Daughter May Be ADD/ADHD - Need Advise/tips

Updated on April 22, 2009
S.P. asks from Marshall, MN
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In the last school conference I had at my daughters school (she is in Kindergarten) the teacher suggested I talk to her pediatrican regarding ADD. Teacher said that my daughter has a lot of trouble focusing, loses concentration easily, and withdraws many times during the day. She said these were signs of ADD in girls. While I have witnessed her lack of attention at home, she just seems like she has a lot of energy. I will admit she can drive me crazy at times...she is always "on" - but it is just part of who she is. I am fine having a high energy child but if she is having trouble at school, then I need to make sure I am doing everything I can to ensure she is learning.

I live in a smaller town and when I called the clinic, I couldn't be seen for an ADD consult without a note from my school, all her school records, and a review of her day (i.e. written information regarding schedules etc). After that, the dr. will decide whether or not to see us. So, I called the only "mental health" office in the town, and they have a 3-4 month waiting list to have a consult. Great. What do I do in the meantime?? HELP!

I am looking for some practical, specific tips for things to try. Note - she is on a pretty good schedule now - I don't think I could get too much more regimented...we've tried charts at home to help her focus her energy, but she doesn't respond to them very well. She does have trouble getting enough sleep - she'll be "awake" in her room after we say good night - so advise on getting kids more sleep is also helpful. Her bedtime (time we close her door) is about 7:45. She is almost always up by 6 a.m., we're lucky if she sleeps until 6:30. We already limit TV time - never more than 60 minutes a day, most days are none - likely she gets it twice during the school week and then a little on the weekends. She has no handheld games (how deprived!) and doesn't play computer games much either.

Please...any thoughts would be helpful.

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answers from Davenport on

I don't want to sound like I am downplaying the situation, but she is in Kindergarten!! The average attention span for a high school student is 15-20 minutes (they have actually done studies on it). They say for a 5 year old they should be able to concentrate for at least 15 minutes IF they are interested in the subject. You mentioned that you live in a small town...just wondering how big the class is? Is there only 1 teacher for a class of 25-30? Is it possible that the teacher is overwhelmed and trying to make her situation easier. I know there are lots of children that benefit from the medications, but I hope that you can find alternatives (maybe look at diet issues or alternative ways to teach her-not every child learns by reading text books)

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answers from Milwaukee on

I have ADD but was not officially diagnosed till I was in a junior/senior in college. For me the biggest struggle for me is stress and that is why I withdrew or even made myself sick so I would not have to deal with a certain situation. I also struggle with dyslexia. In college I had to push for my rights so always be ready to fight for your daughter.

Here are some materials that helped me:
Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves by Trevor Romain & Elizabeth Verdick
The Dyslexuc Scholar by Kathleen Nosek
College Students with Learning Disabilities by Susan A Vogel, PH.D (this is geared towards college but will be helpfufl)
Living with a learning disability by Cordoni, B
Driven to distraction by Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J
ADD and the law by Latham, P.S. & Wax, I
Learning through listening: An informal guide for educators and parents of students with learning disabilities by Mangrum, C & Strichart, S.

check out ed.gov if the schools are not cooperating. Title 34 Education 104.44 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act because those point out what a school MUST do to accommodate your child for the proper education, no matter the severity of the learning disability.

What was most helpful for me when I was younger was understanding and patients from my peers (teachers, parents). Reading, writing and spelling were ALWAYS a struggle and even trying my hardest I almost failed those classes in school (grade school - college). What made my learning experience in grade school worst was teachers pushing me to read out load in class and write on the board, it was hard enough for me to do it alone with my mom but to add the class was mortifying for me. What my mom did was ask the teacher to give me a section to take home and practice with my mom so the next day I could be confident and able to read that section in front of the class (I pretty much had it mesmerized). It was also very helpful that the teacher and my mom said 'you can ask me anything, never be afraid to ask me and I will do my best to help you.' It made it easier for me to say 'I am having troubles with this or feel uncomfortable doing this.' So work with the teacher to help your daughter, of course until the official diagnose teachers sometimes are not the most helpful.

I learned best through hands on so your daughter may benefit from educational games if she struggles in a subject. I would play 30 mins a day on a spelling game and it did help, this never counted as computer/tv time since I was learning. Since was not diagnosed with ADD until late high school I never took medication in grade school BUT it can really help. Taking Aderall (sp?) for the first time senior year in high school I knew an immediate difference and wished I had medication in grade school to help me focus (I might have learned better and had less problems in high school).

I hope this is helpful. Best wishes to your daughter in her learning experience!



answers from Minneapolis on

I have a son who has ADHD. I found reading the book "Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka to be very helpful.

My son was diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist (Dr. Donald Chadwick)at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology. I realize it's a haul, but he has an office at the St. Francis Specialty Clinic, 1515 St. Francis Avenue, Suite 250, Shakopee. He is excellent. He is also able to prescribe ADHD meds, if you chose to got that route.

PACER Center (www.pacer.org)is an excellant resource. They provide advocates, advice, information, and support for families who have children who are struggling at school. They also provide numerous free workshops.

Good luck.



answers from Wausau on

Hey S.,

Maybe she is getting too much sleep...7:45pm is pretty early. Especially with the time change, its lighter outside later.

I think you definately should have her properly tested. So many teachers want to point their finger to ADD. We as parents don't want our children to have that label attached to them. Is her teacher attentive? or lazy and not want to be bothered with a child that has alot of energy? Sometimes, teachers don't want to deal with high energy kids. Maybe they think that the kid will go on some medication and be all doped out in class so they can get their job done with little interruptions.

ADD is a real thing...I just hate to see such a young girl be put on meds for a really long time if she can adapt.

Good Luck to You.




answers from Dubuque on

This is a bit long but very worth the time to read if YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH ADD/ADHD OR ALLERGIES, EAR INFECTIONS ETC.

Non-Drug Treatment of ADD/ADD Exclusive Interview with Dr.Lendon H. Smith

Lendon H. Smith earned his MD degree and began the practice of medicine almost 55 years ago and has fought for children's health and nutrition issues for over three decades. Dr. Smith was among the first to caution against
sugar, white flour, and junk food known to contribute to sickness,hyperactivity, obesity, allergies, and many illnesses in children and adults.

He has authored or co-authored 15 books, dating back to 1969. He appeared on the Phil Donohue Show more than 20 times and The Tonight Show 62 times. He was awarded an Emmy for his "My Mom's Having a Baby" after-school special.
Dr. Smith has had a truly illustrious career, going from US army medic to pediatrician to national best-selling author. Optimal Wellness Center (OWC):

You have been active on the issue of behavioral problems in childhood for many years. How did you first get involved with the issue of ADHD and related behavior disorders?

Lendon Smith, MD: My father was a pediatrician and he believed that behavior was more genetic than environmentally produced. I was going to be a psychiatrist from about age 15 on. I felt that if we straightened out one generation, every one, including their children, would be normal after that - Freudian concept (wrong!).

In my fourth year in medical school I attended a lecture by a Portland pediatric neurologist. In the 1930s he was in charge of a home for "oddball" children. One of his clients was a wild and crazy girl. He told his nurse to
give her a dose of bromide. She reached up and by mistake got hold of the benzedrine bottle. In about 30 minutes the girl was asleep.

The doctor said to the nurse, "That bromide works." The nurse said, "What did you say?"

Of course she had to fill out an accident report, but the two of them could not believe the therapeutic results. They repeated the maverick dose the next day and the girl calmed down again. The doctor wrote a paper about this and
it was reported in one of the pediatric journals. He noted that most of the kids he was seeing for this same syndrome had had some sort of "hurt" to the nervous system at birth such as:

Cord around the neck; Prematurity; Second of twins; Collapsed lungs

He felt it was a "hurt" to the part of the nervous system that had to do with self-control. He had no idea why a stimulant had this calming effect. We now know that it is because there is not enough norepinephrine in their limbic
system, the part of the brain that is supposed to filter out unimportant stimuli. This serendipitous result of an accident has now allowed the psychiatrists and pediatricians to prescribe this type of narcotic drug to
4,000,000 kids on any given school day, and even pushed some of them intopsychosis and homicide.

I was one of those drug-pushing pediatricians for a couple of decades.Then it became clear to me that there was a pattern to the behavior of these children. Genetics is there, of course, and can result in "hurts" to the
nervous system, but my patients were 80% boys. I found in examining them --- trying to find some common denominator that I could use as a diagnostic criterion --- that they were exquisitely ticklish. They were unable to
disregard unimportant stimuli.

That is why they have trouble in the classroom with 30 other kids burping,coughing, passing gas and dropping pencils. The teacher says,"Charlie, sit down and stop moving around." No wonder home schooling is becoming

Blood tests were not helpful, but hair tests showed me that they were alllow in calcium and especially magnesium. No wonder they craved chocolate. (There is more magnesium in chocolate than any other food on earth.)

I began to treat them with oral doses of 500 mg magnesium and 1000 mg calcium daily. It took three weeks, but 80% of them were able to get off Ritalin or dextroamphetamine, or whatever stimulant they were on. It did not work on
all of them. As time went by, I had them take vitamin B6 if dream recall was poor and essential fatty acids if they had dry skin or a history of eczema. If they had ear infections as infants, they were taken off milk.

As time went on, I found it worked on adults if they had symptoms of ticklishness and inability to disregard unimportant stimuli. Apparently these people have some enzyme defect, genetic or nutritional, that prevented
them from making norepinephrine, a stimulant, which we all now recognize is made to help the filtering device in the limbic system do its job.

It is too bad that psychiatrists have failed to recognize that if a stimulant acts as a calming agent, then they must shore up the flagging enzyme that is under-producing. This all fits with the damage that we have done to the top
soil. It is washing and blowing away and with it, the magnesium. The psychiatrists have made ADD/ADHD a disease, like pneumonia. It is actually a syndrome due to a defect in the screening device of the brain. I understand
that since they had made it a disease they can be compensated for treating it. Another rule they have used: "If the Ritalin works, they need it." Sort of like a Ritalin deficiency.

They had another one: "Dyscalcula" if one is bad at math. They are good with words. For instance, they know that vegetarian is an Indian word meaning: "poor hunter."

OWC: Is ADD/ADHD a single disorder with a single cause or
optimal treatment or is it more of a broad term to describe nearly all children with behavior problems?

Dr. Smith: I am glad you said "disorder," because as I mentioned previously,the condition is not a bona fide disease, but a collection of symptoms and signs that seems to get in the way of a child being educated. The teacher or
school administrator is usually the one who suggests that the child see a doctor for the behavior problem (psychiatrist or pediatrician), whom they know will put the kid on Ritalin or a similar drug.

The doctor hears the story from the parents that her child (usually her son) will be thrown out of school unless something is done. She has tried isolation, spankings, standing in the corner, etc, but nothing seems to
work.She also knows that a one-to-one situation would be effective.

The teacher may write down the symptoms noticed: restlessness, talkative,doesn't seem to listen, forgetful, short attention span, distractible, class clown, wants attention, may be a bully, as well as a few other related
symptoms and signs.

The doctor knows what to do. Usually without even an exam, except a quick look in the eyes, and a listen to see if his heart is beating, the doctor reaches for his prescription pad and writes one out for Ritalin, 5 mg, #20
(or one of the newer drugs of the same type). "Try one or two in the morning after breakfast, and see what the teacher says. It may wreck his appetite, however." The next day, the very first day of treatment, his attention
span is better and he cannot eat his lunch. It works. It is a miracle. The doctor is called and thanked profusely. He assumes since it works that the boy needs it.

When I became familiar with nutrition, I found that if a stimulant drug had a calming effect like the above, it meant that the child did not have enough norepinephrine (a stimulant) in his limbic system, and that I could help
with a good diet and some supplements which should shore up the enzymes in his brain that make that neurotransmitter.

If he had ever had ear infections, I stopped his dairy products, and added calcium 1,000 mg, usually at bedtime.

If he was ticklish, I added magnesium - 500 mg is usually safe for child or adult.

If he was a "Jekyll and Hyde" type of person (severe mood swings), he had intermittent low blood sugar and he needed to nibble all day to keep his blood sugar up. Or at least eat some additional protein and less carbohydrates for better maintenance of blood sugar levels. No sugar or
white-flour junk food.

If he could not remember his dreams, he needed vitamin B6 - 50 mg is about right.

If he ever had eczema or dry scaly skin, he is to take the essential fatty acids.

If he had dark circle under his eyes, he was eating something to which he is sensitive. Milk, wheat, corn, chocolate, eggs, citrus. Usually it is his favorite food.

I often ask these children what they like to eat. I often get a smart-alec answer, like, "rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, and broccoli." (The mother is sitting in her chair shaking her head.) People tend to eat the food to
which they are sensitive. It is like the alcoholic who has low blood sugar. The child who loves milk is usually sensitive to it. They continue to drink dairy products, because somehow they need the calcium, but they are so sensitive to it, it does not get absorbed. Blood and hair tests will reveal the deficiencies.

What are some of the causes and cures for ADD/ADHD? Do you recommend diagnostic tests for nutritional deficiencies? Are there obvious signs of deficiencies other than the ones mentioned previously?

Dr. Smith: Over time back in the 1960s and 70s, I began to notice there were certain common symptoms and signs amongst the "hyper" children I saw who had been pre-diagnosed by the teachers.

In addition to being 80% boys, they were usually blue-eyed blondes or green-eyed redheads.

About half of them had dark circles under their eyes (a give-away that they were eating something to which they were sensitive. Not necessarily allergic, but at least sensitive.) In most cases, that sign indicated a dairy
sensitivity. That stimulated me to ask about any ear infections the child had as an infant. Almost all had suffered from a few of those painful conditions.
This is another clue that dairy products may account for some of the symptoms. Next question I asked the mother: "Does he drink milk?" Her answer: "Oh, yes, he loves it. Isn't he supposed to drink it?" Well, yes and no. If
a person loves something, it suggests that he is allergic, addicted, or sensitive to it. Like chocolate or booze.

Next question for the mother: "Anything unusual about the pregnancy with him?" Many, but not all, of the mothers responded with some or all of the following problems:

Nausea for all the nine months
Not much weight gain during the pregnancy
Threatened miscarriage with spotty bleeding
Overwhelming food cravings (sweets, chocolate, dairy, pickles, or whatever)
Emotional stress (e.g.,stress from mother-in-law)
Fetus was always moving in the uterus ("he once
kicked so hard, he knocked me out of bed.")

Some mothers had delivery problems like:

Placenta previa Precipitous
delivery Nurse tried to hold him back
Big baby--- over 10 pounds
Small --- under 4 pounds
Blue coloring at birth
Needed the
incubator for a few days

Still other mothers reported problems during early infancy:

Could not latch on to breast
feeding Constant
colic for the first several weeks
Required many formula changes

Some had all of the above; but some had none of them.

Then there followed the ear infections, as well as high fever and screaming after the vaccinations. He was a "touchy" kid.

My next question: "Does he have mood swings? Is he a Jekyl-and-Hyde person?" If yes, it is due to fluctuating blood sugar, as sugar (glucose) is a substance that the brain needs in a constant supply. Then the physical exam
started. He noticed what I was doing and needed constant reassurance that I was not going to hurt him. The heart was beating, and as I moved the stethoscope around to hear the different heart sounds, he would ask, "Can't
you find it?" When I looked in his ears, and usually noted some retraction of the eardrums, he acted as if he could hear the light. The abdominal exam was difficult because he was so ticklish --- exquisitely so. I had to forget the
hernia exam, even though I had backed him up against the wall by this time.
These patients were usually of wiry and/or athletic build; they were rarely obese. Because so many of these patients had some or all of the above symptoms and signs, it suggested to me that they had a vitamin or more likely, a mineral deficiency. I did some blood and hair tests. All of
them, yes, all of them, had a calcium and magnesium deficiency, despite the fact that many were drinking a quart of milk a day. Apparently they could not absorb the calcium from the dairy products because of their sensitivity. The intestines were rejecting it. It also explained why they loved the milk: somehow the body was telling them to drink it to get the calcium.

Another possibility: when they had ear infections, they were put on antibiotics and those frequently needless use of powerful drugs could have wiped out the friendly bacteria and allowed the yeast, candida to grow, or
at least produce an intestinal dysbiosis, and poor absorption. As I mentioned previously, but can't stress enough, there is this rule: If you love something, you are probably sensitive to it.

Diagnosis Recap

Just to recap some of my previous statements, after a few years of trying to be a good diagnostician, I accumulated these findings:
1. If a person is ticklish, goosey, sensitive, and notices everything in his environment, as he is unable to disregard unimportant stimuli, it means that he is low in
magnesium, and possibly calcium. Muscle cramps and trouble relaxing or going to sleep also suggest low magnesium and calcium. These symptoms correlate nicely with the hair test showing low levels of these two minerals.
2. Poor dream recall is related to a need for vitamin B6. 3. A history of eczema or dry, scaly skin usually means a person is low in the essential fatty acids. These acids are also necessary for brain function. The nutmeg-grater
feel to the skin on the thighs and back of the upper arms is usually a Vitamin A deficiency. White spot on the nails is due to low zinc.
4. A bad self-image could be the result if the parents, teachers, and classmates who are all screaming at him to sit still, shut up, and constantly asking disparagingly
"What are you doing now?"

Ritalin works in just 30 minutes, while the minerals and the other supplements and diet changes take about three weeks to achieve results. The whole family has to stop the desserts, sugars, white flour, and "put-downs".
Too many questions and commands lead to the poor self image.
OWC: Are Ritalin and other stimulant drugs being over used or at least oversubscribed? Is there a proper place for these drugs? Are there any children who can't be
helped in any other way? If so, what % would you say fall into this category?

Dr. Smith: There is no doubt that these stimulant drugs are being over-prescribed for these out-of-control children. If, however, the prescribing doctor feels he/she has no alternative for the child who has been "diagnosed" by the teacher who is trying to scrape this child off the
wall, the drug seems mandatory. "If it works, the child needs it" seems to be the motto.

Those of us working with these children like Dr. Doris Rapp and Dr. Billy Crook have no doubt that this is usually "a physiological screwup" and not a disease. (One reason it is called a disease is that insurance
companies need a standard diagnosis before they will pay for the treatment.) ADHD and ADD have been now called diseases and have a diagnosis code number, for the
psychiatrists along with the previously mentioned "disease" called dyscalculia.

ADHD will subsequently soon become a palpable disease called a neurosis when the child gets depressed and even suicidal if he is put down at every turn by teachers, parents, and his peers. The only proper use for these drugs
for a vast majority of kids --- as I have come to realize --- is that it will temporarily control the restless behavior.

If it works, it is not a "Ritalin deficiency", but likely a magnesium,calcium, or vitamin B6 deficiency. I have learned from my naturopathic and herbal therapists that our topsoil is becoming deficient in several minerals.
The farmers are putting nitrogen, phosphates, and potassium (NPK) on the soil and their plants grow and look healthy but magnesium, zinc, selenium and other valuable minerals are depleted.

At the height of the dust bowl, the US Department of Agriculture put out a "white paper" saying that the minerals in the top soil were deficient and people may have to supply their own with supplements to avoid sickness and problems like early aging, heart attacks, joint problems, and surliness.

The point seems to be that sometimes we cannot get everything we need for healthy living from eating foods from the store or maybe even from organic farms, although those will likely be better.

Then, on top of that, if we or our children are eating the "Standard American Diet" (SAD) our nutritional status will only be worse. If a person has even one cavity, he is flawed already, and it is a clue that other nasties are
just around the corner.

Maybe, a small percent, like ten percent or less of "hyper" children may need the drugs to calm them, mainly because they have had some sort of injury to their nervous system that diet will not touch. Many of those, however, can be still be salvaged with neurodevelopment therapy. I have seen the work of those therapists and know of the miracles they can perform. Homeopathy is a well-known and sometimes surprising type of treatment, that has saved many
of these "throw away" children before they give up and go into crime for their kicks.

There are so many side effects from the stimulant drugs, I would recommend that the diet modifications, outlined elsewhere, should be tried first. These children realize they are not so bad and will even start to smile and
laugh. It helped me. I was the class clown in the 6th grade, because the teacher did not know what to do with me besides making me the "humor editor" of the class
newspaper. Don't give up on these children! Remember Edison, Sir Winston Churchill, and Einstein.

Books Written by Lendon Smith:

The Children's Doctor - 1969 --Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care - 1972
--New Wive's Tales - 1974 --Improving Your child's Behavior Chemistry -
1976--Feed Your Kids Right - 1978 --Foods for Healthy Kids - 1980--Feed
Yourself Right - 1982 --Dr. Smith's Low Stress Diet - 1984 --Dr. Smith's
Plan for Teenagers - 1986--Vitamin C as a Fundamental Medicine - 1988-- -
1990-- - 1992-- - 1994--How to Raise a Healthy Child ( or ) - 1996 - 2000

If you have any questions on good supplements to help your daughter, please contact me.

L. L
Certified Nutrition Consultant



answers from Minneapolis on

I'm going through this right now with my 7year old daughter. We just got diagnosed today with a psychiatrist as "borderline" ADD and was told they're is nothing they can do right now, she's not bad enough to be medicated blah blah.

I made a appointment with mental health and it took me several months to get in too. The first appt. I talked with the psychiatrist and explained what was going on how her teachers both felt she had this. I was sent home with a questionare for her old teacher and her new teacher she switched schools in the middle of the year. Her teachers filled out the questionare. I also had a questionare for being a parent. Then he tested my daughter, asked her alot of questions with me in the waiting room. Added up all the tests and came to this conclusion. Said she could outgrow it, could get worse who knows. But if I felt it was worse next year to have her retested and compare test results.

So I have no idea what were suppose to do in the mean time either. My kid can't concentrate or comprehend. She's not hyper at all, very calm. Some teachers handle this well and other's don't. This time were lucky with a teacher who's great and keeps my daughter on her toes.

I have no idea what to do for kids like this. I was like this and I was on ritalin which helped me. I refuse to change my daughter's diet alot of people think that is the key, she eats a healthy variety of things and were gonna stay like that.I guess in the mean time I pull out all the patience I have, and only give her 1 task to do at a time and keep on her butt.



answers from Lincoln on

I just wanted to add a couple things. First of all, if you haven't already, be sure to get your daughter into something active (anything she enjoys). It has made a positive difference for my son (who is ADHD and on meds). If there aren't organized-type sports in your area (you said you lived in a small town) just make sure to get her outside and moving every day. I kind of think of my son like a can of pop (lol-that sounds so silly). But if you "shake" him too much without an outlet, all that energy just kind of explodes and spills all over.

Also, my daughter has ADD -- inattentive type, which sounds like what your daughter's teacher is saying. Do you have a feel for how your daughter is doing learning and interacting with the other kids in school? I know my daughter can sometimes look or seem like she's off in never-never land but she's actually picking up on the things going on around her. She also performs well socially. Because of those two things she isn't on any medication at the moment. I guess if I were you, I would check to see how all of this is affecting HER. If she's doing well learning and interacting, maybe it's not that big of a deal for her right now. It could be that you just need to be aware of it and keep an eye on it as she matures.




answers from Omaha on

I feel for you, My 8 year old was diagnoses at age 5 in kindergarten. He has ADHD with severe impulse and hyperactivity. We have been seeing a psychologist off and on for 4 years.

I would say you don't need to be more strict with your daughter but try to redirect her. We use a method of chores instead of time out. When my son acts out he has to do certain chores for me like clean the windows, pick up the toys off his floor, simple things that refocus their attention and re-establish you as in charge. While they are doing the chore you are supposed to be very neutral- don't chat or interact with them at all except to calmly remind them if they get off task.

Also make sure when you as her to do things have her face you, break the steps up- example instead of telling my son to go get ready for bed we ask him to get his PJs on and come to us- then we ask him to go brush his teeth- then we ask him to make sure his dirty clothes are in the hamper. If we don't break it down he get disracted halfway through and doesn't finish anything.

Also just get used to the not sleeping it is an ADHD thing and the meds make it worse if they take them too late in the day.

Good luck if you have any other questions send me a message.



answers from Minneapolis on

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I believe there are seven different learning styles and most of our schools only focus on one style. Kids are changing and this style doesn't work for many. There are a lot of resources about learning styles. Someone recently recommended this book to me but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet-Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century by Colin Rose and Malcolm J. Nicoll.

Another good book that helps explain how kids are changing is the Children of Now by Dr. Megan Blackburn Losey.

It may be worth a drive to find a larger community with more options to help her. Alternative therapies like Cranial Sacral therapy could be beneficial as well.

Good luck to you.

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