Sunday, January 13, 2008

DRUG FREE ADHD TREATMENT FEATURED ON WBZ TV BOSTON. (That's a link. Click it.)

I just so happen to be on the board of Active Healing, the organization featured. I introduced John Fiske, the Dad in this video clip to Sarge Goodchild of Active Healing. And the rest is history.

6 comments:

~Miss Nelson said...

Movement is such a huge issue for a lot of children, I wish that more people can get on board with movement verses medication. Sometimes it's so hard to get the child off of medication once you start and the child's behavior goes up and down until the dosages are adjusted. Thanks for sharing this information.

amanda said...

I wasn't able to view the video bit but read the article along side. Sounds interesting and also glad to see the caviat from the peadiatrician - otherwise some parents may be thinking this is the magic wand they've been seeking. And we all know that just doesn't exist. At school, daughter no.2 gets taken for a walk before they sit her down to do work and that always helps.

Drama Mama said...

I'm all over it. The PDD might be switched to ADD now, or PDD/ADD, and I'll be damned if I'm going to Ritalin my kid.

Thanks for the link.

amanda said...

Do you get offered Strattera over there? It works entirely differently to ritalin but may have a great effect - it's more of a dimmer switch than the on/off effects of ritalin. Obviously drug free is best but if that route isn't an option strattera may be.

John Fiske said...

Response to Amanda: There is no such thing as a magic wand. Alex's progress and recovery are due to his hard work.

And, about Strattera: Alex was hospitalized in order to get him off that medicine. He'd been on it for more than a year, and it was causing extreme tantrums. I would not recommend Strattera for any reason.

amanda said...

John, my daughter no.2 is on strattera on a low dose and she is doing very well on it. Interestingly, when we tried her on a higher so called clinical dose she had terrible problems. The low dose just takes the edge off her behaviour and gives a window for her to have the opportunity to learn - not that she always takes it of course!!

As always, it's a horses for courses thing. My magic wand comment was only in reference to some parents of newish-diagnosed kids who have atendancy to grasp at anything offered and think they'll do this and then everything will be fixed.