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Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD: ADHD and the "Immature" Brain

In your practice, you will find clients/patients with an ADHD diagnosis who prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this - and in this seminar recording you will learn these reasons, and you will learn what other treatment options are available. The more you know the “whys” of your client’s choice of treatment, the better quality of care you can provide them. You will learn about the medications available for treating ADHD, including the benefits and side effects. You will learn the myths surrounding medication, and how to help your client/patient make the most informed choice about their treatment.
Not only will you learn the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD in this seminar recording, you will also learn the safety and efficacy of each treatment. This information is very valuable when considering referring a client/patient for ADHD treatment. You will also learn how much these treatments cost, and if the possible benefits outweigh the financial impact on the client/patient.
The use of nutraceuticals/supplements will be discussed - both how they can impact the central nervous system and why it is important to find a producer with good quality assurance. You will also learn how diet can make a difference in treating ADHD - but not in the way you might think. You will also learn more about the research purporting a link between pesticides and ADHD. Dr. Sarkis, a psychotherapist and published author with more than 15 years of experience in treating ADHD, will show you the path to determining the best ADHD client/patient treatment.


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Stephanie Sarkis
5 Hours 48 Minutes
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15 Oct, 2015
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PhD, NCC, LMHC, Author, Psychotherapist

Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD NCC DCMHS LMHC, is a bestselling author and psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, gaslighting, narcissistic abuse, and ADHD. She is the author of several books, including the best-selling Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free and 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction and Accomplish Your Goals.  She was named a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, one of only 20 professionals in the United States with this dual designation. ​

Dr. Sarkis is also a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator. Dr. Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute, specializing in the treatment of comorbid anxiety and ADHD. She is a contributor to Forbes, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post.  Her Psychology Today posts have been viewed over 26 million times. She has a PhD, EdS, and MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, named by US News and World Report as the top counselor education program in the country. Dr. Sarkis has appeared on CNN, 10% Happier with Dan Harris, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, ABC (U.S.), ABC (Australia),and many more media outlets. Her research is published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. She is based in Tampa, Florida, where she provides evaluations and psychotherapy. You can visit her website at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute. She has received monetary awards for her research and has worked as a sub-investigator for major pharmaceutical companies, such as Abbott Laboratories, Glaxo/SmithKline, and Lexicor. Stephanie has books published by New Harbinger Publications and receives royalties. She writes blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Sarkis is on the Professional Advisory Board of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). She has received an American Psychological Association Outstanding Dissertation Award. 

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  1. Characterize the benefits and drawbacks of non-medication treatments for ADHD versus medication treatment
  2. Determine the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD
  3. Identify the reasons why many patients/clients request non-medication treatments
  4. Synthesis the safety and efficacy of non-medication treatments for ADHD
  5. Determine whether the benefits of alternative treatments outweigh the costs to the patient/client
  6. Evaluate how nutraceuticals/supplements and diet may or may not influence symptoms of ADHD


Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD: ADHD and the “Immature” Brain
  • Brain imaging evidence of ADHD
  • Genetic links of ADHD
  • Research regarding ADHD brain development
  • Frontal lobes mature more slowly in the ADHD brain
  • Implications for treatment
Traditional Treatments for ADHD
  • Medication
  • Stimulants
  • Non-stimulants
  • Parents’ concerns about medication
  • Counseling
Movement Techniques
  • ADHD brain has a low level of a brain chemical called dopamine
  • Movement raises dopamine levels
  • Role of rhythm and timing in the ADHD brain
  • Exercise
  • Integrated movement systems
  • Yoga
  • Karate
Frontal Lobe/Working Memory Training
  • Improving cognitive abilities
  • “Brain Gym”
  • Integrative listening systems
  • “Tomatis Method”
  • Interactive Metronome
Vestibular and Cerebellar Exercises
  • Deficits in inner ear
  • Dyslexia dyspraxia attention treatment (DDAT)
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Sensitivity to texture, touch, smells
  • Synthesia
  • Treatments
ADHD and Nervous System Overstimulation
  • Nervous system is “overcharged”
  • Breathwork and movement for nervous system calming
  • Meditation
  • Creative visualization
  • Neurofeedback
Physical Body Work
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Acupuncture
Environmental Influences
  • Television/video games
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Second-hand smoke
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Lead poisoning
  • Studies regarding link
  • Changes to the environment
  • Supplements
  • Not regulated by FDA
  • Pharmacopeia seal
  • Omega 3-6-9
  • Study shows people with ADHD do not absorb Omegas as well as others
  • Data on effectiveness
  • Food additives
  • Food allergies
  • Pesticides
  • Recent study regarding ADHD risk and pesticides
  • Is organic really necessary?
  • Optimal diet for ADHD

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Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage And Family Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, School Administrators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Other Helping Professionals That Work With Children



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