“I think it is time to up the does on their medication. “ Parents with a child who has ADHD can become frustrated when the only solution teachers are suggesting is to increase the medication for their child. For years, medication has been viewed as a primary (some believe) the only way to help individuals with ADHD. While the method of stimulants have proven to be effective, it is not the only method and solution to help individuals with ADHD.
First it is important to note that medication should not be viewed as a “cure” for behavioural problems. It is especially important to ensure that children who take medication for ADHD understand this notion. While we are in an era where many are seeking more holistic, and natural solutions as form of treatments for many issues many of the alternative methods to medication have demonstrated to be just as effective in supporting individuals with ADHD. Learn more about ADHD. Let’s take a look of alternative methods in aiding individuals with ADHD.
Behavioural Therapy: Behavioural therapy can take many forms but it focuses on changing behaviour through looking what triggered the action and the consequences caused by the behaviour. A common example is in parenting, rewarding a child for their good behaviour. The same can be used to help students with ADHD. Or helping adults with ADHD understand what may trigger certain behaviour patterns and learning how to self-regulate to change the action.
Nutrition: Eat your fruits and veggies. Every dietary restrictions will vary but focusing on ensuring plates are filled with a solid amount of greens, protein and complex carbs help to aid the symptoms of individuals with ADHD. A balanced meal is a key factor for many of life's aspects but in a fast paced society it can be a challenged trying to meal prep and ensuring to get all the nutrients needed daily. Some simple tips to help make grocery shopping and packing lunch easier
Focus on colour. Buy fruits and veggies that are a colour of the rainbow. Aim to have at least one colourful meal a day or take baby steps and aim to have a colourful meal a specific number of colourful meal a week.
Limit the sweets and sugar intake. White refine sugar is not good for anyone. But if you have a sweet tooth like me, it can be hard to resist deserts. Either limit the intake of sweets. Use natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, dates other dried fruit.
Exercise: Move your body to burn of the energy. The studies are endless in showing how exercise in preventing and improving many conditions. The same is true when it comes to supporting individuals with ADHD. Exercise: An Antidote In some cases, some people may have lots of energy that needs to be burned off in order to focus and conquer the task at hand.
Upping the dose of medication should not be the only solution in helping support people with ADHD. Always consult a doctor before making any changes and seek options that support the whole-well being of the individual. There are #NoLearningLimits to what a person can achieve. What has helped you support someone with ADHD, leave a comment and let me know.
The ADDitude Guide to Alternative to ADHD Treatment