principals are based on scientifically-proven facts about how our brain works.

Take a look at the 12 rules and you’ll see that much of what he talks about are familiar Edge Foundation topics. Want to get a great preview of what his book covers? Visit where Medina has free, on-line tutorials covering the important information from each chapter.

The principals outlined in the book are important insights into living to your full potential with ADHD. There are  common themes between the book and the  posts Edge has shared over the years.  Here’s our take on each brain rule and how it plays out for ADHD:

Exercise – Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

Treating ADHD with exercise
Spark: Reduce ADHD symptoms with exercise
ADHD and anxiety:  Non drug treatments everyone can try

Survival – Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.

Wiring – Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently. 

Executive function and ADHD success/
Succeeding despite learning disabilities/ 

Attention – Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things. 

Fidgeting helps ADHD people stay focused 

Short-Term Memory – Rule #5: Repeat to remember.

Long-Term Memory – Rule #6: Remember to repeat.

Sleep – Rule #7: Sleep well, think well. 

ADHD students need to take their sleep seriously
ADHD and sleep
ADHD, anxiety and the sleep connection

Stress – Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way. 

Improve your focus with water 

Sensory Integration – Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses. 

You can do more to manage ADHD 
Fidgeting helps ADHD people stay focused

Vision – Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.

Gender – Rule #11: Male and female brains are different. 

Girls with ADHD face special challenges 

Exploration – Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.


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