As summer vacations come to an end, the focus on back to school starts to take precedence in many homes. Some children are excited to see old friends, some look forward to the structure and balance that school brings. But for some kids that have attention issues or learning disabilities, it may not be something to look forward to. Sheri Rowney of Harmonized Brain Centers in Nashville looks at the problems and a potential solution.
Sometimes these kids dread having to go back into an environment where they struggle both academically as well as socially. They have to go back to being told to sit down and concentrate; quit fidgeting; quit being sensitive to others that are “teasing.” They may be constantly reprimanded for not having their work done in a timely manner, or not being organized like they are supposed to be. The struggle is real for these children and sometimes they feel like there is no one to help them; they feel defeated.
Kids with ADD and ADHD are often misunderstood and are classified as “lazy,” “unruly” or “the bad kids.” No matter how many times they are asked to do something, they forget or get distracted.
They are often loud and disruptive in class. They can get frustrated easily when they can’t figure something out quickly and often quit. Soon the notes start going home to the parents, so they get in trouble twice; both at school and at home. Parents often feel as defeated as their child; not knowing what to do to get them on track and acting like the “normal kid.” It’s a vicious cycle and often leads to tantrums and outbursts from both sides.
Another problem with these special kids is socialization with their peers. They are often labeled as being difficult; many times, they are isolated in the classroom as the teacher tries to maintain control of the class. Parents of other children may tell their child to stay clear of the trouble maker; don’t talk to them, just ignore them. This creates its own set of problems as they are not welcome to play groups, birthday parties or even just joining in on the playground. Often these children become victims of bullying; kids make fun of them for being different or for always getting into trouble. Self-esteem plummets and again, these children can feel defeated and less worthy than others in the classroom. It is a sad, cruel cycle that affects up to 30% of kids in school today.
As parents seek help, they are often directed to medication as the answer to helping their child become productive and accepted in their classroom. Stimulants are given through a variety of different named drugs that chemically change the brain and allow the child to focus better, be quieter and more adaptive to their environment. While this works for many, it is not without its own problems. Common side effects of the medication are moodiness, lack of appetite, lack of motivation. While they are able to concentrate better, their sleep may become disrupted and their normally happy disposition may change. The tradeoff can sometimes be difficult and the answer hasn’t always been clear as to what is best for the child.
There is another answer; LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System). This particular therapy is safe, free from chemicals and has been tried and proven to be effective in over 90% of clients since 1990. By using a small radio wave (less than what is in a digital watch), LENS disrupts the dominant brain waves in the brain and allows them to reset in a more normal, efficient pattern. After just a few treatments, children often report feeling more “clear,” more focused, more able to complete tasks without frustration and anger. They are able to make better decisions, become more sociable, more able to compromise with others. LENS is a permanent solution and can be done with just a short session, once a week for 10 to 12 weeks normally.
Harmonized Brain Centers in Nashville is committed to helping kids with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression. We know that LENS can help. We will work with your child to help them create new, better habits in school and at home; to socialize in a more communal fashion; to learn to curb their anger and frustration and vocalize their needs in a more positive manner.
We can help your child be the best person they can be. Give us a call on 615.331.8762 or visit our website: www.harmonizedbraincenterstn.com to set up a no obligation, no cost consultation to see what we can do to help you help them.