Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ADHD, Hyperactivity, Anxiety, Worry, Aggression, Frustration, Impulsivity... Is This Your Child?

In recent years, it has been discovered that talk therapy does little to help children and teens with behavioral and emotional problems. Both parents and counselors are often frustrated because these children's behavior does not change. It has been found through neurological and intellectual tests that children with lower I.Q. and poor auditory memory, as a rule, have better visual skills than auditory skills. For this reason, imagery, visualization and other right brain therapies such as Old Me New Me are considered best practice for these children and teens.

The Old Me New Me is an evidenced based right brain program and has helped hundreds of young people reduce their negative thinking and increase positive feelings and behavior, leading to more peace and joy in their lives. Imagery, relaxation and music first calms the young person's nervous system so that behavioral changes become possible.

An emphasis in the stories is on problem solving and making better choices.

Many professionals think that a lack of problem solving skills and good decision making skills is a major reason that many children and teens experience frustration, anger, anxiety, temper tantrums and out of control behavior.

These skills are taught and positive change becomes possible with continual use of the program. This program is often used in combination with medication and has also helped young people reduce their reliance on medication over time.

OLD ME NEW ME is a series of CDs for children and teens, using relaxation and guided imagery to help reduce a number of emotional and behavioral problems. These behaviors include negative thinking, anxiety, worry, frustration, impulsivity, aggression and ADHD behavior.

To your continued growth and journey!

Kytka Hilmar-Jezek
Waldorf Homeschoolers

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1 comment:

Jane said...

This sounds like an excellent program. But in addition, please take a look at what the child is eating as well as exposure to non-food items.
Synthetic food additives - Even if you are careful to avoid the petroleum-based dyes in cereals, candies and beverages, they also lurk in toothpaste, mouthwash, chewable vitamins and medicines.

Your healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can actually be a source of problems if your child is "salicylate sensitive." This refers to a sensitivity to chemicals that occur naturally in many fruits and some vegetables.

And how about fragrances of all types...the plug-ins, cleaning products, room sprays, soaps, cologne, after-shave lotion, as well as scented markers and stickers. The source for most fragrances is petroleum.

All of these can bring on what is now being called "ADHD," and there is a great deal of research to support the link between certain chemicals in our food and environment, and various behavior & learning problems.

There's lots of information on these offenders, and how to avoid them, at