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How to Keep Students with ADHD Out of the Counselor's Office
Understanding how to help a child manage ADHD instead of disciplining them
By: K-Counseling & Anxiety Treatment, LLC
Are there other ways of managing ADHD to create a sense of calm in children at home and school to keep them out of the counselor's office?
"Yes; the answer for many lies in combining psychology with science and in educating teachers and counselors,"
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition and not a mental illness. Think of ADHD more as a pattern of behavior. ADHD is associated with neural pathways in how the brain works; these behavior patterns usually appear by age seven. However, challenging behavior may appear at younger ages. While ADHD doesn't disappear, there are more options to address it than pharmaceuticals. Most parents would prefer to exhaust holistic options before resorting to Western medications.
"Imagine being told to sit still and pay attention in class when you feel like you have a motor inside you that never shuts off," Schiro said. "The impulse to speak out of turn and fidget continues to get them in trouble in the classroom. Today we have more options than ever before."
Educating teachers and counselors on how to help
Holistic approaches, like FDA-Approved NeuroFeedback, help the central nervous system operate as it should. When the central nervous system is less chaotic, the child is less chaotic. Education on methods to employ simple behavioral and environmental tactics in the classroom is just the beginning. K-Counseling published a free ADHD workbook for educators and counselors on their website. And, there are 'ADHD Tubs' provided at many libraries in the Meridian Library District that contain sensory items, like fidgets and manipulatives, to help with the psychomotor movement that allows a person with ADHD to feel calmer and less internally chaotic. Meridian Advanced Psychiatry is also an excellent resource for testing.
About Lisa Schiro
Lisa Schiro, M.S., LCPC, is a Board-Certified Counselor Supervisor and Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Coach. Lisa is the Founder and CEO of K-Counseling & Anxiety Treatment, LLC in Boise, Idaho. She is an author, speaker, and instructor. For more information visit https://www.k-