Children with attention and Learning problems

Some kids just can’t seem to sit still.

With short attention spans and volatile moods, they can be very disruptive both at home and at school.

Now affecting 1 in 10 boys and 1 in 20 girls in the UK, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is often blamed on poor parenting or schooling.

This is not necessarily true. The causes of ADHD can come from a number of sources:

  • Heredity
  • Smoking, drinking or drug taking during pregnancy
  • Oxygen deprivation at birth
  • Prenatal trauma
  • Environmental pollution
  • Allergies
  • Inadequate nutrition or absorption of nutrients.

Changing a child’s behavioural patterns is surprisingly easy once the causes of those patterns have been established.

In general, this programme needs to be split into several steps, with all household members fully committed to helping resolve the problem. These steps are as follows:

Step 1

Establish a detailed case history from both parents in order to establish patterns of heredity and lifestyle choices both before and after conception.

Were either of you on medication or were environmental toxins present during the child’s infancy? How did the pregnancy go? Was the delivery straightforward?

Then we need to pay attention to the child’s history.

Has he or she always been like this? If not, when did it begin? What is their diet both at home and at school? Do they crave certain foods? Is his or her diet free of chemicals and pesticides? Do they watch a lot of TV or spend a lot of time playing video games?

A thorough case history, both pre and post natal needs to be undertaken and closely considered.

Step 2

This is a diagnostic step and it  includes a number of ways to assess the child.

A very detailed food diary is kept including an assessment of how the child reacts to any given food. This has the purpose of both showing us what foods could be affecting the child as well as showing you, the parents, what they are eating.

Marc will use some very well researched questionnaires that will help him diagnose whether a child suffers from ADHD, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, or some combination thereof. This can be useful to you in terms of giving a label to the child’s issue. It is also very useful to Marc as it will give him a clearer idea of the cause.

A blood and hair analysis is taken from the child (and sometimes the parents) which allows Marc to diagnose any allergies or food intolerances. It will also help him better understand their insulin / sugar metabolism. These factors are key elements in children with behavioural problems. Hair analysis is also a wonderful tool for diagnosing toxicity levels from heavy metals to cigarette smoke.

Marc will also carry out a cranial assessment. This is an excellent way to find out and treat torsions in the skull and skeletal system as well as assessing cerebral and spinal fluid and blood flow to the brain. Difficult pregnancies and traumatic deliveries can greatly affect the skull and may also cause torsions within the skull tissues which can be behind a host of behavioural problems.

Step 3

Once the results of the tests regarding toxicity, allergy and blood sugar levels have been returned, they will be superimposed and cross checked with the food diary, cranial assessment and questionnaires. This will enable Marc to put in a place a full plan of action in order to resolve the problem.

The action plan includes:

Diet plan: This involves the total elimination of the causative products for at least 3 – 6 months.

Detoxification: Depending on the toxicity results, both parents and child adhere to a dietary program and a comprehensive supplementation regime to help the body detoxify from whatever toxicity is affecting them.

Cranial osteopathy: The patient will receive treatment 2 -4 times a month for the first 3 months, depending on the case.

Behavioural Log: Both parents and child are asked to fill out a behavioural log once a day for the first 3 months. The child will also be asked how they are feeling.

Supplementation: The prescription of a potent multi factorial program of supplements and nutrients, depending on the condition diagnosed.

Depending on the level of progress, a full reassessment takes place after 6 months.

  • Dr Marc Farah