Archive for Treatment’ Category

Avoiding going out with your kids?
Dec

20

2017

Avoiding going out with your kids?

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 “misbehaving”. No parents really want to act like rivals towards the child they love. Most of the times, parents…

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The Parent-Child interaction, in children with ADHD
Dec

16

2017

The Parent-Child interaction, in children with ADHD

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 parents. Moreover, studies have proposed that over time, counterproductive parenting behaviour and parental stress may lead to the adoption of…

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Micronutrients over Medication: An alternative to combat ADHD
Dec

16

2017

Micronutrients over Medication: An alternative to combat ADHD

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 and colleagues administered an 8 week micronutrient treatment to adults with ADHD and assessed behavioural improvements at various time points. A…

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Children with Autism have extra synapses in the brain
Sep

19

2014

Children with Autism have extra synapses in the brain

  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 number of neurons and synapses, enabling more efficient synaptic configurations. Since synapses are the point where neurons connect and communicate with…

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Equine Activities and Autism
Sep

19

2014

Equine Activities and Autism

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 methods have been shown to be moderately effective, none has emerged as a superior intervention for ASD….

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Sep

12

2014

Physical Exercise Alleviates ADHD Symptoms

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects about 8-12% of children at school age. Typically characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive action, it has the potential to impair an individual’s academic achievement, occupational enterprises and interpersonal relationships. Both human behaviour and animal laboratory studies have indicated that regular exercise can alter brain functions in emotional and cognitive domains. Specifically, this can include beneficial effects against…

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Sep

5

2014

ADHD and Nutrition

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 and the preservative benzoate promote hyperactivity in children and that patients with ADHD can noticeably improve…

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Sep

5

2014

Mindfulness & ADHD: Reducing symptoms in parents and children

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 children with ADHD and their parents can reduce inattention and hyperactivity symptoms that are present in both the children and their parents…

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Sep

3

2014

Neurofeedback treatment & ADHD

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 seem to respond to other forms of treatments such as behavioural or cognitive therapy. ADHD is characterized…

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Sep

2

2014

Computerised working memory training & ADHD

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 money on a treatment that does not produce significant results. Individuals with ADHD often have significantly impaired working memory,…

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