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January 25th, 2006, 10:35 AM
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Hi, I just got home from a parent teacher meeting with my sons teacher. my son, Jacob, is in grade one. His teacher says that he has problems focusing and following instructions. He cant seem to do independent work and almost requires one on one to complete a task. Jacobs teachers recommended that I get him assessed. I will be going to my family doctor on friday to see what he says and to maybe get referred toa specialist. I do not know too much about adhd and how to treat it. I know that many children are medicated, the thought of that doesnt appeal to me.

if any of you have any info, or have been in similar situations , i would greatly appreciate your info. thanx so much!!

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January 25th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Hi, I just got home from a parent teacher meeting with my sons teacher. my son, Jacob, is in grade one. His teacher says that he has problems focusing and following instructions. He cant seem to do independent work and almost requires one on one to complete a task. Jacobs teachers recommended that I get him assessed. I will be going to my family doctor on friday to see what he says and to maybe get referred toa specialist. I do not know too much about adhd and how to treat it. I know that many children are medicated, the thought of that doesnt appeal to me.

if any of you have any info, or have been in similar situations , i would greatly appreciate your info. thanx so much!!

jenn[/b]

Hi Jenn and welcome to the board!

I'm Krista, and the only personal experience I have with adhd is that my brother has it pretty severely. My parents medicated him for a short time, but it didn't sit well with them either and he has controlled his through diet ever since (he is 29 now with a wife, baby on the way, a degree, and is a some kind of regional manager or something at a bank). He has to be kind of strict about it, but it's normal after a while. He needed to stay away from wheat, dairy, refined sugars, and the like. I will try and find some more information on it for you.

I think it's a good idea to see your FP. It seems to me that so many teachers are quick to want to diagnose and medicate a kid who doesn't fall into thier expectations of learning. Expecting 30 kids to learn the exact same way a teacher teaches is rediculously unfair to bright kids who's brains work differently. Aren't we alwas touting about how unique each individual is? Why are we expecting them to learn the same way? What do YOU think about your son's behavior and learning style? A lot of times if a kid truly has adhd, the parent is not suprised by the teachers meeting. You notice things going on at home, like getting frustrated really easily, trouble settling down and/or going to sleep, unable to sit for very long for any kind of activity, etc.
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January 25th, 2006, 11:17 PM
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hi, thanx for replying. well i do see some things in jacob that could suggest adhd. he does need to be reminded many times to keep on track with what he is doing. i hope my fp can offer some good advise because medicating my son doesnt sit well with me. Maybe he needs to have a modified diet like your brother? I guess only time will tell.
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February 6th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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My 7 year old son has ADHD. I tried not to medicate him and control his ADHD through diet with no avail. He now takes one Adderall XR 20 mg in the morning and also Clonodine 0.2 mg at night to sleep. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. But without the medication he could not sit still in school even for a second. He had f's in all subjects. Now he has 2 b's and a d. Its an improvement. My advice to you is, research this with your doctor. A pediatrician can diagnose a child but its wiser to get a referral to a specialist. You need to have him evaluated by a specialist in psychiatry or psychology. I would also have him screened for all learning disabilities since ADHD and ld's go hand in hand often. I have been trying to get my son screen since he was 5 and just now have a true appointment in Little Rock Arkansas in April. The good thing that I have learned is that most of the doctors my son or I have seen have add or adhd. The doctor he has now said that the new england journal of medicine found that most children with adhd have higher iq's and if they learn how to channel their attention properly are found to be very successful adults....ie doctors. Good luck and be prepared for a long journey. I have the book ADD answers and it is a god send.
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February 6th, 2006, 10:58 AM
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that sounds to me like ADD not ADHD....i have done alot of research on both for my college classes, and 8 of my cousins have adhd or add, i really dont want to get into my opinions on to medicate or not to bc i have strong feelings on this and i dont want to start any kind of debate, but one thing that helped my brother was playing video games it helps them focus on soemthing, and now they have those fun learning games like Vsmile

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February 26th, 2006, 10:36 PM
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I have ADHD and I HATE THE MEDS!!!!!! That made me feel horrible...I couldn't eat and I lost tons of weight. But I was on Strattera----its a very new drug. The others are short term and they don't last 24hours a day like the strattera does....and also it may take time to find the right one. I suggest behavior treatment above medicinal. He can self teach himself to do the tasks....I graduated with honors and I'm an honor student in college now with out the help of meds. Be patient with him, and understand that he will need to find his own way to do thigs which may be different than others...and possibly better in my opinion lol. Tutoring also helps, and being able to take tests alone and allowed extra time on difficult or time consuming project that require lots of attention and concentration. Hope that helps.

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February 28th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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My 7 year old is ADHD and has been on meds for 2 years now. I have seen such an improvement but the only bad thing is that he can't gain or maintain his weight. So he has to go monthly to get weighed and when we go back next month if he still hasn't gained then he has to go on a med to help increase his weight. He takes a pill in the morning and one in the afternoon at school right before lunch.
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February 28th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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I believe your on the right track. His FP can refer him to a specialist that can evaluate him properly.

There are lots of opinions on medication or diet, all I will say is, please along with whatever route you take, also get some sort of therapy, for his age a play therapist would do wonders.

Children with ADD/ADHD did not ask to be born with that wiring, and they need to know that they are as normal as everyone else and they need therapist to help get their thoughts out to, most likely things they are afraid to talk to parents about.

My son was born with ADHD wiring, and we are in constant communication with the therapist, the psychiatrist and his school/teacher and I, in my heart, believe that the things we are doing now with hopefully keep him from too much trouble as a teen and adult...
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