Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

 

In 2006, 4.5 million children 5-17 years of age had been diagnosed with ADHD, with over 50% being treated with medications. (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention)

If you think that your child may have Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, consider the following points:
 
  • The ADHD diagnosis is typically based on behaviors alone, not on brain scans or other medical procedures.

  • ADHD-like behaviors may result from a variety of causes. (See the Symptoms Comparison Chart for examples.)

  • Medications do not address the causes, only the symptoms of the problem.

  • Medications work sometimes. Medications expose your child to possible side-effects every time.

  • ADHD symptoms can often be reduced without medication, by addressing the causes of the symptoms
 

A person with learning problems is likely to exhibit ADHD symptoms, such as:

 

  • restlessness
  • inattentiveness
  • disruptive behaviors
  • poor organizing skills
 

With the Symptoms Comparison Chart you can explore what learning problems might be producing your child's symptoms.  Once a student's underlying learning problems are resolved and he or she is able to be successful in school, many ADHD symptoms are eliminated.

 

Some children do actually have a physiologically-based Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  In those cases, we recommend working with a doctor or other health practitioner with specific training and experience in resolving the symptoms caused by nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and other physiological causes of ADHD symptoms.

 

Our goal is to see children freed from the limiting effects of ADHD symptoms so that they can be successful without the need for medications, special services, or accommodations.

 

Please contact us for more information about ADHD symptoms and how Abba’s Child Learning Center can help your child.