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4 Easy Ways to Help ADHD Parents in Richmond Va

Since the videocast went live last month with RVAreal.tv where I explained everything I could, in one hour, about helping people with ADHD – my inbox has been red hot with teachers and parents asking for guidance on tips for ADHD and ways to handle the ADHD better.

As you keep reading, you’re going to learn 4 very important concepts in helping ADHD to become more manageable.

On Dec 1st @ 7pm Dr. Eric Etka, founder of ADHDRichmondVa.com will reveal behind-the-scenes      information on a how to create 12 breakthroughs with ADHD

    1. Understanding ADD/ADHD
    2. Nutrition Strategies
    3. Medication Discussion
    4. Exercises For Home & School
    5. Limit Destructive Behavior
    6. Reduce Stress On Your Relationship                              
    7. 12. revealed at the event

Although the majority of us have been through grade school, we were never taught how to listen or how to communicate effectively. Sad, but true. On top of that we, as humans, typically focus on what’s wrong instead of what’s going right.

I enjoy helping people and want you to get results in advance. So, let’s go through four things that happen to start with the letter “C”.

Tuesday Dec 1st @ 7p Glen Allen Library I am going to show you how you can accomplish all of these and more –

You Can REGISTER for this event, simply click the button below to reserve your seat, just enter your name and email address.

Once you have registered you’ll receive a gift of FREE 5 easy to watch “How-To” videos to help you get results at home BEFORE the Glen Allen Library event.

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Here are 4 skills to improve ADHD in your home:

1. Communication – this isn’t just speaking so you can be heard. What I’m talking about is communicating information to another person in a way that the other person can receive it properly and communicate back to you the correct main information.

2. Capability – learning is a lifelong endeavor. Being a parent is the most important stewardship on the planet. SO why is it that the vast majority of parents have not had any formal training in ‘correct parenting’ that is up with the times?

3. Confidence – being a involved with someone who has ADHD can be downright exhausting. Exhausted and frustrated humans find it hard to be confident. Some people throw in the towel altogether.

4. Courage – finding a way through to the other side means facing uncertainty while pushing through with the ‘capability’ that you do have. I’ve met clients who  figuratively borrow my belief in them to make it through some very hard times. Eventually they begin to believe in themselves and their lives are never the same.

I believe in delivering value. Hopefully, by reading those 4 ways to help, then you will take action on them.

Tuesday Dec 1st at 7pm @ Glen Allen Library I am going to show you how you can accomplish all of these and more. adhd help tips

If you’re only interested in the videocast with RVAreal.tv then click the picture belowadhd richmond va

Nutrition Tips – Is Your ADHD Ready for School

This blog post is going to discuss 15 different ways to help ADHD in classroom environment. We’ve discussed before what it’s like for a parent, adult, or child with ADHD to go through school. Teachers have initiative to make sure that each student gets through the program, does well on SOL tests, and has a memorable school experience. When it comes to ADHD tips for school, many teachers and parents are finding many ways to help the ADD Brain. Sign Up For “Nutrition Tips” webinar this week below:register-right-now

We are working to implement brainwave-controlled video games into school systems. In this blog post, I’m going to take adaptations from Dr. Hallowell’s book and add my real life personal and professional experience. Handling ADHD at home is much different than learning ADHD Tips for school; so here is the list of tips for teachers of people of all ages who have the traits of ADD/ADHD:

  • Have the kids with ADHD sit toward the front of the room (though not all together). Even better, have a circular seating arrangement. That way, someone is always looking at each student. It is very hard not to pay attention when someone is looking at
  • Dr. Etka: it is now well known that the ADD brain has ‘hemisphericity’, meaning that basically one side is stronger than the other. we also know that the opposite train focuses to the opposite side. thus, by placing a children on the side of the room that has ‘stronger’ hemisphere, the attention and focus can more easily go to the center of the room.
  • Use touch if it is allowed in your school. I shudder to think that Mrs. Eldredge’s arm is now illegal in many schools in this country. But if you are allowed to, touching a child on the shoulder, say, is a great way to provide encouragement and also bring his mind back into the room and the task at hand.

Dr. Etka: this is a ‘touchy’ subject. adults who can calmly place there hand on a child with ADD will help tremendously, but if the ‘touch’ is a stern grab, hold, or anything that can re-stimulate a childs memory of the typical life of an ADD child who has been reprimanded countless times (you catch my drift) – I love touch personally – as long as it is from a well meaning person who can encourage and support my goals and aspirations.


  • Use eye contact. Your eyes can bring attention back into the room.
  • Use kids’ names. When you hear your name it is almost impossible not to pay attention.

Dr. Etka: the eyes are the light of the soul. Looking into someone’s eyes – you can get a sense of what’s really going on inside. use visual connection as a means of communication to give the child the feeling that they are safe, they are understood, and that you really do want to help them. similarly, saying a child’s name in correct tone helps.

  • Never keep kids in for recess. Exercise is essential for mental focus.
  • Consider starting the day with some stretching exercises.
  • Consider having the kids sit not in chairs but on exercise balls. That provides constant musculoskeletal stimulation, which is good for the brain, and also involves the cerebellum, which is good for focus.
  • Emphasize proper brain care with the kids: eat right, get exercise, get enough sleep, don’t overdose on electronics.

Dr. Etka: totally agree!! people with ADHD need a way to ‘blow off’ their excess energy. nutrition is huge with helping to gain better control on impulsiveness of ADHD, the ball idea started in Europe and is wonderful. Chiropractically, it’s the spinal joints that send signals to the cerebellum to get it’s motor going, which then speaks to the pre-frontal cortex.

  • Introduce new topics in terms of old topics already mastered.  Kids with ADHD overheat easily. They get frustrated quickly when they sense they won’t understand something new. So, for example, when you start fractions explain right away that fractions are simply division written differently, and the kids have already learned division.
  • Break down large topics or tasks into small, manageable bits. For example, a book report might be subdivided into eight steps, or a science project outlined in a dozen doable steps. Once again, this helps the child with ADHD not feel overwhelmed. It is also helpful for all the other kids as well.
  • Notice and appreciate successful moments. Kids with ADHD often go through an entire day getting multiple reprimands or therapies without one single affirmation. Imagine how you’d feel if you went through your day like that.

Dr. Etka: at SeaWorld they train big powerful animals to do the amazing. many of the same principles apply here. taking something that may seem complex and showing the animal they already know each separate step, that actually, when put together create a totally awesome new feat of excellence. ( i do this when my extreme athlete sons get scared to try something ‘never done before’. by looking for the child to do the ‘right’ thing, it completely changes the training/teaching process… and the self esteem rises.. (trust me, a child with ADD can bring you tons of joy, or loads of frustration and pain – your choice)

  • Stay in touch with parents, even if you don’t particularly love them. My best advice to teachers is the same advice I give to parents: make friends with each other.

Dr. Etka: not only can ADHD for teachers be very challenging to understand correctly, but also, a daunting task given the amount of kids in a class nowadays; help is mandatory from parents.

  • Make sure the child has eaten properly before school –
  • Don’t let the child or the parent use ADHD as an excuse. ADHD is not an excuse to get out of taking responsibility, but an explanation that leads to taking responsibility more effectively.
  • During school, talk about when the teacher may let the person with ADHD have a snack in between classes.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of the “moral diagnosis,” blaming the child’s difficulties on bad character. Look deeper than that. ADHD is a neurological trait, not a moral infirmity.
  • Above all else, enjoy these kids. Nothing works better than that—both for the kids and for you.

Dr. Etka: I love Ned. he’s is such a genuine guy. understanding ADHD and having the compassion I have now, I have seen so many parents, adults and kids, begin to thrive while learning how to handle their ADD Brain better.

Adaptations taken from Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted ChildEdward H. Hallowell, M.D. and Peter Jensen, M.D. Ballantine, 2008



Controversy: WebMD vs. Dr. Etka – Tips for Drug Side Effects

See if you think these controversial tips are as unhelpful as I do. This piece will be delivered as a mock debate. This article is being adapted from a specific article that is on Webmd.com.

When you read this entirely to the bottom – PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW – WE’LL REPLY ASAP 🙂

Dr. Etka’s disclaimer – reading this article it became painfully obvious that the majority of ‘tips’ were nothing more than changing the medication delivery. Yes, there are a few natural attempts at helping, but I was struck by the complete focus on drugs being the only real solution. My mission has always been to stand up against that in my life and my client’s lives; standing up for finding a better more natural way. ( it is your job to make the decision to talk to your MD about your medications )

So, here are the WebMd tips vs. Dr. Etka tips:

WebMd – Decreased appetite: If your child’s appetite wanes after taking ADHD medicine, give the dose after breakfast so that he or she will eat better in the morning. Serve a large dinner in the evening, when the drug is beginning to wear off. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand; a balanced diet with nutritious, higher-calorie foods and drinks will help to offset any weight loss from the ADHD drug. If your child’s poor appetite lasts for a long period, ask the doctor about reducing the dose or stopping the drug on weekends or summer breaks to allow appetite to return to normal.adhd-sprt-grp-lil-logo

Dr. Etka – people are well aware of the loss of appetite and possible weight loss that comes with many ADHD meds. Throughout the day set up reminders for the patient to eat the healthy snacks, talk with teachers about allowing a special ‘snack’ time, immediately after school have food ready to eat or drink a smoothie that has protein. Without eating the blood sugar fluctuations cause brain trouble. Not to mention when the drugs wear off, which we’ll talk about below.

WebMd – Stomach pain or upset: Don’t give your child medicine on an empty stomach. “For any GI discomfort, taking the medication with or immediately after food will make a very big difference,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – This tip makes me chuckle. Since it is so obvious let’s take it a step further. There’s a growing amount of research evidence about the digestive system being different in people with ADHD. One in particular states “The study of more than 700,000 children found that constipation nearly tripled and fecal incontinence increased six-fold among kids with ADHD”. By adding digestive enzymes, we have found that patients begin to improve, along with keeping a food journal and charting their progress.

WebMd – Sleep problems: Set up a regular bedtime routine that includes relaxing activities, such as bathing or reading. If a stimulant type of ADHD medication prevents your child from sleeping well, ask the doctor about taking the drug earlier in the day or switching from a long-acting to a shorter-acting form . Ask, too, about reducing the dose or stopping the drug in the afternoon to help your child sleep at bedtime.adhd sleep trouble

Dr. Etka – I love the first sentence. The human body loves rhythm. Breathing, walking, heart beating, blinking, sleep cycles. Keeping a solid bedtime routine helps the body to fall asleep. Some people have used melatonin as a sleep aid. Melatonin is a chemical secreted by your brain during REM sleep. It’s important that we get it. It’s not so much a sleep aid, as it is a brain aid. If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can use lavender or a Serenity creating blend to help relax the person to fall asleep easier.

WebMd – Daytime drowsiness: If the ADHD drug atomoxetine (Strattera) is making your child sleepy during the day, ask about giving the drug at bedtime instead of in the morning. You can also check with the doctor about lowering the dose or dividing the dose and giving it twice a day.

Dr. Etka – Not a single MD knows which drug will work for which patient. Does this mean that the child can only be regulated with drugs, day and night? Seriously?! I was put on Strattera for a short time when I was in my late 20’s. I did not use it for long. I would definitely recommend talking to the Dr about this one. The ADHD Brain works very fast, it should not be falling asleep during the day. I do suggest taking breaks after hyper-focused work, maybe a nap, but this would be on purpose to rejuvenate, not because of drug weariness.

WebMd – Rebounding effects: When ADHD drugs wear off in the afternoon or evening, some children have more ADHD symptoms or irritability. To prevent this “rebounding,” ask your child’s doctor about using a longer-lasting medication or taking a small dose of fast-acting stimulant later in the day.

Dr. Etka – Again, the tips is to take more medication? Drugs can do 2 things, make something go up or make it go down. When it wears off, we are all aware of the wave of symptoms and uncontrolledness that happens. Plan ahead for this. Eat something 30 minutes before the time the drug typically wears off, and/or let the person be outside, or being active, not engaged in doing things that require a lot of mental effort or self-control. We don’t want to raise kids thinking they can only ‘Be’- by having chemicals inside them. That’s just asking for trouble.adhd for teachers

WebMd – Mood changes: Keep an eye out for changes in your child’s mood. If you see changes, such as lessened emotional expression or suicidal thinking, alert your child’s doctor right away.

Dr. Etka – ‘When’ not ‘if’. I’ve lost count of how many stories I’ve heard and dealt with concerning this issue. Talk to the person with ADHD, have them tell you what they feel, how they feel, and be very vigilant of their language and tone. As far as emotions go, it’s important to begin a program of improving their ability to handle emotions correctly and function in society.

WebMd – Heart problems: Since there have been rare reports of serious heart problems in patients taking ADHD drugs, tell your child’s doctor about any heart problems in the family. “If there’s any history of significant heart problems, the physician may closely monitor, particularly if they’re using stimulants. Or they may even decide to get an EKG to make sure that the child does not have any cardiac problem,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – The words ‘serious’ and ‘significant’ aren’t defined in this tip. That makes me nervous. I would have a conversation with the MD about what those terms mean. These drugs do change the hearts electrical activity – be sure of that.

Every month new alternative ways of handling ADD/ADHD are being incorporated into wellness minded solutions. Our ADHD Rescue program is on the fore-front of helping people get their lives back naturally. We use a special combination on Chiropractic, Physical/Cognitive/Auditory/Visual/Balance Exercises, Correct Personalized Nutrition, ADHD Coaching, Neurofeedback, Psychological Assessments, and the list is growing weekly.

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