A Drug-Free Solution

 

Licensed Davis® Facilitators usually will not work with clients taking medications 

commonly prescribed for ADHD, such as Ritalin, Strattera, or Concerta, as those medications generally interfere with the individual’s ability to learn and apply the mental focusing techniques that are integral to the Davis program. Additionally, many medications prescribed for other conditions, such as depression or anxiety, may also prevent successful utilization of Davis techniques. In general, psycho-active drugs, stimulants, and serotonin reuptake inhibitors seem to stand in the way of a successful Davis program.

For the Davis program to be successful, it is important that the clients be truly motivated to change, and ready to assume responsibility for regulating their own behavior. It is also important that parents be supportive and encourage their child to use the Davis tools. It can be tempting for a parent to return to use of medication after the program, especially when the child returns to school; however, this can undermine the success the child has previously enjoyed with the tools. Not only do the medications interfere with the child’s ability to employ the techniques he has practiced successfully in the past, but it also sends a mixed message: on the one hand the child is told that he now has the ability to control his orientation and energy levels with Davis techniques, and on the other hand is being told he must take a pill because the techniques have somehow failed him.

 

In general, medications that are prescribed primarily to regulate attention level or behavior are the ones most likely to prevent success with the Davis program. In most cases, medications prescribed for physical ailments or illnesses such as asthma, hypertension, or diabetes would not be a problem.

 

However, it is always important for the prospective Davis client to disclose fully to the provider any medications that are being taken — including nonprescription medications or natural, herbal remedies — so that the provider is aware of the possible influence of these substances, as well as possible issues related to the underlying condition being treated.

 

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Mimi Mendoza de Carrillo
Licensed Davis® Dyslexia Facilitator

Specializes in Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia & AD(H)D. Reading, Writing, Math & Attention Correction. Find out more about Mimi here.