he American Psychiatric Association estimates that 3-7% of children suffer from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that can make it difficult for a person to sit still, control behavior and pay attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as five out of every 100 children in school may have ADHD, and boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with the condition.
Is there an Alternative to Medication?
medications such as Ritalin have proven to be helpful in improving the
symptoms of some children with ADHD, many parents feel uncomfortable with
these medications. They would prefer that their children minimize the
use of drugs or not use them at all, but are at a loss for true alternatives.
Our "All Possibilities" program, featuring the Interactive
Metronome® (IM) offers such an alternative.
We will continue the discussion of the Ten Unique Discoveries:
of these conditions are clearly due to a right brain hemisphere deficit.
factors are environmental. Genetics always play a role. Genetic factors
cannot, however, account for the dramatic increase in ADD/ADHD and other
learning problems over the course of the past 15 to 20 years. - To quote
one New York teacher: "I don't know how it works. But it has
something to do with the fact that kids don't move their big muscles anymore."
9. Treatment must do the following:
10. Neuroplasticity - The Brain Responds.
There are approximately 100 billion neurons in your brain. Each neuron has maybe 10,000 connections (synapses) with other neurons. Our brains have trillions and trillions of connections that can and do constantly change and grow. There are more connections between neurons than stars in the known universe.
New brain cells?
It is a commonly
held belief that the brain cells we have at birth are all we'll ever have,
and that they only decrease in number throughout our lives. Most of us
would also agree that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Today it
seems that you can't teach many young dogs new tricks. Many kids can't
and/or won't learn.
the Violin at age 70?
Our "All Possibilities!" program is designed to induce changes in brain function without medication.
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