Are you struggling with managing your child’s symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?  Are you looking for an alternative to medicine?

Making the decision to medicate your child for symptoms of ADHD can be a difficult one.  We have found there are 5 steps you might can take to see if they help offset the symptoms.  It might be that your child can manage their symptoms without having to be medicated.  As always, be sure to consult a doctor to discuss what is right for your child.

  1. Green Play Settings

Brief exposure to being outdoors in nature with grass and trees and proven to help keep the symptoms of hyperactivity down.  Studies have found that kids who get the opportunity to play outside on a regular basis have milder symptoms and increased impulse control.

  1. Eating Habits

Changing a child’s diet has been a popular source for parents who are looking for an alternative to medicine.  Gluten free diets and The Feingold Diet have had success of helping kids reduce the symptoms of their disease.

  1. Exercise

Kids are able to focus more when their bodies are in motion.  Spending 20 minutes on the treadmill gives them the opportunity to focus and will increase the likelihood they can perform better on their school work.  Regular exercise at school is vital for students with this disease.

  1. Sleep

Getting an extra half hour of sleep each night might help kids feel more refreshed at school, thus helping them focus on their work instead of being tired.

  1. Behavior Therapy

Therapy for the family, child, and teachers of a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is important.  Therapy teaches parents how to be encouraging and give them positive reinforcement.  Teachers can take classes or lessons on behavioral and teaching strategies for the student.  Kids can take summer camps or participate in after school activities that allow them to learn behavioral interventions and skills to help them cope in school.

For a free guide on how to cope, click the e-book below.