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Archives: July 2011

posted: Monday July 25th - 11:00am

Taking a Break From ADHD Parenting

Does parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) cause extra stress for your family? How do you cope with the extra needs? Sometimes our best remedy is to take a break -- to relish in an ordinary, ADHD-free day.

“This is a wonderful day!” “What a wonderful day!” “I love this day!” My husband, Don, repeated this sentiment, in one form or another, at least a dozen times last Saturday. And I agreed. Most people would think it was a pretty ordinary Saturday. We slept in. After we got up, we drank coffee while watching morning news shows and reading the Des Moines Register and the Ames Tribune...
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posted: Monday July 18th - 11:00am

Neurofeedback Review

Could neurofeedback training help my daughter who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, sleep problems, and sensory processing disorder? Here's my review of this alternative therapy.

As I wrote in a recent post, my daughter, Natalie, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and other comorbid conditions, recently began neurofeedback training. I find it fascinating to see a visual display (that is, a computer program’s interpretation) of what’s going on in her complex, dysfunctional (but doggedly resilient) brain. Before Natalie’s training sessions began, our neurofeedback practitioner, Ladell Lybarger, did an hour-long evaluation...
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posted: Monday July 11th - 12:00pm

Biofeedback for ADHD

Using biofeedback (also called neurofeedback or neurotherapy) to treat my daughter Natalie's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and comorbid conditions has my insides aching with hope for a significant, lasting improvement in her symptoms. I often feel as if I'm about to cry. Why is something as wonderful as hope so terribly painful?

Some time ago I wrote about Katherine Ellison’s book Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention, which chronicles Ellison's quest to treat her and her son's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). After reading it, I considered having my daughter, Natalie, try neurofeedback training, an alternative ADD/ADHD treatment that is also sometimes referred to as biofeedback or neurotherapy, which is aimed at training the brain to reduce impulsivity...
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