ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. To be diagnosed, the condition must cause significant impairment in daily functioning in at least two settings, usually meaning a child’s symptoms are present both at home and at school for at least six months (1).

Individuals with attention disorders may demonstrate the following symptoms(2):

  • Have a hard time paying attention.
  • Daydream a lot.
  • Do not seem to listen.
  • Are easily distracted from schoolwork or play.
  • Forget things.
  • Are in constant motion or unable to stay seated.

ADHD can be classified as one of three different subtypes based on an individual’s strongest symptoms (3).

  • Predominantly Inattentive Type: It is difficult for the individual to organize or finish a task, to pay attention to details, or to follow instructions and/or conversations. The person is easily distracted or forgets details of daily routines.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: The individual fidgets and talks a lot. It is hard to sit still for long. Smaller children may run, jump, or climb constantly. The individual feels restless and has trouble with impulsivity. Someone who is impulsive may interrupt others often, grab things from people, or speak at inappropriate times. It is hard for the person to wait their turn or listen to directions. A person with impulsiveness may have more accidents and injuries than others.
  • Combined Type: Symptoms of the above two types are equally present in the person.

To learn more about the specific symptoms of ADHD, please refer to the DSM-V criteria for ADHD.
Source: (1) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Source: (2)The Center for Disease Control
Source: (3) DSM-IV

ADHD and The Brain Balance Program®

A study from The University of California–Davis Center for Mind and Brain shows that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have areas within their brains that fail to connect when they attempt a task that measures attention. This connectivity issue is called functional disconnection syndrome, an imbalance in hemispheric brain communication that causes developmentally inappropriate behaviors.

Since the right hemisphere of the brain regulates impulsivity, attention, and socially appropriate behavior, a child with decreased right brain activity may be hyperactive, oppositional, disruptive, and even aggressive. The Brain Balance Program® combines individually customized sensory-motor and cognitive activities that improve right brain connectivity leading to a reduction or elimination of behavioral symptoms. In addition, our nutritional guidelines are supported by recent research that stresses the importance of a healthy diet in decreasing symptoms of the disorder.

Help and Hope for ADHD

While once considered impossible, we now know that the brain can improve and change throughout a person’s lifetime. This phenomenon, called neuroplasticity, is at the heart of the Brain Balance Program. Our drug-free, integrated approach brings parents and kids together to achieve a common goal of improving the child’s focus and attention, leading to a more successful academic and personal life.

If you suspect your child has ADHD or has already been diagnosed with ADHD, contact us online or find a center near you to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help.

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