The Newsletter about Conscious Parenting and Healthy Families
For parents wanting to help their children with attention, behavior, and mood challenges, our experts recommend starting with these integrative, nutritional based approaches:
Remove artificial colorings from your child’s diet. These dyes, especially red #40, blue #2, yellow #5, and yellow #6, trigger hyperactivity in many kids, notes Columbia University Medical Center Psychiatrist, David Schab M.D. MPH. In addition, they serve to get children interested in foods that are globally unhealthy – pop tarts, sodas, processed cereals, energy bars.
Eliminate food additives, especially the preservative sodium benzoate, from your child’s diet. It is most commonly found in soda and other carbonated beverages, fruit juices, jams, salad dressings, condiments, and pickles. Be sure to read ingredients labels and beware of fast food menu items, which can contain a significant dose.
Remove medicines and foods containing salicylates, found in hundreds of medicines, including aspirin, as well as some fruits. In some people, salicylates can cause or exacerbate asthma, fatigue, and, notably, the symptoms of ADHD.
Supplement your kids meals with targeted micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), including vitamin D, the range of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Be sure to consult with a skilled naturopath or integrative physician so that you do not over-supplement.
Consider your child’s gastrointestinal health. Working with your doctor, you may want to add probiotics to his or her supplements, along with the supplement tricycline (which contains berberine, artemisinin, citrus extract, and walnut hulls). This treatment is designed to improve problems related to leaky gut, a condition in which damaged intestinal walls release undigested food particles into the bloodstream. Leaky gut is associated with a range of inflammatory and immune responses.
Try an elimination diet. Remove casein (found in dairy products, such as milk and cheese) and gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye) from your child’s meals and see if it makes a difference. Reintroduce these substances after they have cleared the system (three weeks for casein, three months for gluten) only if no positive changes have occurred with elimination.
If your child is still acting hyperactive, try a restricted diet of water and organic rice, turkey, lamb, lettuce, carrots, pears, and other whole foods that rarely cause food allergies. See if your child symptoms subside; if so, slowly reintroduce foods to his or her meals to see which items cause symptoms to reemerge.
Consider a low glycemic eating plan high in protein and fiber, and low in carbs, like refined carbohydrates and sugar.
Rebuild your child’s diet based on hold, organic, nutrition-dense foods.
References: Weintraub, Pamela, Connecting and Nutrition, Experience Life, v. 16, p.60-63
Why does my child need Occupational Therapy when they have a speech problem?
One of the primary reasons for physician referrals or parents requesting therapy is because a child is not speaking. Speech delays are generally easy to recognize in young children. But what is frequently misunderstood is that most times speech delays are an indicator of an underlying deficit. The development of speech requires several foundational “building blocks” to be present. Attention, motivation and active engagement with another person, such as a parent, are some of the first skills needed. Postural stability and control is also needed to assist with breathing and sound production. A child’s ability to coordinate and motor plan oral motor muscles to produce speech sounds all need to be in working order. If there is a speech deficit there will be a motor planning and coordination issue, these deficits may also be impacting a child’s ability to effectively swallow and chew foods. The correlation between coordination, motor planning and muscle tone of the mouth, tongue and lips is directly related to the rest of the body’s ability to motor plan and coordinate muscle movements. If delays are neglected, the child will make unnecessary and unhealthy compensations to “work around” the problems they are experiencing. Motor planning deficits have an impact on development of age appropriate skills, social interaction and a child’s behavior.
Addressing only the speech delay is equivalent to a person changing a flat tire when your car has two. Progress will be slow and you may never reach your destination.
Children’s Therapy Connections uses a combination of occupational and speech therapy evaluations to get an accurate assessment of the underlying root cause. Assessment results allow us to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses the child’s specific needs.
In addition, CTC’s pediatric clinic incorporates a holistic treatment interventions that most therapy clinics do not offer. Fixing one part of a multi-step problem, never is a solution. It is CTC’s passion to assist our clients in reaching their optimal potential. If you have questions about your child’s development, call us at (708) 226-9200 or visit www.childrenstherapyconnections.com for more information.
In Celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, “I Can Do That!” Game is a wonderful motor/ coordination game for children to play, when it’s too cold to go outside and play.
The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great starter smoothie for beginners. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. So head to the grocery store now and give this smoothie a try. We have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised.
Blend spinach and water until smooth. Next, add the remaining fruits and blend again. Try substituting 2 cups coconut water for 2 cups of water.
If you have questions about your child’s development, call us at (708) 226-9200 or
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