My sons school treats him different ever since they found out hes ADHD,,, Thinking about home schooling
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Carey - posted on 05/09/2012
The feingold diet changed our lives. So many children are reacting to the artifical colors, flavors and preservatives in these foods. They are made from petroleum. It is in everthing today. Thank god someone told me about www.Feingold.org . I ordered the information and got right on it. I was in tears thinking I was contributing to the behavior by the food I was giving him. So many parents are not aware of the effects of these colors. it was just on the TV show the Doctors about the dangers and how it is affecting our children. The children can feel the difference in their body when it is taken out of their diet. I am strict with it and my whole family is on it, not just my son. It is just a healthier way of eating and contributes to so much more than just ADD. You will see a huge difference if you commit to the diet. I put a diet allert on my son in school , so he does not eat anything unless it passes by me. he is has done so well and has his attention under control . In 3rd grade he got on grade level with attention. What a great day. He is in 4th now and doing amazingly well. He started the Feingold at 4 yrs. old
Renee - posted on 05/07/2012
My 8 year old daughter is on Medications and the school still treats her different. They say she is the quietest kid in class just really unfocused and unorganized they seem to think its just an act, but I feel like they just don't wont to deal with her. Her math teacher which is the last class of the day is really rough on her even knowing the problems she has. She has come home several times crying saying they accused her of something she did not do. I know how she is, when she does something wrong she will tell you even if it means getting in trouble. She has never been a liar. I am seriously thinking of either switching schools or home schooling as well. I did not want to put her on meds but it got to the point where she couldn't stand her self. She was getting violent and depressed and the meds have helped wonders. But my daughter is severly ADHD. I wish you luck and pray for you.
Lynsey - posted on 05/07/2012
please read this, the article is spot on. THERE ARE alternatives to medication. Test your son for food intolerance. Dont know whats available where you are, but from where I am based York test is excellent.
http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.a... My son is now dairy free, and thanks to websites like this, he has really calmed down to a point that isnt consider a problem to deal with. Combined his new diet with Syndion SF and Omega fish oils and we are never looking back! Good luck.
Amy - posted on 05/06/2012
Also...my son's school pushes the medication issue with us ALL THE TIME. You are definitely not alone! I told them about a week and a half ago that I was taking him off his medicine because he was losing so much weight, and we are trying to get him to gain some weight back.
They call me weekly trying to get me to put him back on his med (Concerta). His teacher even said "well, we don't notice he is eating any more since you stopped his medication." Then she said, "he can bring in some snacks to keep at his desk so he can munch all day." They try so hard to get me to give in and start his Concerta again.
Honestly, it's just really nice that meal time is not an argument anymore. Now my ds even says "Mommy, I'm hungry." I haven't heard him say that in over a year!! I used to sit next to him at dinner and feed him while he cried. It was aweful. Yes, he is a little more difficult, but at least I know he's eating and gaining weight and that's my main concern until summer is over. I'm not trying to make his teacher's day easier, I'm trying to make my child healthier.
Good luck, I know how you feel!
Amy - posted on 05/03/2012
OMG. I could go on for days about public school. They LOOOOVE drugged children.
Also, giving a diabetic their insulin is hardly a valid comparison to giving a child with ADHD stimulant meds. Insulin is life saving, Ritalin is not. Nobody ever died from lack of Ritalin.
Tina - posted on 05/02/2012
fish oil is suppose to help stay focused apparently. Even though as someone pointed out if your kid was diabetic you would give them insulin. I'd like to point out that wouldn't be the only avenue you'd take. You find ways of contolling the problem like with diet. ADHD is no different. Finding causes can be helpful too. My partner has ADHD and diet certainly makes a difference he has been on medication but his parents managed to find other ways to control it medication has it's side affects too.
Tina - posted on 04/28/2012
I am a teacher of 22 years and a mom with an adhd/odd 17 year old daughter. I have seen the negative effects of adhd in the classroom. It can take a huge toll on student's academics, behaviors, and social acceptance. These children can be on an emotional roller coaster wondering why others won't play with them, why they can't get their work done, why adults are always "bugging" them, and on and on. I am not pushing meds as an answer or the only answer... counseling can play a huge part as well. What I would like parents to understand is that as a teacher, I see your child in situations up to 6-7 hours a day. I see many adhd children ostracized because they cannot control themselves in a room with 20-30 other children and the stimulus it brings. We want what is best for your child, too. Letting you know we see signs of adhd/add is step one. Please work together with your teacher, a counselor, and doctor to make the best decisions for your child. They need tools to deal with their adhd needs/symptoms.
It is not easy, there is no easy fix, even with meds, our daughter has daily struggles. As a parent, it is my job to help her become the best she can be. I want her to graduate with self-esteem to face the grown-up world. Without meds., we would have had to face many more risk taking behaviors and a lower self-esteem. Each child is different, though.
Sandy - posted on 04/02/2012
If your son was diabetic, would you give him insulin? Wouldn't you do everything you could to help him? ADHD is the same thing. Our son is on medication and has made a HUGE difference in his ability to focus at school. A good doctor will start with a low dose and work from there. Just like any other person taking medication, it has to be checked and tweeked constantly.
Debbie - posted on 04/01/2012
my 12 yr old has all three of the same diagnosed syndrome, I thought putting him on mess was in his best interest, a year ago he went the pediatritipn and I was told he was three inches shorter then he should be. My husband and I decided to take him off all the meds and we taught him how to controll his auditory ticks and pulling his hair by taking his thoughts to a "Good" place. He has not pulled his hair or had any auditory ticks in about a year. Please make sure you do all your research before over medicating him. His ADHD is well under controll as well
Vicky - posted on 04/01/2012
My son is now 16, he's been medicated for the last 8 yrs, there is a big difference in his behaviour without the meds,he also has Tourette's,dyslexia,and autism,if he wasn't medicated he is extremely difficult to engage n keep focused the meds,help during school time n have worn off by time he is bck home.the side effects have been minimal,when he first started them he had a few belly aches n loss of appetite,but they wear off,he is on a very high dose for his age but it won't go any higher,n we're in the progress of him comming off them when he leaves school,he first needs to learn to control himself,and his Tourette's.
Mandy - posted on 03/27/2012
the elimination diet cuts out glutten, dairy, egg and natural preservatives for 2 weeks, then you gradually reintroduce them one at a time and see if they make a difference. my sister has all 3 of her kids on it and it makes a big difference with them. i had my son on it and we ahve learnt what he can and cant have, and what he can have for a treat but not all the time.
there are some books that explain it probably better than i did. Sue Dengate wrote Fed Up and The Failsafe Cookbook, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia wrote the Friendly food cook book, but if you google it, lots of information comes up. i found have copys of the failsafe cookbook and the friendly food cookbook and i have liked all the food i have cooked out of them!
Christina - posted on 03/26/2012
i didnt want my kid on meds either but for school purposes we had to. we dont give it to him on the weekends because the few day break we give him helps on mondays back at school. the only time we give it to himon weekends is when we are going somewhere we need him to be settled for
Michelle - posted on 03/24/2012
If your sons ADHD is mild look into the feingold diet it is supposed to really help also their is herb you can get at the health food store called school aide and I do believe it is fish oils supposed to work really good. I have not tried either of these as my son ADHD is off the charts and can only be controlled with meds. Good luck to you. The schools push the meds because there are not enough aides to help everyone who needs it and yes the teachers cannot handle the numbers in their classrooms as it is let alone if they have a disruptive child. Not saying yours is disruptive but I know my son has one in his class who should be on something as she is a real disturbance the rest of the class.
Margaret - posted on 03/24/2012
Teachers mean well (sometimes), but they sure aren't doctors. That would so irritate me if teachers were pushing medication. It makes them appear lazy and unskilled. My son's first grade teacher thought he had Aspberger's and his doctor (child psychiatrist) said "No, No, No!", it's ADHD with impulsivity and hyperactivity. Assuming you want your son to stay in a school setting, I would take his teacher's advice as a red flag that something isn't working there and find a child psychiatrist who is thorough and also conservative about medication (we did this by asking around). We also found a therapist who helped us come up with ideas to develop my son's social and coping skills. I don't want to add to the medication pressure your under, so that would be my advice. (disclosure: my son is on meds).