ADHD

For their age, children with ADHD are often considered inattentive or hyperactive and impulsive, or both and have difficulty concentrating. The persistence of these difficulties over time and in different situations indicate that ADHD may be present.

If a child has ADHD there will likely be other problems too, such as conduct disorder, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Specific learning difficulties are also linked with ADHD such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

ADHD diagnosis is common and often the first resort is medication to control behaviour, however….

“Any ‘benefits’ are also limited to behaviour, as no advantages for academic achievement have ever been demonstrated from the use of stimulant medications. (if they behave better and concentrate better, why don’t they learn better?)” Dr A Richardson

The huge variety between children and young people who are given the ADHD label means that no single management approach is going to work. One needs to be creative and then persistent in their approach.

ADHD is thought to be a chemical imbalance. It’s my belief that is can be improved and even cured with diet and behavioural input, such as creative education provision tailored to the child. e.g. there was a computer test designed for children with ADHD. Before the next question came up, there was a set amount of time (the usual amount of time a non ADHD child would take) so if the child tried to rush through without even trying the penalty or reward was to have a blank screen to look at for the rest of the question period. The next item would appear no sooner than it would have done in any case. Under these conditions the usual “deficits” didn’t show up.

Common indicators of ADHD

Attentional problems

• Makes careless mistakes in schoolwork and other activities and doesn’t give close attention to detail.
• Has difficulty organising tasks and activities.
• Forgetful in day-to-day activities (often loses “tools’ for a job, e.g. homework diary)
• Has difficulty sustaining attention in work or play. Even if instructions are understood and intentions are good they are not followed through.
• Doesn’t like sustained mental effort and tries to avoid it.
• Often daydreams (may appear to be ‘elsewhere’ when spoken to.
• Is easily distracted from a task by other things that are going on.

Hyperactivity/impulsivity

• Runs or climbs when it is not appropriate to do so
• Fidgets, squirms or shows other signs of restlessness
• Has difficulty sitting or playing quietly.
• Talks or chatters excessively

Low self esteem is also common. Many of these “problems” are present in a great number of children and will usually indicate a biochemical imbalance. The most effective way to treat this is with diet. Often young peoples mineral status is low, they have leaky gut or candida type issues, addictions to damaged fats, heavy metal toxicity etc… all of these things affect performance and brain function.

When channelled ADHD tendencies are incredibly positive.

Potential Strengths

Individuals who learn to manage their symptoms can become successful in the workplace, offering specific skills of drive, energy and imagination to an employer.

• Creative and imaginative
• Resourceful, innovative and inventive
• Energetic, spontaneous and full of ideas
• Resilient
• Good in a crisis, can think on their feet
• Risk taker
• Sensitive, empathetic, caring and helpful
• Highly verbal Often intelligent and humorous