Many persons diagnosed with ADHD prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this including side effects and concerns with long-term use. In this seminar, you will learn more about these reasons, as well as alternative interventions for ADHD.
Looking at ADHD from a developmental perspective, we will consider reasons for the apparent increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades. By understanding the way the brain works in ADHD, you will be able to better identify a variety of strategies to significantly impact the nervous system and positively influence symptoms of ADHD in your clients.
Not only will you walk away from this recording with information about some of the most common non-medication interventions for ADHD such as computerized cognitive training, mindfulness meditation and neurofeedback, you will also learn a variety of practical strategies that can be implemented immediately and at low cost.
We will navigate the vast research on exercise, movement, diet, sleep, disruptive technologies, supplements and the impact of the environment on ADHD, summarizing the findings and applying the information to “real life”. You will finish this program with the tools and knowledge to develop a holistic approach to working with adults and children with ADHD.
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David Nowell, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Northborough, Massachusetts. He offers consultations to patients on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and is an adjunct instructor in neuropsychology to graduate students in the Clark University psychology program. He serves as a physician advisor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Service where he was the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment Program. Dr. Nowell writes a popular blog at Psychology Today on motivation and time management, and speaks internationally to clinicians on such topics as executive functioning, non-medication management of ADHD, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.
Financial: David Nowell maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: David Nowell has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Evaluate the relationship between the frontal lobe of the brain and ADHD symptomology for the purpose of client psychoeducation.
Determine the impact of movement and exercise on the reduction of ADHD symptoms as it relates to assessment and treatment planning.
Employ treatment interventions for improving impulse control and working memory in clients.
Analyze the influence of diet and nutrition on ADHD symptoms in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
Develop clinical strategies to calm the nervous system of clients diagnosed with ADHD.
Assess the clinical implications of environmental influences on ADHD symptoms in clients.
Why Not Medication?
Useful as a short-term tool
Concerns with long-term use: Effects on the brain
ADHD and the “Immature” Brain
Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
Research regarding ADHD brain development
Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
Excess theta brainwaves
Implications for treatment
Wake up an underaroused ADHD brain
Hyperactivity as an adaptive mechanism
The impact of play and exercise on the brain
Role of rhythm and timing training
Integrated movement systems for ADHD
Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Strategic Tools
Use it or lose it: Increase memory, attention and focus
Games for impulse control and working memory
Computerized cognitive training programs
Meditation and mindfulness for ADHD
Diet and Nutrition
The impact of sugars, fats, proteins, and water
Diet and dopamine
Omega 3-6-9: What you need to know for brain health
Multivitamins/mineral: Do they make a difference?
Gluten, food additives, and pesticides
ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation
”Overaroused” subtype of ADHD
Stress, anxiety, and ADHD: the connection
Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
Heart rate variability biofeedback
Art therapy techniques to quiet and focus the brain
Video games and Social Media
Same symptoms as ADHD
Strategies to help insomnia
Environmental toxins: lead, phthalates, pollution
The impact of time in nature on ADHD symptoms
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks
Marriage and Family Therapists
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.