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Overcoming Barriers to a Healthier You Through Martial Arts

Posted: April 22, 2019

Overcoming Barriers to a Healthier You Through Martial Arts

By Joseph Galea & Jennifer G. Galea MS RD

 


Overcame ADHD and Dyslexia

Posted: April 08, 2019

From an early age we knew our son, Jordan, had problems with his fine motor skills. When Jordan started school he realized that he had other problems such as being able to stay focused on tasks and completing class assignments. Jordan would be punished repeatedly for not finishing his work which was a constant frustration for him. When I asked why he couldn’t get his work done he simply replied, “There is too much noise and I can’t concentrate.” It broke my heart when he told me he wanted to be normal like other children. I expressed my concerns to his teacher and principal regarding Jordan’s emotional state and self-esteem.

In 1998, Jordan was tested and found to have ADHD, Dyslexia and a writing disability even though he had a high IQ. He was put on Ritalin and placed in special education classes in school. This resulted in him to being taunted by other children and called names such as retarded or slow. The special Ed classes did help Jordan but it was Jordan that was his own worst enemy because of his desire to please everyone and be a perfectionist. He would often make himself sick anticipating a test the next morning and needed to be calmed down and reassured.

When Jordan started Middle school the problems got worse. He felt lost and showed signs of being afraid because of the much more hectic schedule. He then started suffering from bad anxiety attacks and on one particular school morning refused to get out of the car. After a school counselor contacted an Intervention program, he was put on an anti depressant drug and was put in the care of a psychologist and psychiatrist for a few months. It wasn’t easy for my husband and me to make the decision to home school Jordan, but we felt like we had to give it a try in order to help our son. It’s been two years and since that day in middle school and I’m proud to say that Jordan isn’t under the care of any doctor other than his medical doctor and doesn’t take any medication for his ADHD or anxiety.


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