For parents and children based in the UK it is often necessary to make the long journey to the clinic in order that the hearing, eye and neurological tests can be carried out. Once all the testing has been done, progress has been monitored by retesting and the all important relationship has been established with the child, it is possible via Skype and online monitoring to continue with the treatment without spending hours in traffic jams.
When requests for help are received via the website, a Skype consultation provides an opportunity to carry out the initial consultation, to provide advice and to monitor progress. Skype is a free download and video calls do not involve telephone charges.
Helen, a single mother living in Athens, contacted me using the form on the Contact Us page on the website. She was at her wits end and was seriously considering giving into the pressure to put her son Simon on medication. Helen jumped at the offer of a Skype consultation and booked an appointment before rushing out to buy a webcam.
Simon’s developmental history was just so typical, as were the problems he was suffering and the mayhem he was causing in school and at home. Once Helen had gone through a typical day’s food intake for Simon, it became very clear that his brain, that was not only struggling to develop, was being bombarded with a daily cocktail of chemicals and a high carbohydrate diet.
Once the dietary advice was in place, advice on supplementation given and some simple exercises suggested, it was just a matter of providing support via emails while waiting for the more holistic approach to ADHD to kick-in.
Within 6 weeks Simon was calmer, more reasonable and the pressure to medicate him was off. Once the basics were in place – diet, supplements, exercises – it was possible to provide Helen with computer generated treatment programmes designed to stimulate specific areas of Simon’s brain and bring on their development. The human brain continues to grow, develop and change until late into the teens and therefore Helen may require further advice when puberty kicks in or when Simon becomes a moody teenager but for now she is in control and both she and Simon are very happy.
(Names changed to provide anonymity)