by Michele Carelse on June 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am
Findings from a university study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) indicate that sensory intervention, such as stimulating exercise, may significantly improve restlessness, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
ADHD often means that children have difficulty controlling their behavior. Experts agree that the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but that genetic and biological components play a role. Typically conventional medications (often with harsh side effects and unknown long-term repercussions) are used to control symptoms, yet recent findings indicate that a far more natural approach can be used.
Temple University researchers wanted to find out if occupational therapy, specifically movement and physical stimulation, could improve ADHD symptoms. They believe that children diagnosed with ADHD may in fact suffer with a sensory processing disorder – meaning that they find it difficult to process sounds, light and touch – often leading to an inability to focus and remain centered in the classroom and at home. Normally, the brain processes these external factors in the surrounding environment, but the ADHD child may be so distracted by a sound (a car going past) or movement in the classroom, that he or she cannot pay attention to the teacher.
Natural techniques used to stimulate these sensory areas of the brain can include lightly or deeply massaging the skin, moving on swings in the playground or working with an exercise ball. Tactile exercises such as these that stimulate children’s sense of gravity, space and movement can greatly help them to adjust to sounds and stimulation that they may encounter.
In the study, of the children that received occupational therapy, 95% showed improvement in behavior. Researchers noted that the children seemed more at ease and attended to activities in the classroom more comfortably – as well as participated in family activities with better focus.
Natural approaches to the treatment of ADHD aim at improving performance in school, improving family dynamics as well as promoting a healthy self-esteem for the child. Natural remedies can also be highly beneficial in this regard without doing harm.
BrightSpark™ Homeopathic remedy relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children with attention problems
Focus Formula™ Supports concentration and attention, while promoting normal energy levels in children and adults