• Be sure your child is well hydrated. Optimal brain activity occurs when the body is hydrated.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule. Keep it the same on the weekends if at all possible.
  • Protein at breakfast Promotes focus.
  • Get an early diagnosis if possible to set up specific therapies, eg speech therapy.
  • For children with Auditory Processing Disorder, video games such as Rock Band with a drum set may be helpful. My son has found it beneficial, but at this time I can not find any studies confirming its effectiveness with other children.
  • Limit empty carbohydrates, white sugar, white flour. Use the glycemic index as a measure of quality carbohydrates which keep insulin levels sturdier.
  • Limit or eliminate foods with dyes as some children may be sensitive.
  • Supplement the diet with a high quality supplement containing minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and herbs. Often these combinations work synergistically – better together than separately.
  • Supplement with an Omega 3 source such as fish oil or flax seed oil.
  • Use Emotional Freedom Technique which focus on negative emotions concerning school, learning, self concept. This rids the body of emotional blockages to learning and negative self concepts, eg “I'm a slow learner,” etc.
  • George Lozanov discovered that learning can be accelerated by activating both left and right brain hemispheres by playing classical music softly in the background while children were taught information. Memory retention rates were at 98 percent of what had been taught. While helping with homework or discussing homework, it may be worth trying to play soft classical music to see if memory retention improvements.