Too often ADHD is treated with medication and behavior management and the outcomes are insufficient. The good news is that there are a number of non-medication treatment options that are available and effective. There is growing concern about the long term use of stimulants and the side effects medication can have on your clients. Listen to this seminar recording and take home strategies and treatment options that will get to the root of the problem rather than ignore or controlling it.
Learn how to utilize the latest brain based research and understand what brain imaging is teaching us about the characteristic patterns associated with ADHD. Use this knowledge of how the brain is “mis” behaving to guide and direct creative interventions that will have a positive impact on ADHD as well as a range of co-morbid issues in your clients including depression, anxiety and learning problems. Learn practical interventions informed by the latest brain research and achieve better outcomes with your clients. Understand ADHD in an entirely new way and utilize new interventions that you can use immediately and will be effective with the children you treat.
Analyze how omega supplements help neurons communicate more effectively.
Implement movement in the classroom to reduce ADHD symptoms.
Determine two reasons why children with ADHD act 2-3 years younger than chronological age.
Establish how the lack of maturation in the frontal lobe influences inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
Explore the side effects that sleep deprivation has on the ADHD brain.
Support the findings that more time in nature reduces the symptoms of ADHD.
Why Not Medication?
Concerns with long-term stimulant use
Does stimulant use lead to drug abuse?
ADHD and the “Immature” Brain
Brain imaging evidence
Implications for Treatment
Exercise and the brain
Integrated movement systems
Yoga and Qigong
The role of rhythm and timing
Creative classroom applications
Garbage in, garbage out: You are what you eat
Glucose and brain power
The role of protein and fats
Supplements and Omega-3’s
Food additives and pesticides
Is organic really necessary
What about water?
Optimal diet for ADHD
Frontal Lobe Skill Building
Use it or lose it: Games for impulse control and working memory
Cognitive training programs
ADHD and Nervous System Hypersensitivity
Overstimulation as a role in ADHD
Stress and sympathetic arousal patterns
Implications for treatment
Breathwork and heart rate variability biofeedback
Light and sound strategies
About the Speaker:
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN, is a licensed psychologist at the Student Health Center, Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, at the University of Missouri. Dr. Tarrant is also co-owner of Spring Grove Counseling and Wellness Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. Dr. Tarrant received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Counseling Psychology. He is certified in EEG biofeedback and has additional training in Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Training, martial arts, Qi Gong, Touch for Health and CranioSacral Therapy.
Dr. Tarrant’s areas of expertise include biofeedback, stress management, psychological evaluation of children and adolescents and multi-modal approaches to treating ADHD. Dr. Tarrant has served as a consultant to school districts, the State of Missouri Division of Family Services, The Girl Scouts of America, and numerous community social service programs. He has taught and supervised students at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Lincoln University. Dr. Tarrant has conducted over 500 psychological evaluations on children, adolescents, and adults. For the past ten years, Dr. Tarrant served as the primary psychological evaluator for 13 public schools. This process led to a deep and complex understanding of many of the most commonly (mis)diagnosed disorders in children and adolescents.
Dr. Tarrant’s treatment program for ADHD includes approaches from the fields of nutrition, exercise, educational kinesiology, aromatherapy, meditation, and the use of various technologies (e.g., audio visual entrainment, EEG biofeedback). These approaches offer complementary and alternative treatments to medication. Dr. Tarrant has presented to over 200 audiences. He is a popular presenter with a broad range of knowledge, high energy and sense of humor. Dr. Tarrant is currently conducting several research studies on the effectiveness of heart rate variability biofeedback as a treatment for stress and anxiety in college students.