Other ways to help children with ADHD aside from Neurotherapy
As the number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to rise, caring parents are increasing looking for other ways in addition to neurotherapy (also called neurofeedback or biofeedback) to help them with this all too common condition.
Here are a few suggestions backed by scientific studies:
Stay away from potential allergens: One way to help potentially improve behavior in most children with ADHD could be restricting possible allergens in their diet. If you suspect your child is allergic to any particular food, get it checked with your allergy doctor. Besides avoiding allergens, you should also avoid foods that contain chemical additives or preservatives like butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) or butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) which are often found in processed food products like potato chips, chewing gums, cereal, butter, chocolates, etc. Check the labels when purchasing food items.
Consider yoga or tai chi: In a study done in 2013, researchers found out that there was a significant improvement in boys with ADHD who practiced yoga. Many other studies have indicated that yoga is helpful in alleviating hyperactivity, anxiety in people with ADHD.
Besides yoga, tai chi can play a significant part in improving ADHA symptoms if one regularly practices it. It was found that teens with ADHD who were practicing tai chi or yoga were not as hyperactive or anxious compared to those who didn’t practice tai chi. Focusing on specific body movements in a calm deliberate sequence allows people to balance their distracted minds and racing thoughts.
Spending time outside: A simple but most effective way to help a child cope with his ADHD is taking him outside. Some studies show that spending more than 20 minutes out in nature can help kids with ADHD improve their concentration level. For the most benefit, take your child to greener settings. This has likely to do with an increased intake of oxygen, which at any age, but particular for young and developing bodies and minds is of critical importance.
Behavioral or parental therapy: If your child is suffering from serve cases of ADHD, consider behavioral therapy. Many pediatricians state that behavioral treatment should be the primary step to treat a child with ADHD. This approach focuses on resolving particular problematic behavior and suggests solutions to check it. Besides therapy for children, parental therapy can aid them with tools to tend to their kids with ADHD. It is most effective in the long run as well-equipped parents are more effective in tackling the behavioral problems of their child.