Children with ADHD: Braincore Therapy Is An Option
Let’s face it, raising children can be hard. As a parent myself, I know I have had some frustrating moments when my kids just won’t listen, pay attention or do the thing I asked them to for the past 5 days. This is all just a normal part of life. But what happens when your child’s lack of focus, inability to sit still or follow directions and constant forgetfulness is something more? What happens when these behaviors start negatively impacting your child’s home life, schoolwork, and ability to socialize? You of course as a good parent seek help including from your pediatrician.
A good pediatrician will assess not only your child’s behavior but perform a physical and neurological exam to determine if there is any illness or disorder causing the behavior. After reviewing the results of the examination, your child’s medical history, your and your child’s feedback, and the behavioral patterns, a diagnosis of ADHD may be reached.
In the United States over 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD according to a 2016 study from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). This includes children as young as 2 years of age. Boys are more likely than girls to receive a diagnosis of ADHD.
Conventional ADHD Treatment
There is no “one and done” cure for ADHD. Typically, conventional treatment includes a behavior therapy plan and prescribed medication. The prescribed medication is usually a stimulant drug such as Adderall, Ritalin, Methylin, Concerta, or Clonidine. These drugs can have side effects such as insomnia. Now your child can focus better, but their schoolwork and home life is suffering due to a lack of sleep.
Common side effects of stimulants:
- Lack of appetite/Weight Loss
- Social withdrawal
- “Tics” – involuntary muscle movement
- Growth delays
As a parent, it is a heart-wrenching decision to have to make to help our child be well. We of course want what is best for them both physically and emotionally. There are alternative options to prescription drugs.
Braincore Therapy for ADHD
Braincore Therapy is an alternative neurofeedback option. It has been used successfully to help children diagnosed with ADHD achieve greater focus, calm, and concentration without the use of pharmaceuticals and without side effects.
How Braincore Therapy works
The Braincore Therapy program involves a series of 20-30 sessions over the course of approximately 3 months. The therapy sessions are designed to be fun and rewarding.
During the initial session a “brain map” is performed to establish if there are any irregularities in the brainwave patterns and a proper protocol plan put in place to help “retrain the brain” and build new normalized brain wave patterns.
During each session, painless sensors are placed on the child’s scalp to facilitate continuous readings and provide visual feedback of the brainwaves on a computer screen. This visual feedback is displayed in the form of games, puzzles, and even movies. The more normalized the brainwaves become, the faster the game advances, the puzzle is solved or the movie grows brighter. This is a comforting and fun approach for kids and the largest difference between the Braincore Therapy system and conventional neurofeedback therapy.
Braincore Therapy is designed to make a child feel comfortable and relaxed as if they were watching a movie or playing a game at home. You’ll see our office is also designed to be fun and welcoming to kids of all ages.
Before seeing Dr. Will for Braincore Therapy, Matthew was on medication for ADHD. Although the medication did help some, he was still struggling to focus and was left with undesirable side effects. As a result, we were all left frustrated and at a loss for what to do next as we knew that he needed more help. Medication was not the answer. We decided to try BrainCore Therapy and found Dr. Will.
For Matthew, the sessions were life-changing. The sessions were easy, and Dr. Will is very accommodating. Throughout this process, Dr. Will was patient and kind, walking us through every step of the way. He genuinely cares about all of his patients. With Dr. Will’s help, we have seen an incredible improvement in his attentiveness. He is able to focus and remain on task. His grades have dramatically changed for the better. On top of all this, we were able to cut his ADHD medication in half, which eliminated the negative side effects he was having. We will also be continuing treatment with the goal of eliminating medication entirely.
I would recommend this to anyone who does not want to deal with the side effects of medication.
I have had great success in helping children diagnosed with ADHD become calmer and remain still and focused so they can enjoy learning, participating in group activities, and just live happier, stress-free lives, including my own son.
If your child suffers from ADHD and you would like to learn more about the benefits of Braincore Therapy and how it works, schedule a consult with me at Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center. I’m happy to answer questions and provide details so you can decide if it is the right option for your child. For my family and others who have visited my practice, this drug-free alternative was a game-changer.
Dr. William McKenna
Dr.William McKenna has been a Chiropractor for over 20 years in Westchester and Dutchess County, helping his patients to achieve greater health and live more active lifestyles. He is the founder of McKenna Family Chiropractic located in Pelham, NY, and Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center located in Hopewell Junction, NY. He graduated from Life University in 1999 and has been advocating for better health, naturally, since. Dr. Will believes a smile is the first step in healing and building valued relationships with his patients. Book Appointment
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