Answers to Parent’s Questions about School Year Progress, ADHD, and Neurofeedback Treatment
As a psychologist specializing in Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD and other disorders for over 19 years, I’ve heard many questions regarding these issues. Here are some of the most frequent and important ones:
1. “Is it too late in the school year for correcting ADHD to make a difference for my child, or should we just wait until next year?”
It is definitely not too late to get help for this school year. It is at the end of the school year that the evaluations and decisions are made as to what is best for the child in the coming year and we are definitely not at that point yet. I have worked with many teachers, and I am consistently told that if they see significant improvement in academics and/or behavior before the end of the year, it can definitely effect their decisions.
Parental attitude toward this question is also critically important to their child. Your decision to accept these problems as unavoidable and/or to give up on this school year, as opposed to not giving up and continuing to find the solution to your child’s difficulties, makes an indelible impression on how your child sees themselves and their approach to solving their problems. If you give up on this year, things will probably get worse for them as they will sense you’re giving up, and they will too. They will also think less is expected of them and they may put forth less effort.
However, if you act to correct the problem now, and ground them firmly in the fact that their problems do not represent their true self or abilities, and that they are worth these extra efforts to solve the problems, then you have the opposite effect and their self-esteem and level of effort will climb. So does your chances of final success for this school year, and quite significantly, next year as well!
2. “I’m confused about the terms ADD, ADHD, and the different symptoms, can you clarify some of this for me?”
The underlying neurological condition of both of these disorders is the same. In some individuals it is expressed in attention difficulties, while in others the difficulty is with impulse control and hyperactivity. Furthermore, in some cases there may be a combination of all symptoms. The symptoms determine what sub-type of the disorder is present. Although officially, at this time, there should only be one term in use, ADHD (with the different sub-types), the usage persists of both terms and the resultant confusion.
3. “Are there any other treatments or actions that we need to take to correct the problem?”
No, as ADHD is a neurological (and not an emotional) disorder, no other types of treatment are necessary. All the treatments are conducted in our office.