Is your child restless, fidgety and forceful? Do they struggle with planning and organisational skills? Are they considered forgetful, inattentive and highly distractable at school? ADHD is one of the most common behavioural disorders in children and young people, but what can be done to treat it?
What are the current treatments for ADHD?
Current treatments for ADHD simply do not do enough to tackle the range of root issues that are contributing to symptoms such as hyperactivity, poor concentration, poor memory and impulsivity. There is also a tendency in media to point to poor parenting as a factor. This shadows the underrepresented medical root causes for behavioural challenges. Effective, evidence-based therapies exist that can ease and even eliminate symptoms, so why haven’t you heard about them? When any groundbreaking treatment emerges, it always takes years for that treatment to be adopted by mainstream medicine. There has been much controversy in recent years about the rising prescriptions of medications like Ritalin, which only act to suppress the symptoms rather than treat the problem. This outdated approach is simply not good enough, we must target and treat the root cause.
What drug-free therapies are offered for ADHD at The Key Clinic?
We focus on a range of evidence-based therapies that can be game-changers for those living with learning or behavioural difficulties including ADHD. Neurodevelopmental, Auditory and Biomedical therapy have had life-changing results for patients, but they have historically been assessed for and treated in isolation. The Key Clinic has taken them under one roof after seeing the urgent need for a comprehensive solution to help neurodiverse children and their parents. Not only does looking at the full picture have obvious medical benefits, but being able to screen the suitability of these treatments in one initial screening means less travelling and much more value for the time invested. The Key Clinic assessment spaces are designed to be non-threatening and relaxing for patients. If a child will benefit from a combination of our therapies, they can enjoy the consistency that comes with having various reviews and assessments in one homely and familiar environment.
Which drug-free therapies will work best for a child with ADHD?
For children that have been given a label of ADHD, our multi-disciplinary team will build a programme following an in-depth assessment process, so that we can pinpoint the root cause of your child’s symptoms. For example, a child with ADHD is likely to have elevated Copper levels. This severely depletes dopamine and raises norepinephrine, leading to poor concentration and hyperactivity. To treat symptoms of ADHD we will lead with our Biomedical screening process to test a range of imbalances that might be affecting your child’s ability to focus. We might also look at how your child hears as their poor attention may be caused by hearing distortion that isn’t picked up in a normal hearing test. If your child is experiencing issues with movement there may be an underlying issue caused by a developmental delay like a retained primitive reflex.
As a clinic, we believe in always ‘swimming upstream’ from a symptom to try to discover and eliminate the root causes of difficulties, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms. Our therapies have proved game-changers for many children that have been diagnosed with ADHD and some have even lost their diagnosis entirely. If you would like to book an initial screening consultation with one of our practitioners to find out if any of these therapies would be suitable for your child, head to https://bit.ly/TheKeyClinicRegister.