Help With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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).
It is important to speak directly with your Doctor concerning the presence or confirmation of any diagnosis of a spectrum disorder.
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-IV criteria for ADHD.
ADHD and The Brain Balance Program®
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 academic activities that improve right brain connectivity leading to a reduction or elimination of behavioral symptoms.
Help and Hope for ADHD
The Brain Balance Program is designed to offer a drug-free, integrated approach that brings parents and kids together to achieve a common goal of improving a child’s processing and learning ability, leading to a more successful academic and personal life.
We use what we learn in the Personal Assessment testing to set up your child’s program regimen. By doing this for each child, individually, we create a customized program that addresses any deficits in functions or skills your child may have. The frequency and duration of these tasks, activities and exercises are clearly communicated to you and are what makes the Brain Balance Program so effective. The strength of the Brain Balance Program is how we efficiently work on improving developmental functions with your child, based on the areas where we find the greatest need.
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