Beyond Ritalin: An Alternative Therapy for Kids with ADHD
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• Poor test scores, grades or reading comprehension
• Poor memory
• Difficulty organizing activity
• Poor study and work habits
• Taking a long time to complete tasks
• Disinterest (or dislike) in school
How does cognitive skills therapy help?
A child's cognitive skill set is made up of several cognitive skills including auditory processing, visual processing, short- and long-term memory, comprehension, logic and reasoning, and attention skills. Each can be divided into subskills. For example, attention is comprised of subskills of sustained attention (staying on task), selective attention (ignoring distractions) and divided attention (handling more than one task at a time). Each of these skills and subskills play a specific and necessary role, and must work in concert before an individual can learn effectively.
"There are specific programs and exercises that specialize in identifying and strengthening weak cognitive skills," says Gibson. "With the right program, most children who have been labeled as having ADHD, ADD or other learning disabilities can improve from three to five grade levels and about half the students no longer require medication."
Cognitive skills training may offer a more natural approach to learning disabilities with benefits of improved attention, higher grades, better performance, increased self-esteem, and - perhaps - a new love for learning!
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