7 Ways To Naturally Treat ADHD

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014



Prescription medication is not the only strategy to mitigate the effects of ADHD in children. Tightening up a child’s routine, limiting screen time and practicing yoga diminish the symptoms of ADHD, but require  time and effort to implement. However, they are key life strategies your child can eventually use on his/her own to boost focus and attention. POTS is proud to present Yoga for Kids, an easy to use DVD driven child-centered yoga program that promotes self-regulation. Learn the best way to begin and sustain a yoga program in your home.

When? Wednesday March 18, 2014 – 7:30 to 9:30 PM

Where? POTS Offices (1415 Queen Anne Road Teaneck, NJ 07666)

For a review of 7 ways to treat ADHD naturally, check out the article.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 and is filed under ADHD.

Growing up with ADHD

Friday, December 12th, 2014


As an occupational therapist who works with children suffering from ADHD, my take-away from this comprehensive article is:

1. Research demonstrates that ADHD indeed exists and is not a new 21st century invention.

2.While many a plethora of drugs can impact on children’s behavior in the short term, parenting techniques are more critical for long-term success

What’s missing from the article is a comprehensive discussion of non drug-based therapies and activities available to children and parents. Occupational therapists analyze the sensory triggers children respond to and help diminish their power to distract by modifying the threshed for sensation and providing the child, parent and teacher with strategies to minimize its impact.  Using the structure of a “sensory diet”, a collection of activities and adaptations to help children navigate their daily activities, in conjunction with each child’s unique schedule and daily demands. they implement organizational strategies, recommend after-school activities  to provide the sensory input the child is seeking in socially acceptable ways, and teach calming techniques that can be used to start the day or at critical junctures throughout the day.




This entry was posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 and is filed under ADHD.

Invisible Disabilities: Advantage or Disadvantage?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Blogger Paddy-Jo Moran’s post Autism Myths and Misconceptions … Autism is Always Visible  resonated with me on numerous levels. My waiting room is filled with children, some with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder who look just like any group of typically developing children. However, when their behavior or speech patterns do not meet the expectations of those around them (teachers, neighbors, kids on the playground, the guy at the check-out counter) they and their parents are frequently met with castigating stares or pity, with observers eager to lay the blame on bad parenting, lack of discipline or spoiled-brat behavior. Often even the parents of those children with invisible handicaps find themselves playing the blame game, as on some level they too expect the same behavior from their child with handicaps as they do from their neuro-typical children.

I believe that exposure and education  are the most effective ways of effecting a (non-judgmental) attitude adjustment to support kids who appear to be typical, but suffer handicapping conditions.  The high profile of autism and ADHD in the media, the inclusion of children with handicapping conditions in public and private schools, daycare, after-school programs, organizations like the Friendship Circle and summer camps (kudos to Camp Morasha, for being the the first to host a Yachad program) are essential. But to be maximally effective, they need to be supplemented by explicit programming that focuses children and adults on an appreciation of the uniqueness of every individual, in a non-judgmental way.

Check out  a new musical about disability, friendship and kindness with cool Muppet-like characters, created by Nava R. Silton, the sister-in-law of someone near and dear to my heart, playing this week on Thursday night at BPY. Get your tickets here.


This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 and is filed under ADHD, Autism, Parenting, Sensory Processing.