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11/Jan/2023

What is an ADHD Diet?

Having a healthy, balanced diet is important to have a happy and healthy life. A healthy diet can provide an effective complementary approach to alleviating some symptoms of ADHD. Ideally, your eating habits would help the brain work better and lessen symptoms, such as restlessness or lack of focus. The link between diet & autism has long been investigated, with some parents of autistic children firmly believing that the symptoms were alleviated by a certain diet.

But what’s the truth? Are there actually any objective measures to support the claim?

Nutrition is a tough topic when it comes to autism. There are so many different diets, protocols and recommendations that often leave parents or autistic adults feeling overwhelmed. Children with autism may limit their food intake or have food preferences. Many children with autism also have gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation, diarrhea or abdominal pain. As a result, children with autism are sometimes low in certain nutrients. Some of these nutrients have been studied to see if giving children supplements of these nutrients may help with autism symptoms. However, more research is needed. Before giving your child any supplements, speak with your child’s dietitian or health care provider first.

The following food elements can be avoided:

  • Dairy: When casein (one of the proteins in dairy) mixes with stomach acid, it produces something called an exorphin. Exorphins bind to the opioid receptor sites and can result in a myriad of troubles – brain fog, spaciness, inability to concentrate, and a numbness to pain.
  • Gluten: A mixture of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye, gluten can increase inflammation when ingested. In fact, your body can create antibodies to gluten which can fire up, or inflame, your brain.
  • Corn: There is simply nothing truly beneficial and many potentially harmful things that can come from eating corn.
  • Sugar: Avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates and increasing lean protein can dramatically improve concentration and judgment, and decrease impulsiveness.
  • Artificial Ingredients: Avoid all additives, preservatives, dyes and artificial colours, artificial flavourings, and artificial sweeteners.

Food Items to consider

  • Milk Substitutes: Be sure the container states the product is casein-free, not just dairy-free.
  • Gluten-free Bread: These breads are made from rice or tapioca flour. The taste and texture are different from regular bread.
  • Cheese Substitutes: Check the ingredient list before purchasing any alternative cheese, as some brands that are labelled “dairy-free” may still contain the casein protein.
  • Meat: Pre-packaged or frozen meat may contain spices that are not gluten-free, so it’s important to check the list of ingredients.
  • Produce: Fresh fruit and vegetables are usually safe choices for gluten/casein-free foods.

At Jeevaniyam, with the help of the expert team of doctors, therapists and dietitians we find out the symptoms of ADHD at a very young age and help them achieve a social smile by integrating Ayurvedic protocols and dietary intervention in a scientific way.

 


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08/Oct/2022

Behavioural Therapy For ADHD Kids

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be difficult to diagnose in children and adolescents because symptoms can vary greatly from one child to another. Behavioural therapy is a treatment that addresses behaviours and emotions that cause problems with concentration, organization, time management, self-control, and cooperation. This is also one of the most widely seen neurodevelopmental problems of children while growing up. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. One of the major treatment techniques used for controlling ADHD is behavioural therapy. Behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that can improve a child’s behaviour, self-control, and self-esteem.

Behavioural Therapy an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat ADHD. This will benefit your child by limiting their destructive behaviour, strengthen their good behaviour and most importantly enable the child to express their feelings in a peaceful manner. Behavioural therapy is used to treat the following symptoms like:

  • Eating Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social phobias
  • Self-harming behaviour

The four most common treatments for ADHD under behavioural therapy are:

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA): This is a form of therapy where the child’s environment is changed to help them learn how to behave in a more normal manner. It involves using rewards and punishment to encourage or discourage certain behaviours.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This is based on the theory that many of the problems experienced by people with ADHD stem from their thoughts, feelings, and actions. CBT focuses on helping the individual understand their own behaviour as well as why it may be inappropriate.

Cognitive behavioral play therapy: This type of therapy uses play to help children learn about certain situations and challenges they might face in life. The therapist helps children think about how they would react if they were faced with these challenges and then works with them on how best to handle them.

Exposure therapy: This type of therapy involves exposing the individual to something that scares them so that they can become desensitized to it over time. In this way, the person will eventually stop responding so strongly when faced with similar situations in the future

At Jeevaniyam, we have an integrated approach, which comprises of ayurvedic therapies and behavioural therapies by doctors and professionals, as ADHD is a serious mental health disorder that can make it difficult for some people to work, study and get along with others. Behavioral therapy can help people with ADHD manage their symptoms, so they are less disruptive and more manageable.


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09/Sep/2022

How To Make Bedtime More Relaxing For Kids With ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in kids has a very big impact on their sleep because they are hypersensitive to environmental stimuli and their bodies react more strongly, making it harder to turn off their brains and settle down for sleep.

Our research has shown that 20 percent of these children have difficulty falling or staying asleep. That’s three times the rate among children who don’t have the condition.

Sleep is important for your child’s ability to focus and concentrate, mood, general health, and well-being. If the child is not getting enough sleep, once they wake up they will be having the symptoms like

Having a sleep disorder in addition to ADHD isn’t easy. However, with the right treatment and lifestyle modifications, you can greatly reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms and improve their sleep.

One of the best things you can do to help your child sleep better with ADHD is to follow good sleep hygiene: the habits conducive to regular, restful sleep. These are good habits for anyone to follow, but they’re especially important for those prone to poor sleep, such as children with ADHD.

A few things that can be done to improve the sleep pattern are by designing the child’s sleep schedule which can be followed in a daily basis, diet schedule, exercise schedule and relaxation techniques and a few things that can be done to the room which can help in improving the quality of sleep is by using blackout curtains keeping the room very dark.

Discuss the importance of establishing a consistent bedtime routine to signal to your child’s brain that it’s time to wind down. Provide tips for creating a predictable sequence of calming activities such as bath time, reading, and gentle stretches.

Offer suggestions for creating a sleep environment that promotes relaxation, including minimizing distractions, ensuring comfortable bedding, adjusting lighting, and considering the use of soothing scents or white noise.

Explore various relaxation techniques that can be helpful for kids with ADHD, such as deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, or using sensory tools like weighted blankets or fidget toys

Bedtime can often be a challenging time for children with ADHD, as their restless minds and bodies find it difficult to wind down. However, with a well-planned and soothing routine, you can transform bedtime into a peaceful and relaxing experience for your child.

In this blog post, in collaboration with Jeevaniyam, we will explore practical strategies and techniques to help make bedtime more calming and restful for kids with ADHD. By implementing these strategies, you can create a serene sleep routine that promotes better sleep quality and overall well-being for your child

With patience, understanding, and a carefully crafted bedtime routine, you can create a more relaxing and restful sleep environment for your child with ADHD. By implementing the strategies outlined in this blog post, in collaboration with Jeevaniyam, you can help your child unwind, enjoy better sleep quality, and wake up refreshed each morning.

Remember, each child is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the strategies that work best for your child. Stay consistent, provide reassurance, and celebrate the small victories along the way as you navigate this journey towards a more peaceful bedtime routine.

At Jeevaniyam, we help your child to manage and to eliminate feelings of anxiety and thoughts that keep them from falling asleep through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We also provide Sensory Integration Therapy and Ayurveda treatments that help promote normal sleep.


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03/Sep/2022

Connection Between Sleep Disorder And ADHD In Kids!

Children with ADHD would often find it very difficult to sleep because the activity level of the child would be higher than of a normal child. The symptoms that the child would encompass are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity which would deprive the child from having a good sleep. For most children, the disorder continues into adulthood, though careful managing can greatly improve quality of life for children with ADHD.

Children with ADHD experience sleep problems, ranging from insomnia to secondary sleep conditions. Nightmares are also common with children who are having insomnia and if not treated properly could lead the children to continue the conditions to adulthood. Children who are rarely hyperactive during the day may experience racing thoughts and a burst of energy at night that interfere with sleeping. Some children start to hyperfocus on very less important objects and make it difficult for them to sleep which leads to a disrupted sleep wake schedule. As time passes children would find sleep as a very stressful activity.

Many ADHD symptoms are like symptoms of sleep deprivation. Daytime sleepiness can have serious effects on school. People may judge a child with ADHD for sleeping at inappropriate times, without realizing that it is part of their condition and very difficult to avoid. Children with ADHD-related sleep deprivation may feel grumpy, irritable, restless, or tired, or they may have trouble paying attention at school or at work. Sometimes, these symptoms may be mistaken for a mood disorder. These problems also take their toll on families and caregivers of children with ADHD. Preliminary research shows that primary caregivers of children with ADHD as well as sleep problems are more likely to be depressed, anxious, stressed, and late to work.

Common sleep disorders with ADHD children are:

  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy

At Jeevaniyam, with the team of our doctors and experienced therapists we can diagnose and treat children with ADHD at a very young age and help both the child and the parent or caregiver adequate training in managing this condition. With the help of Aurveda, diets and unique modern protocols we help the child to attain a very good night sleep.


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13/Aug/2022

ADHD In Children: An Excessive Talking Child!

One of the most common symptoms for a kid with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is excessive talking and often have trouble inhibiting and controlling their responses which would result in making humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. They may blurt out whatever first comes to mind, whether appropriate or not, without thinking through how their words may be received.

 

There are several characteristics of ADHD that may lead to excessive talking

  • Hyperactivity:
    • Hyperactivity can be classified as physical and/or verbal overactivity, including talking excessively, interrupting others, monopolizing conversations, and not letting others talk.
  • Language pragmatics:
    • Talking too much is also related to language pragmatics or the social use of language. Language problems, including pragmatics, are common in nearly half of the children with ADHD.
  • Difficulty with social cues:
    • Many kids with ADHD have a hard time picking up on and reading social cues, which can make it difficult to take turns in conversations.
  • Self-control:
    • ADHD can interfere with a child’s self-control and ability to manage impulsive behaviour, like, blurting out comments at inappropriate times.
  • Poor listening skills:
    • Kids with ADHD have hard time carrying on a conversation because it’s difficult for them to pause, listen to other people, and make appropriate decisions about when to talk and stop talking. Again, they don’t always know how to focus on other people and take cues from them.
  • Difficulty to think before they speak:
    • Kids with ADHD don’t realize when it is or isn’t the appropriate time to talk; they blurt out the first thing that pops into their mind and monopolizes conversations because it’s hard for them to put their brain and their mouth on pause.

 

In general, kids with ADHD have a challenging time dealing with too much talking, humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. At Jeevaniyam, our Psychologist, Speech and language pathologist and Occupational therapist help your child to deal with the issues related to excessive talking by training them with the basics of effective communication and channelling their energy effectively and thereby controlling their responses. We support your child to understand, practice and develop their social skills for a bright future.


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20/Jul/2022

How To Improve The Short Attention Span Of A Child With Adhd?

Short attention span is one of the major symptoms of ADHD. Children with ADHD typically have impairment of functions such as concentration, memory, impulse control, processing speed and an inability to follow directions. Children often jump from task to task without finishing any of them. They feel trapped by any task that takes longer than the time they’re able to maintain focus. Improving this skill usually requires breaking tasks into smaller segments while working to increase the child’s low attention span.

The main issues faced by students with short attention span are:
  • Problems with academic performance
  • Inability to complete daily tasks
  • Missing important details or information
  • Excessive level of stress and frustrations
  •  Problems with communication

There are ways to help children focus so that their days are not composed of flitting from one activity to another. Your child with attention deficits may struggle to concentrate on homework, be easily distracted from chores or battle to keep to routines, causing high levels of frustration in the household. To help you in your efforts to improve your children’s attention span, here are some things you can do to motivate them to focus:

  • Divide lessons or tasks into short segments
  • Use visuals when teaching
  • Adding Physical Activity
  • Establish routines and schedules
  • Apply Time Frames
  • Give them a break
  • Remove Distractions
  • Look into their eyes when you talk
  • Find Out What Interests Your Child
  • Reinforce positive behaviour
  • Reward them
  • Relaxation and Positive Imagery
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Diet and Hydration
  • Ensure Adequate Sleep

At Jeevaniyam, we can help to tailor learning plans and goals to help your child improve his/her focus and detect the onset of greater learning challenges. With encouragement and therapy sessions such as Behavioural Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Ayurveda, Music and Yoga we can help your children work their way through these challenges and be empowered with a positive mindset to excel in school. If the inattentiveness of the child cannot be helped with these easy ways, chances are there that your child is suffering from ADHD and might need expert help. If you suspect in any sense that your child may have ADHD, you can contact the experts at Jeevaniyam.


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02/Jul/2022

The Role Of Parents & Teachers Towards ADHD Students

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another.

However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. The teachers and parents play a major role in shaping the lives of the child. The teachers should be dutiful and willing to uplift the child. The parents should undertake special responsibility to teach the child. Thus, ensuring that ADHD students can study and be on par with the other students.

The main signs of children with ADHD are
  • Demanding attention by talking out of turn or moving around the room.
  • Having trouble following instructions, especially when they’re presented in a list, and with operations that require ordered steps, such as long division or solving equations.
  • Often forgetting to write down homework assignments, complete them, or bring completed work to school.
  • Often lack fine motor control, which makes note-taking difficult and handwriting a trial to read.
  • Having problems with long-term projects where there is no direct supervision.
  • Not to pull their weight during group work and may even keep a group from accomplishing its task.

Parents should be extremely cooperative towards their teachers. They should regularly check their notebook and complete the notes if, the child has not completed them in class.

The teachers cannot prepare notes separately for the students, so the parents should undertake this responsibility. The ADHD kid is usually not intellectually disabled and hence can learn like the other kids if they are given special attention.

Parents must accept the fact that children with ADHD have functionally different brains from those of other children. While children with ADHD can still learn what is acceptable and what isn’t, their disorder does make them more prone to impulsive behaviour.

The teachers play a special role in evaluating the needs of the children. They should access their strengths and weaknesses and undertake a step accordingly. The teachers can help the students to stay focused and learn to their full capabilities.

The teacher should always think positively and should not deny helping such students. Some teachers simply use such statements ‘We are always pestering the kid to write notes, but the child is not writing’. But such kids may be very smart but due to the teacher’s discouragement, the child may not develop fully to their potential.

At Jeevaniyam, with the help of our professionals, we detect ADHD at a very young age in children and help them overcome it with a combination of our ayurvedic protocols and two basic principles of behaviour management therapy. The first is encouraging and rewarding good behaviour (positive reinforcement). The second is removing rewards by following bad behaviour with appropriate consequences, leading to the extinguishing of bad behaviour (punishment, in behaviourist terms).

You teach your child to understand that actions have consequences by establishing rules and clear outcomes for following or disobeying these rules. These principles must be followed in every area of a child’s life. That means at home, in the classroom, and in the social arena.


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09/May/2022

Music Therapy For ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), often shows up as the inability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time, being unable to follow instructions, having difficulty completing detailed tasks and being prone to error. It can be frustrating to live with and being unable to fully focus often causes stress. However, music therapy may be able to help and may even increase your ability to concentrate. We use music in order to help you channel emotions and release them. There are two forms of music therapy. In one, you create music as an emotional release. In the other, you listen to music while performing a creative activity. Both can be done in group sessions or one on one with the therapist.

If you choose to create music, your first concern may be that you do not know how to play an instrument. However, the ones provided are very basic – and anyone can play them in an expressive manner – so there is no need to worry. Neither form pressures you into speaking with your therapist. And everything happens in a relaxing environment. Music therapy is a form of expressive therapy.

An ADHD mind has lower levels of dopamine – the neurotransmitter responsible for motivation, attention, working memory, and focus. Music activates both sides of the brain, engaging your entire brain so the activated “muscles” can work together and even perhaps become stronger. This leads to a boost in motivation and the ability to focus. Group music therapy can be both a social and physical activity. You meet like-minded people, and people who understand your condition and what you are going through. Playing instruments, you collaborate and work together to create new music. Often people develop strong friendships. After all, any neurological condition can be isolating.

At Jeevaniyam, we implement music therapy to prevent that attention deficit and hyperactivity. Music therapy aims for hyperactivity to decrease and attention span to increase. Music also soothes anxiety and stress in the body, and children with ADHD often feel anxious and stressed. For children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), music therapy boosts attention and focus, reduces hyperactivity, and strengthens social skills.


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27/Apr/2022

Effective Ways to Handle Hyperactive Children

Children of all ages typically have a lot of energy; nevertheless, hyperactive children are those who are restless and have trouble listening, receiving commands, or following instructions or directions. If you have a hyperactive child, then managing them can be challenging and stressful at times. Even though a hyperactive child may look unsteady, with endless energy and a propensity for hopping from one activity to the next, restoring order to their life is not difficult. Patience can be considered a major attribute in parents while dealing with these children.

The first step of a parent is to correctly identify whether the child is hyperactive or not. The best way to identify this is by checking whether the child is having reckless behaviour and too much activity that stems from receiving a lack of sufficient attention. Such kids are prone to never get tired, can’t focus or have short attention spans in general. Hyperactivity in children results in poor academic performance, lack of socialization and in severe cases even complete withdrawal from participating in group activities, which in turn can lead to depression, frustration, and poor self-esteem.

Many parents prefer to maintain a loose and relaxed household without an overabundance of rules. This laid-back parenting style works well for many children. Hyperactive children, however, tend to have trouble in unclear environments. Hyperactivity is caused by a psychological disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a problem with brain chemistry that affects the brain’s ability to pass information between brain cells. Therefore, it is not simply a matter of getting the child to see reason. Living within the constraints of daily life will be a struggle for him, so focus on the issues that truly matter and let other areas slide.

We, at Jeevaniyam advise parents with the following tips:

  • Break Down Complex Instructions
  • Minimize Distractions
  • Utilize Positive Reinforcement like praise and rewards for completing tasks
  • Help the Child Create a To-Do List
  • Give a chance for the child to run around and simply play in an unstructured setting
  • Be educated on your child’s disorder
  • Try and calm your child down
  • Play Games
  • Change Diet

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16/Apr/2022

What you need to know about ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that can cause unusual levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours. This is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

The most common symptoms that are usually found in such cases are:

  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing.
  • Poor time management skills.
  • Problems focusing on a task.
  • Trouble multitasking.
  • Excessive activity or restlessness.
  • Poor planning.
  • Low frustration tolerance.

It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD might:

  • Daydream a lot
  • Forget or lose things a lot
  • Squirm or fidget
  • Talk too much
  • Make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
  • Have a hard time resisting temptation
  • Have trouble taking turns
  • Have difficulty getting along with others

It is s believed to have neurological origins. Genetics may also play a role. Findings indicate that people with ADHD have less Gray Matter volume. Gray matter includes the brain areas that help with:

  • Speech
  • Self-control
  • Decision making
  • Muscle control

At Jeevaniyam, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behaviour therapy and Ayurvedic medication. For preschool-aged children (4-5 years of age) with ADHD, behaviour therapy, particularly training for parents, is recommended as the first line of treatment before medication is tried. What works best can depend on the child and family. Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes, if needed, along the way.


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