Sheila - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )
My son, who is now in 2nd grade, was diagnosed last year with inattentive ADD. He has difficulty focusing at school and at home, on any tasks that are not of interest to him (like homework). Last year, his teachers did some mild interventions in the classroom (establishing a sticker reward system for completing work neatly and on time) and we carried over with similar rewards systems at home. It just doesn't seem to work anymore! He doesn't care about doing poorly at things-he just wants to get through them. It almost seems painful when I try to get him to focus-he resists looking at the page, yells out, changes the subject, closes his eyes, etc.
His psychiatrist prescribed a low dose of a drug called Focalin, but I have been reluctant to try it. Anyone familiar with it?
Any advice for dealing with inattentive ADD?