Nutrition plays an important role in the multiple behavioural and cognitive symptoms of ADHD. Concerns and studies have been focused on the following:
For more than 30 years there have been questions raised and studies done on the effects of synthetic dyes, flavours and preservatives on the symptoms of ADHD.
Although ADHD is very specific to each child, it is difficult to give advise on such a wide spectrum and there are also numerous factors that need to be taken into account when working with a child with ADHD like food allergies, intolerances, environmental agents etc. Making some simple changes to your childs diet and surroundings can go a long way in decreasing the symptoms.
Also remember, no matter how effective your ADHD treatment intervention might be, if you or your child are eating a bunch of junk food, your ADHD symptoms will not improve! No ADHD treatment – no matter how powerful – can overcome eating fund foods....
ALL food additives (artificial colourants, flavourants and preservatives)
· When giving instructions/directions – keep them simple (1 at a time)
· Eye contact is important
· Children should have a structured day, as much as possible should be predicted
· Children should have plenty of time to release energy during the day
· Keep away from TV and DVD's
· Organise children's environment
· Choose behavioural techniques that are immediate
· Be consistent in what you expect, have simple but effective rules
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