How do i cope with a child with ADHD?!

RACHEL - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son just recently been diagnose with ADHD, and im having a hard time controling him, any ideas how to make this situation better?

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Carrie - posted on 10/06/2009

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I have 2 children with ADHD. One worse than the other. A very structured routine has helped me along with activities that make them concentrate like activity books, computer/video games and educational toys. They are both old enough now that they are on medication to help them in school and my older on has learned through counseling ways too manage it. I promise it does get better.

RACHEL - posted on 10/06/2009

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THANK YOU GUYS!!! I DIDNT KNOW DIET COULD AFFECT THINGS LIKE THAT WITH HIM, I WILL DEFF WATCH WHAT HE EATS! AND HE IS ALMOST 4 YEARS OLD, HE IS SEEING A COUNSLER AND THEY ARE CONSIDERING MEDICINE FOR HIM. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THAT! IM SCARED ABOUT THIS WHOLE SITUATION!

Sarah - posted on 10/05/2009

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I have two brothers that are much younger than I am, one with ADD and one with ADHD. With the youngest (ADHD) I watched him get thrown out of 3 different preschools by the age of three because of his behavior. Luckily there was a local public preschool that was available to him. The teachers there understood what he needed from them and they were able to help our family understand that he wouldn't change to meet us we needed to change to meet him. They taught him that there were rules and that if he broke the rules there would be consequences. I would recommend looking in your area to see if there are any programs available to you to help with this. Also I cannot stress routine enough. Especially when he was younger if anything was even a little off in our day it would totally throw him off. Its not easy to work with but if you get it in control now, it will be worth it later. He is 16 now and that same kid has learned how to control his energy and aggression and every other part of his disease so well that he is choosing to use exercise as his form of medication. We couldn't be prouder of him.

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Hey there, I have 2 with ADHD. We have tried alot. Diet was a big help. We monitor sugar intake as well as other additives. Patience! Remember they are still kids. We break down the day and tell them what we going to do at eye level with them and what we expect from them the days go alot smoother. You just have to do it in small parts because you don't want to overwhelm them. I hope this helps and if you want to talk more, I'm here.

Andrea - posted on 10/05/2009

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Have you looked up how diet can effect ADHD online? I have heard that diet alone can change things.

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I have worked with kids who have ADHD, and i have noticed that you need to have patience with them, you need to be consistant and follow through with what you say your gonna do and alot of times kids act hyper and out of control because they want attention...so try to set some time out each day for him. And if your already doing this stuff then i dont know lol...so hopefully that helps

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