Help getting my 7 year old son to focus and pay attention in class

Beverly - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is having trouble focusing and paying attention in class. His grades are good but I know he could do better if he would pay attention. I have been advised to try to give him Omega 3 fish oil pills which should help him with this. Has anyone tried this and does it really work. I have tried the NeuBe Calm pills but that has not helped him.



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Patti - posted on 11/11/2009

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I just wanted to add that any 7 year old boy is likely to have a hard time with focusing in a classroom setting. I had the opportunity to help out a lot in my son's 2nd grade class last year and all the boys hung from the chandeliers when possible. Most boys have a hard time just sitting and listening and need to get their wiggles out.

Heather - posted on 11/11/2009

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With ADD and ADHD don't let someone just say that as an easy out. I think ppl are too quick to diagnose ADD and ADHD. See if there are alternatives. Yes there are children that do have ADD and ADHD, but use it as a last resort. My daughter is a very very VERY hyper child, but smart as can be. She starts kindergarten next year and I'm worried the school will be quick to judge if she acts out and I'll fight it. But I have noticed limiting her intake of sugar caffine etc helps out a lot, and I keep her in a pretty strict routine. She's just very strong willed and independent, and I'm talking VERY strong willed lol...just like her momma :^D

Connie - posted on 11/11/2009

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The fish oil is a given. As is reduced sugar, including all simple/refined sugars and grains (no white bread, white pasta, etc. as that turns into sugar quickly in the bloodstream). If your child has only a slight attention deficit, then diet may be very helpful. If he can stay on task for homework and accomplish tasks without step-by-step instruction and many reminders, then he is probably bored and has too much energy. If not, then he may have ADD/ADHD. For kids with too much energy, many teachers are now allowing them to pace in the back of the room during lectures or lay on the floor in the back of the class and kick their feet in the air to do work so that can expend some energy and still stay on task. You may want to discuss with your son's teacher some of these alternatives.

Shirley - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hi Beverly I know the frustration you must be feeling but in all honesty I do not belieave any of these product will help, your son is obviously an active child and simply requires a patient understanding teacher..my son is very smart and has good grades but has allways stuggled with attention in the classroom as he is also a great sportsman and very active child. Rest assured though my son is now 12 and in yr 6 with each passing year he has become better behaved and more settled in the classroom it sound to me as though your son simply needs patience and time he will get it in the end and settle down in time for hight school. just a guess but this seems to have been the case with my troublesome boy. Good luck :)

Ruth - posted on 11/11/2009

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Like myself, my son had a time paying attention too. Get him active in a sport or two. Or take him to the park regularly. He has extra energy that needs to be spent. And make sure he goes to bed on a schedule time. But try to get him to pay attention at home too.Come to find out my son is gifted and he was bored in class. Talk to him you will be suprised what he says. But exercise helps so much.

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Michele - posted on 10/30/2013

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Neurofeedback! Loretta-brain training for ADD or ADHD sensory people. 2-3 sessions per week. Need more doctors/OT doing this. Weighted blankets, chew bracelets. Check out www.nationalautismresources.com. ADD/ADHD should be brothers and sister to Autism. All sensory related.

Amy - posted on 11/13/2009

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If you have concerns, get him tested. If he does have ADD or ADHD the test they administer with tell you. Then if you decide to medicate, they will test while medicated and you will see a differance. I it is like night and day. ADD and ADHD are real disorders in the brain. And some kids needs meds or other means to focus. This is not a bad thing this is just how they are. And as for being smart. My son is extremely smart but if he can't maintain attention is misses important info. He forgets and loses assignments and needs some accommodations with testing. They learn different and if made to learn and test like everyone else they may come across as LD. So assess him and his behavior and if you feel there is a problem, get him tested.

Teresa - posted on 11/11/2009

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First of all - relax. You say he gets good grades - that's great! Is he disruptive or a day dreamer? Is he easily exciteable or just easily distracted? You need to get a really clear view on what is happening in class before making any decisions or making appointments to see specialists. It is a lot less time consuming and less frustrating for you both if you are getting the right sort of help. Omega 3 fish oils can help boost concentration if he needs more of it in his diet, but a good breakfast can do the same (eggs, toast and cereal). Start with a clear picture of the problem though. Even put some more info up here. Some of the other school teachers who are also in the circle might be able to help.

Patti - posted on 11/11/2009

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VAXA Attend is what I give both my kids. Our therapist recommended it. My kids have been diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. It is all natural and non-invasive. Our therapist said it works for most kids. No side affects. We also do EFA's (omega 3). That's great for digestion as well.... good luck!

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To be totally honest, I've tried Barley Green, Calcium/Magnesium w/ zinc, no dyes and simple sugars, and all sorts of hearsays. My son was finally old enough to be interviewed by a psychologist. I went in asking if he was allergic to some food or a special diet or supplement I could give him. I did not want him to be on meds. After 15 minutes, my son had become such a disruption that he had to be removed from the room just so I could speak to the psychologist without distraction. I'm not saying this is the way your child behaves due to never seeing him. Just remember, all children are not going to be recued from themselves with supplements. Have him tested. Above all, do not allow his teachers to persuade you into something you feel is not necessary.

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