Treatment

Avoiding going out with your kids?

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Avoiding going out with your kids? Dr Shelley Hyman Avoiding going out with your kids? 4 tips to manage behaviour in public places Our society we live in today has a challenging and critical attitude toward parents and young children. Many assume criticizing and using harsh words is the answer for a child who is…

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The Parent-Child interaction, in children with ADHD

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The Parent-Child interaction, in children with ADHD Dr Shelley Hyman Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic and pervasive childhood disorder that is characterised by inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive behaviours. It comes with no surprise that such behaviours commonly weaken the relationship the parent has with their child and induces large amounts of stress on the…

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Micronutrients over Medication: An alternative to combat ADHD

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Micronutrients over Medication: An alternative to combat ADHD Dr Shelley Hyman These days, it is common for medication to be prescribed as a first resort rather than the last. However, exciting new research has highlighted the potential for micronutrients to reduce ADHD symptoms providing a more naturalistic alternative to medication. New Zealand researchers Julia Rucklidge…

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Children with Autism have extra synapses in the brain

Children with Autism have extra synapses in the brain Dr Shelley Hyman A study from the Columbia University Medical Centre has discovered that children and adolescents with autism have an excess of synapses in the brain. This excess is due to a decline in normal brain ‘pruning’, a neurological regulatory process which reduces the overall…

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Equine Activities and Autism

Equine Activities and Autism Dr Shelley Hyman Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is associated with a number of impairments in social communication, repetitive behaviours and language development. Treatment programs have attempted to target a number of these behaviours by focusing on sensory integration interventions, relationship-based, interactive interventions, social cognitive skills training and parent-mediated approaches. Although these…

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Physical Exercise Alleviates ADHD Symptoms

Physical Exercise Alleviates ADHD Symptoms Dr Shelley Hyman ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects about 8-12% of children at school age. Typically characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive action, it has the potential to impair an individual’s academic achievement, occupational enterprises and interpersonal relationships. Both human behavior and animal laboratory studies have indicated that…

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ADHD and Nutrition

ADHD and Nutrition Dr Shelley Hyman Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is multi-determined and complex, requiring a multifaceted treatment approach, however, nutritional management is important for patients with ADHD. Throughout the years, many studies have investigated the role of food, or food components, in influencing the symptoms of ADHD. It is now confirmed that artificial food colouring…

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Mindfulness & ADHD: Reducing symptoms in parents and children

Mindfulness & ADHD: Reducing symptoms in parents and children Dr Shelley Hyman Currently, evidence-based treatments for ADHD include medication, which only has short-term effects, and behavioural therapies, with the most common involving behavioural parent training, but is not very effective if parents themselves have ADHD. There has been some emerging evidence that mindfulness training in…

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Neurofeedback treatment & ADHD

Neurofeedback treatment & ADHD Dr Shelley Hyman Neurofeedback is a recently developed method by using the mechanisms of learning to change brainwave activity which can improve overall well-being and performance by giving video or audio feedback. (Lofthouse, McBurnett, Arnold & Hurt, 2011) This form of treatment has been used when children with ADHD do not…

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Computerised working memory training & ADHD

Computerised working memory training & ADHD Dr Shelley Hyman Parents of children with ADHD are aware of the numerous treatment strategies for the disorder, so when it comes to trying new treatments parents need to be informed on the benefits and the evidence that support those benefits, as no one wants to spend time and…

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