Choosing not to medicate for ADHD

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Choosing not to medicate for ADHD

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I chose not to medicate my son when he was dianosed with ADHD. First, I need to make it clear that I only sought a medical diagnosis because my son really wants to go to school and we had been homeschooling. I wanted him to get the special provisions for his neurological issues. But I personally don´t believe that there is any such thing as ADHD. It´s simply a list of symptoms. If you match enough of those symptoms and you get slapped with the label. Now, do people have neurological issues, gaps in their neurological development? Absolutely. But unfortunately, medication doesn´t deal with that. It only masks the symptoms and then your child never gets any help for their underlying neurological issues. So instead, we do a daily developmental movement therapy called neurological reorganization, which is literally reorganizing my son´s brain and addressing these gaps in his neurological development. Would it be easier to medicate him? Sure. But because of this program of daily therapy requires my participation and my commitment, in the end I want my son to live a full, happy life and be fully neurologically functioning, which medication is not the answer to.

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (theechocenter.org), and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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