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Beyond Ritalin

Bat-Tzion Rosmarin

The prescription is finally in your hands. You walk out of the pharmacy holding a box of pills that you hope, pray, yearn is the solution to your child’s problems. Ritalin. But for many children, the ADHD diagnosis is just the start of a long journey.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

boy books studyingADHD is everywhere, or so we’ve been led to believe.

It’s the girl who sits daydreaming through Chumash.

It’s the boy who incessantly makes a drum kit out of his desk.

It’s the girl who just can’t seem to get her books and papers together.

It’s the boy who turns cartwheels for two hours straight.

But these are all symptoms that may mask other behaviors. The daydreamer may suffer from mild hearing loss or auditory processing disorder. The cartwheeling boy may have a problem with sensory integration; he’s stimulating his proprioceptive sense, which tells him where his body is in space. The disorganized girl may need to develop study skills.

Or they may have ADHD.

It’s estimated that 2 million children in the US have ADHD. Which means that in a classroom of 24 to 30 children, at least one will have ADHD. How do you know if that’s your child?

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