Re: Natural way to control ADD
Most doctors & psychiatrists will tell you that meds are the only way to go.
If a child has allergies or food intolerances, these can contribute to ADD, and can be dealt with w/out psych meds. Anxiety can contribute to ADD, and sometimes it can be helped w/counselling.
There are various vitamins & supplements that are promoted as being helpful for ADD. The basics: a good amt. of B vitamins, and Zinc. The other day I saw that Minute Maid OJ has one formulation w/extra Bs & zinc.
Fish oil has its following in the ADD natural remedy community; at age 7 yrs., you want one w/a fair bit of DHA, to promote brain development. Some EPA fraction fish oil is also a good idea, it helps with mellowness. You'd think it would be impossible to get kids to take FO every day, but Nordic Naturals brand has little strawberry-flavored (deodorized) gelcaps that can be chewed or swallowed. Kids love them! I have no affiliation w/the company. Often health food stores have samples available.
For bedtime/settling issues, magnesium is very mellowing. A handful or two of Epsom Salts in the bathtub in the evening can be relaxing.
Unfortunately, it can take a while to see an effect from nutritional approaches. They may be most helpful for the milder cases of ADD.
A 7 yo who is "out of control" may need more than just a few vitamins ... has your niece had an evaluation? Sometimes the problem is bigger than just ADD.
Neurofeedback is a nonmed way of improving attention & concentration. But typically a child needs to be able to sit in order to do it effectively.