While 10% or more of children in this country are diagnosed wit Attention Deficit Disorder, only .5% of children in France are diagnosed with this condition. While many things could explain this discrepancy, it shows that there are multiple ways of looking at this condition. While Attention Deficit Disorder is of course a real condition, it is often a condition of an unaddressed nutritional need. It is common for children to go through periods of poor focus as they hit growth spurts. This is because the nutritional need is so high, and the brain is not getting the levels of nutrition it needs. Another way to improve nutrition is to make sure a child is not exposed to foods or additives that are irritants to their body. When this occurs more agitation ensues and focus drops off. While some children might need medication, it is imperative that one looks at the genetic ability to metabolize common medications used, as well as neurotransmitter levels to make sure the right medication is given and at a dose that makes sense for each individual. Often, dysbiotic flora in the gut can interfere with focus and concentration as well. Brain waves that make us tune in and allow us to put the whole picture together, can be measured and mapped. With this information, one can do exercises for the brain, training the brain to stay in a state of focus. This is known as biofeedback. By looking at how a child is eating, digesting and sleeping much improvement can be made. By giving the brain exercises you can truly treat root cause of poor focus. A decrease in focus can be the result of many different reasons, so by carefully examining every angle of attention the best therapy can be found. The best therapy is the one that is specific to each and every child. When these areas are addressed, focus improves and the brain regains the power to do what it should do, which is stand at alert with adequate focus and attention.

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