With the rise of ADHD in children/adolescents and adults, I thought it would be good to share some alternatives to medication or things you can do with the medication to make everything more effective!
Please know that every child/person dealing with these disorders are different and whatever suggestions I offer, will only be a starting guideline. It is important to try one thing at a time and make notes of what changes you witness. If you throw a lot of solutions out at one time, it will be hard to know what worked or what wasn’t working. I would suggest starting with a notebook and write down all symptoms you are wanting to address. Give a good description of what behaviors you see before you even start and then try one change. Do it for 2 weeks while keeping notes of what you see. Often, you may not notice any change, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, just maybe not for this situation. Continue to add one thing and keeps notes every two weeks. Documenting what you are witnessing will be valuable for changes in the future.
Tip 1--Diet and Exercise
According to WebMD, Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be offered a special ADHD diet to see if eliminating certain foods might reduce their symptoms.
The diet studied, known as the restricted elimination diet (RED), can work, because they believe ADHD symptoms in some children might be affected by eating specific foods.
“I am of the opinion that every child deserves this diagnostic intervention,” researcher Lidy Pelsser, PHD, of the ADHD Research Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
As for exercise, research published in the journal Pediatrics
found that kids who engaged in a regular physical activity program had improved cognitive performance and brain function. Specifically, the kids showed an improvement in executive control, which includes the ability to maintain focus, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Executive functioning is often impaired in children with ADHD, which mean exercise may directly help to improve symptoms.
Tip 2--Schedules and Routines
This can be a really important thing in the life of anyone with ADHD. The more repetition that exists, the more smooth their days run. This can include having morning routines, after school routines, bedtime routines, etc. Also giving small rewards at the end of following the routines can help a great deal in keeping them focused!
A few other things to consider are: Organized Environment, Limited Distractions and having a Quiet place designated for studying or just moments when they need to regroup.
Tip 3--Essential Oils and Massage
Many studies show that massage can be a great benefit for many types of illnesses and disorders. The University of Maryland Medical Center reported “Massage may improve mood in children with ADHD and help them feel less fidgety and hyperactive.”
Combining massage with essential oils will increase the effect even more. Here is a list of oils that many have had success with (some oils can have an opposite affect on a child with ADHD than it does on most others. For example, lavender can be more of a stimulant than a relaxer).
Tip 4--Limits on Technology
In this day and age, limiting technology can be difficult. WebMD says:
“Video games offer players intense, often relentless action, constant rewards, competition, and thrilling stories -- just the type of stimuli that the ADHD brain craves, and which it rarely gets in the more mundane, non-digital world of everyday life.
‘Playing a video game, you feel engaged, stimulated,’ UCLA psychiatrist Timothy Fong, MD, says. ‘They don't get that when they are sitting in school or reading a book.’
Finding a balance between spending time outdoors, getting plenty of exercise and having time to engage with screens can be tricky. Consider using this tool as a reward when everything else necessary has been completed.
I hope these tips have been helpful. If you find things from this list or other things that work for you, please share them! I would love to hear from you.
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