ADHD Alternative Treatments Explored
LaVonne Kirkpatrick, UA assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, has published a book with her husband, Rick Kirkpatrick, a licensed clinical social worker, titled "The ADD/ADHD Revolution: Treatments That Work."
The Kirkpatricks researched treatments ranging from EEG neurofeedback to aromatherapy using essential oils in a guidebook for parents whose children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. LaVonne Kirkpatrick said the treatments may be used in addition to or as alternatives to traditional medication and behavioral therapy.
The book presents information on each treatment method including the research behind it, the time in which results can be seen, the cost, the pros and cons and contact information. Kirkpatrick has worked for more than 30 years as an educator, including several as an elementary classroom teacher, witnessing first-hand the anguish parents feel when faced with the ADHD diagnosis as well as their search to find the best way to help their child.
"No one treatment works equally well for everyone. Our intent is to help you (the parent) wade through the confusion so you can form your own opinions and make your own treatment choices for your child," the Kirkpatricks write.
This is Kirkpatrick's first book although she has authored and presented many papers on education. The book can be ordered from local or online bookstores.
Heidi Stambuck, director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions
(479) 575-3138, email@example.com