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Solutions for People with Learning Disorders
I wrote this article on solutions for learning
disorders because many diagnoses
deficit disorder (ADD & ADHD), made by schoolteachers
and psychologists, are later shown to be wrong.
Such errors in opinion (there are no laboratory
tests) can devastate the lives
of children who suffer from their parents' abuse, immaturity, ignorance -
or who are more intelligent than their teachers.
What are Learning Disorders?
A description of hyperactive children by the American Psychiatric Association
is: "One who exhibits behavior such as fidgeting, squirming, answering questions
before being called on, difficulty playing quietly, engaging in physically
dangerous activities such as running into the street without looking, or one who
has difficulty following instructions."
Although that sounds like most normal children to me, children who
show a lack of concentration or curiosity, who are a nuisance to teachers,
or who are considered lazy, may be labeled learning disabled and
Children labeled with learning disabilities are expected to be less
creative and spontaneous and to have less motivation than normal.
Yet many children diagnosed with learning disorders suffer
more from disturbed families or poor nutrition.
Few learning disorders can be confirmed by a laboratory; these labels
are opinions. Yet some children labeled as learning disabled
will seek refuge in alcohol or drugs. Some will become delinquent, perhaps
starting lives of crime. Many will enter adulthood with inadequate
education. Some will withdraw into isolation or suicide.
Some children labeled as learning disordered show biochemical
imbalances and irregularities in medical imaging - although other children
with similar imbalances and irregularities learn easily.
Some health professionals believe that biochemical imbalances cause
learning disabilities - I believe that the factors causing
learning disorders also cause biochemical imbalances.
Helping professionals who believe that metabolic imbalances cause
learning disorders will likely prescribe psychotropic drugs;
while practitioners who believe that learning disorders can cause
metabolic imbalances will likely recommend dietary analysis,
remedial therapy and/or relationship counseling for the parents.
If family relationships, food sensitivities
or allergies are causing
a child's symptoms, that child does NOT have ADD.
Children of Divorce
. Systemic Education
. Food Allergies .
Educational success represents academic success and
social success. It reflects the needs of governments,
teachers, parents and employers. Children cannot challenge those needs and are
pushed and pressured to
comply with them.
Significant blocks to successful education include societal
beliefs about "What is possible in education?",
parental beliefs about "What can our children accomplish?"
and teachers' beliefs about "What can be done at schools?"
Academic success can be assessed with examinations, and tests
and social success can be assessed within relationships.
Children labeled learning disabled are less likely to relate to
other children or to teachers with friendly confidence - instead they
may become loners or join gangs. (Their social success may be boosted if
friendship skills are taught by teachers or role models who demonstrate
Parental Alienation . Parent Coaching
Diagnosis of Learning Disorders
Guidelines in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM) require that children show typical symptoms of learning
disabilities for at least six months. However, differences between
diagnostic frequencies indicate that these labels may be
applied to children who are perceived as nuisances by teachers (that
is, many students suffer from teaching disabilities).
We find that learning disorders (and
eating disorders) often arise
from negative emotions resulting from relationship problems,
and that people often respond well
to our systemic coaching.
Learning Disorders & Nutrition
Many children with learning disorders subsist on sugar and
sugar-forming junk foods and/or suffer family relationship chaos,
both of which can cause and worsen learning problems. Even so, food
sensitivities are rarely explored (and psychiatric drugs are
unlikely to manage dietary deficiencies or relationship problems).
Some children with learning disabilities are intolerant of or
allergic to common foods such as wheat, potatoes, milk
or corn products. These can cause some children to show depressed or
hyperactive behavior, and many doctors try to manage such
children's behaviors with amphetamines.
Some symptoms of allergies to common foods may be diagnosed
as learning disorders. These emotional symptoms include aggressiveness,
anxiety, depression, dizziness, hyperactivity, indifference, insomnia,
irritability, sleepiness, slurred speech and stuttering.
Few people are aware that common foods can cause psychological
symptoms through hidden allergies and intolerances. Studies of food intolerance tests
showed a 70% success rate, while only 20% accuracy with skin allergy
testing. (And many people seem to be addicted to foods to which
they are allergic or intolerant).
Dietary analysis cannot solve learning disorders, but
careful observations and follow-up tests can expose food and nutrition problems.
Children's tolerance of food has a great impact on their lives.
Learning Disorders & Drugs
Health professionals who believe that learning disorders
are caused by a biochemical imbalance routinely prescribe
mind-altering drugs to manage children. Amphetamines can subdue
hyperactive children and reduce the stress of parents and teachers.
But children medicated with addictive drugs may show dysfunction
into their adult lives.
rather similar to cocaine. Side effects include
lost appetite: drugged children are often underweight and grow more
slowly than their peers. Other side effects include addiction, high
blood pressure, irritability, emotional instability and fatigue.
Adderall is an amphetamine combination that triggers
the release of dopamine and noradrenaline. Approved by the FDA in
1996, Adderall is an alternative to Ritalin, and may be prescribed
if Ritalin is ineffective.
Excerpts from Essential Guide to
In most people the effects of
stimulant drugs are short-lived and there is often a letdown or crash
after they wear off. During this crash the patient can feel
very depressed, sleepy and sluggish.
... People who abuse
amphetamines and other stimulants - usually in attempts to lose weight or
stay awake for prolonged periods - often find that a dose that had worked
for a while is suddenly ineffective and they need a higher dose. ... Soon,
the person is addicted to the drug. Stopping it suddenly leads to severe
withdrawal reactions characterized by depression and extreme fatigue.
Suicides have been reported amongst people who suddenly stop taking
"Patients must understand
that they will probably become addicted to the medication and that
they should never stop taking it abruptly."
Parents who manage their own negative emotions and
any need for their children to disable their own learning.
Contact us for help solving emotional and relationship problems.
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More About Learning Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD or ADHD or ADS)
are often described as lazy, inattentive, hyperactive and
impulsive, as are most children at times.
Children may be diagnosed with
ADD if they become bored quickly, are easily distracted, make careless
mistakes, daydream or not complete educational tasks. (Many children
diagnosed with ADD can complete tasks that interest them.)
People with ADHD have an elevated risk of
psychiatric disorders (Jensen et al. 2001), and of educational and career
difficulties (Mannuzza & Klein 2000), as well as about 20% increased
use of emergency and outpatient medical services (DeBar et al. 2004).
Few psychiatrists and doctors give physical exams for suspected ADD;
they just fill out checklists. Yet a diagnosis of ADHD cannot be
confirmed in a laboratory, like an infection - a label of ADD or ADHD
may only indicate that a health professional does not know what is wrong.
If family relationships, food sensitivities or allergies are
causing a child's symptoms, then that child does not have ADD.
ADD, Ritalin & Adderall
3% - 5% of school age children are
diagnosed with ADHD, with up to 20% in some schools. About 10 boys are
diagnosed with ADHD for each girl. Common treatments are Ritalin
(methylphenidate) and Adderall - drugs of convenience for many parents
(Should giving children addictive, psychoactive
drugs be a first choice - or a last option?)
Side-Effects associated with Ritalin
- difficulty sleeping
- decreased appetite
- raised blood pressure
- feel tearful and miserable
- abdominal pain (temporary)
- growth retardation (temporary)
- tics (muscle twitches, spasms)
- (rare) irregular pulse
- (rare) white cell count drops
- (rare) hyperactivity reactions
Have you experienced temporary attention deficit during a
crisis, or during conversations? Have you experienced temporary
attention deficit during internal conversations or self-talk?
People with ADD may benefit from coaching that helps them concentrate,
manages self-criticism and decreases inner conflict.
Children having difficulty in
peer relationships, such as being rejected by other children or
not having close friends, may have higher risk for anxiety,
behavioral and mood disorders, substance abuse and delinquency
Woodward, Lianne and Ferguson, David;
Childhood Peer Relationship Problems and Psychosocial Adjustment in Late
Adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1999
Parents of children diagnosed with ADHD may
report that their child do not play with groups of friends nor enjoy in
after-school activities, and that their child has few friends, is bullied at
school or has trouble cooperating along with other children.
New York University Child Study Center.
IMPACT Survey, 2001
You can help children diagnosed with ADHD or ADD by
providing dietary analysis for the children
and systemic coaching for the parents. Correcting the diet of children
with learning disabilities often helps improve their behavior. Testing for food
allergies and sensitivities, and providing needed vitamins and minerals may help
many "learning disabled" children.
Parents who learn to build or rebuild their own happiness can
better help learning disabled children. We help parents
identify and manage relationship problems which manifest as
immature behavior. Children, especially those under the age of 14,
often respond quickly and
positively to their parent's increased happiness.
Adults with ADD may be energetic, creative and spontaneous.
They may also interrupt people and be forgetful. If these traits
are perceived as a lack of caring for other family members, resentment
may follow. Yet many adults with symptoms of ADD or ADHD avoid resolving them.
Help for Dyslexia
Dyslexia is about learning to read. Research suggests that
up to 20% of all people show some symptoms of dyslexia.
Dyslexia may be diagnosed when a schoolteacher cannot correct a child's reading
Dyslexia is not a diagnosis,
it is a prediction that children cannot learn to read. And with that
prediction on record - why, strangely enough, none of them ever do.
Unless they happen on a teacher who doesn't believe in educationese
From Inferno by Larry Niven
& Jerry Pournelle
If dyslexia can be corrected - it is not dyslexia!
I have met many people diagnosed with dyslexia who seemed to have a
basic left-right confusion (and dyslexia seems more common if
children, as children, their parents had reversed roles, where a mother takes a
fatherly role and the father is absent or weak. We can help people
Mature parents who manage their own relationship conflicts
any need for their children to suffer learning disabilities.
Contact us to solve emotional conflicts and family problems.
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