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Facts About ADHD That Doctors And Teachers Never Tell You
It is true that brain scans of those who are diagnosed with ADHD do show real, structural differences, it is also a reality that many children tagged as being ADHD are simply labeled as such from a teacher’s observation. Too many of America’s children are being diagnosed on perceived behavior alone and then medication is quickly pushed on these children. They are not tested, scanned, or even seen by a therapist to determine if there is another underlying problem. These kids are simply told they have ADHD and then dismissed.
Too many schools try to teach our children through fear. Children are afraid of failing tests, failing grades, fear of not staying with classmates, fear of being “different”, and fear of being found out that they are not like “everyone else”.
The percentage of kids diagnosed with ADHD continues to increase. In 2003 it was 7.8 percent and in 2011, it has increased to 11 percent.
There are a few facts parents should take into consideration when they are told that their child has ADHD.
Simply because your child does not pay attention in class does not mean they have ADHD.
Occasionally, you might find that your child’s diet has something to do with their attention span. Even the Mayo Clinic states that some artificial colorings and preservatives can cause hyperactivity in some children.
One study, published in 2003 in the journal Adolescence, found that 20 minute massages twice each week actually improved behavior in the classroom. Other studies have found that tai chi and yoga helped to improve ADHD symptoms.
Most times, however, it is the intelligent and creative child who finds typical classroom studies boring that gets labeled ADHD. Work with your child and perhaps a therapist to help your child develop means to pay attention to things that aren’t interesting to them.
Keep in mind that your child is probably perfectly normal, they are just being forced to fit into an environment that doesn’t suit them.
Stay positive and keep in mind that chances are that there is nothing wrong with your child. However, since typical classrooms aren’t going to change anytime soon, all you can do is to find ways to help your child develop talents that allow them to get the most out of their classroom training.