ADHD Focus Strategies-Learning Styles Testing

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Testing for learning styles is an essential part of ADHD diagnosis and is absolutely necessary before trying to plan for ways to improve one’s focus and attention span.

Dr. Stephen Guffanti and I have been added to the Howtolearn.com expert panel for ADHD-behavior problems and recently answered a subscriber’s questions about strategic planning for learning to focus as an ADHD adult. The same principles in evaluating an adult for ADHD apply to both children and teens suspected of being ADHD.

Once a proper and accurate ADHD diagnosis has been made, a parent, educator or healthcare professional must decide what type of learning style the adult, teen or child possesses in order to put together a realistic ADHD treatment plan for learning attention-holding-focus-hyper focusing skills.

I explain to parents, teachers and other doctors that failing to evaluate what type of learner a person is before outlining and prescribing behavioral training is like getting in a car to go on vacation without a roadmap-not knowing how to get there-much less not knowing where you’re headed.

If you’re considering ADHD behavioral therapy or ADHD focus training for your child, teen or spouse, you might want to take a look at this answer and question session from howtolearn.com.

http://www.howtolearn.com/2011/06/ask-experts-questions-adhd-focus-strategies

It’s very important that we spread the word about ADHD misdiagnosis as new data indicates that as many as 10% of US children and teens will be diagnosed as ADHD this next year. This could mean more than 12 million children will be labeled as ADHD and at least 25% of those or about 3 million will have been misdiagnosed as ADHD, wrongfully labeled and inappropriately treated with drugs-many of which have terrible side effects!

Remember: learning style problems and sensory integration disorders that impair learning-vision-hearing-touch-all problems that can mimic ADHD causing ADHD misdiagnosis!

One child misdiagnosed as ADHD is one child too many!

Before you allow your child to be labeled as ADHD, before you enroll him or her in expensive-lengthy focus –behavioral training, you should test him or her for learning style and you just might discover he or she has been mistaken for ADHD.
Dr. Frank
 

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