Questions and Answers regarding Attention and Concentration Disorders in Children
Below is a list of commonly asked questions on the subject followed by answers provided by expert professionals:
- Are attention and concentration disorders hereditary?
Numerous studies have demonstrated the hereditary nature of attention and concentration disorders. This explains the statistical data that indicates that individuals with one parent who suffers from ADD or ADHD have a 60% chance of suffering from it. The chances increase to 80-90% in children of parents who both suffer from the condition.
- Why have so many children been diagnosed with attention and concentration disorders in recent years in comparison to the more distant past?
The answer to this question has two components. First, awareness of the condition has increased significantly in recent years. It is better known and more widely discussed, and, as a result, the rate of diagnosis has increased. Second, the environment in which we live today is replete with large numbers of stimuli among which our attention is divided. We are therefore more likely to find it more difficult to concentrate today even if we do not suffer from an attention disorder, and it is all the more difficult for children who do.
- Is it possible that my child’s attention disorder will not reappear after treatment at the Ora Golan Center?
There is a high likelihood that after receiving treatment at the Ora Golan Center, your child’s attention and concentration disorder will not reappear, enabling him or her to function more easily and to enjoy a better life.
- My daughter takes medication (Ritalin) for the treatment of ADD. Can she still receive treatment at the Ora Golan Center?
Yes. The Ora Golan Center can also treat children who are taking medication for attention and concentration disorders, on the condition that the child has undergone professional evaluation and the medication has been prescribed to her by a physician at a suitable dosage.
- My son is 7 years old and in the second grade. He doesn’t connect with the kids in his class, is not interested in taking part in activities after school, does not do academically well in school, and disrupts his fellow students during class. Might he suffer from an attention and concentration disorder?
He might, although this is not necessarily the case. Based on the symptoms you describe, he should be referred for evaluation to determine for certain whether he suffers from ADD/ADHD.
- Our child’s teacher recommended that we have him evaluated for an attention and concentration disorder, but we think she is mistaken. Should we take her advice anyway?
Based on the assumption that your child’s teacher is present during class, observes him regularly while he is in class or with classmates during breaks, and is familiar with the symptoms of attention and concentration disorders, it is recommended to take her advice and to have him evaluated. You should also attempt to identify manifestations of the symptoms noted by the teacher yourselves and not categorically rule out the possibility. If your child does suffer from ADD/ADHD, an evaluation and diagnosis can help him or her better handle the condition today and in the future.
- Does the treatment involve pain or have side-effects?
The treatment is neither painful nor invasive. It has two stages: the first is emotional, and the second involves a series of brief chiropractic treatments. There are no side-effects, and positive changes can be observed within a short time.