Medication is not the only Treatment for Learning Disabilities

Arnie Gotfryd runs a learning center to treat children like his own son with ADHD without using medication.

Arnie Gotfryd runs a learning center to treat children like his own son with ADHD without using medication.

The most common treatment for learning disabilities is prescribed medication but for parents seeking out a different approach, the brain training therapy described in this article can be an alternative.

by Jennifer Libman -

Maxi Mind Learning Centres, an educational service based in Thornhill, Ont., believes we can change the belief that learning disabilities like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and dyslexia need to be treated with medications. Instead of using drugs to mask the underlying issues, Maxi Minds uses brain-training exercises to helps its clients improve their concentration, memory, mood and academic performance.

Arnie Gotfryd, director of Maxi Mind, began researching brain-training techniques more than 10 years ago when one of his children needed an alternative to the conventional medical treatment of ADHD.

“In a way, I was forced into this work, and the response from the community has been astounding. With so many children being diagnosed with learning disabilities, the need for new technologies to help them succeed is imperative.”

Maxi Mind uses cutting edge technology to help students improve their focus and learn to process information efficiently.

One of the most common techniques involves sensory training exercises. “You might see a student standing on an adjustable balance board, hitting a pendulum ball over targets while listening to music. This multisensory stimulation trains the mind to focus with all its senses. When you do this often enough, the brain starts to make connections for faster, more efficient processing,” Gotfryd said.

Another technique used by Maxi Mind is engineered listening. “We’ll have students listen to Mozart or other complex orchestral pieces and have the music filtered to frequencies according to the neurological needs of the child. This stimulates the brain to improve processing and to stabilize mood,” he said.

Focus training uses brain waves to control educational computer games. “With this technique, we use software to pick up brain waves. Your mind is like the computers mouse and is used to navigate through the game. When you’re more focused, your game improves. The child can actually see their mental state on the screen.”

Parents often turn to Maxi Mind after a child is having trouble with school. “Its always a variation of the same issues – the child is acting out, they can’t sit still, or they can’t get organized, and the teacher or principle will suggest to parents that their child sees a doctor to get prescribed medications.”

Read more at A different way to look at learning disabilities.

[Via The Canadian Jewish News]

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