Lisa's Holistic Rehab

        Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback Inc.

  Rehabilitate your Brain

Treatment for ADHD, concussion, PTSD, dyslexia etc

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


Disturbed sleep


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


Autism


Emotional Stress (due to abuse, poverty, family situations,  malnutrition)


Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar, Obsessive/compulsive, schizophrenia)


Hypoglycemia/ diabetes


Hyper/hypo thyroidism


Tourette’s syndrome


Seizure disorder


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)


Drug use

  • Prescription
  • Illegal
  • Sniffing materials (intentionally or unintentionally)


Viral/ bacterial infections

  • Candida albicans (yeast infections)
  • Streptococcus bacteria
  • Intestinal parasites (if person has visited another country)

 

Environmental agents

  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Fluoride
  • Carbon monoxide

taken from:


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


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