H.O. asks from McKinney, TX on February 10, 2008
ADHD Type Issues
My son's 1st grade teacher, has just told me that she is sending home the Conner's checklist for us to fill out. Not a problem, we figured that this would be coming. My son is very smart, and I am not just being partial. His math and reading is 2nd grade level, what he lacks is focus, attention, and being able to stay on task. He is no more hyper than other boys his own age.
I guess my question is, do I automatically put him on medication, try to change his diet or a combo of both??? How do I tell him if it does turn out to be ADHD? Also if anyone can recomend good websites on this issue, please let me know.
So What Happened?™
First thanks to all who have replied, i really am gratfull to now have so much information. I have researched behavioral issues of all sorts but come up short. His teacher never said that this could be adhd she said that she would send the conners checklist home to see if there may be any underlying issues. I have expecting this only because i do see the same issues at home. He does not have much sugar at all, my house eats very healthfully. We also have checked red dyes for more than a year (no change). He does drink enough water. Sugar/caffeine does calm him down. He has a daily checklist at home that also does not help much. Rewards do not work. On average we have to tell him 4-8 times to do something. He is in an advanced reading group and his teacher did say she does challenge him at school with math.
We do have lack of communication with his teacher, so we still have not received the checklist, but i will let yall know what happens.
L.B. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2008
Look for Dr.Ross Stewart who treats ADHD without drugs. He has an ad in Frisco STYLE and is well known.
T.B. answers from Dallas on February 13, 2008
I have a son who is dyslexic and even though this is not the same, they do have some similiarities.
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L.M. answers from Dallas on February 12, 2008
There is a good book about treating ADHD without medication. I can't remember the name of the book but the author is Dr. Frank Lawless. Maybe this will shed some light on it for ya! Good Luck.
L.G. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2008
I am an adult with ADHD. My 18-year-old daughter has ADHD. Please do not be afraid of the label. Think "different" instead of "disorder" and communicate this to your child as well.
People with ADHD have great hearts and usually have gifts and passions which are extremely valuable to society.
Visit the following web site for practical solutions for your ADHD-related issues and to learn how to celebrate your unique child.
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A.R. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2008
I completely understand where you are coming from. My daughter is now 6 and was diagnosed with ADHD a couple of years ago. We took her to a neurologist who "officially" diagnosed her with it. She has more of the ADD, not so much of the hyperactivity, but they are all classified the same now. My husband also has it. He was diagnosed as a teenager and still suffers from it to this very day.
We tried changing her diet before putting her on medication. It worked for a little while and then we started noticing that she was going back to her same old behavior. She has been on medication for over a year now and it works great for her. She was able to start doing better in school and is great in all of her after school activities.
Like you I don't have a lot of time to read, but enjoy it. I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a ton of books on the subject. They have helped a lot.
One thing that they all say (and you will find this online too) is that karate (Martial Arts) are good for children that suffer from ADHD. Ashley is now a green belt in karate and she loves it. It is amazing how much of a change she has made over the past year and a half.
Good luck, I know you are going to need it.
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L.C. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2008
Been there my son was diagnosed by a professional in the last semester of the first grade. We had noticed he was having a hard time staying on task. He became so frustrated and started feeling dumb because even with gentle reminders to focus he just couldnt. He was never disruptive or hyper only distracting himself. We already eat very healthy no sodas,candy, red dyes and rarely processed foods so we eliminated that as being a solutin even with natural remidies prescribed by his doctor. We finally put him on meds. If you can go natural and it works do that first. If not try the medication. I cried I did not want to medicate him, After the 2nd day of being on it (the first day he was at home on sunday and I just wanted to monitor him on) after school when I picked him up he Thanked me for helping him fix it. His self-esteem was raised and he told me he didnt feel stupid anymore.(which by the way he was already being considered for higher learning)so it seemed funny that he would feel dumb. He is now in in the third grade we have changed from concerta to daytrauna because we wanted a little more control over it. He only takes the meds during school day and I keep him off of it over the summer. As a mother it is a hard decision to make I finally came to the conclusion that if he were diabetic I would give him insulin. The medication is not a magic pill I still have to be very organized and give him responsibility that he can handle. We have check lists for everything even on his desk at school. This helps him a lot. I hope this helps you. Good Luck !
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M.B. answers from Dallas on February 11, 2008
Take a look at this website: www.blockcenter.com Dr. Block specializes in treating ADD/ADHD without drugs using nutritional and dietary intervention and testing for allergies. She's also written a how to book for parents to follow her protocol. My younger son had ADHD tendencies and I was at the point of having him evaluated and I was reading alot of books myself (your local library should have some good books on the topic) and I realized that whatever my son had I had too. It was at that point that I found out I was celiac and allergic to dairy. I had both my sons tested and they both had the problem. My younger son's ADHD symptoms improved tremendously and my older son was on the Ausperger's end of the spectrum and he improved tremendously. So, I would absolutely first look at diet and nutrition (many kids need extra B vitamins, magnesium, etc.) and allergies before considering drugs at all.
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K.S. answers from Dallas on February 12, 2008
I would NOT put him directly on meds. I saw on Oprah a long time ago, a male doctor in Dallas that specializes in diagnosing ADHD. I don't know his name, but I bet you could do a Google search. Especially if you have health insurance, I would go this route first. ~K.
G.M. answers from Texarkana on February 11, 2008
No, no, no on the meds. Yes to diet change (look at the food colorings - a friend's son was reacting to the "red"! IMmediate and remarkable difference - Also I reccomend ADHD, The Great Mis-diagnosis by Dr. Julian Haber (a pediatrician) - it's an excellent resource.
M.K. answers from Dallas on February 12, 2008
Please don't be so quick to put him on meds! Just let him be himself and don't let the school or anyone else pressure you to medicate him. I homeschool my 8 year old because there is no way he would be able to sit still in a classroom. He is hyper and has an extremely short attention span. Is it ADHD? Who knows? I'm not going to give him medicine to change his personality just to make things easier on everyone else!
So please before you start giving him medicine, think about whether it is really best for your SON and not everyone else! Is he learning OK? Is he a disruption to other children? You don't have to do it if you don't want to.
J.C. answers from Dallas on February 14, 2008
Check out my website. Original Limu has had a lot of great results with kids with ADD or ADHD. It works with your immune system to get your body to take care of itself.
Fucoidan is the ingrediant that comes from limu moui(a seaweed from oceans off of Tongan islands).