A child that is hyper, yet doesn't fit ADHD?

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 and he does get a little bit hyper at times, however he can sit still and be still for periods at a time. I never actually stopped to think of the ADHD issue until both of his teachers recommended he be seen and medicated. He is a A and B student except for math, he has a F in math and the teacher says he doesn't take his time to focus. They say he fidgets in class and often will get out of his seat. They even have him sitting alone during class because his socializes with the other kids to much. By socializing, he helps the other kids that are having a hard time. I really need help and advice y'all. ADHD meds scare me with all I have read up on, is there any natural remedy to help him focus and stay on task without drugging my child?

Please don't take the drugging my child into offense, it is my personal views. IF he were to have to have them, I would go from there.

Thank you

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Penny - posted on 01/29/2015

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Individuals with ADHD can focus very well on things they are interested in. But it's the daily, boring tasks that are the majority of the school day, and that trouble kids with ADHD.

My son was diagnosed 6 years ago. After exhausting all behavioral possibilities, we tried medication -- to give him the opportunity to achieve success, self-worth, and happiness. It has made a world of difference. And, yet, he is the same kid -- not "drugged" as is the common misconception about ADHD medication.

It could be that it's not ADHD though. Do some reading about Sensory Processing Disorder and learning disabilities -- both could cause these behaviors.

Penny Williams
Author of "Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD" and "What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ADHD"
ParentingADHDChildren.com

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2015

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I had my six year old tested for ADHD and she has it. I am not ready to put her on medication this young. I have seen medication do wonderful things for some children. I believe it should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Personally, if she can function without it I am going to keep her off of it. I understand parents who make the difficult choice of medicating their children. I don't know of any natural remedies but there are behavioral interventions you can try. Also, being hyper is only one component of ADHD. For example, my daughter is impulsive and extremely talkative. A lot of times in boys you will see aggression and fearlessness. They do tend to fidget and have a hard time sitting still. I would explore this further with your pediatrician. I wish you and your family well with everything.

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Jodi - posted on 01/29/2015

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Teachers are not qualified to diagnose ADHD. Not even a little bit. I am a teacher and I could certainly recommend a child for assessment, but I have no right to tell a parent that this may be the issue. Having ONE teacher tell you that in ONE area he has an issue is not a basis on which I would say he is ADHD. He is an 8 year old boy. 8 year old boys are renowned for being active. And schools make them sit still for hours on end. it simply isn't natural. Instead, I would look at WHY he is struggling with maths, Maybe get a tutor to help out for a while and see if you can identify any specific numeracy issues.

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