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TOP TEN Coping Strategies: Discipline Techniques for Your ADHD Child

Natural treatment for ADHD: Study tips for ADHD children

How do you get your child to do homework, stop tormenting brothers and sisters, do daily chores, pick up clothes and toys from the floor (not to mention wet towels from the bathroom floor!) – all those things that seem relatively easy for other children? Do you as a parent feel useless, frustrated and incompetent? Remember first and foremost you are not alone! There is a lot of support for parents who are struggling to cope with their childrens' ADD/ADHD and many tools at your disposal.

To add to your tool box our Clinical Psychologist, Michele Carelse, (through her years of experience helping children and their parents cope better with ADD/ADHD) goes back to the basics and has compiled important coping strategies and discipline techniques that, when followed through, will help to turn your home and daily routine from utter chaos and stress back to ordered calm with moments of peace and quiet in sight!

1. NEVER underestimate the importance of consistency and routine

Maintain as much routine and consistency in your child's life as possible. ADHD children respond very well to routine and ritual as it helps them to use their limited concentration abilities on other things and also helps them to feel safer. If your child is little, have a definite bedtime and stick to it. Have a routine at night (dinner, bath, story, lights out) and keep it the same every night. Try to avoid major or frequent changes if possible. Ensure that family relationships are stable. All children need this, but ADHD children find conflict and chaos in the family even more difficult to handle and often show this by becoming out of control and disobedient.

Be very consistent in your discipline. If you are a two parent family, try and follow through and keep all rules the same and do not allow inconsistency. What applies to today must apply to tomorrow. Don't be tempted to allow your child to 'get away' with something because YOU are tired, for example!

While on the subject of discipline, try not to use physical punishment like hitting your child and try hard not to shout. Rather work out a system of 'points' or rewards along with a system of 'consequences' and apply it very firmly. It is very easy to become frustrated with ADHD children and they are often punished and yelled at. Teachers and parents tend to say hurtful things like 'YOU NEVER listen!' or 'What's WRONG with you?!' and all of these things become part of the child's self concept, causing further behavioural and emotional problems.

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2. Limit TV and video games!

Limit the hours spent watching television and playing computer games (Here the family will have to be disciplined as well). I advise no television on school nights and perhaps two hours in total during the weekend. No television before school. Television and computer games in excess affect the child's ability to concentrate at school and can also cause reading problems in sensitive children.

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3. Develop their social skills

Younger ADHD children may have to be taught social skills more carefully than the average child. Most children learn about social cues and messages almost automatically. Children who are impulsive or have difficulty paying attention often misinterpret social cues. They may snatch toys, push in front of other children or interfere with their games. They may be labelled selfish or called bullies. Try and be patient and explain to them what the right thing to do is, rather than shouting at them. Say "Johnny felt cross with you because he was busy with a puzzle and then you tried to do it for him. Try and find one to do by yourself" or "People sometimes feel funny if we stand very close to them. We each have our own space that we like to keep. Pretend that you have a hula hoop around you and don't get closer than the hula hoop space!"

4. Make sure you are communicating clearly and distinctly

This may seem simple, but think about it carefully! GET YOUR CHILD'S ATTENTION BEFORE YOU GIVE AN INSTRUCTION! Do not communicate with your child from one room to another, for example. Some children may cope with this, but it is difficult for ADHD children to focus on what you are saying. Call your child. Stand in front of her. Look in her eyes and say her name - say "Jane, look at Mummy. I want you to go and have a bath, OK?" Keep eye contact all the way through the instruction. Make sure your child replies to you and says "Yes, Mummy" before she runs off. If she fails to carry out the instruction, call her back and get eye contact again. Kindly but firmly say "What did I just ask you to do?" Repeat your instruction if necessary.

Tell your child WHEN you want something done. If you say "I want you to have a bath" or "Go and do your chores" your child will readily agree - and then not do anything! You must always try to give some warning to get your child used to the idea first - "In five minutes it will be time for your bath, OK" (Remember to do this with eye contact) Then when the time comes, say "I want you to get into your bath now"

Give ONE instruction at a time! Most parents are guilty of not doing this at the best of times! If your child struggles to pay attention and remember things it makes sense to say one thing at a time. So don't say "I want you go to your room, get undressed, put your clothes in the wash, have a bath and then do your homework. Oh - and don't forget to feed the dog!" The chances are good that your child will follow the first instruction ("Go to your room") and then get lost in some other activity!

5. Help your child learn how to prompt his or her memory

Help your older child to learn to use check lists and other prompts to assist his memory. (e.g. "Before leaving school, I must have three things - school bag, lunch box and jersey." "When I get home, I must tick off my chores on the list I have pinned up in my room"). Devise a reward system should the lists work for a whole week.

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6. Keep in touch with your child’s teacher regularly

Speak often to your child's teachers. Tell them what works for you and hear what works for them. Communicate with the teachers on a regular basis so that you know what is happening in your child's life outside the home and don't only find things out when they are too far advanced. While on the subject of school, ADHD children tend to function better in smaller classes (less distraction) with teachers who are kind, consistent, patient, but very firm and who communicate clearly! It is usually better for them to sit in front of the class and in a place which has the least distractions.

7. Play games that promote concentration, listening skills and memory

A good one is the alphabet game. It can be played by two or more people. The first person thinks of an animal name that begins with 'A'. (e.g. Antelope). The next person repeats this and adds one with 'B', (e.g. bear). So she says 'Antelope, Bear'. The next person then thinks of an animal beginning with the letter 'C' (e.g. Cow) and says 'Antelope, Bear, Cow'. Continue until the whole alphabet is used up. It can be quite fun and is excellent for promoting listening skills, memory and concentration.

You can also play the Shopping List game. Again using the alphabet, each person thinks of an item of shopping beginning with the relevant letter and says "I went to the shop and bought some........." Turn by turn the list is repeated and a new item added on each time. The last round would look something like this "I went to the shop and bought some aniseed, butter, cabbage, doughnuts, eggs, fish, guavas, ham, ice lollies, jam, kleenex, lettuce, mayo, nectarines, onions, plums, quinces, rice, sausage, tomatoes, umbrellas, vitamins, whiskey, xerox paper, yams and zucchini!

For visual memory and concentration, ask your children to cut out pictures of five or more items and paste them on a page. Each child gets a turn to show her picture to the group for 10 seconds and then turn it face down. Every child then writes down the items that he can remember. See who can remember all the items! The older the children, the more items should be used. Games like 'Simon Says' and 'Statues' are familiar to all of us from our childhood and also help to promote listening skills. There are many inexpensive card games which one can buy which help to develop memory and concentration skills. Pay a visit to your local toy shop and see what you can find.

8. Treatment for ADD/ADHD: Explore your options

"Consider alternatives to strong prescription drugs and inform yourself about the side effects in the long and the short term. Some children respond very well to homeopathic remedies for ADHD. I have formulated a homeopathic remedy called 'BrightSpark' which I have used for years in my practice and which has helped many children, especially if the above guidelines are also followed. We also use a 100% herbal remedy called Focus ADHD Formula which addresses all the major symptoms of ADHD without the risk of dependence or any of the major side effects associated with some prescription drugs." - Michele Carelse

Find out more about how our 100% natural and trusted solution - BrightSpark and Focus Formula 

9. The importance of diet and exercise knows no bounds!

Making sure your child is eating the right foods and getting enough exercise will help not only to keep them healthy but will also help them to cope better with their ADD/ADHD, which in turn will result in a more disciplined child both at home and at school!

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10. Last (but certainly not least!) remember positive affirmations go a long way!

Above all, make a special effort to highlight positives in your child. It is something we all need! Make time to have fun and spend time with your child and keep the communication channels open.
Tell him that you love him and admire him and show him often by giving him a hug!

Is there a diet for ADHD? Does it work?

ADHD Diet. Natural Treatment for ADHD

More and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD each year.  With the ADHD phenomenon on the rise, parents are looking for alternative treatments to replace conventional prescription medications that doctors often prescribe. While there are a number of behavioural therapies and natural remedies that can help the ADHD child, did you know that diet can also play a very important role in improving concentration levels and reducing hyperactivity?

Are there foods that your child should be eating to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity? Or are there things that your child should avoid eating because they increase hyperactivity and distractibility, while affecting concentration?

While there is no scientific evidence that ADHD is caused by a bad diet, studies do suggest that diet and nutrition can make a significant difference for those diagnosed with ADHD.

We look at helpful ways to manage your child’s ADHD by eliminating certain foods, changing foods and including supplements. In fact, follow these ADHD tips for any child and you will see improvements in their ability to concentrate and do their best in the classroom!

  1. Eat brain-healthy foods

Include foods that are high in protein such as lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, beans or nuts. These brain foods will improve concentration and memory and mental functioning.

  1. Add more omega3 fatty acids

Studies show that improvement in attention has been shown when omega-3 fatty acids have been included in the diet. Omega-3’s are important building blocks for the brain and can definitely benefit the ADHD child’s life. Foods that contain omega 3’s include salmon, tuna, avocado, walnuts, brazil nuts, olive and canola oil. Add an omega-3 fatty acid supplement for extra brain support.

  1. Include complex carbohydrates

Choose good carbs to increase brain functioning and mood. These are complex carbohydrates which provide energy to help keep you focused and attentive. Keep complex carbs such as veggies, fruits (apples, pears, oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, tangerines), whole wheat bread, oat meal, brown rice, bean and lentils readily available for kids to eat.  

  1. Cut down on simple carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates causes blood sugar levels to spike which then increases  energy levels. By now we all know what happens when our kids overload on sugar! Not too long afterwards they are bouncing off the wall which is usually followed by moodiness and irritability! Keep simple carbs such as sugary foods, white bread, white flour, white rice, fizzy drinks, honey and corn syrup to a minimum.  

  1. Increase vitamin supplements

Certain vitamin supplements have also been shown to have a positive effect on children with ADHD. Include zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil, primrose oil to reduce hyperactivity & inattentiveness and improve concentration. Kids are not usually big fans of these supplements because they don’t like the oily taste or size of the capsule but they are now available in various palatable flavours. 

  1. Watch out for food additives

Check food labels carefully! Preservatives, added flavouring and colourants can all spark off problems, especially in children who are sensitive to these added chemicals.  Watch out for sneaky culprits, tartrazine and MSG (monosodium glutamate) which are known to have adverse effects on your health.  Choose unprocessed foods that are as natural as possible. Challenge your family to start eating clean by including whole foods, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats.

 Keep a food diary

A good idea is to keep a food diary, recording what your child eats and then observing changes in behaviour. All children are different and it is a good idea to learn about what affects your child. When your child is bouncing around and it’s past his bedtime, it may be a good idea to try and remember what he ate earlier. 

  1. Choose natural remedies

Together with a healthier diet and changing certain foods, try natural remedies to improve concentration and attention span. Feelgood Health’s mood, behaviour and concentration remedies, Focus Formula, BrightSpark, Triple Complex Brain Tonic and Mindsoothe Jr are effective, gentle and safe to use for children of all ages.     

While diet is not necessarily a cure-all, treating ADHD holistically can definitely help to manage this condition effectively. Manage your child’s ADHD by making small improvements to their diet and you may be quite surprised to see the change in their overall behaviour as well as concentration levels.

 

Is your child hyperactive? Our Clinical Psychologist’s talks about how to tell if there's a problem

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Does your child struggle to sit still? Is he always moving, fidgeting or jumping around? Does he talk non-stop? You may have also received a note from the teacher complaining that your child’s behaviour is disrupting the rest of the class. Is your child just very energetic or could he be hyperactive? If your child’s activity levels are causing you concern, read what our Clinical Psychologist says about hyperactivity and how you will know if there is a problem.

What is hyperactivity?

Hyperactivity means being overactive or more active than usual. It can also be accompanied by impulsivity, a shorter attention span, being easily distracted, unable to concentrate or even being aggressive. This type of behaviour is not really easy to define – hyperactive behaviour may seem excessive for some people but for others it may be completely normal to have an energetic, enthusiastic kid bouncing around.

It is perfectly normal for preschoolers and young children to have an abundance of energy. Older children, teenagers and even adults also have  naturally higher energy and activity levels than others. 
However, some children’s hyperactivity levels are much higher when compared to others and this can become a problem if it affects their school work or social interactions. 
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How to tell if it’s hyperactivity or ADHD?

Nowadays when someone says that your child is hyperactive, parents immediately think that it means your child has ADHD. Hyperactivity is ONE of the signs of ADHD! ADHD is not just defined as having a hyperactive child running and jumping around.

Unfortunately, it is far more complex than that! While the major symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, it is also paired with impulsivity, inattention, difficulty following instructions, not being able to complete homework and tasks at school and talking far too much. Not all children will have the same symptoms, every child’s situation is unique  – some  kids may only experience hyperactivity with impulsivity while others may experience hyperactivity together with impulsivity, inattention, trouble focussing and forgetfulness. 

Here are a few things to bear in mind
1. Age:  While preschool children can sometimes be exhausting, professionals would very seldom apply the label ‘hyperactive’ or ‘ADHD’ to them, even to a child who is very ‘busy’. This is because the energy levels and brain structure of pre-school children naturally pre-dispose them to be very active and impulsive. Activity levels need to be outside the age appropriate range before being diagnosed as problematic .
2. School environment: Teachers and schools differ in their approaches and not all schools or teachers suit all children. For example, a highly intelligent child who is very curious and wants to ask many questions may feel repressed  and frustrated by a teacher who requires her pupils to sit down and learn in a passive way. Such a child may fare better with a teacher who encourages enthusiasm and challenges the child with interesting learning material.
3. Family context: Small children are not as capable as adults at talking about their feelings, so they tend to ‘act out’ when there is a problem.  Sometimes ‘naughtiness’ and over active behaviour may be a sign that there is a problem in the family and the child may be anxious, angry or depressed.
4. Diet: They say you are what you eat and this is especially true of children. Some children are more sensitive than others to certain food ingredients. Things to look out for are sugar, food colouring, preservatives and stimulants like caffeine in chocolate, Coca Cola and other fizzy drinks and energy drinks. Try cutting these out in preference for healthy, home made food and fresh fruit juices and see if this makes a difference to children with hyperactivity
5.Individual differences:  Some children are just naturally more active than others. Try and find activities that will keep them active like active sports or learning a martial art. Not only will this keep them active in a more appropriate way, but it will also teach them discipline and self control.
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When to get help

If you are concerned that your child may be showing signs of ADHD, the best person to speak to would be an Educational or Clinical Psychologist, who would take a comprehensive history (to rule out other causes of hyperactivity) and perform certain psychometric tests to assess concentration, IQ  and learning ability. If a problem is identified, parents can be counselled on ways to help their child.

Our Clinical Psychologist says, "Traditionally, doctors prescribe medications such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall to treat ADHD symptoms to help children to cope. While these medications may treat the symptoms, they have some horrific side effects ranging from nervousness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, nausea, stunting of growth and even heart problems to overexcitement. For this reason, I prefer to recommend natural remedies for my patients with ADHD, along with a holistic approach encompassing, diet, parent counselling, and appropriate learning methods for the particular child. In the Feelgood Health range, Focus Formula and BrightSpark are specially formulated to treat children who have been diagnosed with ADHD as well as for children who only have trouble focusing and concentrating''.

Focus Formula is a herbal formula which acts as a brain tonic to promote concentration, memory and the ability to focus attention without distraction. It reduces hyperactivity and restlessness and is a naturally calming tonic for children, without making them sleepy or drowsy. BrightSpark is a 100% homeopathic remedy which has been formulated to work together with Focus Formula. As a homeopathic remedy for ADHD, BrightSpark addresses, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and behavioural issues that act as an impediment to learning.   

Each product is effective on its own - however the best recommendation is a combination of the two products. While BrightSpark works on the cause and can be a long term benefit, Focus Formula works to relieve symptoms, while also improving cerebral blood flow and helping the brain to heal itself. By using a combination of two remedies that work differently you have the best chance for success.

Sometimes additional support may be needed and Triple Complex Brain Tonic and MindSoothe Jr are great remedies to use together with Focus Formula and BrightSparkTriple Complex Brain Tonic contains a selection of tissue salts to improve brain functioning, concentration and memory and to balance mood.

Very often, children with ADHD may experience sadness, withdrawal, aggression or other behavioural problems which all result in behavioural problems when children ‘act out’ their unhappiness. MindSoothe Jr is a herbal remedy which helps to encourage a balanced mood and promote emotional and psychological wellbeing in children. Because MindSoothe Jr works directly on brain chemicals such as serotonin, it also helps to improve concentration and behaviour in children with underlying anxiety or depression.
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What you can do to help

1. Keep a regular routine for mealtimes and bedtime
Children with ADHD need set routines as they usually find it difficult to cope with and adjust to changes. Give them ample warning of any activities or special events that may be coming up – you can mark this on a calendar or notice board so that they can see when it will be taking place.
2. Communicate with your child’s teachers
Keep in contact with your child’s teachers about their progress in class. Find out how you can help your child with certain subjects and monitor homework and projects.
3. Help your child to be organised
Children who are hyperactive tend be disorganised and all over the place. As a parent, you need to help your child to be more organised by keeping a diary to write down homework, assignments or upcoming tests and projects. Encourage your child to keep his or her room neat and tidy and free of clutter and try to set aside a study area that is tidy and uncluttered with the minimum of distractions. Help your child learn how to work with check lists to prevent them from forgetting things like homework diaries, books, sports equipment, etc.
4. Give clear instructions
When you speak to your child, remember to make eye contact while giving clear instructions. Make sure that you speak slowly and quietly – do not shout or raise your voice! Children with ADHD need to be able to process what you are saying and if you are irritated or upset, you will not the desired response.  Give one clear  instruction at a time rather than a string of instructions.
5. Show your child lots of love and affection
Be careful not to focus too much on your child’s behavioural problems and difficulties at school as this will affect their self-esteem and confidence. Be sure to let them know that you love them and are proud of them. Children need that validation from their parents in order show their potential.
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ADD and ADHD the natural approach

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It’s a little known fact that at his birth, Albert Einstein’s mother was concerned that her infant's head was too large. As the years passed his delay in speaking and poor language skills in early childhood added to her concern. At school, Albert clashed with authority and resented the strict school regimen. He had enormous tantrums, a stubborn streak and was only interested in subjects that engaged him, ignoring all else. This on-again, off-again concentration problem resulted in Albert being labeled as a poor student and a slow learner. Onlookers speculated that he had a form of Autism or Dyslexia with possible ADD/ADHD! Little did they know that history would have a completely different story to tell! …

The legend...

It was also rumored that a teacher had once commented of Einstein that he would ‘never amount to anything’! There is even a documented account of a housekeeper voicing her concern that he was ‘retarded’. It was not to be the only time Albert Einstein would be criticized for his ‘peculiarities’ and oddities. Many children have their own little habits and way of doing things that may seem ‘weird’. Some fidget, interrupt others or have difficulty staying seated during class. This does not mean that they are rude, ‘bad’ students, less intelligent or uninterested in learning. On the contrary, many extremely bright children are simply bored as a result of work being too easy! They may even be future Einstein’s!

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a condition affecting many children today. A child may find it difficult to concentrate, listen to instructions or follow through with certain tasks. They are seen to exist in ‘their own chaotic world’. Teachers and even parents may become frustrated trying to focus their child on activities and schoolwork.

You may notice your child:

  • Becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds
  • Fails to pay attention to details and making careless mistakes
  • Loses or forgets things like toys, or pencils, books
  • Rarely follows instructions carefully and completely
  • Feels restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming
  • Runs, climbs, or leaves the seat, in situations where sitting or quiet behaviour is expected
  • Blurts out answers before hearing the whole question
  • Has difficulty waiting in line or for a turn

It is important to remember that most young children will show similar behaviour as part of normal development. In fact, there are other conditions that may look like ADD/ADHD. These include:

  1. Underachievement at school due to a learning disability
  2. Attention lapses caused by petit mal seizures
  3. A middle ear infection that causes an intermittent hearing problem
  4. Disruptive or unresponsive behaviour due to anxiety or depression

So what IS the natural approach?

Using a holistic approach to healing, we recommend a combination of the herbal Focus Formula tonic with the homeopathic BrightSpark remedy. Formulated by a Clinical Psychologist in conjunction with experts in the field of natural medicine, these remedies have shown significant success for children suffering from ADD and ADHD!

Focus Formula is an all-natural remedy formulated by a clinical psychologist especially for children. It is safe and gentle - with no side effects. It will not deaden emotion or make your child a 'blank zombie' as it contains no sedatives. It can be used at home or at school to naturally:

  • Reduce hyperactivity and restlessness
  • Calm and soothe your child and reduce mood swings
  • Improve your child’s concentration, memory and attention span
  • Improve alertness and mental focus
  • Calm over-active minds
  • Reduce impulsiveness and aggression

BrightSpark helps targets symptoms of restless, impulsivity and aggression often associated with ADD and ADHD. BrightSpark will help your child to:

  • Relax, calm down and be less impulsive
  • Listen more carefully, follow instructions, concentrate better
  • Be less distractible, achieve better results at school
  • Reduce anger and behaviour problems (ODD - oppositional defiance disorder)
  • Reduce tics (Tourette's Disorder)

Although these two remedies work effectively independently from one another, for optimal results we recommend using both in conjunction with each other. When you order both you receive a 10% discount!

A note on ADD and ADHD: Sometimes, no matter how gently the topic is discussed with a child, the 'stigma' of ADD and ADHD can cause a child to feel that he or she doesn't 'fit in' or is 'different' from other children.  Around the time of pre-teen age this realisation may occur and a child may feel that they are in some way inferior to other children - this is of course not the case! However, for mild depression and feelings of not belonging we would suggest MindSoothe Jr. to help counteract these very real and understandable feelings.

With correct treatment and understanding the future of a child with ADD/ADHD looks bright!

However misunderstood Einstein may have been in his early development, according to "A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History" Einstein is now seen as "the greatest scientist of the twentieth century and one of the supreme intellects of all time."

It was rumored that a teacher had once commented of Albert Einstein, that he would ‘never amount to anything’!

Have you been told your child has ADHD?

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For most parents being called into a school principal's office or to a meeting with a teacher is pretty nerve-wracking. Add to this the issue of ADHD and ADD and there is a potential recipe for some very tense discussion.  Here are some great tips to navigate through and find the best solution for your child… 

  1. Avoid the Blame Game

Try to avoid heated arguments. This is often as a result of discussing what is best for your child and where the responsibility lies to meet these needs. Teachers may argue that a child needs structure at home and parents may feel the classroom atmosphere is to blame. A parent may feel the teacher is expecting too much – while the teacher may feel the expectations of a parent are too low. Pointing fingers will not solve the issue and chances are the real issue of your child will be missed. The answer is somewhere in the middle. Try to leave any pre-conceptions at the door, and remember you are there to find the best solution for your child. 

  1. Respect each other

Parents: close your eyes and imagine your child on his worst day, then times that by 25 other kids in a classroom. Teachers: imagine a student on a particularly bad day and then imagine that child 7 days a week. Remember that there are always two sides to a story so try to leave room for empathy and compromise. A teacher was once a student and likewise a parent was once a student. Remember too that school has changed since then and that today's classroom may have a vastly different dynamic.

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  1. Catch more flies with honey

Be nice! Chances are that angry shouting will only diminish your credibility as a teacher or parent and reinforce the idea that the issue comes from home or the school. Start off with a compliment: perhaps something about how it is appreciated that the school or teacher is holding your child to a high standard and cares enough to do that. As a teacher you may comment on how much it means for parents to care so much to come in and discuss a difficult topic. Starting with something nice to say will not fix the issue, but will leave the road open for ideas and constructive conversation.

  1. Focus on the topic and communicate!

Ask questions. You might try: "Does Kevin listen better in the mornings?" or "Has Kevin ever had a good day in class?" This shows that you are looking for real solutions and that you understand their perspective. Don’t stray off topic (eg. family history, medical tests) and rather focus on the issue at hand and finding the right solution. Voice your fears or concerns and ask for input – and listen. Try a technique called 'reflective listening'. If your teacher says: "Kevin smeared paint all over the wall on Tuesday." You might reply: "I know it's frustrating when Kevin smears things, he did the same to his dad's car seats last month." This shows that you are listening, understand and it may help you build a rapport. You will also establish common ground to work with.

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  1. Work towards a solution

It doesn't matter whether you're a teacher or a parent: your AIM is to find a workable solution to the issue and act in your child's best interests. Try to avoid a check-mate situation where there is no room to budge. If this does happen, suggest a guidance councilor joins you for a second meeting or ask the teacher or parent to read some literature on ADHD and schedule a follow up meeting. Remember that most solutions consist of smaller strategies used as a whole. There are natural treatment options and you may find that your teacher or school is open to help administer these natural medications in the classroom (with a parent's consent).

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Back to School - A note for SHY or ANXIOUS children:
Joining a new class or meeting new friends can be extremely traumatic for children of any age – but especially the little ones. K-OK Kiddie Calmer is a safe and natural remedy especially formulated by a Clinical Psychologist for naturally shy or anxious children.

ADHD - latest research findings! How you can help your child with ADHD.

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ADHD continues to raise concern and interest for researchers and new findings are continually being published. We look at some of the latest developments that the research community has to offer about ADHD and how these findings can help your child.  

What are the latest ADHD research findings?

ADHD and Binge-eating

A new study was found at the John Atkins University in Baltimore that children with ADHD were more than likely to develop binge-eating disorders.  While many children with ADHD typically lose weight because they are prescribed stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta (which often leads to loss of appetite), experts have now also linked ADHD to weight gain and obesity.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Report published in 2011, approximately 11% of children between the ages of 4 to 17 years old in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD.

It is believed that the cause of excessive weight gain in some children with ADHD may be connected to the impulsivity that is characteristic of ADHD behaviour and the loss of control when eating food.

This type of eating shares similar criteria with binge eating disorders but is characterised by the inability to stop eating at certain times.

In the study, 79 children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old were assessed to diagnose ADHD and LOC-ES (loss of control eating syndrome). Researchers discovered that children diagnosed with ADHD  were 12 times more likely to develop LOC-ES than children who were not diagnosed with ADHD. 

As you can see, these findings suggest that there is a link between ADHD and binge eating disorders.
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ADHD and poor sleep

A new Danish study from Aarhus University has shown that children with ADHD may have more difficulty falling asleep and experience more sleep problems in comparison to other children. Their study documented that children with ADHD take a longer time to fall asleep and that their sleep patterns were more disturbed.

According to the study, children with ADHD slept on average 45 minutes less than children without ADHD. There was a huge difference in sleep patterns between the two groups. For instance, children with ADHD fell asleep faster during the day than the children without ADHD. 
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How these findings can help your child

These findings about ADHD and binge-eating and ADHD and poor sleep can help parents to deal better with these issues. It also gives parents peace of mind that there is truth to these claims and there is a strong link between ADHD symptoms and certain health problems.

Some tips to help your ADHD child with excessive weight gain

Change your child’s diet

Making changes to your child’s diet is very important. Once certain foods are removed the diet, you will definitely be able to see the difference in your child’s weight and behaviour. Remove sugar, MSG, colourants, tartrazine and artificial preservatives from his or her daily diet.

Things to avoid are fizzy cool drinks, sweets, chocolates, anything with caffeine, sugar and artificial colouring. Try to keep junk foods down to a minimum and definitely don’t have it stored in the house where it is difficult to resist!.

See what happens if you eliminate wheat and refined carbohydrate from the diet for a few weeks. Instead use oats, brown rice and rye bread.

Give them lots of fresh fruit, salads and veggies and include fish in the diet as much as possible. Add an all-natural weight loss remedy specially formulated for children called JuniorSlim (for under 12’s) or EcoSlim (for teens & adults) to promote a healthy metabolism and eliminate excess fat.
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Some tips to help your ADHD child sleep better

Getting your ADHD child to sleep at night is usually an uphill battle for most parents! Start by establishing routines and boundaries – a good bedtime routine is great place to start. Create an evening ritual where you eat together as a family, bath your child, read a story and settle him or her down for bed. This takes practice, consistency and patience, so be prepared!

Reduce distractions in the home by keeping everything quiet around bed time. Turn the TV down, put computers, video games and cellphones away. Turn the lights low and prepare your house for bedtime.

Other things to avoid are giving your child food or beverages directly before bedtime, especially food and drinks containing sugar.

Hyperactive children with ADHD may need to work off pent up energy and frustration. Encourage exercise and lots of physical activity during the day to encourage better sleep patterns.

A natural remedy such as DuDu Drops, a 100% homeopathic remedy can help to promote peaceful sleep patterns and calm and relax your child.  
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Review your child’s medication

If your child is taking prescription drugs for ADHD, they could possibly be having an effect on sleep patterns. If this is a problem, consider reviewing your child’s medication with the prescribing doctor.

Also research natural  alternatives for ADHD treatment, that can be effective in improving concentration and brain functioning and reducing hyperactivity and behaviour problems, without the side effects of prescription drugs. Have a look at Focus Formula and BrightSpark in the Feelgood Health range.

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Tips to improve your child's grades!

Wouldn’t we all like our child to come home with a good report card? We cringe when we see certain subjects graded as D’s, E’s or Fs! Let’s look at a few of the reasons behind a bad grade and what you as a parent can do to help your child ace his or her exams.

1. Tests make them anxious and nervous

Parents will tell me often, “My child knows the work, she becomes nervous when she has to write the exam.” Being nervous even if you are well prepared for an exam is quite common in junior school and high school children as well as with college and university students. It’s quite normal to feel “butterfies” before writing a test or exam, and that nervous energy can sometimes help you to perform better. However, when feelings of anxiety, worry, and self-doubt interfere with your ability to take an exam, it is called test anxiety. What happens is that when your child looks at the exam paper, his or her mind goes go blank and all that work is forgotten. Some children will develop physical symptoms such as feeling shaky, sweating, stomach ache, diarrhea or tension ache.

Helpful Tip: Being prepared for an exam is VERY IMPORTANT! Waiting until the night before to cram doesn't help – if children start studying way before the time and revise their work, they’ll feel more confident and prepared. Encourage positive thinking– replace negative thoughts “ I’m going to do badly” with positive messages such as “I know the work and will do well”.  Practicing relaxation techniques such as breathing slowly and deeply before writing, closing your eyes and thinking calming and relaxing thoughts. In our Feelgood Health range, we have a natural remedy which can help your child handle exam nerves more smoothly! Use A+ Test Calmer to calm nerves and promote confidence and alertness during exams.
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2. They can’t focus and concentrate in class

“James really struggles to focus and concentrate in class which is definitely affecting his overall work performance”. If you’ve received a similar comment on your child’s report, you are not ALONE! Nowadays, so many children experience difficulty concentrating. If a child is inattentive, there’s usually a good reason why. Your child may be bored, lack sleep or be going through emotional problems, anxiety or depression due to problems like parents getting divorced, a death in the family, being bullied at school, a relationship break-up or drug addiction. A learning disability such as dyslexia, ADD or ADHD may also be affecting the child’s ability to do well in exams. Some children are also “slow learners” – they learn the work but at slower pace than typical learners.

Helpful Tip: The first thing to do is to have an open discussion with your child’s teacher to gain understanding about the extent of the problem. If your child is going through an emotionally difficult time, then it’s best to address the issue rather than ignore the problem. Depending on the nature of the problem, therapy or chatting with a school counselor can help.  Children who are struggling with depression or anxiety would benefit from the help of a natural anti-depressant especially formulated in child-safe dosage – like the 100% herbal remedy MindSoothe Jr by Feelgood Health.
 

Some children are more easily distracted than others, but you can help to improve their concentration levels. Play memory and concentration games such as card games which are quick and fun. Crossword puzzles and building picture puzzles also improve attention and concentration. If your child has been struggling to concentrate for a while now and you’ve tried various concentration building techniques with no success, it may be a good idea to have him or her assessed by an educational or clinical psychologist for a more concrete diagnosis.

Natural solutions such as Focus Formula and BrightSpark are available to improve concentration, memory and attentiveness. These herbal and homeopathic remedies are also very effective for children, teens and adults who have been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.
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3. They are restless, cannot sit still or stop talking in class!

Teachers will often complain that younger children, especially those in Grade 1, 2 or 3 are restless, fidgety or excitable. Young children do have relatively short attention spans especially when you are competing in a world of Wii, Iphones and Ipads! Not every 7 or 8 year old who is restless or fidgety is automatically ADHD! Often children who misbehave or fidget are bored and not stimulated creatively enough. They may also high levels of energy which needs to be released after too much TV or high levels of sugar or additives in their diet.
Helpful Tip: Research suggests that the average child’s level of concentration can be calculated by converting the child’s age into minutes – so, a 7 year old will be able to concentrate on a task for 7 minutes. If your child is disrupting the class, speak to him or her about the behaviour. Explain how his or her talking in class or moving around is interfering with his classmates ability to learn – giving your child a good reason sometimes makes the world of difference! Get rid of excess energy by letting your kids participate in sport or dance activities – physical activity releases pent up energy. Children who are impulsive, “very busy” and can’t concentrate on any tasks may also benefit from the help of  BrightSpark – our 100% homeopathic remedy for hyperactivity and distracted and restless young minds.
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4. Struggling with all the pressure

Children are under immense pressure with their schoolwork load, extracurricular activities, hectic social lives, parental expectation and their need to succeed. All this pressure can quickly manifest into anxiety thereby affecting the child’s performance. I recently spoke to a parent of a Grade 1 learner who is so anxious because he isn’t getting a “7” for any of his subjects on his report card. While doing well is important, it shouldn’t become your child’s be and end all.
Helpful Tip: Try not to apply too much pressure on young children, especially if they already place too much pressure on themselves. Reassure your child constantly that he or she will do better in the next exam. Keep their emotions balanced with our MindSoothe Jr for younger children and MindSoothe for teens and young adults. Keep PureCalm on hand – a wonderfully soothing remedy to reduce stress and anxiety when needed the most! 
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5.  They haven’t put in enough effort

It’s hard to hear that your “little darling” hasn’t put in enough effort, isn’t it? If your child’s grades have taken a dip because Daniel spends too much time playing games or Gemma’s constantly on FaceBook and Twitter, then you need to take action! Teenagers in particular may show disinterest in their schoolwork and studying hard for exams is seen as “uncool”. They often procrastinate and leave things  too late and are then filled with remorse when they don’t make it to the next grade.
Helpful Tip: Have a serious chat with your child about the pros and cons of not doing well in exams. It’s ultimatum time! Remove their  distractions – no cell phone usage, games, TV or socialising with friends during study time! Their “little pleasures” will be returned on condition that they improve their grades.  A natural study aid for exam time is our StudyPlus for adults and teenagers - which helps to maintain focus and mental alertness and improve memory for more effective studying.
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Exam study tips: Top 10 study tips for all ages from our Psychologist!

Michele says: Your exam dates are usually given to you well in advance which gives you the opportunity to start preparing for them as soon as possible. In most cases, this doesn’t happen! Learners, college and varsity students and even adult students find themselves cramming for their exams because they didn’t prepare properly beforehand.

1. Set goals and plan for the exams

It is very important to set realistic study goals to achieve exam success. Learn to understand what your strengths and weaknesses, and capabilities are - if for instance, maths is one of your those subjects that you struggle with but you sail through English Lit., you would have to put more time and effort into working towards improving your Maths mark. Be honest with yourself but also remember to be flexible.
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2. When to start?

When is the best time to start studying? I’m often asked that question! Even though most of us don’t follow through on it the answer, without a doubt is throughout the year - setting aside time during the week to revise, read through your notes, and go over work that you don’t understand. However, all is not lost if you haven’t been studying throughout the year! Create a study plan of action for about 4 weeks in advance. In the Feelgood Health range, StudyPlus is a natural herbal study and concentration remedy to keep you mentally alert and help to maintain focus while studying.
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3. Create a study time-table

A study time-table will help you to outline your study tasks and keep control of how much time you are devoting to studying. Sticking to a time-table makes it easier because you now know what to study and when to study – this will give you peace of mind and increase your confidence in how you approach studying. Make sure that you include time for regular breaks in between studying as well as time for relaxation and your social life.
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4. Change your mindset

Many young people approach the idea of studying incorrectly. It’s often perceived as “boring”, “stressful”, “hard”, “frustrating” OR “uninspiring”. Start by removing the negative statements and replacing them with POSITIVE thinking. Instead of, “I’m never going to be able to study all this work for this exam”, change it to “If I start now, I can get most it done”. Ask yourself why you are studying - do you want to do well? What is the reward at the end of the day? Remember that you are not studying for someone else or because you are forced to do so! You are studying for YOU and YOUR future!
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5. Where you study does matter

Choose a study space that is conducive for concentrating and focusing. Too many people study in an area with distractions and then wonder why they aren’t able to absorb the information. If your home is noisy, your chair is uncomfortable or the lighting is too dim, make the necessary changes to ensure your comfort and ability to focus.
Younger children will definitely benefit if the TV is turned off for a few hours and their study session is supervised. The number one distraction in today’s age is of course, cell phones – turn them off or on silent so that you can maintain your focus on your studies. While some of us may only be able to concentrate and study in an organised, tidy environment, others function better in a bit of clutter and disorganisation.  Some people also need complete silence to study, on the other hand, others may prefer a bit of background music. It’s what works for you!
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6. Know your learning style

We all learn differently! If Chelsea uses flow charts and diagrams, it doesn’t necessarily mean that study method will work for you. Find what works for youthere really isn’t a right or wrong way! If changing the lyrics of a song will help to you to memorise the countries of Europe, then use it. Learners and students may choose a number of study methods such as revising from old exam papers, using flash cards, studying in a group or getting family members to quiz them on a particular topic.

We all need a boost especially when we are pushing ourselves extra hard! Many students make use of stimulants like coffee or caffeine tablets to keep alert while trying to cram in the work. This usually results in an overstimulated adrenal gland, anxiety, jittery feelings and therefore, decreased ability to concentrate! Natural remedies such as our Focus Formula, BrightSpark and Triple Complex Brain Tonic for children help to promote concentration and retain information without distraction. For teens and adults, our Focus ADDult and StudyPlus helps to improve concentration abilities, enhance mental functioning and stamina to cope with huge workloads and pressure – maintaining alert and focussed, yet relaxed and confident.
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7. Fill up on brain food

Eating the right foods while studying for exams can make a significant difference in your ability to perform and excel. Your brain needs the right ‘fuel’ to operate at peak level! Junk food such as chips, chocolates and sweets provide a quick energy fix, but eventually end up sapping your energy levels. Healthier options such as nuts, seeds, yoghurt, fresh fruit, fish and chicken will boost your energy levels and you to help you to stay focussed for longer. Limit your caffeine intake and keep your body replenished with plenty of water, herbal teas, freshly pressed juices or fruit smoothies.
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8. Take regular breaks

Burning the candle at both ends or wanting to break the back of it? STOP! Take a break! Parents with children in junior school are often to blame for this! They sit and help their kids to study for hours without taking break – Tyler becomes distracted and his mind drifts off while mom continuously fires questions over and over. Researchers suggest studying in blocks of time – 50 to 60 minutes of studying with a ten minute short break.  During the break, have a snack, stretch, go for a walk, or breathe deeply. Younger children need more frequent breaks. In junior school, do not allow your child to study for more than 30 minutes before taking a break.
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9. When to stop?

Know when to stop studying! Trying to digest new content within 12 to 24 hours of your exam is not going to work. Cramming the night before will place undue stress on yourself – don’t put yourself through that! If you’ve been studying and revising in advance, go over your work lightly again or work through old exam questions. Remember – if you’ve put in the effort, you’ll reap the rewards!
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10. Prep for the day of the exam

Make sure that you are prepared to write your exam – check that you have the correct stationery and equipment the night before, know where and what time you are writing. Believe it or not, but many people  taking an exam forget to bring a pen to write with or arrive late for their exams! This causes undue stress on the day, which affects concentration and memory.  Have a good night’s rest and eat breakfast even if you are nervous. If you are feeling very nervous, anxious or stressed, take Feelgood Health’s A+ Test Calmer – this natural remedy is specially formulated to quell exam nerves and anxiety without causing drowsiness. This remedy will keep you calm, relaxed, focussed and at ease during your exam.
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Whether you are at school, at college or in a career; Brain health is key to success!

It’s the start of a new year and we all want to get out there and do our best!

Whether you are a parent of a school going child, a college student or someone paving a career path for yourself, brain health should be top of the list of priorities to help you achieve your goals!

Read what our Clinical Psychologist has to say about brain health and how YOU can improve memory, concentration and brain power to allow you to reach your top goals and excel this year.

Understanding the brain

The human brain is an organ of the body found in the skull, at the top of the spinal cord and is the ‘control centre’ of the nervous system. It is responsible for controlling and co-ordinating all body functions, as well as intellectual or cognitive functions like memory, concentration, learning, focus, etc. The brain is also involved in the experience of emotions and in decision making.

The operations of individual cells and areas of the brain are reasonably well understood. The brain is an extremely complex processing system, working in harmony with the organism and is capable of adapting to change, whether that be change in the environment or an injury to brain tissue.

Although we are able to ‘map’ the brain and we have a reasonable knowledge of how it works, many brain functions are still a mystery to modern science.
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What is our brain ‘capacity’?

There is an urban myth that we only use about 10% of our brain’s capacity and this is in fact not true! We use nearly every part of our brain and our brain is active most of the time.

However, just like any other organ in our bodies, the brain is affected by factors like diet, environment, lifestyle and overall health.
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Is it possible to boost brain functioning?

The short answer is YES! Because the brain is a living organ, we can do many things to keep it functioning at its best.

Here are some of the best things you can do to get the most out of YOUR brain!

• Get enough sleep 

Just as your computer benefits from being switched off, so does the brain benefit from regular ‘down time’ while you sleep. While you are sleeping, the cells of your body and your brain ‘rejuvenate’ themselves and sleep is essential for cellular health.

In addition, your brain performs certain organisational functions while you are sleeping, assimilating and storing information and making sense of what you learnt during the day.
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• Eat the right foods 

We have all heard the saying ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’ and it is very true that a healthy diet will help your brain to function optimally and there are certain nutrients that are essential for brain health.

Good brain boosting foods are whole grain, low GI foods, oily fish (e.g. salmon), seeds rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (linseed oil, pumpkin seeds, soya beans), broccoli (high in vitamin K), tomatoes (containing lycopene), berries like blueberries & blackberries, nuts, leafy green veggies and certain herbs like sage and rosemary.
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• Exercise regularly

Brains need oxygen to function well and the supply of oxygen to the brain is crucial for concentration and cognitive functioning! Oxygen supply to the brain relies on good circulation, which can be achieved by regular exercise.

Young children should be encouraged to play outside rather than sit in front of a TV screen, while older students and adults should build daily exercise into their lives.

Make it your motto to ‘Get Moving’ this year!
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• Stop Smoking

If you smoke, one of the best things you can do for your brain is to quit! Smoking restricts the flow of oxygen to all organs, including the brain and less oxygen means less brain power!

If you need help to stop smoking, Feelgood Health has a program to help!
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• Natural remedies for brain functioning

There are certain herbs that are known for their ability to boost brain power, either by helping to promote blood flow, nutrients and oxygen to the brain, or by supporting brain chemistry involved in memory and concentration.

Feelgood Health specialises in natural remedies for brain functioning and has a long history of helping adults and children with ADHD, ADD and memory problems – as well as providing brain and study tonics for students of all ages.
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Here are some of our TOP brain boosting natural remedies, all formulated by our Clinical Psychologist!

1. Focus Formula

This herbal remedy contains a selection of herbs to assist with blood flow to the brain, helping to ensure that nutrients and oxygen go where they are needed!

It also contains herbs which help to relax, concentrate and focus and is useful for children and adults with concentration problems, restlessness and even hyperactivity.
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2. BrightSpark

Together with Focus Formula, BrightSpark is one of our top selling remedies. While they can be used as stand-alone remedies, BrightSpark and Focus are formulated to be used together to assist with ADHD.

BrightSpark is a homeopathic remedy which complements the herbal Focus Formula. It works specifically with behavioural issues like hyperactivity, restlessness, irritability and problem behaviour.

BrightSpark and Focus Formula have assisted many children with ADHD and are excellent alternatives to prescription drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, etc.
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3. Focus ADDult

Focus ADDult is a herbal remedy specifically formulated for teens and adults who do not have hyperactivity but who have difficulty focusing and concentrating, especially those with low motivation and low energy levels who have trouble following through and completing tasks.

It improves mental alertness and also assists people in the competitive workplace environment to stay on task and perform at their best.
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4. StudyPlus

StudyPlus is a herbal remedy which is invaluable for those who are busy with demanding study programs like matric or postgraduate study – where memory, mental alertness and concentration are important.

Regular use helps you to study longer and retain information without running out of brain power!

Tip: Start StudyPlus early in the year, not just around exam times!
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5. Triple Complex Brain Tonic

Triple Complex Brain Tonic is a combination of THREE biochemic tissue salts, known for their positive effect on the brain and can be used as a brain tonic and supplement together with any of the remedies above.
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6. MemoRise

As we get older, many people experience memory problems and some even develop Alzheimer’s Disease, which affects brain functioning and especially memory.

While some memory changes are normal as we age, there is much one can do to prevent  memory loss and the development of Alzheimer’s.

MemoRise contains herbs known for their tonic effect on the brain, as well as the neurotransmitters and enzymes related to memory functioning. Regular use from the age of 40+ can help to sharpen your memory and prevent age-related forgetfulness.
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How To Recover From A Bad School Report. Tips To Improve Your Child's Grades

How to improve my child's school grades

Wouldn’t we all like our child to come home with a good report card? We cringe when we see certain subjects graded as D’s, E’s or Fs! Let’s look at a few of the reasons behind a bad grade and what you as a parent can do to help your child ace his or her exams.

1. Tests make them anxious and nervous

Parents will tell me often, “My child knows the work, she becomes nervous when she has to write the exam.” Being nervous even if you are well prepared for an exam is quite common in junior school and high school children as well as with college and university students. It’s quite normal to feel “butterfies” before writing a test or exam, and that nervous energy can sometimes help you to perform better. However, when feelings of anxiety, worry, and self-doubt interfere with your ability to take an exam, it is called test anxiety. What happens is that when your child looks at the exam paper, his or her mind goes go blank and all that work is forgotten. Some children will develop physical symptoms such as feeling shaky, sweating, stomach ache, diarrhea or tension ache.

Helpful Tip: Being prepared for an exam is VERY IMPORTANT! Waiting until the night before to cram doesn't help – if children start studying way before the time and revise their work, they’ll feel more confident and prepared. Encourage positive thinking– replace negative thoughts “ I’m going to do badly” with positive messages such as “I know the work and will do well”.  Practicing relaxation techniques such as breathing slowly and deeply before writing, closing your eyes and thinking calming and relaxing thoughts. In our Feelgood Health range, we have a natural remedy which can help your child handle exam nerves more smoothly! 
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2. They can’t focus and concentrate in class

“James really struggles to focus and concentrate in class which is definitely affecting his overall work performance”. If you’ve received a similar comment on your child’s report, you are not ALONE! Nowadays, so many children experience difficulty concentrating. If a child is inattentive, there’s usually a good reason why. Your child may be bored, lack sleep or be going through emotional problems, anxiety or depression due to problems like parents getting divorced, a death in the family, being bullied at school, a relationship break-up or drug addiction. A learning disability such as dyslexia, ADD or ADHD may also be affecting the child’s ability to do well in exams. Some children are also “slow learners” – they learn the work but at slower pace than typical learners.

Helpful Tip: The first thing to do is to have an open discussion with your child’s teacher to gain understanding about the extent of the problem. If your child is going through an emotionally difficult time, then it’s best to address the issue rather than ignore the problem. Depending on the nature of the problem, therapy or chatting with a school counselor can help.  Children who are struggling with depression or anxiety would benefit from the help of a natural anti-depressant especially formulated in child-safe dosage – like the 100% herbal remedy MindSoothe Jr by Feelgood Health.
 

Some children are more easily distracted than others, but you can help to improve their concentration levels. Play memory and concentration games such as card games which are quick and fun. Crossword puzzles and building picture puzzles also improve attention and concentration. If your child has been struggling to concentrate for a while now and you’ve tried various concentration building techniques with no success, it may be a good idea to have him or her assessed by an educational or clinical psychologist for a more concrete diagnosis.

Natural solutions such as Focus Formula and BrightSpark are available to improve concentration, memory and attentiveness. These herbal and homeopathic remedies are also very effective for children, teens and adults who have been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.
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3. They are restless, cannot sit still or stop talking in class!

Teachers will often complain that younger children, especially those in Grade 1, 2 or 3 are restless, fidgety or excitable. Young children do have relatively short attention spans especially when you are competing in a world of Wii, Iphones and Ipads! Not every 7 or 8 year old who is restless or fidgety is automatically ADHD! Often children who misbehave or fidget are bored and not stimulated creatively enough. They may also high levels of energy which needs to be released after too much TV or high levels of sugar or additives in their diet.
Helpful Tip: Research suggests that the average child’s level of concentration can be calculated by converting the child’s age into minutes – so, a 7 year old will be able to concentrate on a task for 7 minutes. If your child is disrupting the class, speak to him or her about the behaviour. Explain how his or her talking in class or moving around is interfering with his classmates ability to learn – giving your child a good reason sometimes makes the world of difference! Get rid of excess energy by letting your kids participate in sport or dance activities – physical activity releases pent up energy. Children who are impulsive, “very busy” and can’t concentrate on any tasks may also benefit from the help of  BrightSpark – our 100% homeopathic remedy for hyperactivity and distracted and restless young minds.
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4. Struggling with all the pressure

Children are under immense pressure with their schoolwork load, extracurricular activities, hectic social lives, parental expectation and their need to succeed. All this pressure can quickly manifest into anxiety thereby affecting the child’s performance. I recently spoke to a parent of a Grade 1 learner who is so anxious because he isn’t getting a “7” for any of his subjects on his report card. While doing well is important, it shouldn’t become your child’s be and end all.
Helpful Tip: Try not to apply too much pressure on young children, especially if they already place too much pressure on themselves. Reassure your child constantly that he or she will do better in the next exam. Keep their emotions balanced with our MindSoothe Jr for younger children and MindSoothe for teens and young adults. Keep PureCalm on hand – a wonderfully soothing remedy to reduce stress and anxiety when needed the most! 
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5.  They haven’t put in enough effort

It’s hard to hear that your “little darling” hasn’t put in enough effort, isn’t it? If your child’s grades have taken a dip because Daniel spends too much time playing games or Gemma’s constantly on FaceBook and Twitter, then you need to take action! Teenagers in particular may show disinterest in their schoolwork and studying hard for exams is seen as “uncool”. They often procrastinate and leave things  too late and are then filled with remorse when they don’t make it to the next grade.
Helpful Tip: Have a serious chat with your child about the pros and cons of not doing well in exams. It’s ultimatum time! Remove their  distractions – no cell phone usage, games, TV or socialising with friends during study time! Their “little pleasures” will be returned on condition that they improve their grades.  A natural study aid for exam time is our StudyPlus for adults and teenagers - which helps to maintain focus and mental alertness and improve memory for more effective studying.
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