ADD/ADHD, reading and learning

Nowadays almost every second child has ADD/ADHD. On every teachers, parents or moms facebook group, people are asking for advise, or ask parents for their opinion on the medicine available and where to get it. I have however also started seeing more and more alternative solutions to a lot of these posts, that I believe are better alternatives.

Firstly, a lot of parents self diagnose their children with ADD/ADHD because they struggle to concentrate, do bad at school or even worse, because the teacher told the parents that the child has ADD/ADHD. Neither Parents, nor Teachers are qualified to make this diagnoses. ADD/ADHD gets diagnosed by ‘n neurologist or ADD Specialists by means of an EEG and similar, scientific tests.

Secondly, there may be various reasons for the lack of attention and bad marks. In most cases, it’s due to diet, or stress/anxiety. We tend to eat so much processed foods and take aways that’s not always healthy, or we have a food sensitivity that we are ignoring. Too much gluten, too much sugar and dairy that might not be good for our health. Due to the consistent bad diet, we might be struggling with constipation, leaky gut syndrome or we might have a low immune system and trouble going into deep sleep. All contributing factors to attention problems and resulting in bad marks.

As someone stated in an article I read this morning, with most medication, people are treating symptoms and not the cause. Therefore, before starting any medication for ADD/ADHD make sure that it has been diagnosed correctly and make sure that you also looked at the problem holistically. Change your diet, cut out stressors, exercise and make sure you take your omega and other healthy supplements, and the correct dosage. Go see a dietitian and eat more whole food and less processed foods.

A lack of attention, whether due to ADD/ADHD, or symptoms similar to it, also has an impact on reading. It can take longer to to learn to identify letters, longer to be able to read words and then sentences, and longer to read a page than the other kids in the class. This can be demotivating and can prevent the child from growing a love for books and reading. We might have to work harder (or play harder) to grow that love. And we may need to read and reread books more to become familiar with it and help build confidence. But if you can get your ADD/ADHD child to love reading, it’s a big step up in helping him/her to be able to learn better.

ADD/ADHD, reading and learning