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10/20/14 11:38 A

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My name is Lisa I have a son that is ADHD he is 20 now or will be on Halloween. I am joining this group to help and encourage other mom's who are just getting into the day to day life of a child with ADHD.
My husband & I took 2 years to come to terms with this when ben was in k-1st grade finally in 2nd grade we honestly answered the questionnaires and found that he definitely was ADHD and started him on Concerta. It was an immediate change in his school work which was mostly why we put him on the meds, before that we had him in Karate and changed his diet and these things worked for a while but it was always still a constant struggle and we were getting calls from the school and notes home everyday. He was the cutest thing and the teachers and principle just loved him cuz he was such a sweet kid and he just couldn't understand why they were yelling at him. After a while it was getting to him. Once he was medicated he was much happier cuz his school work was improving and he wasn't getting yelled at everyday all day. Thankfully he had no problems with sleeping eating was a problem for him he was very picky and refused to eat if he wasn't hungry. when he was done he was done. A lesson I wish I picked up on!! Other than the lack of appetite he had no side effects.

Anyway I could go on for days and days on our life with Ben, it's been a trip let me tell ya! He is still the sweetest kid most loving in the family not sure what life would have been like without him. (boring for sure)!

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Hello everyone! My name is Nina and I'm coming to you from the great state of North Carolina. I'm 29 years old and have a 10 year old son with ADHD. He is a wonderful boy, but has a lot of issues with being a child of divorce. He is on medication and receives counseling but it is still a struggle as he is torn between two different parenting styles. Any advice would be wonderful. Can't wait to meet all of you!

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Hi! My name is Andy. I've been blessed with three amazing boys, each of whom face more difficulties on a daily basis that I could ever imagine. My youngest, age 8, has just been diagnosed with ADHD. He's on Adderall and not handling it well. He and I have pulled several all-nighters since he went on it a week ago. My middle child is still in the process of being diagnosed. His psychiatrist isn't sure if he's on the Autism spectrum or leaning more towards bipolar disorder. He also has been diagnosed with ODD. My oldest was diagnosed with Asperger's when that was a diagnosis. Now, I guess it's just considered high functioning Autism.

I'm hoping to find an active group on this site that provides encouragement and support.

Thanks for letting me introduce myself :-)

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Hi! I have 3 kids, ages 8, 6.5 & almost 2.5. My oldest has been diagnosed w/ADHD, but we're still looking into whether or not that's what he has or if he has other things going on. Basically he's easily distracted, gets hyper-focused, low frustration level, negative, angry, thinks he's dumb, etc. Over the past school year it got worse. I'm hoping some of it was having to do more school work or maybe he and the teacher didn't get along well, though he seemed to like her. At the end of the school year it got really bad and I thought maybe it was one of his "phases" and after a week or so he's fine - not so. He takes Adderall XR 10mg once a day. We started him on meds b/c his school work was really slipping. We've tried him on Vyvanse which turns him into a zombie who won't eat and Adderall XR 15mg which seems to just make him act sillier than usual. Have a doctor appt. on Tues. I'm going to ask the doctor about my son seeing a therapist. He's tried to hurt his brother a few times and I don't know if he's jealous or what. Thankfully for now he leaves his sister alone but she can't defend herself if he tries anything(other than scream). I just hate to see him so unhappy at such a young age. We had to switch insurance and I didn't even think about them having to get prior authorizations or whatever. Poor kid has gone the weekend w/no meds and has been bouncing off the walls and literally he cannot stop doing things when you ask him. I know people have said to avoid food dyes or do an elimination diet. The kids barely eats anything(sensory issues I think) so I'm not sure how to go about that as well as the cost of healthy food b/c if we do it for him we have to do it for the other 2 kids. I just want him to be a happy kids who's fairly "normal". Hoping to learn some thing here or at least be able to talk to other parents dealing with the same thing.

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Hi! I am the mother of 2 boys with ADD. My youngest in particular has ADHD - heavy on the H, along with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Mood Disorder and Anxiety. The typical meds given for ADHD (stimulants) caused my youngest to be highly aggressive, and we had to find non-stimulant meds for his ADHD. While on the stimulants he hardly ate. the non-stimulants have helped level his appetite; HOWEVER, the meds for his mood disorder have caused a significant increase in appetite. So my youngest has been battling significant weight gain over the past year. I am trying to help both of us lose weight, but his ODD makes this challenging as he wants to battle me over eating whatever he wants and not exercising or even being generally active. Hoping to find support here as the battles just make it all so exhausting.

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My name is Sarah and I am a 30 year old stay at home mom (former elementary teacher). I have two children, my son Austin is 8 almost 9 and my daughter Isabella just turned 4 the day after Christmas. My husband is 33 and is a Ph.D in psychology (go figure lol but does not know how to help our own child), he is a psychology professor at Penn State University in Abington PA and a full time high school teacher (psychology and social studies). We have a lot of fun in our family, we love to go to sesame place, we own a home down the shore and take lots of fun short trip vacations. I try to keep my kids busy so they are not sitting around watching tv or playing video games. I am looking forward to joining the group discussions

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5/6/14 7:11 A

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My son doesn't have adhd, he has sensory processing disorder and language processing disorder- BUT a lot of the issues are similar with the executive functioning problems. He is 14 and in 8th grade- we are starting high school in the fall and this will be quite an adjustment for both of us. Any one out there have any tips on how to make the transition smoother? He goes to a large (1200 kids) middle school but the high school is even bigger.

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Hi there my name is Melissa and I have 2 children. My daughter is 11 and my son who had ADHD is 7. Although I grew up with a brother with ADHD this is still pretty new to me. I can't wait to get some help and support. Some days I really need it.



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Hello Everyone - people who can relate to what I deal with on a daily basis. Excited to have found this team!
I've been married 22 years and have 3 children (19,15,7) who are my everything!! Who are also a huge challenge, each in their own way. I've know since day one my 15 year old was ADHD. I was never able to nurse this child because he would never stop moving and he was so easily distracted! I have pictures of him, at a very young age, hanging upside down on the couch with his bottle. As a toddler, he never finished a full meal in one sitting - couple bites then off to play, back for another bite then off again. Not only is he the Energizer Bunny but he is also very defiant, ODD. I did not want to medicate him so instead we would spend lots of time at the track running. He was impossible to disciple effectively, instead we would run. This helped enough to get him through to his teen years when he refused to run anymore.
In grade school, he attended a private catholic school. The staff were fabulous in handling him and his discipline problems. He spent lots of time in the principal's office.
Middle school, he moves to public school and I was worried!! Rightfully so, we dealt with lots of behavioral issues but he/we got through it.
Now first year of high school, the school has suggested we look into medication to help him. Behavioral issues now consist of lots of in-school suspensions as well as an out-of-school suspension. He was failing all classes and was not a good path. I gave into medication. It's been a couple of weeks. We are into a new semester and so far so good! He is maintaining A and Bs. His defiance hasn't changed but if he can pass 9th grade then awesome!
I did not realize my oldest was also ADHD until I started therapy in the hopes of dealing with my son better. After explaining each of children to my therapist, she asked, "which one of you are ADHD?" I was confused by this question. She explained ADHD was a genetic disorder and if all 3 of the kids had ADHD tendencies then my husband or I had to also be ADHD.
It would be my husband! I've always thought of our differences as being the result of our childhood and upbringing. As we were raised so completely different. He's #8 of 12 children - 11 boys, 1 girl. I'm the oldest of 2. I have a younger sister. He's incredibly flighty and lives by the seat of his pants. I'm more regimented and want routines. He has a very strong extroverted personality and I am very much an introvert. We are so different on so many different levels and yet we've been married 22 years. Although, it has not always been easy but divorce is not an option. Opposites attract - Right?
My oldest is just like her father. My youngest has a difficult time with focus and impulsive behavior, a little like his older brother but much more manageable. Thank Goodness he is not ODD! So all three have some level of ADHD and it comes from their father! Dear Sweet Hubby does not believe in ADHD! He says it is their personality, not ADHD - that is just a label!! He also says, "boys will be boys" and our boys are "typical boys". I was shocked he agreed to medication for our son, but that was also a suggestion from the school so it was okay, Our daughter is just like him so there is nothing wrong with her.
And so the struggles and challenges of living in an ADHD enviroment goes on.......

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Hi, I'm a mom of 2 wonderful girls, my daughters are Christina (almost 7), Nikoletta (4) and Panagiota (4). My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD over the summer break and it's been a bit of a roller coaster. While doing our research we realize that my husband may also be living with ADHD, and he is currently depressed and considers it his "fault" that Christina inherited this behavior.

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Hi everyone...

I am a (almost) married mom of three, Cheyenne 14, Dominic 7, and Kaleb 5 months.... Dominic was just diagnosed with ADHD... I've been doing a lot of research, but for some reason i don't feel like I"m getting a lot of support and understanding from the rest of the family... Additionally, while doing all the research they suggest I'm starting to realize that I may also have ADHD... everything I'm reading reminds me of myself when I was a kid, and explains some of my current behaviors and issues... I'm going to make another post and ask for some advice there... it's nice to meet everyone...

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Hi! I am Michelle. I am a 33 yr old wife and mother. I have 3 children, ages 9, 12, and 16, all three have been tested and diagnosed with ADHD. My oldest has several other needs as well.

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I am a married mom of two. 1 daughter age 14 and 1 son age 8. My son was diagnosed a couple of months ago with ADHD. This is after two years of watching his behavior and wondering and hoping he'd grow out of "it". I heard "he's just a boy" a hundred times and was sick of the fear of persecution from others for seeking medication help for him. But this year my husband and I agreed that we wouldn't wait any longer. If at his first conference there were signs-we were going to test him and sure enough the signs were there again. He started out on adderall 5 then 10 and then 15. He lost 9 pounds and we had to make a switch to Concerta 18mg. That was about a week ago and while we have seen his appetite return his behavior and attentiveness have not improved. He does go to a counselor once a week but I'm not real sure what improvement we're making on that end either. Our family goals for him are better grades in school and better behavior at home (his behavior at school isn't that bad this year.) I love being part of this group where there is no persecution just support!

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Hi!!! I have a 9 year old son with what they say is ADHD. He has been Focalin XR for a little over a year. We have never really had behavior problems with him, but he has very bad attention problems. We finally got him tested for ADHD at the end of 2nd grade after another year of him being in trouble a lot for being too social and grades that went down as the year went on. We don't give it to him except when he has school. He hasn't really had any side effects from it. This school year we tried him without the med in the beginning because he had shown some maturity and patience with stuff this summer. About 3 weeks in his teacher sends me a letter that Gavin can't pay attention and she asked him if he needed his med and he said yes. I really feel like she is passing the buck here. His grades are great except in areas he's always struggled in. I don't see how it's that bad of a problem. His father wanted him back on it so we put him back on it.... I really don't like meds because my mom put me on antidepressants at 14 with no further action and I have never been able to get off them. I just feel lost because he doesn't have a lot of the symptoms. I think he can be hyper and intense when excited, but that's just how he is. I don't know... Any input here is welcome. Thanks!

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Hi everyone! I'm finding a lot of familiar things as I scroll through all the posts here. I have a daughter turning 11 this month who has been on meds for ADHD for the past 3 years. I've been through the not sleeping, not eating, sweaty, strung out side effects, the vocal tics, the weight loss, the obsessive behaviors (anyone else have a butt picker?) and the rapid fire med changes. Thankfully we were referred to a behavorial psychologist who specializes in ADHD and he finally got us on the right path. I'm looking at a med adjustment in the near future but that's to correct for growth and weight. Overall we've been (I hesitate for fear of jinxing myself) pretty stable for about a year.

She still needs help with time management and organization but she did well in school last year and is placed in an advanced class this year. *crosses fingers* We just set up her locker last week in preparation for the new school year and that was an enormous help for us both. We're very lucky to be in a small school district with teachers who are willing to make allowances for her. There are many children with IEPs in her grade but so far she isn't one of them. Every year I wonder if this is the year the teachers toss their hands in the air and I have to officially play the ADHD card or if she'll be able to continue compensating. We'll see.

My biggest problem is the impulsiveness. I'm forever in fear of my daughter bolting into traffic or jumping into a fountain. The meds help but danger is just invisible to her and inappropriate behavior usually seems like a fun idea.

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Hi,

I am new to this group and I have a 9 year old with ADHD. We currently have him going to a small private school (8 in his class last year) and he will have the same teacher again this year. We have been following the Feingold diet and it does make a difference for him.
Looking forward to getting to know the group!

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Welcome!

I have 2 ADHD children and I'm happy that you are going through college for Child Development. I hope you find time to exercise and keep up on your nutrition. It's not an easy task. Keep your head up and keep us posted!

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Hi, I am Christina and I have a 9 year old who is ADHD/ODD. I am a Para Professional in Orange County Public School in Windermere, Florida. I work with the ESE Unit in the school and I am going through college for Child Development. emoticon

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Hi Jenny. emoticon It is no easy job raising our children, but they sure are awesome, despite the challenges. I relate in that I have a special needs son. Different set of circumstances, but all encompassing to care for him. You, as his mother, are the best one to make decisions as to what he needs. I never have gotten how others can judge. Unless you'e walking in someone's shoes, you just don't know everything.

If you ever need to bend an ear or need encouragement, feel free to reach out to me or post on these boards. SP is a very encouraging site. emoticon

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Hello, I am 38 years old and I have a 12 year old son who is ADHD. When he was 3 years old he was diagnosed with tourette syndrome, then a few years later ADHD and then around 8 years old he was diagnosed with OCD. For the longest time i didn't have my child on any medication. I felt like what kind of mother would i be to dope my kid up and the other reason is it wasn't effecting his life or school. That all changed when it started effecting his school, his school work and so on. I now have him on medication and its working... He has his ups and downs but more ups since we found medication for him to take. I'm glad I did the right thing for my child even though some family members will disagree with me.

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Hi. Cindy here. I have 2 with ADHD. I have a beautiful 10 yo daughter, whom I adopted when she was 2. She has also overcome Reactive Attachment Disorder, believe it or not. The behaviors associated with this manifested when my son was born. He is 7 now and has Down Syndrome and ADHD. He has overcome a mountain of health issues and is now learning to drink orally. Working on potty training too. I know. It sounds late, but boy, have we been through it. For a few years, it was one surgery after another, daily doctor appointments and therapy for my son and we had to add in counseling for my daughter as well. It was really hard on her to be separated from me, because abandonment is what happened to her a great deal in her young life after she was born.

So here we are. All doing pretty good. Now what we have on our plate is teaching the kids to put things away when they are finished with them, potty training, getting rid of that mickey button, and loads of loving and playing.

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Hello group!

Mommy of an 8 year old with ADHD and looking for friends and tips.

Hope everyone is reaching their goals.

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Hey...where is everyone? lol! Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Hello...How is everyone today?

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Thank you.

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Welcome Tracy!! Feel free to add me as a friend. I have gone thru a lot with both of my kids, both have ADHD and my daughter also has Bipolar.

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Hello! I am Tracy. I am 30 years old and I have two sons, ages 7 and 12. My 7 year old Cam has ADHD and ODD. He was diagnosed about 2 years ago. He is currently trying a second medicine, now that his body is used to the first and it no longer works for him. I am hoping all goes well, as I am skeptical about medicines. We have our good days, bad days, and absolutley horrible days. But all of that is expected. He also has Occupational Therapy once a week. He struggles in school with this work, but mostly he has behavior issues. My 12 year old also had ADHD along with Trictillmania (not sure how to spell that), and Anxiety, and a severe learning disability. I don't have as many problems out of him though as I do with Cam. I guess he knows how to deal with everything better. Not really sure. Don't get me wrong though. We have our days as well. I no one day everything will get better. I no these issues will never go away, but I do have God on my side, and he promised not to give me more than I can bear. With faith, love, hope, and prayer in him, I will be led in the right direction.

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Hi! I am a 36 yr old mom of 2. My 15yr old daughter has ADD and Bi Polar type 2, and my 8 yr old son has ADHD. We have traveled a very long road over the last 3 years. Between hospitalizations for my daughter while trying to get my son in to be diagnosed, to dealing with a teacher that only wanted to have "perfect" kids. We are now in a good place overall. But I always worry about the bottom falling out again.

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Hello All - I am new to SparkPeople so I am still amazing at all of the teams you can find on this site. I am the mother of a very wonderful boy 15 year old boy who has suffered from ADHD since he was six. Currently he is being treated for ADHD, OCD, Bi-Polar with Acute Mania and Severe Anxiety so I am thrilled to read of others on this site who are facing some of the same challenges I am.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all better as I read others stories of hope and inspiration!

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Hi, I'm Kristen and am a single mom to an awesome 4 yo little boy. Wee Man has ADHD along with Asperger's. The challenge of dealing with both of these can sometimes take their toll on Wee Man and I, but we do the best we can with what we've got.
I'm trying to avoid medication for now, simply because he seems to do alright with the diet changes. I'm hoping that therapy he'll be getting for the Asperger's (we're wait listed for a therapist) will also make a difference with the ADHD.
Living in AK has it's challenges (limited resources for Wee Man, long months of cold and snow) but it's high points as well (HUGE playground, close to family, and ability to see so much).

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Hi everyone. I am a 52 year old mom of DS1 age 29, DD age 22 and the youngest is 13. I have been dealing with ADD and ADHD for over 20 years. My oldest was not officially diagnosed with ADD until he was an adult, even though I fought to have him evaluated in elementary school. Because he was not a "distraction" in school, the teachers just said that he was "lazy" and "day dreamed" in class. He also had some physical limitations from birth. We spent the first 15 months of his life hopping from specialist to specialist. Footnote: His first pediatrician sent a nurse into to ask if my then husband could take a blood sample to the lab because it was too late for the hospital staff to send it. If my then husband could not take it I would have to bring my son back the next day to get pricked again, "Oh and BTW the Dr. doesn't really think it is Downs." These were the exact words I heard through the bathroom door of my hospital room after having a C-section. I should have known then to change Peds. This was the same Pediatrician who advised myself and my family to institutionalize my son because "he will never feed himself, never clothe himself, never talk and never walk. You will be taking care of him for the rest of your life." Well isn't that what a parent does? I spent hours upon hours researching his symptoms in the library (this was before internet, lol). I found what I felt to be the correct diagnosis and suggested it to my new Pediatrician. After 15 months my oldest was diagnosed with hypotonia, he never crawled, but did start walking around 16 months. From that point on I was determined to fight for my children. I tried throughout my oldest son's school years to have him evaluated for ADD but again because he was quiet and not bouncing off the walls he was labeled "lazy". My daughter was also not officially diagnosed with ADHD until she was an adult. She was an A student up until high school but she had to stay busy all the time or she would "think too much". My youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. He showed the typical signs of ADHD early on, and yet I still had to fight with his K-5 teacher to start the evaluation process. After meeting with the Assistant Principal on several occasions because my son was "touchy" and would not stay in his seat it, was agreed that the evaluation process would begin. My husband was against having him evaluated because he thought our son would be "labeled". Label or no, I remembered the struggles my older children went through in school. I was determined that the teachers would be aware of my youngest son's special abilities and afford him the same opportunities in the classroom, even if that meant they had to tweak their teaching style. At 13 he is on a 504 plan. Each year I meet with his teachers, and the school staff to evaluate his performance. I also have to get a diagnosis from his pediatrician every year and a script for OT. My older children are choosing independently how to manage their ADD and ADHD symptoms. They are wonderful parents and well loved by many people. My 13 year old is in all honors classes in the 8th grade, he has dysgraphia and yet he has amazing dexterity. Each of my children have taught me to think differently about the "right" and "wrong" way to parent and to nurture. It is always "one day at a time". The last 20 years I have focused on helping my children find success and I have lost myself along the way. Fortunately, my youngest is cool with doing things with his mom and we are motivating each other to eat better and be more active. Sometimes, we just need to look through our children's eyes – to see things in a new perspective, to see the possibilities, and sometimes to start over again.

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Good Morning.
i'm a mom to 4, one of them having adhd. I'm looking for help on how to treat her more naturally, as she's very sensitive apparently to medications.i've been researching since yesterday afternoon for alternatives.

It's great to meet all of you!
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Hi, i would like to drop in on you and read and learn. I am 63 and have many young adults that call me mama Linda because of their interaction with our children in our home when growing up - one family is now dealling with ADHD in the dad who is 30 and three children 2,4,6 years old who are also showing symptoms - they are a home school, home medicate and back to earth kind of family but are seeking help to deal with this. I want to come along side, have a medical background and lots of love but not much knowledge on this topic. I enjoyed reading some of your comments this morning and would just like to 'lurk' for a while.
God bless each of you as you live with the frustrations and the blessings of this. Hugs for all.

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Hell all!! My name is Linda. My son Zack has ADHD. I have to say, finding this team is a blessing! I am so relieved to find out I am not alone. Zack is ten now and its seems like his ADHD is getting worse.. There are days that I cry, questioning my parenting skills. It doesn't help when the Dr. tells me that my sons issues are due to his father being gone temporarily.. think its time we looked for w new dr.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you guys!! Have a great day!!

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We are certainly glad that you have come here to chat with us! Its takes baby steps for us to get there to get started. Have you started with the starter page on my trackers? That helps a lot. I mainly post and follow my own guide lines. But it helps a whole lot with the starter pages. Let us know if we can help you at all. Including with the ADHD children. I know how that is too.

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Hi, just wanted to put my into in :)
My name is Denise and I have three kiddos....Blake (7), Avery (4), and Kyler (8months)
My goal is to lose 70 pounds (not putting my weight QUITE yet lol) and show my kids a healthier mom! Blake is my adhd'er...and I deffo need to lose the weight to simply keep up with his day to day antics :P
Not sure what else to say, so I will throw in another Hello! :D

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This is where us moms come here to chat about our lives and our children. Also for us to get help and ideas about time to exercise and eat healthy. If we are eating healthy as a family it also affects them also. Sometimes what they eat makes them hyper also.

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Hello! I joined Spark People a month ago and am loving how it's going. emoticon I am a proud mother of 3 boys, ages 15, 13 and 4. My 13 year old was diagnosed ADHD when he was about 5-6. We have tried several different medicines over the years and have taken breaks from them also. We recently started seeing a psychologist again to help with some of the issues we've been having. It's rough. It seems that something happens every day. He has his good moments but seems to have more of the not so good ones. He just started reading some of the books available on ADHD and now it's like the symptoms are worse. I've always thought that he would do well in a drama class. Even his older brother says that he is acting out more now than he ever did before. Anyway, sorry about going on so much....as you can probably tell I'd love to talk to others who understand too. emoticon

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Hi, I've recently joined sparkpeople and was happy to see that there is a place here for parents with ADHD kids.
My name's Mavis and I have 3 children with my husband, two boys and one girl.
One of my children has ADHD, he was diagnosed back in July 2011 but we suspected there was something going on when he turned 5 because he went from being a calm child a lot of burst of running energy and then the bout of anger and not paying attachion when spoken to and zoning out everyone when he was doing something he loved.
When he started kindergarten he was only there for a month when we had a meting with the teacher, principal and guidance councler and they were saying he's to immature and there might be an underling condition so we agreed to take him out of school the remainder of the year, the following year the firth 4 months were the hardest.
His ADHD is kinda mild meaning if you were around him for a while you wouldn't thinks he had ADHD but it only takes one thing to start him, weather it be silly, frustration, for hyper and then he's non stop from anywhere from 10 to maybe 30 minutes or longer...
We have to remind our other 2 children (mainly our oldest age 10) that he has this and to try and help, meaning bugging him, provoking him.
Now our son can wake up contrary and we prepare for a rough day but help him try to turn it around into a happy day :)

Sorry for going on and on but I don't have anyone in the same boat that we're in and some people just don't understand.



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Hi my name is Melanie. I'm the mother of a 14 1/2 year old daughter and a 25 year old stepson both with ADHD. My stepson's mother took him off of his medication when he was 10. He has been in trouble in school and at home ever since. My daughter was diagnosed when she was in 2nd grade. Before that all I ever heard was that she was a "behavior problem". She is a freshman now. She doesn't have an IEP because ever since being diagnosed and put on medication she has been getting good grades. Her psychologist told us that she is also ODD. My daughter thinks that she doesn't need her medication anymore but a few weeks ago she stopped taking it for a week and got F's on several of her assignments. Everything we say causes battles constantly. I'm tired of the battles. I love my daughter dearly and would love to find ways for the battling to stop.

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I decided to join this group so that I can learn and get support. It was my mom's idea to look for help.

(tks mom emoticon )

My daughter is 12 as was diagnosed with ADHD - predominately Inattentive type along with math & reading issues.

She's currently on Stratera but has only been on medication since she was 8 and a half.

Even before she started school I finally got my family doctor to send us to a psychologist but the psych said 5 was too young for testing.

I knew there was something wrong but we finally got a diagnosis only when she was 8.5. I learned to hate school with a passion. I had stress all day at work and would come home to more stress.

I don't hate school anymore. I just have a new problem. My daughter lies about taking her medication. She says (finally got her to admit it) that it makes her feel sick. I suggested eating a good meal first, then taking the pill. Trying to get her to take it in front of me too instead of sneaking off with the "I had to go to the bathroom so took it there" excuse.

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Hello, my name is Becca and I have an 11 yr old son with ADHD and a 13 yr old daughter who is by all accounts "normal". My son was diagnosed when he was in 1st grade and started medication soon after. He started out on Ritalin. It made a HUGE difference. The only problem was that he would swing up and down with how well it worked because of the duration of effectiveness. So we switched to Concerta 36mg. This was much better but his teachers were telling me that he was fantastic in the afternoons but the mornings were a little rough still. So we added a ritalin booster in the morning with his Concerta. This did wonders. He has been on this combination for a little over 3 years now but things have started to decline as he is getting bigger and older. He was also starting to have more trouble with sleep. Recently my sister told me about Intuniv. It is a non-stimulant that she recently switched my nephew to (he has ADD). It has been used as a blood pressure medication for decades and was recently approved for the treatment of ADHD. I was hesitant to try it because I have talked to other people who have tried Straterra, the other non-stimulant drug approved for ADHD, and most people did not have good results with it. But I did some research mostly from a blog posted by Dr Charles Parker, http://www.corepsychblog.com/. He is very informative and has a lot of great information to share about all kinds of medication and lots of other things related to ADHD. My son has now been on Intuniv for almost a month and it is working very well. We don't have the dose quite where it needs to be yet but overall life is much better. We don't get the crash at the end of the day when his meds wear off and he sleeps soooo much better. Mornings are amazing, where I dreaded them before!

I hope to learn more from all of you and be able to share what I have learned in my experiences as well.

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Hi! I am in Washington State. I have a 12 year old son, Michael. He has been on meds since he was in Kindergarten and is now in 6th grade. I am here looking for ways to help him with his stealing and lying issues. He's so smart, but just doesn't seem to get it. I am so excited to have this group and what I might gain from it to help my family while I tackle my weight loss.

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I am 44, I have a 10year old girl with ADHD. She's brilliant, funny, and just an awesome little person. Her problems are mostly with school. She has such a hard time w/ losing and/or forgetting things. Her grades are good but only because she has classroom modifications.

I do not care so much about grades. I want her to be able to function at school, be happy, and if she gets all C's, I don't care.

I am hear because I really want to hear others stories and suggestions.

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Hello from Wisconsin! My daughter is 14 and is ADHD-Inattentive (diagnosed 5 yrs ago). She uses meds to help to manage her symptoms, but I think they make her anxious sometime. I decided to sign up here because I need to be more grateful for the beautiful person she is, and I need help with dealing with my own frustration. I overeat when I get really ticked off at her behavior, which is about once a week. I think you all can understand me and maybe provide some ways for me to change my behavior.

She has been getting decent grades in school, but not without a struggle because she wasnt' diagnosed unti the end of 4th grade - so she's never really picked up on fundamentals in a couple of subjects. We're doing IQ Academy this year, which works out great because I work from home and can round her up and keep her on track if needed. Home schooled last year - a LOT of work for a mom who already has a job!

Daughter works at a farm with horses throughout the year and we have an Icelandic horse which she shows, and not having her in traditional bricks and mortar school took a lot of stress off our family over the past year. She still hangs out with friends from traditional school, but says she doesn't miss the "drama" of school, or the teachers who were willing to provide help for her ADD one week, then would seem to forget she needed extra help in some areas the next. Hope IQ Academy works out well. Hopeful that this group will remind me of all I've read about parenting an ADD child/teen. I've researched so much, but haven't been the greatest at putting it into practice.

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Hi, i recently talked with my dr bout me having adhd and my oldest son has adhd. after attending university Google! i found a neat website i wanted to share, it has 151 positive things about having add/adhd
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Hello everyone! My name is Nina and I'm from West Virginia. I'm the blessed mother of a brilliant 7 year old little boy who was recently diagnosed with ADHD w ODD. His dad and I have had quite the year trying to push him to succeed in school, but we finally had him tested and found out he was four points away from being considered "gifted" and is getting counseling and the medication he desperately needs. So we are here praying for a better school year and trying to get healthy as a family physically and mentally.

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Hi, so glad to find this team. I am relatively new to Sparkpeople (March) and haven't posted much yet. I am new to Facebook also, but maybe this topic being so close to my heart can break me out of my shell.

I am the mother of 3 kids. My son is 11 yrs. old and was diagnosed in 1st grade and was put on methylphenidate LA in 2nd grade, we kept having to up the dosage until finding a wonderful child psycologist who changed his medication to the patch form of the medication and found the right antidepressant for him. He was doing awesome on the combination for the last year and a half, until recently when he has started acting out again. We see the doctor next week.

My 8yr old daughter has been starting struggle in school the last 2 years and homework reminded me of our sons behavior, but the teachers thought she was doing ok until the second half of this year. She was diagnosed with add and put on vyvanse and an antidepressant until our insurance decided they won't pay for the antidepressant unless a generic is tried first, even though she did well on a trial of samples and the other ones didn't work for her brother. Yeah insurance! So we just started the generic antidepressant yesterday and she had a bad belly ache and was subdued all day. I'm not happy with insurance companies right now, why should she have to go through this when we know the other one works!!

Anyway, our youngest daughter just turned 7 this week and is not diagnosed, but she does have outbursts that make me suspicious that at some point we will be visiting the docotor with her also.

I take both older children to a counselor also and she does a wonderful job helping them with their frustrations and bullying/not fitting in. Even though we can't really afford it we send them all to a parochial school for religious reasons and small class size and hope that christian values will help there school mates accept them. It's working well except some of the upperclassman are giving our son a really hard time. His classmates really stick up for him. So as of now we are continuing that. I am starting to look more into diet, we'll see were that takes us.

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Hi. I'm Tiffany.

I was diagnosed with ADHD-Inattentive in October 2010 when I, unsuccessfully, tried to accomplish the grad school goal. Having been a horrible student in elementary, middle, and high school, then struggling for 7 LONG years to receive my B.A. in 2004, I thought I could do well in grad school because it was a program that I chose. ha ha, wrong!

That's when I recognized my step-daughter inside my body. I became VERY frustrated that I could not stay awake after 10 minutes of reading my textbooks, but spent ONLY 5 days during Summer 2009 reading the entire Twilight series. I was irritated that I'm capable of playing video games on the PS2 with my son, or stay on Ancestry.com, for multiple hours on end, yet was hard pressed to commit 20 minutes to the online (out of class) portion of my classes. You try explaining to my teachers why I can spend 15 minutes total typing this message post, but my midterm essays were all 2 full weeks late.

Needless to say: I took a withdrawal from my classes and instantaneously became a more compassionate mom of 2 ADHDers. I've even decided to home school my son and am waiting on Husband's final decision if he wants me to home school my step-daughter.

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The Boy is almost 9, O.D.D., ADHD-Combined Type, Gifted, & has Bipolar Disorder.
The Girl is almost 11, L.D., ADHD-Inattentive, and has an Anxiety Disorder.

Keeping it positive,
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I have learned that sometimes a 2nd opinion is in order and the psychitrists are just for managing meds and the psycologists are maily just for showing behavior options and the two together work great. Our problem was with the psycologist so now my oldest daughter will be going to a neuropsychologist on the 20th. Sometimes if you have a feeling you can keep bugging and show your evidence after doing some research to show why you have those opinions. My daughters psychitrist said just because she started to talk on time she can't be autistic, but I believe she is high functioning. You must play detective until you get where you need to be. It helps a lot!

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I've been on SP for a while now (read: 2 years... ). I have a 6 year old daughter that we believe has ADD; my mom would tell you she's the poster child for the disorder. We love her dearly, but she's a handful. We're also working on getting an official diagnosis for her, but I'm working with her teacher already to take steps to make her education experience the best it can be.

I started working with her in basic skills during the summer before kindergarten, and my husband and I both saw some patterns that concerned us where our failing public school system came into play. We didn't want to set our daughter up for failure. She's extremely bright, but cannot sit still or stay quiet... period. My husband has ADHD, and is already on meds, and we are both firm in our desire to keep her off meds if at all possible. Thank heaven we discovered an alternative to regular classrooms and homeschool. Our state offers public school via internet, which we jumped on. We work with a professional teacher, I do most of the instruction, and our daughter just finished up all of her kindergarten curriculum in March, and she's started on 1st grade:)

She is however, lacking seriously in muscle tone and strength, despite being constantly active. And I am in desperate need of loosing about 80 pounds to get back to healthy. So, we've made "PE" part of our day. It helps her focus her mind, gets us both moving, and gives us a good laugh:)

Best wishes to everyone here. I'm so happy to find a team of other parents with similar struggles (so I know I'm not loosing my mind!). God Bless!

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Hi my name is crystal, I have 3 boys, one is 10 yrs old, 9 yrs old and 8 yrs old. My 9 yr old has adhd and was on meds last yr but they didnt seem to be helping him at all, so we took him off and his dr. put him on a melation sleeping aid which works great at night, We have noticed now tho he is getting very mean and not out of control at home but at school hes good, just having a hard time with work but has a great teacher who is working with him, a friend said to me she has a daughter who has adhd/odd and my son acts just like her daughter so its off to the dr. to see about that, he goes on thursday but till the I want to know if there is something to help him stay calm till her goes to the ped. thursday is he family dr. who has to refer him to the ped.

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Hi!

I have 2 children with ADHD; one child has epilepsy and post tramatic stress and the other youngest child has a problem with her ears. So, anywho they are a lot to put up with and now I'm taking care of my boyfriends dad that has dementia and type 2 diabities...so it's a lot to deal with but I'm still learning...I know what it's like!

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I am a mom of four great kids. My 8 year old has ADHD/ODD. We went a while with out medicating him. We kept thinking if we gave him meds we where throwing in the towel. We had talked it over with many doctors and finally decide to give him meds at school. His last IEP was a 90% turn around! But at home he has melt downs daily every morning and at night when we are doing homework. I like reading everyone ideas.

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Hello,
I'm new to this team too! My son was diagnosed with ADHD 2 and half years ago. We switched up his diet, supplemented with all kinds of omega 3's, tried different techniques, and eventually wound up medicating him (his choice he was tired of being in trouble). 6 months ago, the family watched an informative video on ADHD in an attempt to better understand him, and during the show, everyone turned to look at me.
Turns out the ADHD disorder came from Mama herself. OOPSY. We're dealing with it, his meds are making a tremendous difference. He's not had a detention, and has consistently been on the honor roll since. While its disappointing to learn your kid has something wrong with him, it was a total relief to find out I could help him. I'm still working with a therapist to see if we can avoid medication to help me through the messes I've gotten myself into, but am considering medicating as needed. WE'll see...to be continued

My goals show that i'd like to go from 148 to 118, while 118 is completely unrealistic and unnecessary, i'd LOVE to get there and indulge on some fatty foods occassionally :)


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Hi everyone, I'm new to the group and new to ADHD, actually. I've been told since my daughter started school that she should be tested because of her inattentiveness, etc. but I never wanted to test her in hopes it was just something she would "grow out of." Well...my daughter starts high school next year and she hasn't grown out of it and some things have gotten progressively worse. She is also dealing with a lot of anxiety issues and sleep problems. The general consensus by her doctors is that she has ADHD and they were going to do a trial run of meds, but I opted instead to have a full evaluation and testing done by a psychiatrist first and find out for sure what the issues are and get recommendations. The testing is this Saturday (almost 4 hours long!!!) and I'm nervous. I'm anxious to get answers, but I feel bad that I didn't do this years ago.
sorry for the novel - nice to meet you all :)

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Wow, SUZYGREENBERG'94, sounds like you have found something that really works for you - and what an awesome video!

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I have a 6 year old son with ADHD. I work with him try rewards etc, but I feel confident that he does need the medicine. He is taking Focalin. The thing that frustrates me most is that the doctor is so focused on the medicine that it's like he doesn't do anything else. I don't want him to have to be on medicine forever. I would like to try to wean him off of it as he gets older, but yet, when the evening rolls around & it's out of his system, I realize that we are doing the right thing for now.

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writermom: You are absolutely right. They are wonderful kids & you are an amazing momma!!!!!!!!!!!

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NO WAY! never stop talking about the lights of your life! this is a perfect forum to gush, or ask for practical advice from people who've tried and know where you're coming from! We love our kids!!! woo-hoo!

I have an 8 y.o. son with ADHD and I haven't tried a gluten free diet or even reducing it, but seeing those links to new recipes has given me the inspiration to try it out! He eats pretty well anyways, but anyhting I can do to help him maintain control of his wiggles! thanks!

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Hello. I am the parent to five wonderful kids-- a typical 12 yo son, a 10 yo daughter with ADD and fetal alcohol effects, an 8 yo daughter with fetal alcohol syndrome and attachment issues, a 6 yo son with Aspergers, fetal alcohol syndrome and ADHD and a typical 6 yo. They are the lights of my life.

We manage my daughter's ADD through behavior management, tutoring and modifications as needed. She's been able to stay off an IEP so far. My son started Concerta yesterday, so we're still working on dosage and all. He's been taking Clonidine for almost two years to help him sleep and just stay level. He's been in therapy since he was three. We've also done OT and PT, and he's just come so much further than anyone expected him to at this age. He is the wonder of my life. You'll probably get sick of me talking about him. :)

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HI, I'm Maureen. My 10 year old was diagnosed with Asperger's and ADHD when we was 5 yrs old. The doctor just wanted to medicate. I let him for a short time, but the effects were a lot worse. Now he's drug free. My son does best when he's on a natural/organic, low sugar diet. Does even better when I can afford to incorporate a gluten free diet-but we reduce his gluten intake considerably when we can't.

Here's my favorite recipe sites that are gluten free:

http://www.elanaspantry.com/

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/

http://healthyindulgences.blogspot.com/



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Thanks for the welcome! I agree the non-specified thing is way frustrating, but I guess it's a reminder that he is a unique individual than needs a broader range of help. That is my un-educated diagnosis. emoticon

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grrr, the 'non-specified' diagnosis is sooo irritating to me. welcome to the group!

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Hi Everyone, I am mom to two boys. My oldest son is 10 and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 4, he has been taking Concerta for most of the past six years with great success (now if we could get him to turn in his school work that would be awesome!). My younger son is 7 and was initially diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago, but multiple doctors have since changed his diagnosis to a "behavior disorder, non-specified and mood disorder, non-specified". Currently he is on Depakote and Prozac which seems to be working well. My kids are finally getting to a place where I can feel comfortable addressing my own issues. So here I am! I am about 100 lbs overweight and I am ready to shed the weight and address the stress of parenting two kids with emotional and behavior challenges in healthier way. I look forward to getting to know more of you that face similar challenges. I am so thankful I found this group!

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My son's worst problem is staying on task. He has trouble focusing on any one thing for a long period of time. He has to be constantly reminded by his teacher to go back to what he was doing.

He is not hyperactive just has trouble staying focused and cannot remember multipe instructions. Like put your lunchbag in your backpack and then feed the dogs....he may feed the dogs or put his lunchbag in the backpack but generally not both.

He is getting better though and he is keeping up with his class just fine. His marks are excellent when he stays on task. He brought a science test home last week that he thought he failed because he said he did not have enough time to finish it, when it came home he had 24/32. His math was 29/30. I was impressed!

So far not having him on the medication is not holding him back.

Which is great because my intent all along was to give him the drug just long enough for him to be able to focus on his work and to figure out that he could do it, giving him the confidence to do try the work without being on the medication.


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That's great news! have you had to readjust schedules or are there any daily routine changes that became more effective than others? my husband and I are constanly trying to find hte perfect balance of structure and freedom...well, I guess every parent is, right?!

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Hi,

My name is Cathy and I have an 8 year old boy with ADHD.

He was on medication all of last year that seemd to help and then took the summer off the medication. At the beginning of the school year I said it was time to take the medication again and he asked if he could try not taking it. I said ok. We had a discussion and he has been doing fine without it.





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Well, I might have reached the TRIFECTA of happines in finding this group!

My son was diagnosed with ADHD right after kindergarten, you can see his story here:


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It's about 3-5 minutes long and it details our choice to not have our son go on medication, but rather we started seeing a family therapist and using PCIT (parent-child-interactive-therapy) which was cultivated at the Mind Institue at UC Davis, ourside of Sacramento, Ca. We went twice a week for over a year to Dr. Karrie, our therapist, and the results we saw in our son and in ourselves were AMAZING. It was hard work, and it continues to be so; we moved from our community in LA to Nevada and have struggled with having our son come to terms with feeling socially awkward (he'd never noticed his behavior before) because he's the new kid with ADHD that hums all through class and has a hard time making friends, paying attention, etc... and both my husband and I totally fell off the wagon in good parenting and it's taken us a good couple of months to regain our patience and perspective to how our son's mind operates and how we can help our son through childhood. I'd love to be a part of this group, exchange ideas, and vent, and be connected with people who fully understand the challenges we face as parents with ADHD kids.

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Hello everyone! Wow, am I glad to finally land some where that I might finally find people that understand what I am going through with Hayley!! She is 8 and was diagnosed(finally) with ADHD and depression about 2 weeks ago. I have been trying for about 4 years to get this diagnosis and it was a very big struggle. There is so much going on with my princess though that the only medication they have her on at the moment is Zoloft to try and get her depression under control first. Sadly, I do not think the dose is high enough and we are gonna have to raise it next week! I promise here in the next few days to try and tell Hayley's whole story, it's long and I want to be able to tell it all and with my carpel tunnel I can't type too long at one time!
However, Hayley also has serious issues in school and I feel like I am constantly fighting with them to get her the help she needs. She is struggling with her math and her teacher just brushes it off. The same as last year too. It frustrates me and I don't know what to do! The same with her reading...GRRR
But anyways, I just wanted to say hi!!!
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Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah and I have a 6 year old daughter. She has not be diagnosed yet with ADHD but we are in the process of getting her diagnosed. I had her evaluated last school year at her speech class to see if she needed any additional help in Kindergarten. I wanted to get her the help right away and not wait for the whole school year to be over. Well she fell just below the line to get any help but they wanted to monitor her on 4 different things. Her hyper activity, social skills, depression (as they call it), and one more but cant remember at the moment. Well if they want to monitor her on all these why not help her than???????

The summer got worse for all of us. She was so naughty and defiant. The start of this school year wasn't good either. Which I thought it would. She was always on the "stop light" and on the 4th day of school I got a phone call home from her teacher. I decided to go straight to the schools psychologist and get the process started. That was just last week so I am waiting for her to contact the Social worker at the school so they can contact me. I'm hoping they can help us out. Life is very stressful with this right now.

I should also put in that her dad has ADHD and ODD which is Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Any help I can get from anyone would be great. Thanks everyone in advance. Sarah

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My 9 year old was diagnosed with ADHD in 2nd grade. She has the classic symptoms: poor focus, attention, always losing things, problems socializing, etc. We do not medicate at this point (my DH is 100% against it). She does OK at school because she has lots of modifications and she's allowed to make up missing work, etc., but as she's getting into the higher grades it is getting much harder.

I struggle because of the energy it takes every day to deal with the problems associated with ADHD. I need to be healthy so I can have energy to deal with things. That's why I want to get mysself healthy and maybe lose 15 pounds. I need to be 100% to face each day.



I'm looking forward to being part of a group who knows what it's like.

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Hello. My name is Kim and I've been a member of Spark since 2006. I am the mother of three boys, 16, 11 and 5 and one girl who is 13. My hands are full. My 10 year old, Connor, was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 7. He is off the charts with the HD portion. I am so happy to have found this group. There are days when I worry so much and I have no where to turn. . . . .but now I do! Looking forward to making some new friends who have BTDT! :)

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Hi Everyone, I am the care giver to my 4 nephews and 1 niece. We have now had them 5 years since the death of there mom. The youngest was 2.5 and now 7 and just diagnosed with ADHD. I have read several stories here and am so glad I am not alone. My biggest issue now is I did allow the kids to be kids. Our one neighbour has now decided call him mental and also has started to call me names as I walk by his home. I have been on Sparkpeople since may and am down 29 pounds, am stronger ,more positive and much happier. However this issue has just started and it is makeing me ill. Suggestions are welcome on how to deal with this type of thing. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Judy



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Welcome Renee! You'll find a lot of support here from other moms who have BTDT....

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Hi, I am a Mom to a wonderfully creative, intelligent 6 year old boy who has AD/HD. We are not medicating at this point, he has a 1:1 aide in school which helps him out there. Honestly medication scares me. We do multi-vitamins, flaxseed (we haven't really found any fish oil supplements that he likes), and caffeine. I am restarting on SparkPeople for me and with that will be meal planning so I'm going to try to get him on a high protein, low carb diet to help him. And we are increasing our activity here so he'll have more exercise.

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I have placed an order at my library for the 123 Magic books. Once they come in to my library from a different library, I am going to have my husband read it also. That way we will be on the same wave length and give us something to discuss.

Thank you for the great book ideas.

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Welcome to all the newcomers! The Siblings without Rivalry book is great; the authors have another book: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen. Same ideas as the siblings book, but slightly different focus. I have found it very helpful as a parent and as a teacher.

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Great! I will check it out. emoticon

Thanks,
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Welcome Elamay4! I really like 123 Magic by Thomas Phelan for managing behavior issues. You can learn more about it if you look up the book on Amazon.com. Phelan has his own website too. I've also heard good things about the book Siblings Without Rivalry, but I've never read it as my child has no siblings!

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Hi Everyone! I am fairly new to this site. I stumbled on here when I was looking for topic for my older child, but thought that I would need this better. My oldest child is 12 and has been diagnosed with ADHD about 5 years ago. He was on Daytrana patch for 4 years -until last year.

The doctor would like him to go back on it. I am at a point I do not want my children or myself on any medicine long term that has a long list of side affects. I am going for the natural alternative methods. While on the medicine he had aggression and anger issues but were mild.

Without the meds he still has some attention issues but we have been working on improving them. My son's major issues right now are arguing, trying to be a parent and some aggression issues. When we have family time it leads to arguing mostly between him and his sister (7 years old). When they play together it always leads to arguing and the game gets put up.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Ari, and welcome. Your story bears a lot of similarity to ours - from the "lucking out" on the 4 month waitlist for the developental pediatrician to the ADHD plus something else! The ADHD was clearer for us, as our son is both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive, but the "more" was not. Toward the end of kindergarten we got the ADHD diagnosis, and he started 1st grade with a 504 plan and placed in an inclusion class. However, even with these interventions and small group math and reading instruction with the academic intervention specialist, he did not make the progress he should have. We recently completed psych and educational testing which revealed significant working memory impairment (not unusual in ADHD kids) and confirmed suspected dyslexia. We just started meds a few weeks ago to see if that helps with some of the academic problems.

I hope that the interventions you've put into place do the trick for your son!

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Heya everyone -

I'm back at the beginning of the figuring out what is wrong, and how best to help my 8 year old son. 2nd grade was a struggle, and between what we were observing and what the school was reporting it was time to look for outside help. After only a 4 month wait (insert heavy sarcasm - waits in our area for most developmental pediatricians that accept medical insurance are upwards of a year) we were given a diagnosis of ADHD - inattentive subtype. Both we and the doctor aren't sure that ADD is the whole story and the "right" name, but enough of the symptoms match that it's a reasonable starting point and it allows us to bring back to the school a "diagnosis" and recommendation to develop a 504 plan as we start 3rd grade. We've had additional evaluations recommended and we are on the waiting list for a slot.

I'm hoping that 3rd grade is a better year for S, and that we can stop the mounting frustration as he falls further and further behind. He's been placed in the co-teaching classroom with a special ed and a regular curriculum teacher along with a mixture of neurotypical students and normal intelligence students with special needs. I'm hoping that the focus on small groups and individualized assignments will outweigh the increased distractions from other students struggles.

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Hi,

thank you, yes, I adopted 7 foster children, have two of my own and have a step daughter. It's been quite the 17 years!

Very happy to be here,

Peace,

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Welcome Linda. Wow, with 10 kids finding time for yourse;f to focus on your health must certainly be challenging.

From your description of your 18 year old's challenges, I'm thinking you may be an adoptive parent. Me too.

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Hi!

I am Linda, from Oregon. I'm the mother of 10 children, two with special issues. My son, now 18 has 5 diagnosed disorders, ADHD, Reactive Attachement Disorder, and OCD among them. My 18 y/o daughter is severely bi polar. It's been a long haul...but we're maintaining. My weight has been an issue, I've lost over 200 pounds, but gained about 90 back. Need help maintaining a healthier life style.

Glad to be here!

Linda

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I am new to the group, I have an 8 year old son that has been diagnosed with ADHD w/possible Mood Disorder when he was 7. He is currently on meds which have helped some, but there are some issues that he is still having. I came looking for a site like this because I have come to the realization that this is one of the main causes of my weight gain, loss and gain. To know that there are others that are on this emotional rollercoaster with me helps me already.....Let the venting begin!!!!!

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Welcome Nicole!

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Hi everyone. My name is Nicole and my 4 yr old daughter was officially diagnosed with ADHD and sensory issues last night. I saw the topic on here "What my child did good and right today" and knew I had found the group for me. I hope I make some friends and get some valuable tools and information from the rest of you.


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Just wanted to say hi to Candy and Dawn, and say "Welcome!"

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Hi, My name is Dawn and I am a mother to a 6yr boy with ADHD. He started school past September and it has been a challenge to say the least. It is great to be able to speak to other parents of ADHD children.

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Hi everyone! My name is Candy and I am the grandmother of a difficult five yr old child. We are not sure what the 'diagnosis' is for our little guy but he has an appointment with a child psychiatrist next week for an evaluation.

I was just reading another members post and she mentioned ODD. I looked it up on the Mayo clinic site and also the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and their definitions and symptoms are very much in line with his behavior issues.

I thought ya'll might be here for emotional support so here I am. emoticon

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Connections Academy looks interesting. We have been homeschooling our daughter using the Calvert Curriculum.

Why are you worried about your son's social skills? As you probably know not all the socialization in schools is positive. You might want to sign up with some homeschool groups in your area to create social opportunities for your son.

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Hello.
My name is Tara and I am the mother of a 12 year old boy with ADHD. His ADHD is so severe he has been under a state mandated IEP program since first grade and is considered "socially and educationally disabled". Physicially and mentally he is a perfectly healthy child. However his ADHD impulses and lack of attention got so bad he had to be put in the class with Special Education students.
It has been a difficult road and he's struggled with his feelings of being "an outcast" and like there is something wrong with him.

We finally took him out of public school, sadly to the detriment of his social interactive skills, but his academics and the schools were failing him miserably.

last year here in Florida our wonderful Governor Charlie Christ mandated Virtual Public Classrooms statewide.
We enrolled Brandon and he is just finishing his first year of public school at home with Connections Academy.
For the first time since he entered school in kindergarten he is passing and as of now has a B average. Ironically the curriculum is harder than what he was getting in the brick and mortar school.

It's still public school and we are still required to meet all state standards for vacation time, weekly school time, state testing etc.
But we have the freedom to work around our lives and Brandon.
It's still a daily struggle and he lacks the effort to do anything but play video games (something he is regularly grounded from).

We want to get him involved sports again since he needs the social interaction. Right now he still lacks the desire to do so.

Does anyone have any ideas for getting your child motivated and focused on schoolwork?

Connections Academy is partnered with many states around the country. Anyone interested in it can find out about it at www.connectionsacademy.com

Edited by: TARACONKLIN at: 4/23/2010 (11:50)
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Hi everyone! My name is Jen, I'm a single mother to a 13 yr old son that has ADHD among a few other diagnosis. I'm somewhat new here and still figuring things out around here but glad to be in this group. So far I have lost 7-8 lbs and getting close to my 10 lb mark and that excites me. Right now going through a tough time with my son, he is having trouble learning that not everyone will be his friend and that he needs to look out for himself instead of worrying what everyone else is saying or doing.
Anyhow....I'm soo glad to be here and hope to get more involved. HELLO EVERYONE!

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Thanks, I will check it out!!

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Cathy, I bumped up an old thread for you - look under the General Discussion area of the team page...

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How high a dose of fish oil? Did you get kids sized chewables? If so, what kind?? I tried to get my 6 year old to swallow my size fish oil and he about choked.

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