What is ADD or ADHD?
ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral traits of childhood.
The thought of having ADHD can be a scary one to some kids and adults, images are conjured up of the child in the classroom that used to jump up on the file cabinet and pretend he was a monkey.
Honestly ADHD can be a great trait (we say trait not disability or disease) many of the worlds great thinkers and inventors were have this trait.
The terms ADD and ADHD refer to a trait found in both children and adults. It is characterized by distractibility, impusivity, restlessness and perhaps hyperactivity, although hyperactivity is not always present. When managed properly it can be a gift in your life. Having ADHD is like having a super fast race car for a brain with bicycle brakes. The treatment involves strengthening those brakes so you can start winning races in your life.
So why specialize in ADHD?
I grew up with ADHD, my father has ADHD, my kids have ADHD. I have a vested interest in ADHD!
Chiropractic is the largest drug-less profession in the world, our strength lies in the fact that we do everything in our power to get you well without drugs. Will we tell you to stop taking your ADHD medications? Absolutely not! If you found something that is working for you, then by all means stick with it. You may have to work with your prescribing doctor to adjust the dosages while you are going through the treatment because you may find yourself not needing as much, but that is up to you. The kids we see most often are those that medication has failed, they are not happy with the side effects, or the parents or the child simply don't want to take medications.
We work both children and adults to identify, develop and celebrate their talents.
What are the signs of ADHD?
1. Often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli or irrelevant thoughts.
2. Often makes decisions impulsively.
3. Often has difficulty stopping activities or behaviors when the should do so.
4. Often starts a project or task without reading or listening to the directions carefully.
5. Often shows poor follow-though on promises or commitments made to others.
6. Often has trouble doing things in their proper order or sequence.
7. Often more likely to drive a motor vehicle much faster then others(excessive speeding)
8. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
9. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
Children may also-
1. Have a hard time paying attention
2. Daydream a lot
4. Not seem to listen
5. Be easily distracted from schoolwork or play
6. Forget things
7. Be in constant motion or unable to stay seated
8. Squirm or fidget
9. Talk too much
10. Not be able to play quietly
11. Act and speak without thinking
12. Have trouble taking turns
13. Interrupt others
14. Create conflict, start fights (because this is a stimulating activity)
What is SHINE?
Dr. Ned Hallowell, one of the leading authorities in the world of ADHD treatment, champions a “strength-based” approach to ADHD. The traditional, deficit-based model only addresses the deficits and problems ADHD can create in a person's life. Prior to Dr. Hallowell's approach many of the children with ADHD were labeled as bad kids, this has now changed. Dr. Hallowell has discovered that by identifying and focusing on a person's strengths and talents, in addition to implementing strategies to manage their challenges, patients can excel. Dr. Hallowell also stresses that one of the great appeals to helping those who have ADHD discover their talents and help gain back their self-esteem, is how life changing the process can be for people. This is because left undiagnosed, and untreated, ADHD can all but destroy a person's prospects. The SHINE program can truly rescue a person from despair.
We are excited to be working with Dr. Hallowell to implement this strength-based approach here in Salt Lake City at Prosper Clinic. We look forward to working with families to help identify the unique gifts these special individuals posses and help them grow to overcome the obstacles that lie in their way. We look forward to applying this unique program to help heal and look forward to seeing the growth and life changes. We look forward to working together with both adults and children and their families in order to help them develop strategies at home, work and school that will create positive change.
Our SHINE Program is extremely comprehensive and provides exactly what you will need in order to develop a very strong foundation for continued growth. The following is the general outline of the three month intensive SHINE program.
Comprehensive one-on-one consultation, exam with a certified SHINE doctor, and computerized testing.
Weekly chiropractic care
Weekly metronome exercises, cerebellar(brain movement) exercises, and core strengthening.
Specific products for home use – Integrated listening system(music therapy), rehab equipment, high potency probiotics, Omega 3 oils, Gluten free cooking information, and more.
A Letter for teachers about your child's participation in the SHINE program.