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Applied Kinesiology and ADHD

Advocates of this approach, also known as neural organization technique, believe that learning disabilities are caused by the misalignment of 2 specific bones in the skull—a misalignment that creates unequal pressure on different areas of the brain and leads to brain malfunction. This misalignment is also said to create “ocular lock,” an eye movement malfunction that contributes to reading problems. Treatment consists of restoring the cranial bones to the proper position through specific body manipulations.

This theory is not consistent with either current knowledge about the causes of learning disabilities or knowledge of human anatomy. (Standard medical textbooks inform us that cranial bones do not move.) No research has been done to support the effectiveness of this form of treatment. Because it is based on false assumptions concerning the causes of learning disabilities, it is not recommended as a treatment for these disabilities, nor for ADHD.

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ADHD: A Complete and Authoritative Guide (Copyright © 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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