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Ok first off, I have to start by saying I'm a Behavioral Specialist. So it's my job to work with kids with ADHD. However, I'm not a psychologist or psychiatrist. Therefore, I'm asking your those who have experience with this to tell me their personal thoughts. Psychologists/ psych always recommend medication with their kids. However, I'm not complete sold on meds for the rest of their life.
My son is 6 years old. HE IS ADHD. I have never had him diagnosed because my dh is completely against it!! COMPLETELY! Every time I bring it up, he says something like 'you are not making our kids out to be one of the kids you work with' But, Owen has EVERY SINGLE symptom of it. She is impulsive, off task and a REALLY difficult time focusing. His teacher from last year and already his teacher from this year have noticed it. They are pointing this out probably hoping I medicate him. I would, if my husband would. He won't. I know he won't and it's almost pointless to keep bringing it up. It causes us problems as well. Owen is a sweetheart. He is just starting to struggle academically because of his lack of focus. He really is having a hard time. I said I wouldn't push the issue until he struggled academically. Well he is. Now I'm faced with this issue and I don't know what to do.
So I guess my question is..has anyone had success with anything other than medication or a TSS? Those are just my last option at this point. Any other diets? Any other strategies that I'm not aware of? What have you done?
NEED LOTS of insight!
~Mandy~ Married to Hal, Mom to Owen Carter (8), Madison Grace (6) and Paige Alivia (2).
Patiently waiting for Sophia Hope to make her debut around October 17th, 2012!
Honestly, we tried diet, behavior therapy, essential oils, pressure points, herbs, etc. none of it worked for Robbie. The only thing that we could do to help him is put him on Adderall XR. We just had 2 weeks of being off the Adderall because of major side effects and now he's on Concerta but doing well on it.
I didn't go this route but I have heard that some people have had success with some homeopathic remedies. I had gone to a natural food store and they had a product (mainly a vitamin) that helps. It's worth a shot, personally I think it probably helps kids with a mild issue...
Honestly, none of those things helped with either of my kids either. Marcus is on meds, meg isn't severe enough to need them.
BUT. Note that girls are so different (i'm sure you know!) I've noticed that meg has huge reactions to sugar, while marcus doesn't. So that's a diet thing to try.
I would love to say all sorts of good things about homeopathic remedies, but i've never seen them be effective. ever.
Is there any way maybe you and your teacher AND your husband can sit and talk, or maybe another health professional? Seems like in the end, he should bow to the idea that sometimes kids need help, and it will be good for everyone. My ex was super bad about this. It was so frustrating! I'm sorry that it's such a struggle!!
__________________ Susan, dh Tom, dd Megan (14), ds Marcus (12), Our new baby Dean
I never knew until that moment how badly it could hurt to lose something you never really had. - Missed Miscarriage at 10 weeks - 3/26
Josh is on Concerta. My dh was like yours. I finally had to have the pedi talk to dh. He explained to him that we should give the meds a try and if we didn't like the effects then we could just STOP them no problem. He gave us a free 30 day supply. After the first two days on them the teacher sent home a note saying that ds had done SOOOO good in school while on the meds that he was able to sit with the other kids, remain focused on his work and his behavior had improved 100%. That sold dh right there. My ds had been sitting in a desk all by himself facing the wall b/c he couldn't stop bothering the other kids.
Oh Mandy how frustrating! That reall sucks he isn't with you on this, all it will do is benefit him in the end...anywho..
I have never tried but I have heard certain diets can work somewhat, I know they say red dye and some other dyes can cause it and to try and take that out of a diet.
Good luck hun