Jessica - posted on 04/05/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
Hi all! I wanted to share my [grueling, but very educational] experience with learning how to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD in my son naturally. I feel like I have been a "mad scientist (and researcher)" since December 2013. First of all, my son thrived in Montessori school before going to Kindergarten at a public school. And on that note, we are working on getting him back into Montessori next year for 1st grade, and if we can’t, a smaller school with low student to teacher ratio among other things. So in December it was apparent that my son’s “ADHD symptoms” were becoming a problem in the classroom. We had a guidance team meeting and set up some informal accommodations which have been very helpful. At home, I started my insane research on how to treat his ADHD naturally and found some excellent research conducted by the University of Maryland. There are a number of vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements that have been shown to reduce symptoms in children diagnosed with ADHD. What we have found to be the most successful, and the healthiest and safest remedy is using a combination of vitamins and minerals that include amino acids, magnesium, omega 3, zinc, grape seed extract, and various vitamins. As with such a need for natural remedies to treat ADHD, there are some excellent supplements available that have done the mixing and blending for you! We have recently found success in using Barleans Omega 3, Naturals Kids Calm multi-vitamin (a liquid vitamin), and Source Natural’s Attentive Child. We give him the recommended dose for his age and between the three of these supplements, he seems to be much more balanced. He is naturally an active kid so he isn’t super calm, but more in control of himself, focused, and less impulsive. We also have a solid routine at home so he knows what to expect, which is crucial for kids with ADHD (and for any kid really). We also use a point system along with a visual chore chart to reinforce using good manners at dinner, and completing his nightly tasks in a reasonable time without complaints (he still needs reminders to stay on task and warnings for complaining much of the time, but he wants to succeed and tries). We also use “1, 2, 3 Magic” (check out the book, it’s great for easy, effective, and positive discipline). Hope this helps some of you struggling to figure out how to help your kid (and family). It can be done! Naturally!