Caran - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi, I'm Caran. I have two boys, Bryce and Cam. Bryce was diagnosed with ADD last year, in kindergarten. We had suspected that he had ADD since he was a little boy, like 2, but of course the doctors won't even mention it then. He was always distracted while doing anything. He couldn't pay attention for more than a minute, and he would be off looking for something else to do. He isn't so much hyperactive, as inattentive.
Finally after many meeting with his kindergarten teacher, we got him tested, and he was diagnosed. We waited until he turned 6 (last June) to put him on meds. He takes Medadate, about 18mgs. We started with 20mgs but his ticks were too bad, and it just hyped him up too much. So we cut it down every morning, and he takes it with applesauce.
He tells us his brain isn't foggy anymore, and that his brain likes to do things now. Whereas before, he would hit his head and tell it to stop making things so hard to do. =)
We still struggle with afterschool time, melt downs and not wanting to do homework. He is also becoming not as social as he used to be. He doesn't want to go outside after school and play. He wants to play video games. So we are working with his dr. on that.
But his reading, writing, and math skills have improved dramatically since he has been on meds. I honestly don't think he can handle school without them at this point. But I am very interested in learning ways of dealing with this without meds, if possible.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to learn from this group, and possibly help others out too.