medication? Do we take it? Do we need it? Is it the best thing
for me, or my child? What are the side effects of this? Is this
the only way forward from here?
are questions that I am asked every day as Head of HET (the
Holistic Educational Therapy programme), so let’s look at what
is going with you or someone in your life who has been diagnosed
an ADD diagnosis then conventional medication is often available
from a medically qualified practitioner. However, such
medication is known to have many noticeable side effects.
first thing to consider with ADD is that symptoms may include,
things like Short Attention Span or being easily distracted,
restlessness and impulsivity, negativity and difficulty in
staying focused and completing tasks. Someone else in the family
may also show similar behavioural traits.
Very often the form of medication prescribed is called Ritalin,
Concerta, Risperidone, Metadate-ER and amphetamine Dexedrine,
Dexedrine Spansules, and Adderall and can have some very unpleasant side effects, which include:
feelings: Gastrointestinal upset:; Sleep difficulty;
Anxiety: Blood glucose changes; Increased blood pressure; Tics
and repetitive type movements:
Psychosis or paranoia and Seizures.
is understandable that many adult patients and parents of
children who have ADD diagnosed are looking for alternatives.
The truth is that no one really knows the underlying reason for
the type of challenging ADD behaviours in children and adult
individuals but having this condition can be damaging and
prevent people from reaching their true potential in terms of
learning, achieving and relationships.
is understtod now is that these problems are growing, with more
and more families being affected and a whole generation of young
people are affected. These children may be showing us the
answers when we are prepared to listen.
are there any alternatives available other than the medication
complementary support system known as Holistic Educational
Therapy (HET) has been successfully introduced and evaluated as
an outstanding success within the education system in the UK.
This HET programme accepts that the underlying reasons why an
individual may show ADD type symptoms are many and varied and
the way they react in certain situations or circumstances is
also unique to that person.
This therapy is completely natural and doesn’t conflict
with any given medication but has proven to be consistently over
85% successful in achieving personal aims set with and for the
individual concerned about how they see themselves, their own
improvement, health and well being.
approaches focus on YOU and provide a support programme, which
is introduced at different stages:
emotional issues –
behaviour is a barometer of the emotional state
Diet and nutritional issues.
Through monitoring personal dietary intake – eliminating
toxins, accessing pure food and introducing supplementation as a
Issues. This aspect
of the programme looks at releasing associative data, which is
stored via the trauma on a cellular level
negative patterns –
this process utilises Universal Frequency Therapy, this is an
art based therapy based on nature pictures which has been
developed in to a system of therapeutic support for children and
this approach covers sensory therapies e.g. aromatherapy (using
only the safe oils of lavender and chamomile). Peer massage,
Hopi ear candles and colour therapy via the Rainbow Journey,
which uses colour sensory equipment in an emotional context.
these stages are each looked at and assessed for its
effectiveness. It has a proven highly successful impact on ADD
Programme was pioneered by Linda Porter ( BA., Cert.Ed.,MIPTI,
MFSHG, BFRP,MACTA, Dip.Phy. ASSOCIAT reg.) Who is a specialist
in behaviours / psychology / Education and complementary
therapies. Based in the UK she is available to advise and
support parents, patients, therapists and educational support
units in complementary approaches alongside ADD medication.
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