For most parents, the onset of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)in their children is a source of stress and angst. If you are one of these parents, don’t be concerned that there is nothing you can do — your child does have options.
In the treatment of ADHD, medication has led the charge, but ADHD coaching, ADHD behavioral treatment, counseling for ADHD, and life management coaching has also been effective.
But if are you searching for ADHD alternative treatments, you are in luck. Here are a few of them that you can try with your child.
- Exercise. You may not know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that children get at least an hour of physical activity every day. Make sure that your child receives this much exercise, and if not, you may want to take him or her to the park after school, or enroll him or her in an after-school sports program. Children with ADHD are often restless and need a way to release energy, and extra exercise can be a great way to calm their system.
- Quiet Time. This is quite the opposite of extra exercise, but can be just as effective. In most cases, a child with ADHD’s inability to focus can cause disruptive behavior in class. At home, you could work with your child on relaxing techniques, such as deep breathing, and take a few minutes to stretch. Increased breathing releases more oxygen into the brain, which also soothes the nervous system.
- More Sleep. You know what lack of sleep can do to you, so you can only imagine what it will do to your child. Insufficient sleep can contribute significantly to ADHD symptoms. The CDC recommends that school-aged children get at least 10 hours of sleep every day. If your child is not asleep for at least that long, it is time to change up the routine, and get him or her to bed earlier. This will give the mind and body time to rest and recharge, helping to steady the emotions.
These alternative treatments are not a cure for ADHD, and nor are ADHD behavioral treatment, coaching or medication. But they do help to reduce the symptoms of the disorder.