How would you deal with a child with ADHD combined type and ODD?

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Alison - posted on 05/20/2012

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Have any of you heard of spirited children ? My daughter is a spirited child and it is the most difficult behaviour ever to deal with. It very much like a combo of adhd and autistic or other thing They dont sleep,tantrums, hit, super sensetive to every situation, one small thing can turn into major blow out. Look at some books on spirited children ,they helped my daughter and i alot . I thought i was gonna snap and sometimes still do. There are aome great tools to make it through each day,because with a truly spirited child it is day by day. The author of these books is Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. I strongly reccommend these books. Good luck ,keep me posted.

Rosa - posted on 05/17/2012

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I hear alot of people talking bout certain diets regarding adhd and odd so im confused our doctor said theres no such thing. My child is ADHD combined and is very defiant and can be agressive...

Tori - posted on 05/14/2012

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Hello my son will be 8 next month and has both ADHD and ODD as well. He is on Foclan for the ADHD and resperdall for ODD...it seems to work some, but Lukas main issue is his attutude...everything is always someone elses fault, if he isnt getting 100% of the attention he is not happy and has a tendency to get aggressive! I dont know if his meds need to be pushed up or if there is something more I can do to help with this... if you have any suggestions please let me know... thanks

Michelle - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi there, my son has both ADHD and ODD with aggressive tendencies which sounds like your son....I am quite surprised that he was only put on one Medication as the adderall is for the ADHD but does not help with the ODD. My son who is now 9 takes 20 mg of Adderall every morning and .75mg of Risperdall for the ODD, if he has activities after school he gets another.25mg of the Risperdall in order to get him through the rest of his day I don't know what is considered a full dose of the Adderall but it may need to be increased if he has grown at all. As for how to deal with the behavior issues when you have a child with ODD everything has to be black and white if you give them an option to say no they will so don't ask tell....and only one thing at a time when we clean my sons room it starts with gather all your dirty laundry, then we go on to put your toys away and so on so that he finishes the task before he forgets what he is supposed to be doing....if it is mild ADHD and ODD diet might help but if it is not then meds are the only way to go, I was told my son was off the charts so we went with the meds and our lives are 100% better.....I would talk to your doctor about his dosage and maybe ask them about adding the risperdall it works for us....hope this helps

Missy - posted on 03/22/2010

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I know this might sound crazy, and it is a lot of work, but have you looked into a gluten free, caisen free diet? I have a girlfriend who has a 6 year out that is completely out of control. She put her on this diet and the changes in her daughter are amazing. I know she spends most of her Sunday's cooking and baking for the following week and grocery shopping takes a bit longer, but she is so pleased with the results. Also, have you looked into the drug vyvance? It's a newer one out there, that might help out if the adderall isn't working anymore. Hope some of this helps.

Crystal - posted on 03/21/2010

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Your son sounds very similar to mine. Have you tried putting him on a strict schedule? That helps with my child. If anything changes in his life at all we have to start all over so I knwo how that must feel. I can only hope that my child snaps out of this before he hits his teens. Although I have been told he may not.

Bambi - posted on 03/08/2010

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Thank you. But it seems like I can try anything for him but if he cant tell someone what to do its like your talking to a wall cause he will not listen. I have tried that. It did work for a little bit but then, he started fighting with his brothers again and also me. He wont do it with his father but when he is not home its like everything we have been working with him on has been thrown out the window till he gets home. This problem started in aug. of 08 and we tried a lot of things to get him settled down. He was hitting everyone including me and his brothers, not listening to no one at all, and just did what he wanted but then we actually broke him of that and now it all started again. He is on a full straingth of adderall and I don't want to put him on riddalyn.

Crystal - posted on 03/08/2010

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I have one with both of those and plus an adjustment disorder. I normally give him an option to anything that I have to tell him to do like for example " you can brush your teeth and then get dressed or get dressed then brush your teeth." It makes him feel like he is in control but at the same time you are still getting the same outcome. Its tricky because you have to be more on your toes when a situation comes up but it does seem to work. Good Luck :-)

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