CHILDREN & TEENS

Watching a “perpetual motion child” is like observing trains running amok with the engineer having trouble following directions, impulsive, easily distracted and definitely not on the right track.

CHILDREN & TEENS

Watching a “perpetual motion child” is like observing trains running amok with the engineer having trouble following directions, impulsive, easily distracted and definitely not on the right track.

 

The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for regulating attention, socially appropriate behavior and impulsivity. A child with ADHD typically demonstrates decreased right brain activity, which manifests itself in hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, disruptiveness, and aggression.

Old Market Neurotherapy employs a combination of strategies that specifically work to improve your child’s right brain connectivity resulting in a reduction of your child’s symptoms.

Children with ADHD in the United States

  • The rate of emotional development for children with ADHD is 30% slower than their non-ADD peers.
  • 75% of boys with ADD are hyperactive; 60% of girls with ADD are hyperactive.
  • 65% of children with ADHD have problems with defiance, non-compliance and other problems with authority figures, including verbal hostility and temper tantrums.
  • 25% of students with ADHD have other serious learning problems in one or more of these areas: oral expression, listening skills, reading comprehension, and math.

To be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the symptoms of the condition must be prevalent enough to cause impairment in normal functioning in at least two settings for at least six months. Typically these settings are school, home or work:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Type:​ Characteristics of this type include difficulty organizing or completing tasks, paying attention to details, staying engaged in conversation, following directions, easily distracted, tend to forget details of daily routines, “spacey” or daydreamer, careless, forgetful, lack of focus, lack of persistence, and procrastination.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type:​ This type is characterized by restlessness, “on the go” and a constant need to move. Children who are impulsive may interrupt others, grab things from people, speak at inappropriate times, fidget, excessive talk, difficulty waiting their turn or listening to directions. Individuals may display some of the following symptoms such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness, fidgeting, restlessness, excessive talking, constantly “on the go”, impatient, and disruptive.
  • Combined Type:​ Children with the combined ADHD type display symptoms of both the Predominantly Inattentive Type and the Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

The two most researched strategies for ADHD symptoms include neurofeedback and stimulant medication. The pros and cons of stimulant medication are well documented such as immediate symptom relief, fair tolerance off and on, and most individuals will respond to at least one of the several types of medication available. However, side effects do occur such as appetite suppressant, delayed growth, tics, sleep issues and increased anxiety. In addition, medication needs to be taken for life which is expensive, symptoms are not manageable 24-7, ongoing stigma attached with medications and medications may make it difficult to enter the military.

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