My child has ADHD and struggles with "executive functioning". He has been in many therapies over the past couple of years to offer him support on many levels, both cognitive and social. Last fall, we decided to enroll him in a Karate class, meeting twice a week. We are stunned at the amount of progress he has made! He no longer requires occupational therapy and is above grade level in all areas. The experts that work with him believe that Karate has played an integral role in terms of getting his mind and body to function together. In a standardized test given just this spring, he scored in the high average range for reading, and in the superior range for mathematics. Karate has also given him the ability to focus, and the self confidence he needs to experience his successes.
My son has a diagnosis of both a receptive and expressive based learning disability. He suffers from ADHD, and is in a school designed to remediate his learning differences. This year has been a breakthrough year for him, and I attribute his success to increasing the amount of milk fat and protein in his diet. My pediatrician has instructed us to give him at least three servings of milk fat a day. He is not a big milk drinker, so he has at least one bowl of organic ice cream every night before bed. She also instructed us to give him protein every morning with whole grain carbs. He has stopped eating white cereals in the morning and I have to attribute these simple dietary changes to his success!