ADHD and Autism: A Generation of Challenged Youth

by David Allen
Item #: C-DA001

Approved by: NCCAOM, Standard Certificate, IVAS

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Seminar

Course Length: 4 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

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ADHD and Autism: A Generation of Challenged Youth

Course Overview

In the first part of this talk, practitioners will learn to understand the diagnosis of autism and ADD/ADHD. We will review the requirements for a diagnosis of these conditions from a Western medical perspective. We will then review how to understand the diagnosis from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Practitioners will also learn how to approach and treat these children with both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas. Then, ADD/ADHD will be examined in more detail; with the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and autism becoming a very common occurrence, many practitioners are seeing an increase in the number of parents looking for alternatives for their children. Acupuncture and herbs have proven very effective in managing both autism and ADD/ADHD; therefore, acupuncturists and herbalists are uniquely poised to provide specialized treatments and advice that parents cannot obtain anywhere else. We will dive deeper into the Chinese medical understanding of ADD/ADHD and autism and further refine 5-element types and pattern diagnosis. Treatment protocols for both acupuncture and herbal interventions will be shared for the most common problems areas. Practitioners will leave feeling confident in treatments including dietary advice, acupuncture points, and herbal formulas.

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Course Objectives

  • Understanding general concepts in pediatric mental/emotional disorders.
  • Understanding specific concepts regarding the 4 types of ADHD.
  • Understanding Specific Concepts regarding Autism from a TCM perspective.
  • Understanding basic treatment principles to guide herbal formula choices and choosing particular acupuncture points.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 30 minIntroduction, David Allen’s biography, Introductory Concepts In Pediatric ADHD

30 min - 1 hrsIntroductory Concepts continued., Earth-Type ADHD (Inattentive Type)

1 hrs - 1.5 hrsIntroductory Concepts continued., Wood-Type ADHD (Hyperactivity Type)

1.5 hrs - 2 hrsADHD continuted, Heart and Water Types, Insubstantial Phlegm, Lingering Pathogens

2 hrs - 2.5 hrsAutism, Specific Concepts Explaining Typical Presentations (Phlegm Veiling Heart, Wood/Earth Types, Internal Heat)

2.5 hrs - 3 hrsAutism continued, Dietary Therapy, Autism Risk Factors

3 hrs - 3.5 hrsTreatment Methods, Unique Challenges in Treating Children, Point Selection

3.5 hrs - 4 hrsTreatment Methods continued, Herbal Formulas


David Allen, L.Ac., DACM, specializes in TCM for pediatrics and is also a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Course Length 4h
Course Language English
Course Type Recorded Seminar
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