Does your child have ADD or is he just bored?
December 10, 2003
The national statistics are shocking. Educators estimate that every classroom in the United States has at least one child who suffers from hyperactivity and may have a difficult time focusing and sustaining attention to task. Many of these youngsters are also being medicated for the syndrome. Parents allow medication, and many teachers encourage it to help a child control disruptive behavior at school and at home. The case is closed – right? No, wrong.Labeling inattentive kids as youngsters with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) has become a common procedure, and the treatment begins with Ritalin or other drugs.As increasing numbers of doctors, teachers and parents question this kind of medical therapy. Increased reports of illegal sales and use of Ritalin and other drugs like it are reported in middle schools and high schools.Doctors report that Ritalin provides a temporary treatment for restlessness, inattention to task and out-of-bounds behavior in some youngsters, but it does not go far in treating the basic causes of the condition.Are there alternative treatments to handle this kind of problem? Must your child serve a lifetime sentence of low achievement, visits to the principal’s office and endless hours of detention, suspension or grounding?Think about the possibility that the vast growth of ADD and ADHD diagnoses may be a direct an indirect result of changes in our diets, exposure to chemicals in the environment and culture. Health issues associated with our ongoing use of junk foods, refined sugars, hydrogenated oils and preservatives are beginning to be explored. Dangerous solvent, pesticide and herbicide use and the abundance of other chemicals have leached into once-pure waters. If a child’s body doesn’t get the right foods, his brain will also be deprived of the healthy ingredients for proper growth. ADD and ADHD are believed to be one result of improper brain chemistry when the body is deprived of adequate omega oils in the food we eat. Some nutritionists believe that food supplements are essential to replace these elements in our diets .Helping your child to control his or her behavior and maximize attention may only come when activities to reduce stress are regularly practiced. Non-competitive sports, Yoga and training in brain biofeedback have helped youngsters and adults improve attentional focus. Academic therapy, training in listening skills, reading fluency, placement in challenging and creative educational programs and consistent handling of inappropriate behavior go a long way in bringing order to a bright ADHD child’s life.In many cases, the condition has been linked to hypersensitivity of the children with ADD or ADHD. These are the children who sit on the edge of their seat, are distracted by unexpected noises, movement of objects in their visual field or even the touch of another person when trying to concentrate. It has been estimated that approximately 20 percent of youngsters experience hypersensitive hearing. If you hear too well, are too sensitive to what you see or are overreactive to someone’s touch, you become like a tightly strung violin string just waiting to break. A hearing specialist can evaluate a child for hypersensitive hearing. A trained vision specialist can determine whether a child fixates properly, tracks smoothly across a line of print or the saccadic movements of the eyes are scattered and inefficient.Teachers can’t individualize easily within a large diverse class of children so that a child’s natural pattern of learning may be turned off.”Some of these kids are just plain bored,” said a special education director in a local school district. A good program of educational therapy and counseling can help a child understand his or her learning style and develop the self-help strategies needed to keep behavior under control, focus attention and learn more effectively.Many of today’s gifted children who are alternative thinkers are being treated like “square pegs in round holes.” Some of these kids are being put on Ritalin. The schools do not seem to know what to do with inattentive kids. Ritalin and other drugs may be the wrong approach when other constructive therapies are available. Perhaps we should find out why our kids are inattentive and bored, before we start medicating them.For further information contact:. Helen Ginandes Weiss M.A & Martin S. Weiss M.A.Learning Consultants: e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 38, Twin Lakes, Co. 81251: 719-486-5800