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Alternative Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -by Jeff Paul
Summary : Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a medical condition affecting approximately 5 percent of children aged 6 to 17 years of age. Children with ADHD often display symptoms of...
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a medical condition affecting approximately 5 percent of children aged 6 to 17 years of age. Children with ADHD often display symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, which can affect their ability to effectively focus on school work, as well as adapt to social situations.
In the past, many psychologists classified ADHD as a learning disability. However, research has led experts to consider it as medical condition, which can be diagnosed and treated by a qualified doctor or pediatric psychiatrist.
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2008 found that there are twice as many boys diagnosed with ADHD, as compared to girls, and it is more common among teens and adolescents as compared to younger kids. The CDC study also further noted that cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have grown at an average rate of 3 percent per year from 1997 to 2006.
Today, ADHD is treated through a combination of counseling and psycho-stimulant medication which helps to improve concentration. Depending on severity of the condition, some doctors may recommend medication starting as early as the age of 6.
Many parents however, are concerned about the potential side-effects of starting their kids on medication at such an early age, and are exploring alternative treatments to help manage their kids' symptoms. Behavioral and educational interventions for instance, have proven to be effective in some cases of ADHD. Children often respond well to structure around the house, so rules and responsibilities should be made an important part of the household environment. Positive reinforcement by rewarding good behavior and ignoring misbehavior can help as well.
Programs such as those provided by Learning Breakthrough Program have also shown positive results in helping kids with ADHD.
By combining exercises and activities that challenge an individual's motor and spatial perception skills, the Learning Breakthrough Program helps children develop their concentration and cognitive skills. Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have shown positive results from using the program. For more information, visit LearningBreakthrough.com, or call 1-888-853-2762.
Jeff Paul is a writer and copy editor who likes to share information on many different topics.
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