6 Ways to Address ADHD Naturally

U.S. News and World Report described some ways to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, (ADD) naturally in “Natural Ways to Overcome ADHD and ADD” (December 2010). Here at Brownback, Mason and Associates we strongly advocate a holistic approach to treatment and incorporate a number of the suggested practices into our work with ADD, both in counseling and in neurotherapy.

Exercise: Evidence is increasing that exercise is good for the brain as well as for the heart. Research has linked aerobic exercise to kids’ math and reading achievement.
Positive Parenting: Positive relationships are absolutely essential, in treating ADD, according to Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and author of “Superparenting for ADD”. Our office provides parenting skills training that can help parents manage kids’ behavioral problems.
Neurofeedback: EEG biofeedback has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective method of training children to regulate the brainwaves associated with focus and attention. The added advantage to neurofeedback as compared to medication is that results continue after training is complete.
Natural Environment: Various studies show that ADHD children show symptom improvement from playing outside in a natural environment with greenery.
Better sleep: Children with ADHD sleep for less time on average than those without the disorder, according to a study appearing in the journal Sleep. The study’s author Dr. Judith Wei also reports that research shows that as many as 1 in 4 children who have been diagnosed with ADHD actually may not have ADHD, but instead may have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disordered breathing problems, especially if snoring occurs regularly.
Diet: Food additives, dyes, sugar, and recently gluten have been identified as worsening Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms in some children. If you suspect that one or more of these substances may be causing an effect in your child, eliminate the suspected food from your child’s diet for 2 weeks and observe his/her behavior. Omega-3 supplements are also recommended if there are not enough of these fatty acids in the child’s diet. Omega-3s may improve focus and brain function.
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