I have a highly imaginative/active (non-ADHD) daughter who's 8. She surprised us by being qualified for a gifted and talented program in her school system - we never have pushed her to be an overachiever, and in fact she is not all that interested in having all perfect scores either. In some ways that was good in 2nd grade, where she was able to master certain things and learn from her mistakes. On the other hand, she is a perfectionist when it comes to learning all she can about subjects she's interested in, and she has gotten frustrated or angry a lot when she can't do something "right". I've noticed she is starting to have self-esteem problems, and now that she is changing schools for 3rd grade in 2 weeks, she is anxious about it. She is also no longer wanting to run outside and play as much! So I'm hoping that while I'm trying to be a healther me, she can also be!
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My son is 9 and his ADHD is nearly off the charts. He doesn't have Autism but we found that routine is a big help, too. We also limit his sugar and with his medication he is a happy kid. He will never be a calm, restful child; but when he wakes up everyday in a happy mood I think I can handle that. Our special children need more from us but they are worth it.
We have a 15 year old ADHA child so it may be a little different. We do not have him on any medications, so at times it can be really challenging. I know that we keep a close eye on our son's diet. Absolutely no coloring dye in his diet, that means no juices that are not 100% natural, and very limited "box" prepared food. There seems to be a lot of dyes in prepared foods. I also limit sugar intake, because that affects him. No soda at all, that tends to send him into a spin. I also give our son, fish oil vitamins for focus, which seems to work for him - but ask your Dr. before doing so, sometimes natural medications can affect his other medications that the Dr. prescribed. Another thing that we do is STICK TO A SCHEDULE. Without a schedule, our son goes completely off track. Our son has a chart in his room that tells him what he needs to do (i.e. get out of bed, make bed, shower with soap and face wash, get dressed - clean under clothes, brush your teeth for three minutes (we have a timer in the bathroom), put bath mat on tub edge, pick up towel and put on bathroom door, eat breakfast, rinse dishes and put them in the sink, get to school on time.). We also have a chart for the evenings. I know it seems like I shouldn't have to tell a 15 year old to do so many easy things, but ADHA and autism really affect a child's brain.
Hang in there! I know it is tough!
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hi i have a boy who is 8 years old that is adhd and high functioning autism. does anyone have any ideas to help me help him stay calm and focus. he is on several medication i have talked to his doctor and he is going to see a specialist in september. im just pulling my hair out right now
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