ADHD TREATMENT AND MULTIMODAL APPROACH
Treatments will vary, since ADHD can affect different functional areas of the diagnosed person. There are several options to help help children or adults manage their symptoms.
Treatment usually includes behavioral therapies, medication, or both.
MODES OF TREATMENT OF ADHD
Parents, teachers, and friends sometimes become frustrated with the ADHD patient’s symptoms and behaviors, when they are distracted, impulsive, or unable to remain seated.
Incorporating multiple modes of treatment usually produces the best results in those with ADHD.
Multimodal treatment plans have a proven track record. This method attacks ADHD from all angles and often helps clear the path for a child to one day live a successful and fulfilling life Due to the impact this disorder may have in diverse life areas it is necessary to operate in cognitive, behavioral, educational, effective, familiar and social aspects. This approach aims to improve nuclear symptoms of the disorder, reduce associated problems with ADHD, encourage academic adjustment, reduce the environmental impact, acquire skills and strategies for overall performance in life.
For this reason, in our project we are convinced that chess is a powerful and effective tool, complementary to others in the treatment of ADHD.
MULTIMODAL APPROACH IN ADHD
Three fundamental pillars should be considered for the multimodal approach:
Pharmacologic: Medication prescribed by a psychiatric may be helpful for children or adults and are designed to affect brain chemicals in a way that enables for better control of impulses and actions. Central nervous system stimulants are the most commonly prescribed ADHD medications, which increases the number of brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine. Medication is not a permanent cure for ADHD but may help to moderate most of the symptoms.
Therapeutic treatments: There are several therapy options. Once the child or adult is diagnosed, the specialist may advise the best option (Psychotherapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, parent training or support groups.) Studies demonstrate that medical treatment accompanied by psychotherapy intervention could yield important results.
Therapy is also effective in treating additional problems related to ADHD comorbidities, such as anxiety, conduct disorders, or learning disabilities. Within cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychopedagogical attention, testing the therapeutic effect of chess training may improve social and cognitive skills including attention, concentration, problem-solving capacity and other executive functions (working memory, multitasking, monitoring, etc.).
Psychopedagogical: Has the intent to improve the child or teenager’s academic performance through Psychopedagogical reeducation with curricular adjustments towards improving adaptation in school, to reduce negative ADHD effects in education. This intervention may proceed by the school and teacher’s active participation in detecting behavioral issues and approaching the child’s special needs.
Extracurricular alternatives after school are beneficial to your child’s schedule and routines. We offer Chess-based Cognitive Training Plans, as a very beneficial proposal for the person diagnosed with ADHD.
Do you want to know more about this alternative pedagogical and therapeutic treatment for your child?
Is ADHD curable?
First of all, we must clarify that ADHD is a disorder, and not a disease, and therefore it is not something that has to be “cured” properly speaking.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can have many degrees and present in multiple ways, depending on whether one symptom or another predominates. It is not a disease that has to be “cured” or “fixed”.
The objective should not be to “cure” ADHD, but rather to learn to live with the limitations that ADHD may imply, in the school, family, social, or professional context.
Learning to live with ADHD sometimes entails pharmacological treatment in the most severe cases. However, a multimodal treatment approach is necessary, which should also emphasize the psychological and pedagogical aspects. Within this context, it is in this last aspect that we propose our Cognitive Training Plans based on chess as a complementary treatment for ADHD. These plans bring together a set of exercises specifically designed to improve the cognitive abilities that require more work in people diagnosed with ADHD: attention, concentration, memory, spatial vision, calculation, planning, time management. On many occasions, physical and motor skills work is also advisable, especially helped by specialized physiotherapy in ADHD and psychomotor skills.
Training Plans for ADHD
We have at your disposal different chess exercises specifically designed for the complementary treatment of ADHD.
These exercises are grouped into three different Cognitive Training Plans
- Chess doesn’t require a team, or a sunny day or a lot of expensive equipment or a special location. You don’t have to quit when you reach a certain “age,” or are “past your prime.”
- Chess may be played seriously or just for fun, if you can’t find a nearby human opponent there’s always the Internet or a lot of chess computer programs.
- Chess is a lifetime group activity as well. … there are many organized group chess activities …thousands of chess clubs with organized team events as well as more traditional tournaments.