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Exploring the Most Effective Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD


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Exploring the Most Effective Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD

March 7, 2023 abbey No Comments

If medication fails to relieve your child’s ADHD, there are a whole world of treatments available. From neurofeedback training and vision training to cognitive brain training, these have the power to transform your child’s life.

The Difference Between Medication-Based and Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD

For many children with ADHD, medication is the typical course of treatment. Stimulants and antidepressants address the most common symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. However, once the dosage wears off, the symptoms come back, sometimes worse than before. There is also a range of unpleasant side effects, such as a loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, or even high blood pressure.

By contrast, non-medication treatments for ADHD have been proven to be just as effective—if not more so. They have no adverse side effects and address the root causes of ADHD in the brain, sometimes even reversing the condition itself.

Neurofeedback Training

Neurofeedback training is an effective form of biofeedback that retrains the brain to better manage focus, attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Sessions typically involve monitoring brain waves while your child engages in activities or games on the computer. These activities reward certain cognitive functions, helping your child learn how to regulate their behavior and reactions, such as focusing for longer periods of time or relaxing more quickly.

Vision Training

Vision training focuses on improving the neural pathways relating to motor control, balance, and spatial awareness, ultimately increasing your child’s ability to concentrate on tasks or instructions. This kind of therapy also helps individuals become comfortable staring at an object or activity for extended periods without becoming distracted by external stimuli or inner thoughts—an essential skill in managing ADHD.

Many people believe that ADHD is just a hindrance, something to be managed and dealt with. In reality, people with ADHD have many strengths compared to their peers. Explore our informative blog to learn more about the hidden strengths and advantages of ADHD.

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Cognitive Brain Training

Cognitive brain training helps children control their attention span and improve cognitive skills like memory, concentration, and problem-solving. This type of therapy involves exercises designed to strengthen cognitive functions like processing speed and retention, which are essential for success in school, work, or social environments.

Executive Function Therapy

Executive function therapy activities are designed to help children with ADHD develop skills such as organization or working memory capacity. By using memory aids, time management techniques, note-taking, self-monitoring methods, and more, children learn how to regulate executive functions and advocate for themselves.

Finding Your Ideal Treatment Plan

Non-medication treatments for ADHD offer a number of alternative approaches to managing ADHD. However, they are most effective when used in combination with each other. Every child has different needs, especially when it comes to their neurodevelopment. That’s why it’s important that you take the time to fully understand what’s going on in your child’s brain and give them the tools to empower themselves.

The Transformative Brain Program

At Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, we use our comprehensive Transformative Brain Program to help your child transform their life. After an initial neuropsychological assessment, which examines your child’s medical, developmental, social, academic, and psychological histories, we’re able to identify their cognitive strengths and weaknesses and see how their brain functions at its core.

Then, we develop a custom, medication-free treatment plan for your child that allows them to improve brain functions directly relating to attention, executive functioning, and hyperactivity, providing lasting relief in the pursuit of managing ADHD. Your child’s brain program may include neurofeedback, cognitive training, and vision training, but it’s not limited to that. Some children may also benefit from talk therapy, gross motor training, or other forms of medication-free treatment.

Transform Your Child’s Life With Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

At Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, we’re invested in your child’s success. We know that medication-based treatments don’t provide the lifelong relief your child needs when it comes to ADHD. That’s why we’ve spent years developing our non-medication Transformative Brain Program—we want to see your child thrive and succeed in school, work, and every social interaction. We’re dedicated to changing the way the world views ADHD, one child at a time.

Reach out today to schedule your free discovery call and learn how to transform your child’s life.

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