my six year old was just diagnosed with ADHD.i have lots of questions,plz advice

Yessika - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my six year old was just diagnosed with adhd. he has been problems focusing in school and it is disruptive to himself and his class mates. he suffers from speech delay so i always thought that was is but now that his in first grade the teacher spoke to me about ADHD and now that his diagnosed he is on medication. i have not started him on it because i need to see how he reacts to it. but i have noticed that he is doing better and he is working hard,he does still need to be redirected but is it possible that he was mis diagnosed? i mean i just want him to be helped and not be on meds for no reason. How can i go about it?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2011

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Listen to your instincts, even if it not ADHD, getting your child tested is the first step. If you think something is not right, dont wait for time to pass before you ask for help.

Kendra - posted on 12/02/2009

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I didnt want that either when he started K he was wow hard to handle gave his teacher a hard time didnt want to lissen or focas on work could not set still and was soooo mean to other kids he was suspened 4 times. Then me and the teacher had a sit down and i took him to his Dr and had test done there and he was seeing a therp. so once they got him on a med. he strarted acting wright so research i did and find what is best for you and your child.

Leah - posted on 11/28/2009

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I myself got diagnosed with adhd when i was in 4th grade, as soon as my teacher found out that i was diagnosed i started getting treated differently when i would act out in class my teacher would just send me out into the hall and forget about me. I think because i was diagnosed later on it made school very hard for me. As a teen i also got diagnosed with manic depressive. I am 22 now and unmedacaded and feel like i can control my adhd much better. But what i think has helped me the most is a book called

"Right Brained Children In A Left Brained World" written by Jeffrey Freed, M.A.T., and Laurie Parsons..... I would highly suggest this book. It talks about that children with adhd learn differently than what's taught in the school system. check it out...

Terri - posted on 11/25/2009

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Medication is only a part of the solution. Behavior modification is another part. It can help teach your child to focus and breathe. We started by doing 3 minutes of quite time. It was hard, but now he can sit still and be quite for 45 minutes at a time. Breathing exercises help too. Talk to your dr and see if they know a professional that can help teach you as well. It helps when you get frustrated and want to pull your hair out. :)

Laura - posted on 11/22/2009

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In the beginning, we thought it might not be ADHD (pedi thought she might mature). When things started to go south, we knew it was ADHD and started the meds. She is doing so much better. Before, she would know what to do after the fact, but get lost in the moment (she was so impulsive!). Now, she will think things through and is no longer arguing with us over every little thing. We talked with her pedi, behavioral counselor, teachers, school counselor, and psychologist before starting meds. The school won't give an option, but all the doctors she has seen have thought definite ADHD. She's also very bright & that has been a struggle as well (many ADHD kids are gifted!).

Misty - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have learned to keep a routine with my child with ADHD. This will work in everyones favor. Post reminder notes or a chart to even do the daily basic things such as brushing teeth and hair before school.

Yessika - posted on 11/14/2009

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well i actually took him to a behavior specialist and she never mentioned anything to me. he was having behavior problems at school and not focusing in class so i decided to get him that help. i actually heard about the adhd from his teacher and i looked it up and realized that he had some of the symptoms . today is the first time i gave him the medicine to see how he reacts and so far so good. but thank you for your impoints.

Kerry - posted on 11/13/2009

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Think about your diagnostic process. Did you see a specialist or someone with practical experience dealing with ADHD children? My daughter is ADHD. DEFINITELY and FOR SURE. However, I took her to her peditrician, insisted on having her observed and tested by the school's special education team, and waited 5 months to see a child psychiatrist. It is a really long process, but you will feel MUCH better about the diagnosis if you take all the steps. Her pediatrician, whom I like and respect, was ready to label my daughter and prescribe meds after I answered 16 yes or no questions concerning her behavior. That was it! Don't medicate until YOU feel confident its the right choice. If you still have questions, waiting for the answers won't hurt either you or your son. I promise it won't. Best of luck to you and your son.

Jenifer - posted on 11/13/2009

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Read everything you can find on it and educate yourself. Be your child's best advocate. ADHD can be misdiagnosed, but it can also be missed for years. Rule everything out first and get him tested. Also, get him evaluated by a psychologist. They should also give you questionnaires for his teachers to complete. That's how you'll get the whole picture and know for sure what it is. Good luck! The earlier you diagnose it, the quicker you can start treatment!

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