View Full Version : Which alternative treatments to try first?


ConcertaParent
12-15-12, 09:43 PM
To make a long story short, after our disappointment with her fourth ADHD medication (Strattera) :( and expensive neurofeedback assessment, it's back to square one for my 11-year old child with ADHD, SPD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, anxiety and other possible co-morbidities. Since all the evidence-based treatments we have tried have failed, has anybody found any alternative treatments that significantly helped their child? I am planning to try at least one of the following alternative treatments during the holidays:

1) Focus Pocus - cheap version of neurofeedback for ~$250. Around 25 sessions or 12 hours. I already have the $150 Neurosky EEG headset so the reduced $99 cost of the software makes it a relatively small risk of time and money. Little evidence compared to EEG sessions in a neurofeedback clinic.

2) DAVID ALERT audio visual entrainment (AVE): $370 (+ taxes), will find out within 60 days if it's helpful. A few studies associated with the company.

3) Learning Breakthrough Program: $459, but child has to do exercises for 10-20 mins. twice daily for 9-12 months. No good studies AFAIK, just like Dore Program, Brain Gym, and Bal-a-vis-x.

4) Miracle or Sensory (weighted) Belt: $70. No good evidence for weighted vests or other sensory integration therapies.

5) Interactive Metronome: > $2,000 for >= 15 sessions in a clinic for >= 5 weeks; $599 for IM-Home but the mandatory involvement of an IM practitioner can make it > $1,200. At least 1 good study.

ConcertaParent
02-18-13, 09:27 PM
Below are the treatments we are trying.

- Methylphenidate dosage increased
- C8Sciences.com cognitive cross-training including 80 days of exercises
- EASe listening therapy using bone conduction headphones
- Orton-Gillingham reading program (for dyslexia)
- Superbrain (daily) and Hatha Yoga (weekly class)
- Vision therapy software
- N-back (working memory) training
- Occupational therapy at school for at least 6 more sessions
- Social skills girls group
- Therapy ball, brush therapy, massage and other "sensory diet" recommendations from OT.

tudorose
02-18-13, 09:30 PM
My HFA son has been on a combination of toffranil and dex since 2001. They still work for him. Maybe the antidepressant needs to come first to reduce the anxiety before introducing a stimulant.

tudorose
02-18-13, 09:32 PM
also watch the diet. Diet does not cure ADHD but it can make it a lot worse. Avoid preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

Some in autistic circles recommend a gluten free casein free diet but we didn't do that with our son because we didn't want to marginalise him any further.

I do it for myself now (for other health reasons) but it doesn't do anything to help the ADHD - just the physical issues which I guess helps coz if the body is functioning better it assists the brain to work better.

ConcertaParent
02-18-13, 11:15 PM
Thanks. I have been researching igG testing, Hemocode, elimination diets, and skeptically phoning up naturopaths. An immunology specialist, who didn't think the tests given by a previous allergist were sufficient, referred us to an expert allergist, so I hope that she will have recommendations about possible food sensitivities. If the numerous interventions we're trying don't help enough by the end of the school year, we'll have to try elimination diet, Focus Pocus, etc. during summer.
also watch the diet. Diet does not cure ADHD but it can make it a lot worse. Avoid preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

Some in autistic circles recommend a gluten free casein free diet but we didn't do that with our son because we didn't want to marginalise him any further.