Mind-Body Connection

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The Mind-Body Connection

ADHD Program (Ages 8-18)

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder of cognition. The behavioral manifestations of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. For those children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, the disruption of “typical developmental trajectories” may result in problems and issues as adults with regard to academic achievement, occupational enterprises, and interpersonal relationships, despite the promise of pharmacotherapeutic treatments.

The purpose of our program is to enrich the quality of life through an individualized approach towards treatment, an approach grounded in the positive inter-connectiveness of both mind and body interventions. Interventions focus on discovering the root causes of the daily symptoms that plague these individuals and inhibit their ability to live as they want. The program empowers continued growth and development through implementation of positive mind-body practices.

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Physical Exercise

Sample Interventions:

  • Holistic interventions
    • Positive Affirmations Daily
      • Approximately 5 minutes or more
    • Yoga
      • Sun Salutations for 10 Minutes in morning
      • Sun Salutation for 10 Minutes in evening
    • Mindfulness
      • Practice Mindfulness Eating Habits
      • Talk 10-minute walk daily or longer, taking in environmental stimuli
      • Awareness of Breath, Practice Rhythmic Breathing (1-2-3-4 in Breath, Hold 1, 1- 2-3-4 out breath) 5 times daily for 5-Minutes to find and become aware of your breath & hearth rate
    • Grounding Exercises
      • Daily 5-10 Minutes
    • Transcendent Meditation
      • Daily 5-10 Minutes
    • Guided Imagery
      • Weekly 30 Minutes
    • Wellness Plan
      • Dietary Outline
        • Monthly Meal Plan
        • Journaling Mood, Habits and Choices
  • Exercise Routine
    • Monthly Workout Routine
    • Track workout progress, Weight change, BMI change and Mood change
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions
    • Weekly 1 to 2 Individual Sessions with Therapist for 60-minute duration
      • CBT Interventions
        • Identify, Practice, Demonstrate, Rehearse and Role Play Positive Copying Skills
        • Challenge Negative Cognitions and delusions replace with Positive Cognitions
  • Mindfulness Interventions
    • Finding Breath, Heart Rate and checking in with Energy discomfort in body periodically through-out day daily
    • Grounding Exercises
      • Taking of shoes and standing barefoot in grass outside for approximately 5-10 minutes daily or as needed to decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression or other
    • Reducing social anxiety
      • Hug individual for 20 seconds or longer to produce oxytocin in brain and increase trust levels
      • In romantic or deeper friendship to increase cohesiveness or oneness take 1 minute to look into each-others eyes while finding same breath before engaging in conversation
    • Reducing Anxiety or delusions about eating
      • Challenge fears, doing exactly what you fear
      • Practice Mindfulness Eating Habits

 

  • Take a minute to find breath prior to eating food
    • The goal is to be present. The individual must first be present to enjoy the true taste of the food if the mind is elsewhere you cannot fully appreciate or enjoy the experience for which you are having (i.e the taste of the food or drink)
    • Be Grateful
    • Thank yourself or others who prepared the food for taking the time and putting in the effort to do so.

Research Support*:

“Following a single 20-minute bout of exercise, both children with ADHD and healthy match control children exhibited greater response accuracy and stimulus-related processing,with the children with ADHD also exhibiting selective enhancements in regulatory processes, compared with after a similar duration of seated reading.In addition, greater performance in the areas of reading and arithmetic were observed following exercise in both groups.”

*Pontifex, M.B., Saliba, B.J., Raine, L.B., Picchietti, D L., & Hillman, C.H. (2013). Exercise Improves Behavioral, Neurocognitive, and Scholastic Performancein Children with ADHD. The Journal of Pediatrics,162(3), 543–551.