Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
ADHD Treatment: Strategy and Philosophy > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

ADHD Treatment: Strategy and Philosophy

If your child or teen has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder during the summer, or winter months, and if your child or teen is not a danger to himself or to someone else, we recommend that you try diet and nutritional interventions first and see if they work. Try our Eating Program/Diet and order the VAXA products "Attend" and "Extress". Use them for at least 60 days along with the Eating Program/Diet. It will take 30 to 45 days to really know whether or not this will be sufficient as an intervention. Give it time.

The Eating Program for ADHD is effective in about 25% of cases just by itself. The Attend is effective in 70% of cases by itself. When combined in a strategy using the Eating Program, the Attend, and other targeted nutraceutical medicines recommended in our specific treatment strategies, these percentages of successful treatment go even higher.

The only drawback to using an eating program and nutracteutical medicines is that they take 30 to 45 days to work well. During the summer months you will have the time to work with them, but when you are approaching the end of a school year, time becomes too precious. So, during March, April, May, and June, consider faster acting treatment options.

If you are looking for help during the Spring months, then you are probably just trying to salvage the school year for your child or teen. You have probably seen your child's performance get worse and worse as each month has passed, and now you are near panic. OK, here's what we recommend that you consider trying if you are in this position...

We recommend to most of our parents who are in this position that they go back to the physician and ask for a trial of medication. Bite the bullet and just do it. With a smart doctor, and at the right dosage, the medications can provide remarkable benefits in a very short period of time (15 to 20 minutes!). Use the medications until the end of the school year. Then try the Eating Program - Diet and the Attend and Extress products, or other non-medication interventions, during the summer months and see if you can cut the necessary dosage of medication in half, or eliminate the need for medication completely.

Once the situation is "stable" by either the use of the Eating Program and Attend, or by the use of medications, then it is time to consider other options for treatment. And, yes, there are options that work pretty well. In fact, you can see how Attend compares with Ritalin and with EEG Biofeedback training.

Medication paired with counseling is the "medical model" approach to treatment. We do not recommend counseling as an intervention all by itself. It can be beneficial if used as an adjunct to one of the "big 3" interventions: medication, Attend, or EEG Biofeedback training.

Consider EEG Biofeedback Training...

EEG Biofeedback training works well for the majority of kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Like the Attend and Extress products, EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback training is another state-of-the-art alternative approach to treatment. But because it can take time to start working, we recommend that the situation be stable before beginning this treatment. Also, because it is the most expensive treatment option, at least in the short-term, we recommend that you try it only after you have tried the Attend and Extress products. Both work well, so try the least expensive option first.

For those who are in a hurry to begin EEG Biofeedback training, we would recommend that you consider using the "Attend" while you do the Biofeedback training. We believe that it can speed up the process, help you to achieve results faster, and reduce the overall cost of treatment.

You, the parents, should get into a good support group. CHADD is a good group and has chapters all across the country. CHADD is very medical model oriented, and therefore resistant to alternative treatments. But they have many very good things to offer. You, the parents, also need to get into a good parent training class. Find one in your community, or order resources.

Next, always evaluate your treatment progress. The mantra to repeat is simple, "If it works, don't mess with it, and if it doesn't work, do something else." Repeat this over and over again. Be ruthless in your evaluation of the treatment. You are paying "experts" to help your child. If they are not getting results, find someone who can. It may not be their fault. They may be working very hard. Your kid might really be a difficult case. But I guarantee you that if you look hard enough you will find someone in your community who actually can help your child, difficult case or not. I can't tell you how many times families have come to see me after they have spent about $5,000 on treatment with a therapist who did not know a thing about working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and therefore received zero benefit. It's your hard earned money and time, so spend it wisely.

If a medication is tried, but does not work at all, try a different dose. If it still doesn't work, try a different medication. If that doesn't work, try a different approach to treatment, such as the Attend and Extress.

If you try Attend, and use one of the specific treatment strategies that we recommend, and you see no benefit, simply return the bottles to the manufacturer and they will send your money back. It is the only treatment option with a money back guarantee.

If EEG Neurofeedback is tried, but by 25 sessions you don't have a measurable change (retesting on TOVA test, etc.) then have a real "heart to heart" discussion with the therapist. Ask, "Is this going to work for my kid?" If you are not convinced that it will, try something else.

If the counseling that you go to doesn't seem to be helping your child by the 6th or 7th session, have the "heart to heart" with the therapist, and ask exactly what they are doing. Why waste money on therapy sessions with a counselor who doesn't have any idea what he/she needs to accomplish, but charges $75-100 per hour anyway? Don't waste your money. If it's not working, find a therapist who will help you.

Always keep your life in perspective. There is more to life than your child's attention or behavior problems. At least once per month have a lunch out with your spouse. At least once every three months go away with your spouse alone somewhere for a day or two. Really. Do it. Keep your marriage strong. A strong marriage is still the best gift a parent can give to a child.

Finally, work on your relationship with God. If there is a God, then the most important issues in life involve Him. What does He want from you? What is He trying to teach you, or your child, through this trial? Can He be known, and does He want to know you? All of these are the really big questions. Take time to ponder them and keep everything else in perspective.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., is a family therapist who has been working with ADHD children and their families since 1986. He is the clinical director of the ADHD Information Library's family of seven web sites, including, helping over 350,000 parents and teachers learn more about ADHD each year. Dr. Cowan also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of VAXA International of Tampa, FL., is President of the Board of Directors for KAXL 88.3 FM in central California, and is President of Incorporated.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Getting help with parenting makes a difference -- at any age ...
Science Daily
Parenting interventions for helping children with behavior problems are just as effective in school age, as in younger children, a new study finds.

and more »


What type of parent are you? Lawnmower? Helicopter? Attachment? Tiger? Free-range?
The latest parenting term to make the rounds is a label called "lawnmower parenting." Although not a new term, it has made recent news thanks to a viral Facebook post from a teacher who lamented the type of parenting, which has been equated to ...
Lawnmower Parenting Is The New Helicopter Parenting And Teachers Aren't Feeling ItScary Mommy
What is 'lawnmower parenting'?Metro
'Lawnmower' parenting on the rise550 KTSA
Mom.Me (blog) -Heart -USA TODAY -USA Today
all 133 news articles »

Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

The cycle of fear-based parenting
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It also produced a book, “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear,” that is a catalogue of symptoms of America's descent into unfocused ...
Fear-based parenting | Opinion | lockportjournal.comLockport Union-Sun & Journal

all 16 news articles »

New Jersey Herald

Fear-based parenting
New Jersey Herald
So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It also produced a book, "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear," that is a catalogue of symptoms of America's descent into unfocused ...
Watertown Daily Times | George F. Will: Fear-based

all 46 news articles »

Slate Magazine

My ex's in-laws always find ways to keep my daughter longer than agreed. Can I cut them off?
Slate Magazine
Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. Dear Care and Feeding,. My older son wants to dress as the Black Panther for ...


Mom's Illustrations Perfectly Capture The 'Crazy Parenting Rollercoaster'
“I just hope my illustrations make them realize that they're not alone on this crazy parenting rollercoaster, that parenting is bloody hard and that it's OK to admit it,” the mom added. “And also if your kids drive you batshit crazy and you hate Play ...

and more »


25 Funny Tweets That Capture Parenting In The Age Of Alexa And ...
Having artificial intelligence assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri in the house can be helpful, frustrating and hilarious all at the same time ...

and more »


Meet the lawnmower parent, the new helicopter parents - USA Today
'Lawnmower parents' may go so far as to ask someone to blow their child's hot food in the cafeteria. They're the new helicopter parents and mow down comforts, ...

and more »

The Fort Campbell Courier

FAMILY SUPPORT: Improve parenting skills with ADAPT
The Fort Campbell Courier
Army Families can learn problem-solving skills and effective discipline techniques by enrolling in the After Deployment Adaptive Parenting Tools study, a research-based program designed for military Families with school-aged children. More than 150 ...

9&10 News

Positive Parenting: Managing Emotions
9&10 News
Positive Parenting: Managing Emotions. September 19, 2018. Emily DeRuiter,. This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630). Sad, happy or angry, kids have to deal with all types of emotions. Scientists have been looking at what affects children ...

Google News

Kids And Chores - Make It Easy On Yourself!

My neighbours' kid impressed me the other day.I was busy... Read More

6 Ways to Communicate Clearly with Your Teen

How would you like to have a closer relationship with... Read More

ADHD Treatment: Strategy and Philosophy

If your child or teen has been diagnosed with Attention... Read More

Watch What You Say

"Now don't you go getting any ideas, Harold.""Don't you get... Read More

10 Points on Children for the New Parent

I remember when my daughter was born, later my son.... Read More

The Thing with Quality Time

It's funny how people seem to think that they have... Read More

Drugs and Violence In Public Schools

Many public schools not only fail to educate our children,... Read More

You Dont Need a Supernanny to Be an Active Parent

The hot new reality TV show "Nanny 911" has been... Read More

Birth of a Parent

So you're pregnant. Congratulations! Your life is about to change... Read More

Joining a Gang: How to Help Kids Prevent it, How to Tell if Theyve Joined One, How to Help Them Out

While youth gangs are nothing new -- they've been traced... Read More

Choosing Names For Twins

There are many reasons for treating your twins as individuals... Read More

Parent Involvement: Finding Your Way in Middle School and High School

In elementary school it's pretty straightforward: bringing in cupcakes to... Read More

6 Tried & True Fun Ways to Educate and Entertain Your Preschooler

1. New Word of the DayIntroduce your preschooler to a... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: 8 Things You Need to Be Doing

Get into their world. The world that teens are growing... Read More

ParentingYour Teenager: Dont Buy the I Dont Know and I Dont Care Attitude

"I don't know and I don't care."I've heard those words... Read More

Diagnosing ADHD in Your Child, an Introduction

Everyone in a private practice setting who works with children... Read More

Understanding Why Your Child Has Been Recommended for Testing

You have just received a call from your child's teacher... Read More

My Dads Secrets

From the book Spider's Night on the BoomI've only begun... Read More

Preparing Your Child for the Three Rs

There is little doubt that reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic are... Read More

How Effective Is EEG Neurofeedback Training in Treating the Symptoms of ADHD?

Many research studies have shown the overall effectiveness of stimulant... Read More

Parenting Your Teenager: When is it OK to Quit?

Q. My daughter is a junior in high school and... Read More

Guide to Choosing LEGO Toys for Children

If you're looking for toys that are both fun to... Read More

Understanding The Report

"No thank you. Don't bother to send me the report... Read More

What You Should Know About Counseling for Attention Deficit Disorder

At the ADHD Information Library we are big believers that... Read More

Public Schools Can Waste 12 Years of Your Child?s Life

For over fifty years, public-school officials and politicians have tried... Read More