Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly diagnosed and different medications are prescribed. Many parents are against medication but may eventually decide to give it to their child because it is affecting their academic performance.
Before taking medication, learn about other possible diagnoses. Here is a list of conditions that appear like ADHD because they contribute to inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is important to rule these out with your doctor or specialist. An occupational therapist would be crucial to have on the team...not just for assessment but also for therapy (in some cases).
Unintegrated primitive reflexes
Sensory processing disorder
Hearing or eyesight problems
Visual perception difficulties
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Trauma (PTSD, childhood trauma)
Gifted children (bored from repetition in classroom and require more challenge)
Undiagnosed learning disability
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Emotional Stress (due to abuse, poverty, family situations, malnutrition)
Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar, Obsessive/compulsive, schizophrenia)
Head injury (previous accident –car, bike, fall, sports injury)
Brain cysts or tumours
Poor diet (excess sugar, vitamin B or iron deficiency)
Allergies or food sensitivities (gluten as seen in celiac disease)
- Sniffing materials (intentionally or unintentionally)
Viral/ bacterial infections
- Candida albicans (yeast infections)
- Streptococcus bacteria
- Intestinal parasites (if person has visited another country)
- Carbon monoxide
Come to a 90 min talk
"Overcoming attention problems with the help of an Occupational Therapist"
Next one is at
Many Hats - Workspace
397 Bedford Hwy, Suite 322 - Studio
Feb 25, 2019 at 6:45pm
Go to the book online link below to register (go to the workshop tab)
Blomberg, H., & Dempsey, M. (2011). Movements that heal. Queensland: Book Pal.
Saul, R. (2014). ADHD does not exist: The truth about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. New York: Harper Wave.
other online sources