A practical guidebook on how parents and teachers can help children overcome symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD - without stimulants or other medication.
There is much circumstantial, observational as well as scientific evidence that non-pharmaceutical methods of treating ADHD, including self-help, are not only of much value, but can effectively take a child out of the classifiable range.
Psychiatric medication addresses symptoms, but do not cure the illness itself. Lifestyle changes help almost all children to improve. Engaging in artwork, outdoor activities and nature helps many children with ADHD to focus. Many children with ADHD are visually-oriented. Overcoming ADHD Without Medication
was developed through years of research, field work in the public school system, and in working with individual students. The concepts presented here are effective, field-tested and can help most children to overcome symptoms of ADHD without ever needing to take psychiatric medications.
Professionals whose work is highlighted in Overcoming ADHD Without Medication
· Reading coach
· School psychologist
· Special education teachers
· Early childhood teachers
· Art teacher and professor
· Certified ADHD coach
· Clinical psychologists
· Educational authors
· Clinical studies
· University professors, researchers
Supplemental information from David Rabiner, Ph.D., Duke University on ADHD and Medication, Childhood Depression; Daniella Barroqueira, Ph.D., on Art and ADHD; Iowa State University research on violent video games, ADHD and aggression in children/teens. Information from Virginia State University researchers is included in an article entitled Children's Television Impacts Children's Executive Functions and Contributes to Later Attention Problems. Music and ADHD for parents and school principals is also highlighted.
A public school art teacher who had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as a teen, and who was on methylphenidate (Ritalin) and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) while in middle and high school shares his experience in successfully coming off psychiatric medications permanently.
Some of the non-pharmaceutical methods covered in Overcoming ADHD Without Medication, in addition to lifestyle changes and prevention, are art and art therapy, green therapy, nutrition, positive teaching methods and adjustments, positive adjustments in music, positive parenting adjustments, and neurofeedback. The need for love, nurturing, as well as personal attention, is also highlighted.
The book on ADHD is well-referenced, has an extensive bibliography and index, 15 photo-illustrations, six charts and graphs, as well as a recommended reading and resources section. We hope that it helps your child to be successful in school and in life.