I apologize for not posting in so long, but between the holidays and my ‘newsfeeder’ being discontinued, I have struggled with how to provide you with the latest news. However, when this article came across my desk, I knew I needed to find a way to share it with you.
I have said before that ADHD can be a misdiagnosis of PTSD, as the symptoms can look very much the same. But this new research shows that there is something else that may be going on as well. An article in the Atlantic looks at the results of study showing that many children diagnosed with ADHD may be dealing with “FASD”. FASD is a type of fetal alcohol syndrome, that causes behavioral and learning problems resembling ADHD.
I can tell you that we see many, many children in foster care, or who have been adopted out of foster care, who are diagnosed with ADHD and it is not hard to imagine that, at least for some of them, this is what is really going on.
The article goes on to talk about how those with FASD may in fact require different/additional treatments, so having the correct diagnosis is vital.
We feel that whether it’s ADHD, FASD or PTSD, work with horses can be very beneficial. We will work on increasing focus, decreasing impulsive behaviors and building self confidence, all extremely important components of helping these kids find a path to mental health.
If you know a child who is struggling, call or email us to schedule a visit to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing wit.h and share how we might be able to help.