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Complementary Therapies for Learning Disabilities

By on Aug 23, 2013

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As this week is National Learning Disability week, it is worth looking at how complementary therapies for learning disabilities and nutritional supplements can play a role in their management.

Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that can help treat many common childhood conditions without causing side effects. Homeopathic remedies do not interact with other medicines, but you should consult with your paediatrician before starting treatment. Other therapies that can help children with learning disabilities include cranial sacral therapy. This is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that can help the body to stimulate it’s own healing through the nervous system.

Reflexology is another therapy that can help treat many symtoms that patients with learning difficulties may have. Many therapists specialise in treating children with learning difficulties, and can work along side conventional treatment.

Nutritional supplements such as L-glutamine, omega-3 essential fatty acids, N-acetyl cysteine and multivitamins and minerals can help to play a positive role in the management of learning disabilities. Many studies have found that specially designed nutritional supplements can have a substantial influence on learning and behaviour.

These complementary approaches are not recommended as a replacement for conventional treatment, but as an add on to existing medical treatment.