Does any or all of this sound familiar to you?
“My child is struggling in school. The teacher complains that they don’t complete their classwork, can’t follow directions, and are frequently daydreaming. Their grades are below average, yet I know that they are intelligent. Homework takes forever and is a constant battle. And as if this were not enough, they are frequently getting in trouble at school, and it’s the same at home. The poor kid can’t get a break. The family is constantly in an uproar. We always dread the start of the next school year, and things seem to be getting steadily worse.”
If the academic performance and/or behavioral part of this statement sound familiar to you, there is a good chance that your child may be suffering from ADHD. The destruction of the child’s self-esteem, and the conflict and chaos wrought on family dynamics, can be devastating.
Denial is often a further complication to this problem in that many parents, thinking that the side effects and rigors of life-long medication are the only remedy, try to deny the problem and avoid testing and treatment. Fortunately, medication is definitely not the only form of successful treatment. We’ll discuss this more in a moment.
The many problems mentioned above, along with the hectic schedule of school, sports, etc., often make it near impossible to get help during the school year. However, when the school year ends and summer is finally here, an opportunity presents itself to make a big change for the better. Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD requires 30 sessions of only 30 minutes each, with a minimum of one session a week. During the school year, the pace of life can be so hectic that the treatment may take four to seven months to complete. In the summertime, the opportunity presents itself for a “Short Course” treatment, which can be completed in as little as two weeks.
One of the gifts of childhood is an innocence, which, as long as their self-esteem isn’t too damaged, prompts them to believe (without anything actually occurring to bring it about) that next year will always be better. If the child’s parents actually correct the problem over the summer, then a beautiful thing happens to the child’s belief in his or her self. They discover that, “You know what? I was right to believe in myself. Things are better this year.”
When parents intervene for their children in this way, not only does the child’s performance and/or behavior take a turn for the better, but the parents also provide an incredible boost in self-confidence and self-reliance. These are wonderful gifts to give your child!
Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari, Alta Neuro-Imaging Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is a safe, effective, drug-free procedure, free from pain and side effects, in which the child learns to retrain the attention mechanisms of their brain, alleviating the condition. Once training is complete, no further treatment is necessary.