Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies have sold much of the medical profession, including pediatricians, psychiatrists and primary care practitioners, on the idea that for every disorder, there is a drug to cure it. This is far from the truth, and in the case of ADHD, non-pharmaceutical methods are of much value in counteracting the symptoms that children often outgrow without medical intervention.
There are numerous lifestyle changes that parents can initiate at home that will make it easier for a child to sit still in class and to concentrate on tasks, including schoolwork.
Additionally, from an early age, if children develop skills that help them cope with a natural childhood tendency towards hyperactivity, crises can be averted before they get to a serious level. Many children with ADHD respond positively to such natural interventions as green therapy and art therapy. Not only do anecdotal accounts document the effectiveness of such therapies, but clinical studies also support the positive role of green therapy and art therapy for children, to mention just two examples.
Additionally, it is generally acknowledged, even by the mainstream community involved with ADHD, that is organizations such as CHADD and ADDA, that positive changes in diet, attention to nutrition, results in some improvement for a large percentage of children.
While stimulant drugs do help some children, it is of note that there is a parallel rate of improvement with the use of placebos. Sometimes children need more attention, especially one-on-one attention, and nurturing; when that is provided, significant improvement in behavior and attention may be noted for many children.
Every child has his or her own unique set of physical, emotional, social and academic needs and difficulties. There is no cookie cutter formula or cure for every child.
The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Checklist for Parents is a simple tool that parents can use to help determine areas for improvement, lifestyle changes, and developing coping, including, educational, strategies for their unique child and circumstances. It is available now for .99 on Amazon Kindle.
Parents who wish to explore the issue more deeply may consider the book published by the Association for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology, Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Guidebook for Parents and Teachers, available online and wherever books are sold.
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The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Checklist for Parents