Blog 13th of February 2017

ADHD from a holistic perspective

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A few words about children with ADHD, and how to deal with them.

Almost 1 in 20 children deal with ADHD (Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder). This means that there's a child with ADHD in every class at school! The classical approach states that ADHD has something to do with one's brain function, and that hereditary and environmental factors may play a cruitial part.

This article however, looks at ADHD from a much broader perspective - that is, a holistic point of view.

Children with ADHD are children with a very sensitive consciousness.

These children have a lot of trouble with the every day things that the world presents to them. They fail to process everything in their conscious, which then drives them to become overactive. 

These children lack the ability to effectively express their feelings, which leads to a feeling of powerlessness and sometimes, even aggression. In actuality, these children have a lot of love inside of them! They crave heart to heart contact that exceeds solely a mental connection.

 How can we - educators and parents - cope with these children more effectively?

It will take time and lots of attention to really understand the child's behaviour. But a step in the right direction is to praise them for who they are, as this will eradicate the feeling of insecurity that a lot of children with ADHD experience.

As a psychologist, I regularly work with children with ADHD, and when you embrace them with love and attention, you'll see great results. But this is also true for any human being, as love and attention are very powerful things.

As a parent and an educator, it is undoubtedly a challenge working with these children. It requires a deeper look and a comprehensive approach, such as looking into their mental, physical and emotional health, their diet, exercise, guidance, and daily routines. Doing all of this will make all the difference.

Kind regards,
Lieve Plasch.
Lic. Psychology
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