Do ADHD Drugs Really Work?

That’s the real question, isn’t it? Your child has trouble focusing, and you want to help. But are drugs really the answer? There has been an incredible surge in ADHD diagnoses and drug prescriptions in the last decade. In fact, 41% more children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the past ten years, and there has been a twentyfold increase in the consumption of drugs for attention deficit disorder in the past 30 years. What is even more surprising is that the drugs prescribed for ADHD are not showing positive academic results. In 2013, the National Bureau of Economic Research looked at nearly 4,000 students over an average of 11 years and found that students who took ADHD drugs actually performed worse than students with similar symptoms who did not take the drugs. In addition, increased drug use was associated with increased unhappiness, worse relationships with parents, increased anxiety and depression...

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How Keeping a Beat can Unlock your Child’s Potential

 Can you “keep a beat?”   Some of us can do it more naturally than others.   But we didn’t know until recently that it’s a very important skill that affects brain processing speed, working memory, focus and attention.  Research is showing us that your ability to keep a beat actually measures something called “neurotiming,” which is an integral part of brain development, especially in elementary school-aged kids.  And the best part is that neurotiming is a skill that can be learned, which means that kids aged 6-12 can improve their focus and attention over time, making them more effective learners and more successful adults.Studies done on children using a training program designed to improve neurotiming have shown improvements in attention and concentration by as much as 30%, and improvements in math and reading scores by as much as 20%.The idea of neurotiming may not seem intuitive, but think about it:  we...

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