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Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Learning Disabled Children)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Joanne Marie Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Hyperkinesia--Nutritional aspects; Hyperactive children--Medical care; Hyperactive children--Education; Hyperkinesia


The purpose of this paper was to find out about hyperactivity through the efforts of research literature. This has been a deep concern of the author, as well as medical science, educators, and parents. What is hyperactivity? What are its causes? How is it related to foods, additives, dyes and allergies? The apparent confusion of what exactly hyperactivity is and how it is related to foods, additives, dyes and allergies was the main focus of this paper. Should we continue giving drugs to children in order to control hyperactivity, or can hyperactivity be controlled by eliminating certain foods? Can this be an alternative to drugs? Medical science has been prescribing drugs for the hyperactive child for some time.


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