New findings regarding ‘ADHD’

DSC01904I 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 Turning Baxter outa 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.
P1040884 - internetI 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 P1050064horses 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 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa 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.

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1 Response to New findings regarding ‘ADHD’

  1. l welsh says:

    I volunteer with an Equine Assisted Therapy program and we have a few kids in our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program who have been brought to us by their parents for behaviors that they feel are problematic and in some cases, the kids have been diagnosed with ADHD. We have seen a big difference in these kids since joining the program. They are very focused and have formed strong bonds not only with the horses but also with our other volunteers. We do not see the behaviors their parents report. It also begs the question, are they just kids struggling to find their identity in adolescence? Regardless, we do see the calming effect and the social bonds they develop are definitely making a positive impact on their lives.

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