More than 4 million American children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD; more than half diagnosed are being treated with drugs. (Source. NCQA – National Committee for Quality Assurance)
Additionally almost 50% of children with AHDH have been suspended from school at some point.
ADHD is a neurobiological condition and a developmental disorder which results in problems with impulsiveness, attention span and hyperactivity.
It does not have to be that way. Neuro-Linguistic Programming offers amazing tools for children to take charge of their 'brains' and hence their actions. Misunderstood … certainly, drug treatment – not necessarily.
J … had a diagnosis of ADHD, was in Year 5 (aged 10) and had been excluded yet again for the day when I arrived at school. It was lunchtime and he rarely managed an afternoon. I had only read an article on NLP and ADHD at the weekend.
J … was not on my caseload of children at this school, but I needed to wait until lunch was over. I could not believe I had the opportunity to try out this stuff so soon.
I sat with J …, built rapport with him and engaged him in conversation. All the time he was playing with a 'Rubiks cube' and giving me virtually no eye contact. During the conversation he told me he had 'kicked off' in class. I went through the process I'd only read about at that time. I asked him about the images, sounds etc. he experienced in his head when he was 'kicking off.'
He told me they were Dexter cartoons, and that the sound was kind of slurry. We deal with his inner images and his slurry sound until he had one fixed color picture and sound was a normal speed.
He even tried to get back his old images, just to check it out for himself.
As we went through the process and 'chatted' he fiddled less and less with the Rubik's cube until he placed it on the table in front of him. Wow, he thenave me full eye contact and we just talked a normal conversation.
I told the Head teacher about our experience and she totally took it on board. When a 'kicking off' was anticipated she asked him, 'Do you remember the work you did with Mrs. O.? How many pictures do you have now?
He was able to adjust his internal images and calm himself down. With this input and a change of teacher the following year, not only did his exclusion stop – he was able to go on a one-week residential trip with his class.
Some say their brains do not work properly. Maybe no one has shown them how!
Following that I became a NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Life Coach, using my NLP tools extensively with children and adults in and out of school.