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Criticism is not a motivator.

"Cutting" is a visible sign to the world that you are hurting.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Don't wait for him to turn 10 before you reveal that you are not in fact the hired help whose job it is to clean up after him.

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What Can I Do About My Child’s ADD/ADHD ?

 

My previous blog focused on diagnosing ADD/ADHD and I ended it with the question most parents ask me about ADD/ADHD  – “What do we do about it?”

The answer to this question is also not straight forward as there are numerous directions parents can look – but each option has both positive and negatives and many unsubstantiated claims.

Your conventional options include:

  1. stimulant medications
  2. parent training
  3. family therapy
  4. educational accommodations

Your alternative options:

  1. homeopathy
  2. herbal medicines
  3. supplements eg. zinc, magnesium, iron
  4. essential fatty acids
  5. dietary modifications
  6. anti motion sickness medications
  7. anti fungal medications
  8. neurofeedback
  9. meditation
  10. chiropractic  skeletal adjustments
  11. karate
  12. massage
  13. single vitamin megadoses
  14. vestibular stimulation tricyclic ant-depressants
  15. and many more

Treatment  options for ADD/ADHD are  loaded with controversy. There is considerable empirical evidence supporting the conventional treatment options but many parents are philosophically opposed to using stimulant medications. There are no “slam dunk” behaviour management tricks that are universally successful but there are many parenting tips that are beneficial. There is widespread misunderstanding and in some cases reluctance in schools about how to accommodate ADD/ADHD students.  Many parents tell me that getting teachers onboard is their biggest problem.

Empirical evidence supporting most of the alternative treatment options is limited although there is ample anecdotal evidence supporting some of them as effective. I advise caution when moving this direction because  medical and mental problems that are poorly defined, chronic, troublesome and lacking in clear solutions are fertile ground for speculation and exploitation. ADD/ADHD are all of those things.

Regardless of the directions you end up going, I suggest that you have in place a plan to honestly and accurately  evaluate the  effectiveness of the treatment. Behavioural Management Systems can assist you in developing an objective way to know if you are moving in the right direction.

 

 

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  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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A program for children with reading problems

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Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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