add adhd and sensory

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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ok so i had a meeting with my sons school and they are telling me that they think hes got add adhd and a sensory problem.. im really not sure how to handle this one he is really off the wall and has no attention span he shakes his hands like crazy which is where the sensory issue comes in.. i dont want him on meds i dont think its fair hes passing the 1st grade i held him back last yr for a good reason and im glad i did.. however hes struggling this yr cause its more difficult is there a way to help him without meds.. just by doing a routine or do i actually need to drug my son.. my 5 yr old has add and hes on focalin.. my 7 yr old seems a little more serious and i do not want him on riddalin the school psychologist that he sees says he doesnt really need to be tested its my choice however i thought that the school can force you if neccessary if hes not forcing he apparently doesnt think its neccessary my son has speech pt and ot and i feel bad cause hes all over the place and i really dont know what to do any ideas how i can help him without getting meds or even tested any advice that can help me please..

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Karla - posted on 01/21/2011

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Why not get him tested and go from there? You'll get more info and maybe some options, and support. I don't think they can make you put him on medication. Is he disruptive to the class? Do you think he is ADHD? My son is hyper, easily distracted, fidgets all the time. Last year his teacher thought he should be tested. We did not, nor did our family doctor think it would show him as ADHD. This year the teacher acknowledged his behavior weaknesses but didnt suggest we test him. I think in our case he is immature.

BELINDA - posted on 01/11/2012

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keep your kids away form red food dies it will help and the number of food dies are 3,16,46,are the ones i found out that get my kids hyper and cut back on fried foods too it will help you to this is for kids with ADHD i have been at this for 16yrs with my son and 6 year with my daughter who also has other health problemes

Holly - posted on 01/10/2012

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@ Sharlene - I wish you good luck. We've been following the program for about 4 or 5 months now. I've been working with and educating his preschool teachers, grandparents, and friends. They armed me with great tools, talking points and support system. It has all been worth it!

My son is almost 4, and while there are still sensory issues we are working on with his OT, he is performing better in school now, he is able to sit through the various centers, he is able to control his emotions and responses much quicker. We aren't looking for any sort of perfect child, but its been great to be able to see the difference between an out of control child due to external factors and one that is an expected "3-year old" response because he's upset from not getting his own way or having to learn patients.

I put our entire family on the Feingold Diet. The easiest way to explain it is eating the way our grandparents probably did...before all the manufacturing, processing, and convenience foods were available AKA real food. The Feingold site provides a great way to explain what you are doing to different ages of people. I had a nice script to work off of to explain the dietary changes to a Toddler and a different one to use for the teachers and older family.

My husband and I sat him down and explained that we had a feeling that he was having such bad behavior because he was allergic to some foods and we were going to be making some changes to see if he felt better and was able to earn more "happy faces" each day. (Different subject but in short its the daily behavior chart we use). I told him that our whole family was allergic to food coloring (trying to keep it easy to understand for a 3 year old). We went through some adjustments at school, where he'd want to eat the same food as his friends. But I now have a good system worked out and have been able to find and provide nearly all the same menu items, just with no artificial anything and no preservatives.

Any time I make a treat for him (if a kid is having a birthday and bringing in cupcakes or cookies) I always bring extra for his teachers. The LOVE everything I make and it has really helped them see that I'm not off my rocker and that his food tastes better than anything they are eating.

Anyways, sorry this is so long. I wish you luck and patients on your journey.

Holly - posted on 01/09/2012

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Hello. Have you checked out the Feingold diet? My son also has sensory issues and some a-typical behaviors that really confused us for a while. I noticed a correlation to his moods whenever we had him on a long lasting allergy medication (the ones that last 12 hours). He was a preemie who has been on some sort of inhaler or steroid since he was 5 mos. old. I was thinking that the behavior had to be associated with all the meds in his system.

Through a long story of events I stumbled onto www.feingold.org. Its all about ADD, ADHD and hyperactivity and the link to food allergies or sensitivity. It has changed our life. We saw behavior improvements in about 3 days. The whole energy in our house changed. It's definately not an easy road but one that has the potential to help with no medications.

They have amazing content on the site along with some sections of books that can be downloaded before buying. I printed out the chapter of the book and was astonished by the similarities to my son that these other families were dealing with. It may be worth looking into.

Good Luck.

BELINDA - posted on 01/08/2012

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there are other med out ther for ADHD i have 2 kids on diffent typs and they work great my son get a shot ever 2 weeks its called raspidel the one my daugher is on is called METHYLIN and i have seen are great inprovement on both of my kids.i did not want my son who is 16 now on med when he was 5 yr old but the school teachers keep pushing him to explod so i home schooled him for 5 years and he is doing great its not always are kids it the teacher who really dont know how to be around kids whit ADHD i have leared that over the time the schools dont seam like they care untill you spet up and let them know .How you feel there are casse mangers for them to to help you out with the schools too.

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Chantal - posted on 03/06/2012

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Holly, Sharlene ...yes matters !! I had my ADHD/sensory tacktile disorder son on various drugs..well with all of them they gave him tics and made him sick. I got so fed up with drugs I had a friend who took her autistic son to a biomedical doctor and he helped her son. Well I took my son to him as well. I found out the vyvanse he was on shot his thyroid up way high..I took him off all meds..through blood work we found out my son had food intolarences to 12 different food with wheat being the worst. so I changed his diet and put him on probobiotics, vit D3, magnisium, folic acid, fish oil and he is doing so much better...His skin rases and eczema went away too!!Food can play havoc on your health! Schizophrenia also has been linked to a wheat allergy. so much of our food supply is playing havoc on health..Thanks I have read the feingold diet and know families it really helped...best wishes

Michelle - posted on 01/02/2012

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I would call his pediatrician and they should refer you to a specialist from there. Their are certain diets that you can research online that is suppose to help with ADD/ADHD symptoms (I know easier said than done with following them). I have heard that following a Gluten Free diet can help. Also, I know that certain dyes that are found in foods have been known to trigger symptoms. My nephew who is three has not been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD yet, however, he does show symptoms of it and when he has dyes such as red dyes you can see a change from better to worse. My son who is 13 has ADHD and was diagnosed when he was in first grade, he does take medication for it which was a very difficult decision but it does help him focus at school and even with his social skills, which children with ADD/ADHD can struggle with. Good luck and all the best.

Sharlene - posted on 01/01/2012

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Have you tried out other communities on here , Theres loads on here for Autsim and aspergers and AD/HD . all the best xx

Sheri - posted on 10/29/2011

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jennifer all i can say is to talk with his doctor and get him retested for your peace of mind and help that he needs, sometimes meds do help with add and adhd. but that is up to you. im not the type of parernt to push meds i dont think kids need to be on them , but sometimes they might need it.my son is autistic and i finally got him on meds when it got tough on me to handle him.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/14/2011

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i agree with everybody get him tested then you woul know how to deal with your son my son is kinda like urs he is all over the place too he has sensory some features of autism also adhd so i know how you feel we put him on meds and im kinda glad cause he gets angry and hits himself alot and others

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2011

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juliana he gets speech pt and ot cause of other problems his sensory has been on going since hes been 2 and they thought that it was just cause he was preemie but if that was the case shouldnt he have grown out of it by now hes gonna be 8 in july so im really confused cause the older he gets the worse the sensory issue gets and im really not sure how else to deal with it the school can only do so much and they have done alot hes got an iep hes in an inclusion room with a regular teacher and a special ed teacher they think hes autistic but doesnt want to put a label on him.. i am getting him tested for adhd cause i know hes has it his 5yr old brother has add.. but thank you to both of you for giving me advice

Juliana - posted on 04/02/2011

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I agree with Karla. Go get him tested. I understand not wanting him on medication but there are lots of medication that may help not just riddalin. My son has ADHD and Aspergers. I used to deal with similar things with the hyperness and the sensory things. Having open communication with the school will help also. After my son was tested and actually diagnosed, we had an IEP set up for him. He does speech therapy and physical therapy also. They have some things that they can do to help with his sensory issues. Also maybe try some behavioral counseling.

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