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By Valle Dwight
Rory Stern, who works with kids with AD/HD and their parents, thinks that the cure claims are able to flourish because there is a basic lack of education about what these learning difficulties are.
“We are a weakness-based society,” he said. “We look for what’s wrong, so parents get the idea that ‘my child is broken, and I need to fix him.’”
He encourages parents to tune out all the “noise” about their child’s diagnosis and to focus on his or her specific needs. Then find a specialist in that area to help guide them.
When families come to him saying they want to try some new therapy or supplement, Stern gets them to focus on their goal — and set realistic expectations for any treatment.
Ultimately, while many therapies, medication, and even supplements might help a child with a disability, that child still needs to work on basic skills related to his or her disability, Stern points out. No vitamin in the world is going to teach a kid to read.
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