Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Have you explored, thought about, “What is distracting you?”

“A persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, as characterized” by lack of attention that occurs in multiple environments; lasting longer than six months without traumatic episode; and consisting of both hyperactivity and impulsivity (American Psychiatric Association. (DSM V)

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“The brain does what it needs to develop and promote feelings of safety. Movement may be exactly what your child needs to stimulate the brain due to a deficit like a hidden hearing loss; chronic poor ear health, or visual processing difficulties.”

 

Sounds are Distracting

Background competing speech can distract attention, especially when heard louder and more clearly than speech.

For example, have you ever tried to have a conversation while washing dishes?  Thus, the running water and having your back turned to the person talking makes it more difficult to listen. Imagine feeling like this all day long, especially in a classroom.

Contrary to what most people believe, a weak auditory system results in an inability to ignore sounds.

To illustrate why this happens think about the muscles in your legs. What happens if you suddenly start running two miles after spending the winter reclining in your favorite chair? Basically, you are out-of-shape. While running your legs start to hurt. At some point, the pain in your legs will cause you to stop running.

In the same way, an individual experiences discomfort from sounds.

With Cheri’s help you can understand confounding behaviors.

Auditory Integration Training Improves Attention

During auditory integration training, parents shared that their child’s behaviors became noticeably calmer with improved attention. However, hyperactivity increased once they finished their listening program.

 Six months later after completion of the second listening program, parents and educators saw continuing improvements in attention and listening behaviors.

Researchers found that it takes time for auditory neural pathways to become strong enough to noticeably change behaviors. Berard-based Auditory Integration Training improves attention in those with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Movement Calms and Develops the Brain

The brain prompts you to move! Hyperactivity, movement, is seeking behavior giving the brain   exactly what it needs for development and emotional health.

Researchers found that repetitive movements are calming and that stimulating movement energizes the brain increasing alertness.

A simplified explanation, vestibular play calms the brain by pushing stimulation in a predictable pattern to the brain.   Thus, the next time you feel uptight or stressed, I encourage you to enjoy repetitious movement like,

  • Steadily rock in a rocking chair
  • Steadily swing on a porch swing
  • Jump up and down
  • Play hopscotch or jump rope
  • Sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, toe touches

Researchers found that vestibular activities benefitted physical and emotional health of college students. Deep pressure, sharing, and dietary changes also help improve stress hormonal functions.

(The Whole Brain Child, Trauma-Based Intervention—neurochemistry of fear)

tire swing calms little boy with attention deficit hyperactivity
empty rocking chairs in motion

The DSM V shares that  without intervention children and teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are at risk for:

  • Mild language, motor, or social delays during childhood
  • Emotional distress, behavioral problems, and social acceptance during the teen years
  • Substance abuse, self-medicating, and suicide attempts during the teen years
According to the American Optometric Association, relying on vision screenings that only test for how well one sees, 20/20 vision, fails to provide accurate information concerning visual processing difficulties 63% to 73% of the time.  
“The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that all children have a comprehensive eye exam (eye alignment, eyesight, eye health) by an eye doctor (optometrist) as opposed to a vision screening, before beginning first grade.“

“Undiagnosed and untreated vision disorders increase the potential for misdiagnosis of special needs and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), placing unnecessary stress on families and classrooms.” (https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/resources-for-teachers)

Can Diet Improve Focus in Those with ADHD?

Long ago, I stopped asking myself, “What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?”. Each client’s history was so unique that I began to understand that more than genetics contributes to their attention deficits. As I took each client’s medical and trauma history, I began to see a common predisposition for food sensitivities, food allergies, and/or poor ear, nose, and throat health. Therefore, people with ADHD can often improve their focus by changing their diet.

Improve Attention and Listening With These Affordable Tips

An unfriendly acoustic environment increases sound intolerance because sound bounces off reflective surfaces instead of being absorbed. Reflective surfaces like windows, glass, ceramic counters, and tile floors distort sounds. Distorted sounds contribute to auditory fatigue, shorter attention spans, and decreased comprehension while listening. Room acoustics vary depending on the total square footage of the room and what is in it.

Improve Attention and Listening With These Affordable Tips

Affordable ways to improve attention and listening with comprehension while creating learning opportunities at home and at school.

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FDA Statement On AIT

"Auditory Integration Training remediateds impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory distortion) associated with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and related disorders - ADD, ADHD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Deficits), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia."