#The Doctor Who Gave up Drugs

Thanks to the #BBC for Dr Chris Van Tulleken taking about the drugs we give to our children, from a very young age. I really recommend you catch up the #BBC  #The Doctor who gave up drugs:  Series 2 episode 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b4jjq3.  Dr Chris explored pain relief medicine for the very young and behavioral medication for ADHD. He included eminent experts and I was particularly struck by the following quotes:

  • “We are establishing a pattern of behavior in our kids that whatever is wrong, can be treated by medication.” Dr Heath.
  • “Everything is grey and dull – the fun is sucked out of him” a mother and ADHD child.
  • “Although there are some short-term gains, there is very little evidence of any long-term benefits of medication for #ADHD.”

We watched #Professor Susan Bogels from Amsterdam, running a #mindful #meditation programme for several ADHD children.  Chris’ comment was “Who would ever take on the challenge to teach kids with ADHD mindful meditation.”  But the results were very impressive in creating a calm environment both in and outside of the children.

#Empowering #Learning also takes on this challenge for students with a very similar and complementary approach, teaching students to become grounded. We also teach students how to get their mental images under control, that reduces their anxiety and distractibility, which is a valuable addition to mindfulness. Don’t forget that these students have great skills of imagination so we don’t want them to lose their strengths, we want to offer them stills to keep them under control when necessary.

I should be pleased to help you with your students or family members: Just give me a call on 07970-854388 or email olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk.

#empoweringlearning #adhd #medication #mindfullness #mindful




About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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