Dealing with ADHD

Dealing with ADHD

Most parents whose child is diagnosed with ADHD go through a turmoil of emotions and look for ways and means to overcome this as soon as possible.

The term ‘ADHD’ is familiar to most people, but yet so misunderstood. Living with ADHD has been described as living in a kaleidoscope of senses.

Heightened senses, being easily distracted, and daydreaming goes hand in hand with ADHD. The brain starts to wander and therefore loss of concentration takes place. Children living with ADHD are often also labelled as ‘naughty’ since they cannot sit still for long periods at end.

Living in a world of instant gratification, we tend to go for the quickest and easiest solution to most problems we face. For instance, if you cannot get rid of an annoying cold or flu but want to feel better immediately, you buy a pill that alleviates the symptoms. It is so much less effort than creating a healthier lifestyle that would strengthen our body’s natural immune system.

It has been found that children overcome ADHD as they get older, so if we just give them medication to help them through this period, the problem will be solved? The normal prescribed medication does not cure ADHD. Medication can be helpful in treating the symptoms of ADHD while constantly used. It can also adversely affect the quality of life of certain children since some parents have reported that their children turn into ‘zombies’ due to the side effects of the medication.

Medication does not provide the emotional support or the necessary life skills to manage ADHD on an effective basis.

An effective form of therapy, called ILT (Integrated Learning Therapy), has proven to be successful in the management of learning difficulties associated with ADHD. The aim of ILT is to improve the learning difficulty by strengthening the specific area in the brain that is responsible for the specific difficulty. Over time and with ongoing ILT therapy, the ‘weak’ area of the brain, which is responsible for the learning difficulty, becomes stronger and can therefore permanently solve the learning difficulty.

ILT is not another quick fix, but rather a valuable and effective form of therapy, which can elevate or even permanently resolve learning difficulties.

ILT Therapy should not necessarily replace prescribed medication, although this therapy could alleviate the symptoms of ADHD and can result in children overcoming ADHD sooner than waiting for them to outgrow it. Some parents have tried medication, but decided to stop due the side affects their children have had to endure while under medication. For these parents, ILT will bring a more natural process of overcoming ADHD.

Effectively applied, ILT Therapy will improve the behavioural and learning difficulties children display associated with ADHD. Parents are encouraged or rather expected to follow the individualised and very specific programme together with their child – you have to become involved in overseeing simple therapy exercises at home to ensure improvement sets in and in a matter of a few weeks results will be noticeable.

Some examples of learning difficulties that can be improved by ILT are:
• problem solving
• concentration
• applying of knowledge
• midline crossing
• handwriting
• fine motor skills
• sequencing
• reading and eye movement
• touch sensitivity

To learn more about ILT or to book an appointment, contact Lizeth Kotze at 073 397 3040 or send an e-mail to 0733973040@vodamail.co.za