8yr old son with ADHD

Maria - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son was just diagnosed with ADHD. I am looking for natural ways to help him. If I can't get it under control naturally I will try medication. Any ideas?

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Kimberley - posted on 05/30/2009

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I agree with Tamara. It is best if the teachers are willing to work with you! I raised an ADHD son naturally...it was not easy, but it was much better than adding to the problems. The side effects of the medicine are devistating...he is not the same little boy on the medicine. Not all the teachers he had were understanding and he had other problems besides being ADHD. However, keeping him busy and active showing him alternative ways to get his work done other than sitting at the table to do home work. We made homework into a series of learning games to get things done and help him to focus and understand. Believe me. My daughter and I became very creative in making up games that he would play long enough to learn and complete his homework. Tarama hit it on the head about the diet too. I cut artificial foods out of his diet...except for special occasions where we did not have a choice. It makes a difference to go wholly organic, but if that is not an option all natural helps too. I still use mostly organic foods and he is grown. He is still ADHD, but he is very creative and industrious. Don't get frustrated with him, let him be creative. I cannot tell you how many toys he took apart to invent something new. It was all worth it. I would not have changed anything even though it was very very difficult as a working mother to try to keep up with him. I love him as he was and the medicine stiffles that part of him that was so very adorable.

Tamara - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi Maria, I'm a special education teacher and I know that this can be a difficult decision for many parents and as far as the educational perspective I wanted you to be aware of your options. There are a few teachers who don't want to deal with students who have ADHD and so to protect your son I would recommend that you check into a 504 plan so that he receives modifications and accomodations within the classroom if already isn't. I've also observed the side effects of the medications prescribed and they can be intense so I don't blame you for not wanting to put your son on meds at this time. I would recommend that you consult his pediatrician and modify your sons diet. I'm not sure as to how true it is but foods with food coloring, additives, corn syrup, etc. tend to aggravate kids with ADHD. Whenever possible, I just try to buy organic foods, but this can be kind of pricey. So just trust your instincts and do a lot of observing. Make sure he gets lots of exercise to let off that energy such as team sports and teach him to advocate for himself and recognize when he needs a break to run around the house etc. One of the accomodations I provide for my students who are primarily diagnosed as ADD or ADHD or a behavior disorder, is to allow them a run break during transitioning from 1 subject to the next, or I allow them to stand to do their work and I try to keep my direct instruction from 15-20 minutes and do a lot of stations which allows them to get up and move. Well I'm blabbering. Hope this helps and write me if you need any other suggestions. Good luck!

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