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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common behavioral disorders that affect children today. Many believe that children with ADHD are only “HYPER” or “hopped up on sugar” when in fact it is so much more debilitating than that. Not only do children with ADHD have trouble staying still for even a short period of time, they are also observed to have impulsive behavior, causing them to be disruptive in a classroom setting. Paying attention to the teacher, sitting still for hours, and following instructions can be extremely difficult for the ADHD student. Sadly, children with ADHD can also feel disconnected like life is going on around them without them being a part of it. This isolated and lonely feeling may make them feel inferior or even “stupid” when compared to their peers.….And because of the said behaviors, parents are asking whether it is best to homeschool or not to homeschool their child with ADHD.
Thousands of families across the United States have decided to leave the traditional brick and mortar school in favor of homeschooling when their child is suffering the effects of ADHD. This is usually after failed attempts with the school district to obtain academic assistance or when the traditional classroom environment is just not working. Either way, homeschooling is often times a last resort. These parents see it as a way to reduce distractions and ultimately a way for their child to succeed. Though there are many success stories, it is not always immediate. In fact, many reports suggest it takes until the second year of homeschooling to notice academic improvement. Also, in order for home schooling to be effective, parents must play a huge factor in it. They should expect to exert a lot of effort, planning and preparing themselves for the special arrangements often necessary when choosing a program which best fits their child’s needs and it is vital to understand the challenges an ADHD student requires.
On the other hand, there are children suffering from this behavioral disorder who do find success in a traditional school setting. Proper guidance and persistence from their teachers, guidance counselors and parents is vital. It is important for parents to help develop learning strategies that will help them in the classroom and to assist them with organizational skills. Parents should also work with the teachers, and provide them with information on how the child learns best.
ADHD is not just a hindrance in achieving academic goals, but it is a serious, often debilitating problem that is affecting more and more children each year in the United States. As parents, you may find that homeschooling is the right solution because it keeps an environment in which the child feels safe and comforted, but it should only be seen as only a temporary solution. In order for the child to be successful in life, the root of the problem needs to be addressed and treated properly. It is well accepted that ADHD in children does not just go away, but it may manifest itself as a different, more destructive condition often linked to drug use, unemployment and criminal activity. Children with ADHD prone to develop substance abuse problems
BrainMapping and Neurofeedback are quickly becoming a popular choice and has showen to be a very effective method to treat ADHD. Neurofeedback for ADHD is an FDA–approved approach to managing the symptoms of ADHD. It can be used along with medications, but it is also effective on its own. Neurofeedback works by using EEG biofeedback to help patients learn to consciously alter their own brain function. A trained specialist can provide the right treatment to ensure that the child is free of the condition that is stunting his academic growth. This hi-tech, holistic approach is done without the harmful effects of medication and has not had one reported side effect in over 40 years.
About the author:
Dr. Jerry DalCanton is the owner of Kids First Chiropractic and BrainCore Therapy of Western PA. He is certified in Neurofeedback and successfully treats ADHD routinely in his Murrysville, PA location. For more information, email KidsFirstChiro@windstream.net or call 724-327-0148.