Hope for Kids With ADHD? - Child of London, 2010

 


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A new British study shows that symptoms of ADHD can be controlled. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Psychology have been studying the effects of a thought-controlled computer game that requires the player to concentrate in order to win. Ten children, who were diagnosed with ADHD, were asked to play the game three times a week for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the researchers found that the children’s impulsive behaviour and concentration had improved by at least 25%.

 

What is ADHD?


Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a term used for children who are unable to concentrate and/or are overactive and impulsive. It’s normal for children to occasionally forget their homework, daydream during class, act without thinking, or get fidgety at the dinner table. However, children with ADHD are affected in all areas of their life, they can’t sit still and find it hard to concentrate on any task. They never seem to listen and appear badly behaved, restless and constantly fidgeting.

 

If your child has ADHD, it may become more noticeable or get worse with the start of school. Your child's learning may be slowed down by a lack of attention and concentration. Hyperactive and aggressive children may have difficulty getting on with other children. However, if the child is dreamy and inattentive, but not disruptive, the condition may go unnoticed. Boys are three times more likely to be affected.


Causes

 

ADHD is thought to be caused by a combination of factors. Sometimes the symptoms can be inherited from parents. Pregnancy is an important time in the development of the brain, and misuse of alcohol or drugs in pregnancy, birth trauma, exposure to lead or other toxins, and infections such as meningitis can also contribute to development of ADHD in children. Food additives, artificial colours, and refined sugar should be avoided in children with ADHD as they have been shown to cause or intensify the symptoms. If allergies are suspected, allergy testing is highly recommended. Correction of nutritional deficiencies including Zinc, Vitamin B, and essential fatty acids can help to control the symptoms in some children.

Treatment

 

Traditionally, drug treatment, usually with Ritalin, has been the only option. However, it carries serious side effects when taken long-term, including headache and stomach ache, insomnia, edginess, and social withdrawal. Manic and psychotic symptoms involving hallucinations were also reported. Therefore many parents are reluctant to medicate their children.

The good news is that British researchers recently confirmed effectiveness of learning strategy called electro-encephalography biofeedback. This helped them to design games and strategies improving concentration and impulsive behaviour in children with ADHD.

These strategies include:

 

  • Brain Frequency Analysis: children and adults with ADHD have slower brain wave activity, particularly in the areas of the brain that are responsible for concentration. Normally, these slow waves usually only arise during sleep. In this state, the brain of someone with ADHD is not fully aroused, but the body is left to over-react, leading to a lack of attention and hyperactivity combined. By looking at the brain waves and actively focusing their mind, people with ADHD can change their brain waves to more active, faster waves that are present during normal activities.

 

  • Neurofeedback: this is another form of training that encourages improved self-regulation of brain wave activity. It is based on the fact that an area of the brain that is more active will give off more heat and have greater blood flow and oxygenation than a brain area that is less active. There are two different forms of neurofeedback. The passive neurofeedback trains the brain to increase its core temperature. The active, or near infrared neurofeedback, trains the brain to increase the levels of oxygenated blood. This improves the ability to concentrate.

Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 25 years experience helping people with variety of health problems, including ADHD. He uses Brain Frequency Analysis and Neurofeedback techniques and developed a unique system of Biomedical Testing. He also uses the Allergy Testing and Organic Acid Urine Testing to examine the internal state of the body. He is qualified in Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition, Complex Homoeopathy and Chiropractic Technique. You can find out more on the website www.wimbledonclinic.co.uk or by calling 020 8540 3389.



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